Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Curse on the Land is the second installment in author Faith Hunter's Soulwood series. Nell Ingram returns to her Soulwood home having completed much of her training and earning a special circumstances waiver. As a newly minted Psychometry Law Enforcement Agent in probationary status, Nell has little time to relax and catch up with her family, before she is pulled back to work dealing with several different issues in and around her hometown.
At home, Nell has issues with her land thanks to her previous encounter with members of God's Cloud of Glory Church who she broke away from. Nell's magical connection to the earth really is something and unexplainable. She can tell where the darkness is, and where she can recharge. We know that her lands gives her powers of healing and she knows that something needs to be done to cleanse her land. But, with a full time job now in front of her, she will need to address things as she is able. Nell also has a chance to actually be around her family without feeling guilty about past transgressions against her.
As a newly minted "probie" agent, who now belongs to PsyLED Unit 18 along with Rick, Jojo, T. Laine, Tandy, and Occam, Nell has to deal with a possible radioactive accident that has affected a local Knoxville pond and as well as a local neighborhood. As a new agent, Nell has to learn the insides and outs of working with local police, and other federal agencies who are called in when things go sideways. After being attacked, Nell knows that there is something in the earth that not only likes her, but doesn't belong there. As a probie, even though she is ready to carry the brunt of the grunt work, she's become an important part of the team.
As Nell and teammates scurries like bunny rabbits trying to figure out the cause of the magical exposure incident, there are multiple incidents where wildlife and humans are being affected. Humans become violent, Animals, like geese and deer tend to walk around in circles before dying. I dare say that there is a whole lot of information provided by the author. I could say there is a bit too much, but this is Nell's new world now. She needs to be able to understand the acronyms while also dealing with others in her new capacity.
What is intriguing to me is how Hunter is dealing with the whole Nell and Occam issue. Will Nell and Occam be a couple, or are they just closer than teammates should be? Have to say that he is a typical southern man who isn't afraid to protect Nell from harm even when she puts herself in harm's way and doesn't feel like she needs anyone to save her. I am kind of curious to the entire Rick episode, and really I should say I am happy to see his previous exploits come back to bite him in the ass.
As a reader of both Soulwood and Jane Yellowrock, I am happy that the series cross but don't necessarily become a crossover episode like Supergirl and Flash. I like having certain characters from Jane's inner circle intermingle with Nell who always has some very interesting questions for Jane. I also am curious as to what Nell really is. Officially, she's being called non-human, paranormal, undifferentiated, but what exactly does that mean? I have to agree with other readers in saying that this series feels like an X-files episode, crossed with maybe Ghostbusters, which really doesn't bother me all that much.
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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.
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