Set in the same world as the New York Times best-selling Jane Yellowrock novels, an all-new series starring Nell Ingram, who wields powers as old as the earth.
When Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she was almost alone in the world, exiled by both choice and fear from the cult she was raised in, defending herself with the magic she drew from her deep connection to the forest that surrounds her.
Now, Jane has referred Nell to PsyLED, a Homeland Security agency policing paranormals, and agent Rick LaFleur has shown up at Nell's doorstep. His appearance forces her out of her isolated life into an investigation that leads to the vampire Blood Master of Nashville.
Nell has a team - and a mission. But to find the Master's kidnapped vassal, Nell and the PsyLED team will be forced to go deep into the heart of the very cult Nell fears, infiltrating the cult and a humans-only terrorist group before time runs out....
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THE WAY THE WOOD SWALLOWED THE BAD GUYS
THERE WERE PLACES WERE WE CAN LAUGH OR CRY
Although I never read anything from this author, nor the Jane yellowrock series as a whole. I found this book rather interesting and it makes me want to read more about the world they live in. The narrative is simple and sweet and filled with questions you are looking forward to getting answered in the latter books. The narration is excellent. Her voice gives the character life.
It took me quite a while to get going on this book but as I have really enjoyed Jane Yellowrock I persevered. Worth it in the end. Looking forward to seeing how this series will evolve as I start the next Soulwood which was conveniently released yesterday!
I'm always a bit hesitant about spin off stories as they don't always live up to original, but this one is simply brilliant. The character of Nell is beautifully observed and she fits perfectly within her landscape which is just different enough from the original books to not jar. Of course there are references to Jane Yellowrock and the incident that first brought Nell into, view but you can read this as a stand alone without having read that book and understand it perfectly. The exploration of the strength of women and of family even within a cult is done well and sympathetically and the story itself held my attention from the beginning.
It is very well read with really good accents (to an English ear I'm not sure if an American would agree) with good characterisation and I cannot wait to hear the next one.
We met Nell during one of Jane's adventures - We don't know what Nell is but PsyLED is very interested in her. Ricky-bo LaFleur visits along with Paka and Rick's motley crew. They involve Nell in a case as a consultant but she helps them solve it and protect her land at the same time.
Khristine Hvam has one of those voices that makes listening to a book a pleasure. For me she is Jane and Beast and now Nell too
Set in Jane Yellowrocks world but a completely different book with little crossover, except for Rick LaFleur who heads a SILAD team who feature. Even Rick doesnt feature too heavily though with newer characters in the team having the lions (or leopards) share of the action
It may help a little with background if you read Off the Grid as I did , but its by no means a requirement.
It may also help if you read some of the Jane Yellowrock books but again the book would work stand alone.
In this book we have a new heroine Nell, different to Jane in many ways but just as likeable and once she figures a few things out about her power just as capable too. I love her
The book starts off slow introducing us to Nell and the world she inhabits. To be honest its not so gripping but it is necessary to build the picture before the main action starts, dont give up but keep going and it gets a lot better. We see Nells character blossom as she is dragged into a good v bad battle. We have new paranormals not in the Jane series and as well as a great action story and a really good deep back story with believable characters you feel you can relate to.
The book itself is a complete story and doesn't leave any ends hanging, but clearly sets up the potential for a sequel which I hope doesn't take Faith too long to write.
My only complaint - and its a minor one is the use of Khristine Hvam as the narrator, as she uses exactly the same voice and intonations as she does for Jane in the other series. If you haven't listened to these I am sure this is just fine but I found it a little distracting. She still does a good job though and the book is not spoiled by this
Well at first I was slightly sceptical about this spin off book and it being narrated by Kristina who I associate so much as Jane Yellowrock but as I got into the story it didn't matter she took me by the hand and led me through the story I could feel soul wood myself! Faith Hinter is an excellent story teller and keeping the book linked to Jane and bringing in Ricky bo was clever I thoroughly enjoyed this book so much I cannot wait to see how the story unfolds. Ps I have the hots for Oakham too!!
This book starts out slow but stick with it, it's worth it. This is a very promising start to a new series, and a great spin off from the Jane Yellowrock series. The characters are well written as usual and the story was good. Hvam did an excellent job as always and really helped to bring the characters and the story to life. Will definitely be getting the next book.
"Faith Hunter hits it out of the Park!"
Blood of the Earth is a spin-off from the popular Jane Yellowrock series. Ms. Hunter has done a great job creating a book that stands alone, so it is not necessary to read any of the Jane Yellowrock novels before starting Blood of the Earth. And even more impressive is the complete lack of the dread "InfoDump". Background information is added bit by bit as part of the natural flow of the narrative. Amazing writing.
The story follows Nell, a magic user with a connection to the old growth forest on her farm. Earth Magic, Blood Magic, Nasty Cult leaders, Vampires, and Law enforcement types hunting an assortment of evil doers keep the action going cover to cover.
For fans of the original Jane Yellowrock series, the major crossover character is PsyLed Special agent Rick LaFleur. Who many will be happy to know, is not a happy camper. Jane is frequently mentioned, Alex Younger makes a brief contribution, as does the Vampire Clan Glass (one of the twin Ming sisters clan). Paka the African Black Leopard mate to Rick, is part of the PsyLed team chasing the bad guys. (Things that make you go hummm,,, watch for Paka's effect on Nell's feral cats)
Kristine Hvam does her usual wonderful job with the narration.
Great writing, interesting world, new characters, a compelling woman who grows into herself in the course of the book. Highly recommended for long time fans, or first time readers. And the best part? The second book in the trilogy with be out later this year!!!!
"if you like Jane..."
If you like Jane Yellow rock, you will love Nell!
While both of Faith Hunter's protagonists are searching for self, Nell has further to go. She is softer than Jane, yet tough in her own right. Hunter has given us a complex story as well as a new team of characters to care about. For those who love Jane Yellow rock, there are crossover characters from that series. I was happy to see Rick again, and see how life is treating him without Jane. I admit, I want more Nell, more than I want more Jane. I never thought that was possible.
"Something Old and Something New :-)"
Faith Hunter steps outside of her beloved Jane Yellowrock series to give us something old and something new.
This series follows the PhyLed unit of Jane's ex-boyfriend, Rick, as he works a case with new recruits. Our leading lady is an exiled cult member, Nell, who has to adjust to having so many new people and gadgets in her world.
The development of Nell's character is the best part of the book. To watch her go from a sheltered church girl to a smart mouthed consultant for Rick is quite humorous. Not sure if it was intended, but the book gives some hope to those Jane+Rick fans.
The book hits on topics like under age marriage, submissive women, and church cults. I feel like Faith Hunter did a great job of telling the story without trying to force the reader to feel a certain way towards those controversial topics.
Overall, this isn't Jane Yellowrock. It reminds me of a diet soda... Better than nothing but doesn't pack a punch like the real thing. There isn't alot of action. The characters have milder personalities The books main focus is introducing the characters. It's a good first book and the makings of a great series.
Blood of the Earth is simply amazing! The plot grabs you from the beginning, and doesn't let go! Nell is a strong woman who is full of sass, and has to overcome her past in order to help do what's right. It was very well written, and the plot twists flowed together. And for the Jane Yellowrock readers, Ricky Bo gets some very nice karmic payback! Faith Hunter did a wonderful job, and I can't wait to read book 2!
"Very good start to the series :)"
This was a very good start to this series. I've read the Jane Yellowrock series, including [book:Off the Grid|25379472] which is the short story that Nell was introduced in but I don't think you need to read the Yellowrock series for this story to make sense. I will admit that since I'm a fan of Jane, I had a bit of discomfort reading about Rick and his weird pseudo relationship with Paca. Thankfully, that relationship isn't concentrated on too heavily once Rick and Paca are introduced so it can be somewhat ignored after a bit.
Nell is a woman that was raised in a cult. The cult is a church group that believes in living off the grid, not trusting the government and practicing multiple wife marriages. The leader of the church tried to claim Nell as his wife when she was barely 12 years old. She managed to escape this fate but ended up on her own, plagued by the church men who try to force her to come back to the cult whether she wants to go or not.
In [book:Off the Grid|25379472], Jane Yellowrock contacted Nell looking for info on the cult because members had kidnapped a vampire that Jane had been tasked with getting back. Jane had contacted Rick to see about hooking Nell up with PsyLED, a Homeland Security agency policing paranormals, thinking her association with them might provide her some protection from the cult. Rick shows up eventually for Nell's help with a local issue but his arrival is almost too late. Nell agrees to work with the team but since she's been on her own for years, she has some trouble being around people constantly.
Nell isn't exactly human...she has a strong connection to the earth and plants, especially those on her land. As she starts working with the team, she starts to learn more about what she can and can't do. Some of it is gratifying but some is a bit scary for a girl raised under strict bible precepts. TBH, the whole situation pushes Nell out of her comfort zone because although she's been on her own for years, she's been more of a hermit and never actually broke out of the behavioral niche the cult had stuck her in. As Nell learns more about herself, she starts to break out of her shell and live life. When the story ends, the current crisis has been handled but Nell is firmly involved with the PsyLED team and will be working with them in the future.
I thought this story was very enjoyable. I liked Nell as the heroine. She's smart and logical while also being kind and caring (but not in a pushover way). I also liked seeing her learning to stick up for herself more and breaking away from the restrictions she and others had put on her. There's no romance in this story. It seems like there could be an attraction to someone (no, not Rick!) but it's barely a hint right now (a hint I like) so we'll have to see where things go in the next book. Overall, I liked this story very much and would recommend it. :)
"Faith Hunter still doesn't disappoint!"
I appreciate how Ms. Hunter has kept us in the same world and time period as Jane Yellowrock. We have characters with background and characteristics we are already aware of, yet are taken on a completely new and exciting adventure that also gives us more insight on their lives and new characters.
I loved it! I am a huge Faith Hunter fan! I was pulled in from the very beginning. I can't wait for the 2nd book in the series. I highly recommend this book!
You do not need to know the Jane Yellowrock books to read this first book of the Soulwood Trilogy. But this book is just as good as any Jane Yellowrock novel, and gives us a peak into characters introduced through those books. This is a fast paced novel, and it will leave you wanting the next book to be out tomorrow.
"As good as ever!"
I love Faith Hunter's imagination and depth. Her characters are fully developed as are her stories. This is a super addition.
"From the author of Jane Yellowrock - a new series"
I've been sick..in bed-bored with TV. I re-listened to the Jane Yellowrock series-which I love better than Kevin Hearne's 'Iron Druid' series (hard to believe but yeah) and decided to try yet another series set in the same world of vampires, were's, shape shifters and witches.
The 'Soulwood' series (2 books out when I started) is read by the wonderful narrator who gives voice to all the various characters in Yellowrock, Khristine Hvam. This woman is by far the fest female narrator around these days-she has the ability to bring voice to so many different characters...I don't know how she does it, but she does it well!
The "Soulwood" storyline is quite different-the protagonist a country woman who escaped from a cult that believed in polygamy and marriage of gifs at 12. She has a different ability than Jane Yellowrock..the ability to nurture her growing environment..the garden loves her and responds. Her church thinks she's evil and at least a witch if not something worse.
I don't know where Faith Hunter comes up with her characters-she has a vivid imagination and a wonderful ability to write books that translate beautifully to the audible book environment.
A series well worth starting as you wait for the next Yellowrock book to come out.
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