Author: Faith Hunter

Blog Tour: Curse on the Land by Faith Hunter

Posted October 20, 2016 by Anne in Blog Tour, Book Review | | 4 Comments

Blog Tour: Curse on the Land by Faith Hunter

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour: Curse on the Land by Faith HunterCurse on the Land by Faith Hunter
Series: Soulwood #2
Published by Roc on November 1, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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five-stars

Before Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she had no one to rely on, finding strength only in in her arcane connection to the dark woods around her. But now she has friends in the newly-formed PsyLED team to keep her grounded—even if being part of the agency responsible for policing paranormals presents dangers of its own...

After training at the PsyLED academy, Nell returns home to her woods to find the land feeling sick and restless. And that sickness is spreading. With the help of her team, under the leadership of agent Rick LaFleur, Nell tries to determine the cause. But nothing can prepare them for the evil that awaits: an entity that feeds on death itself. And it wants more...

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The Soulwood series is a spin-off series from the Jane Yellowrock series by (the awesome) Faith Hunter. It may not be necessary to read Jane to read Nell but why wouldn’t you?  They are both excellent stories.  The introduction to Nell is in a short story Off the Grid and then the first in the series is Blood of the Earth which I reviewed here.

Curse on the Land had three things I wanted and needed. First, it had Soul, who I missed in the first book. Second, it had more depth and development of what is going on with Rick LaFleur. I really enjoyed both these tremendously. It gave more insight into PsyLED. Ricky Bo has some major events. Character development makes for amazing books and this happened. We learn more about the whole team.

Third, I was eager to see how Nell grew and developed into a regular member of the PsyLED team. Nell went to spook school and gets her first case. The case is suited to her individual talents. Nell builds her relationship and works with different members of the unit. She surprises me with how she takes off on her own agenda, and scares me. With her upbringing, I expected her to work more easily with a group and follow orders better. I understand she is independent now which is fine for her personal life choices. BUT this is her work team and her decisions affect them all.

This is a unique world all its own and there is much more for us to learn about the people and the world. It’s wonderful to see Nell able to interact and even work with her family now. I’m excited to go on with Nell and her team.

 

Q&A!

 

Faith answers questions from the Beast Claws, her Street Team. 

 

Q – How is Nell feeling about her whole worldview being rearranged now that she knows her mother and her mother’s sister-wives and her Maw Maw helped her escape to John and Leah?

 

Faith – Nell is still processing that. Still coming to terms with who she was, who she is, and who might she might become. Her inner walls of solitude are a lot less thick, and are beginning to crumble. But mostly the relationships with Unit 18 have begun to tear away at them. I am enjoying watching her unfold and grow and change!
 

 

Q – What pulled you toward the subject of fringe religious groups for this series? Was there some “trigger point” that sent you in that direction?

Faith – Not really a trigger point, but a lot of smaller things. A lifelong awareness of the damage that familial secrets do to children. Research and study about the way emotional, physical, and sexual abuse in early life shapes people in so many different ways. In my work writing thrillers as Gwen Hunter, in the DeLande Saga trilogy, I explored the way families trained, used, and often broke their children. And how those children sometimes grew up to embrace that same abuse. Plus, I flipped through channels one night and watched a few minutes of one episode of the TV show about sister wives. Gah. 
 

 

Q – Does Nell get to talk to her Maw Maw and family, the women who yinehi, like her and mud?  Is Nell still like them or is she changing again into something even more different?

Faith – I haven’t written or even planned this conversation. This is one of the things that goes at the *To be determined* section of every book proposal, something that usually happens organically. So to the first question, I don’t know. And to the second question, well, I haven’t plotted that far forward yet! The conflicts will determine what Nell becomes. And I am not being coy here. I really haven’t worked this out.
 

 

Q – Does Mud look after Soulwood while Nell is away?

 

Faith – Short answer, yes.  
 

 

Q – What gave you the idea for Pea’s character?

 

Faith – (laughing) Watching my Hubs watching cat videos online. Cats don’t like me except as scratching posts and something to hiss at. But the Hubs loves their antics, combined with their hunting instinct. The result was the grindylow and eventually Pea. 

 

Q – I was also wondering about the vampire tree. I read it that Nell would go to that tree for comfort as a child. Did it react to her so strongly because it remembered her earlier pain?

 

Faith – you got it in one! Yes.

 

About Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter, fantasy writer, was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south. She writes three Urban Fantasy series: the Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock, a Cherokee skinwalker who hunts rogue vampires. The Soulwood series, featuring earth magic user Nell Ingram. And the Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban, post-apocalyptic, fantasy series featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage. (There is a role playing game based on the series, ROGUE MAGE.)

Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she writes action-adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. As Faith and Gwen, she has 30+ books in print in 29 countries.

Hunter writes full-time, tries to keep house, and is a workaholic with a passion for travel, jewelry making, white-water kayaking, and writing. She and her husband love to RV, traveling with their rescued Pomeranians to whitewater rivers all over the Southeast.


Blog tour & 2 Giveaways: Blood of the Earth by Faith Hunter

Blog tour & 2 Giveaways: Blood of the Earth by Faith Hunter

Posted July 28, 2016 by Anne in Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway | 26 Comments

    I LOVED the start of this new series by a favorite author! The main character, Nell, was introduced in a Jane Yellowrock short story, Off the Grid.  Nell is fascinating and on the brink of a new phase of her life. She is much younger than I felt originally. I am SO excited to learn more about Nell and watch her growth in the Soulwood series. Nell works with a new PsyLED team, led by Rick LaFleur. I was afraid for Nell, all the time. But she was not stupid; she was strong and smart. The depth of the characters and the imagery of the world were spellbinding. The team dynamics were intriguing, as well as the team members. I really enjoyed them. […]


Shadow Rites by Faith Hunter

Shadow Rites by Faith Hunter

Posted March 24, 2016 by Anne in Blog Tour, Book Review | 37 Comments

I love the Jane Yellowrock series and Faith Hunter is an awesome person.  I love Eli.  He is the bestest brother. EVER.  I enjoy Jane’s ability to piss off Leo and when she orders him around. Just saying. The last few books I kept thinking we would see the European vampires and waiting for it.  Instead, Jane is learning and growing.  She needed this time, and so did Leo, to make more and better preparations.  This book is a step forward in their readiness.  It was very hard work to accomplish, though. Many of my favorite characters are here and there is plenty of action and adventure.  The bad guys are really BAD. They are evil with a side of crazy. Really, more like a […]


Blood in Her Veins by Faith Hunter

Blood in Her Veins by Faith Hunter

Posted February 4, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 13 Comments

I love the concept of having a book of all the short stories in the series. All together in chronological order! I read the Jane Yellowrock series initially last year (early in 2015) for the first time after Jessica from Rabid Reads recommended it to me.  I loved it.  Being OCD, I read everything in order and the short stories were in different books and not in order at all.  So I applaud this book of shorts. However, is this all the short stories or will there need to be an additional volume or updated volume with future stories?   Perhaps there could be a new edition when the series is complete? Short stories are VERY important to series. They allow the author to further develop […]


Dark Heir by Faith Hunter

Dark Heir by Faith Hunter

Posted June 29, 2015 by Jennifer in Book Review | 4 Comments

    Dark Heir is the 9th book in the Jane Yellowrock series and I still hate Leo! Why Jane doesn’t just stake him is the most infuriating part of the series.  Leo is one of those “gray” characters, he’s not 100% good and not 100% evil. In fact all the vampires are pretty much in the same area as Leo. Oh sure some are more evil than others but Faith Hunter’s vampires are not the cuddly kind, not even the “nice” ones. Like many of the vampire troubles Jane finds herself in is due in big part to the Master of New Orleans, Leo. Jane and her partners, the Younger brothers are trying to stop a crazy old suck head that Leo had chained […]


Dark Heir by Faith Hunter

Dark Heir by Faith Hunter

Posted April 7, 2015 by Anne in Blog Tour, Book Review | 12 Comments

I couldn’t wait to read Dark Heir and it arrived when I was really busy so I had to actually put it down and it took over a week to read, instead of a day!  Oh the torture. I’m so comfortable with these characters and the world now.  They feel like the dearest of friends, and enemies.  I especially enjoy the relationship which has developed with Jane and her partners, the Younger brothers.   Especially since I don’t like how things are with Molly and I haven’t for awhile.   This is a series which should be read in order; this would not be as much fun as a standalone book. Now I have to say the humor, in this book, felt better than many of the previous […]


Off the Grid by Faith Hunter

Off the Grid by Faith Hunter

Posted March 9, 2015 by Jennifer in Book Review | 4 Comments

    Off the Grid was originally published in Black Water, a collection of Jane Yellowrock and it takes place between Blood Trade and Black Arts. Jane is set to the Knoxville, TN area by NOLA Master suck head, Leo, to help solve the case of a missing vampire. Jane finds herself in the middle of a sicko religious cult that treats the women (and girls) has their “heavenly play things”. While Jane is figuring out what the missing vampire has to do with the cult she runs into a young woman in the woods named Nell. It doesn’t matter if the team of Faith Hunter and Khristine Hvam get together for a 16+ hour audio or for one that’s just 2 hours long like Off the Grid, […]


Anne Sits Down with Faith Hunter

Anne Sits Down with Faith Hunter

Posted February 12, 2015 by Anne in Author Interview | 12 Comments

Jessica (Rabid Reads) recommended this series and it was a good choice for me. I started reading devouring a book a day and even reading all the novellas, in order, because I’m OCD like that. I was sucked in and ignored my real life for over a week. The main character’s starting point is not unlike Kate Daniels in that she is a solitary fighter with few people in her life.  She develops relationships in the series but it is not easy for her. This is urban fantasy not romance. Jane Yellowrock is a fascinating character with Beast, that dual voice complexity,  and all the facets of the world where she lives. Beast can be funny. There are vampires, weres, witches and more. I enjoy […]