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Blood of the Earth (A Soulwood Novel) Mass Market Paperback – August 2, 2016
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Praise for Blood of the Earth:
“The best first installment of an urban fantasy series I’ve read in about a decade. Highly recommended.”—Rabid Reads
“Faith Hunter's powerful voice and exceptional skills come through crystal clear in her latest urban fantasy series that expands upon her very popular Jane Yellowrock world.”—Heroes and Heartbreakers
“Plenty of action, magic, and fascinating characters, both familiar and new, create another terrific urban fantasy from an established author.”— Library Journal
“The dynamic world building, intense characterization, and an action packed storyline that hints at increasing darkness nurture and grow Hunter’s newest heroine.”—Smexy Books
Praise for the novels of Faith Hunter:
“Smart, sexy, and ruthless.”—Kim Harrison, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Witch with No Name
“Bold and imaginative in approach, with appealing characters and a suspense-filled story.”—Library Journal
About the Author
Faith Hunter is the New York Times bestselling author of the Jane Yellowrock series and the Rogue Mage series.
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Nell’s special abilities tie her emotionally and physically to her land and the earth. It speaks to her as almost a living entity. She has the unusual powers to control the flora and fauna around her which of course is very useful to PsyLED. Nell is accustomed to being quite alone having broken from her large and complicated family while maintaining a hostile relationship with the past and current church leaders. With the invasion of Rick and his team, Nell has a big learning curve to understand not only her own powers, but how to work with other supernatural and magically talented folks. Nell’s upbringing was so subjugated that she has to constantly fight against the instinct that men will always try to dominate her.
Nell has a lot of emotional issues with the way she was brought up which, in several ways, is the antithesis of the way she is living now. She stays on her land despite the problems with God’s Cloud of Glory Church for two major reasons: her supernatural connection to Soulwood and in hopes of providing a place of sanctuary for her sisters should they leave the cult. Nell reminds me of the term organic intellectual. She is mostly self-taught from books and has a fine mind that continually surprises and intrigues her new PsyLED associates. Her personal combination of supernatural powers and well thought out reasoning makes Nell a formidable force to be reckoned with even among seemingly more powerful supernaturals such as the vampires and weres.
Now, I am going to say something about Rick and the less than pleasing Paka, who broke up his relationship with Jane. Readers are angry with him and so may find forgiveness difficult, but it’s important to understand that he is not happy with Paka as Nell notices: “But oddly, I did not see love as I understood it… It wasn’t a happy love. It was addled.” I have to say that boy is a mess and though he is very good at his job leading the PsyLED team, Rick’s personal life is in ruins. There are lots of arguments to be made for most of this being his own dang fault. He was a player who made some poor choices in the past, consequently, he is suffering for it so although Rick has a mate, he is far from happy: “He didn’t love Paka. But he was tied to her. Magic, I thought.” Believe me when I say my feelings for Rick’s behavior in the Jane Yellowrock books are both strident and intense. Here we get a look at the man he might have been”…before he was bitten by a wereleopard and all the joy was bled out of him.” And Nell does something to Rick that will have a lot of people standing up cheering and doing the wave. So give ol’ Ricky Bo a chance because Nell’s story is quite well done and deserves to be heard. And there is much satisfaction in Karma doing her thing to Rick La Fleur. For all his faults, he appears to be a good team leader caring about Nell and her feelings.
Nell has much to learn about herself as well as the larger world. For too long she has been held captive by a very isolated, restricted life, but now she is stepping way out of her comfort zone and realizing the potential to live her best life unfettered by perceived enemies and helped by new friends. Her magical connection to the Soulwood land is quite intriguing and serves, in part, as a reminder that we are all more deeply connected to this earth than we often realize. I am so pleased that Nell is a part of the Jane Yellowrock world. We will all be better for having met her.
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OK, this story revolves around Nell Ingram who is a bit magical, a bit homespun botanist, and a lot hermit who really does not care for people when this book starts. Nell is an incredibly complex character and so there is a lot of pages required to try to reveal to us (and to Nell) who Nell really is and some questions are not answered easily and some will be revealed as we go down the road in this series. We get enough information fed to us along to keep the reader interest high and it gets more intense as the book progresses.
Nell after being approached by the PsyLED team starts to reveal a natural ability for investigative thinking in addition to whatever magical powers she might possess (which are kind of murky and get a bit clearer as we go along but still very mysterious). She hopes it will also give her some measure of safety on her own land from the cult that watches her.
For the first book of a series this has a very complex multifaceted plot in addition to the plotline of just trying to figure out who/what Nell is and what she can actually do, something she does not have the answer for when this story starts.
The main story revolves around the religious cult that Nell escaped from many years ago and to solve this crime she will have to revisit her previous life and a lot of things will be revealed along the way. The story is amazing.
Bottom line: First books in a series are usually much lighter than this one because the author usually wants to hook you in quickly. This one starts slow and continues to build throughout the story and you are indeed hooked long term by the end of this book. The characters are good, the ones on the team that are not fleshed out here will be in subsequent books I am sure since Nell seems to be the central character, this is a team story and we only get depth from 2-3 of them for this story. So 5 Stars for a excellent first book in the series and an exceptional story that just grabs you a bit tighter the farther in you go. I am glad I don't have to wait too long for the next one Curse on the Land in Nov 2016 .
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