Blood Of The Earth: A Soulwood Novel by Faith HunterBlood Of The Earth: A Soulwood Novel by Faith Hunter

Blood Of The Earth: A Soulwood Novel

byFaith Hunter

Mass Market Paperback | August 2, 2016

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In this series set in the same world as the Jane Yellowrock novels, New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter introduces 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...
Faith Hunter is the New York Times bestselling author of the Jane Yellowrock series and the Rogue Mage series.
Title:Blood Of The Earth: A Soulwood NovelFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 6.81 × 4.25 × 1 inPublished:August 2, 2016Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0451473302

ISBN - 13:9780451473301

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE this! I LOVE Nell! I decided I'd better catch up on the Soulwood series in preparation for Cold Reign coming out in a week or so. Why didn't I read this sooner?! There are so many great characters to love in this new series...Occam, Tandy... we have previously met Rick and Paka (who I still don't love) and Pea. I also love how Faith Hunter always weaves the church and faith into her stories. Granted, this one was more of a cult, but she still had a lot to teach us about religion, faith and family bonds. "Real religion is about love and redemption and healing, not putting people down, segregating them into smaller...groups so they can be controlled." As usual, we get a lot of fantasy (urban fantasy) thrown in with a thriller/mystery and lots of relationships. I love the growth and self awareness Nell experienced in this first book and have no doubt that there will be a lot more in the next one.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Read with Unexpect Depth Wow. There is so incredibly much to unpack with this read. This novel addresses cultism, blind faith in authority, female empowerment, gender equality, violence against women, and in my mind most importantly how all of the above intersect and build of one another. Nell, as a lead character, works so well for me because she isn't your typical "strong female lead" found in most modern fiction. Her struggles for independence are real, and have fatal consequences that are realistic even though this is a work of fantasy. Nell's biggest risk isn't being discovered by the government, or losing a romantic interest; no. The biggest risk in Nell's life is being captured by a misogynistic, sadist, and violent cult that she escaped from in her youth. I found these stakes to much more worthy of my attention as a reader that the more typical tropes found in urban fantasy. The dynamic with her family, revealed closer to the end of the novel, was particularly enthralling for me. It was refreshing in it's surprise factor. I didn't see it coming and felt it added an emotional element to the conclusion that was missing beforehand. This is a tale of strength. And all of it's various incarnations. From the persecuted, and abused womenfolk of the cult, to the young men in the cult who bide their time to avenge and protect, to Nell who comes into her own surrounded by those she can't trust because she has been so mistreated. I loved this read, and recommend it to those looking for a read with teeth that will keep you up to the wee hours of the morning.
Date published: 2017-02-06

Editorial Reviews

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   More Praise for Faith Hunter’s Soulwood Novels“Urban Fantasy fans will love Nell Ingram and her unique way of handling life and those around her.”—Smexy Books“Vivid storytelling, intricate plot, and high-stakes tension.”—RT Book Reviews“Faith Hunter does a masterful job in writing this suspenseful exciting story, and has created a wonderful new heroine in Nell, who continues to grow into her powers.”—The Reading Café