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Blood of the Earth

(Soulwood #1)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  7,049 ratings  ·  644 reviews
Set in the same world as the New York Times bestselling 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
Mass Market Paperback, 358 pages
Published August 2nd 2016 by Roc
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Regenia It connects to Jane's universe via the short story "Off the Grid." That story can be found in Black Water or Blood in Her Veins.…moreIt connects to Jane's universe via the short story "Off the Grid." That story can be found in Black Water or Blood in Her Veins.(less)

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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
2/7/18 - ON SALE for $2.99:

Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

4.5 stars

I've been waiting for BLOOD OF THE EARTH, the first installment of Faith Hunter's new SOULWOOD urban fantasy series since she revealed its existence at Dragon Con 2014. It was still being written at the time, but based on the details Hunter revealed--set in Oak Ridge, TN, with a maybe Fae (or at least part Fae) heroine--I've been squeeing internally for nearly two years.

1. Fae are my supernatural creature of ch
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really, really good urban fantasy.

I think when many modern fantasy writers sit down to create, this is the kind of narrative they seek: intelligent, charismatic and fantastic – the kind of fantasy that draws a reader in, engages and entices hidden yearnings towards a world close to ours but something more.

I reached out to this new series because I was intrigued by Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series, but came away wanting more about Nell and her Soulwood setting.

Nell is a what?

I can’t say for sure
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
*** 4.35 ***

A buddy read with the Wednesday UF fanatics!!!

Well this was very different from what I was expecting! Having read 10 books of Jane Yellowrock, I kind of thought that this will be in the same mold. After all, it is a spin-off of JY, it is happening in the same universe, and Ricky Bo is one of the leading characters. Actually, if I had known that he was so prominent in this book I probably would have passed on reading it at all. I hate the dude! He has been on my shit list for ever and
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is my squeal of excitement; I got my hands on Blood of the Earth a Jane Yellowrock world spin off.

We were first introduced to Nell Ingram in Black Water as a side characters to a Jane Yellowrock tale. When Jane goes off to find a missing Mithran she discovers Nell, a woman who has an unusual ability to feel and connect with nature and ALL its power. Jane was taken with Nell and mentions her abilities to PsyLED, a paranormal Homeland Security group that Rick LaFleur now works for.

PsyLED and
Robin (Bridge Four)
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sale Alert: Yes that's right I liked this one way more than Jane Yellowrock and it is the audible daily deal today for $5.95 here

4.25 Nell What Are You Stars

Jane Yellowrock is one of those UF series that I can completely take or leave. I like it, it’s okay but if I wasn’t reading it with other people it isn’t one I’d run out to buy the newest book in on release day. That said I LOVED Nell and her Soulwood.

Nell is completely a character I mostly get and can relate to for the most part. She is so
Blown away. You can really tell when an author has grown (plant pun!!!) when she can take characters you don't really like and make them likeable. When she can set up a spinoff in the same world as her amazing other series and make it not only stand extremely well on its own, but make it so incredible that you beg for more.

Blood of the Earth literally has me begging for book two. I am so glad that Curse on the Land comes out in November, because I am in desperate need for more of this creatively
Douglas Meeks
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Well let me start off by saying that this is a spin-off from the Jane Yellowrock series and while it might help a small bit to read that series it is really not required to enjoy this one, especially since a lot of things we thought we knew prove to be false.

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 requ
Marta Cox
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-reviews, netgalley
This is Nells book yes I repeat Nell. Why do I say that you ask? Well there are lots of people who adore this authors Jane Yellowrock series who detest, loathe and absolutely despise a certain character who is featured here. Well don't look away, don't sigh but do enjoy the fact that that character does kind of get what's coming but to say more would spoil the fun, just ouch!!!!
So remember Nell the woman who escaped a cult but ended up living next door to it? There's just something magical about
Mogsy (MMOGC)
2.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I have a feeling I’m going to be the sole voice of dissent on this one. It’s not that thought Blood of the Earth was a bad book, but quite honestly I was expecting a lot more. However, it should be made known that this was the first time I’ve ever read Faith Hunter; I’ve never read any of the books in the Jane Yellowrock series, and maybe that was part of the problem. A spinoff can be a tricky beast, and though this can
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

19/04/2017 UF Wednesday buddy reading with my awesome friends over at BB&B!! You girls and boy are the best!

Real life was always a lot more bloody and had a lot fewer happy endings than movies.

Nell Ingram grew up in a church cult, but luckily found a way out when they tried to force her to marry at twelve. For the last decade she has learned to defend herself from those who wish to harm her and take her land. For Nell is different than others, her magic allowed her to form a deep bond

Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)
At A Glance
Holy Carnivorous Trees Batman!
The Good
Hands down, you have never read a story like this. What a concept! Okay, before I go squeeing all over, let me just say Blood of the Earth is the first book from a spin-off series (Soulwood) from the Jane Yellowrock series that I love. Though the style is similar, this is a whole other playground. I can't even really describe what the book is about without going off on a tangent, so here is a glimpse: crazy cult people, blood, carnivor
As a child growing up in a polygamous cult, Nell escaped the constrictions of cult life and marriage to the evil cult leader by agreeing to become the second wife of John Ingram. After his first wife died and then later he died, she found herself alone on a parcel of land that borders the land owned by the church.

She has lived on her own, with shotguns at every window always fearing the day the men from the church came for her. But she has more than just shotguns. It's her land, through the ear
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
This excellent new series, Blood of the Earth, is part of the Jane Yellowrock world. When Jane came blasting into Nell Ingram’s domain in the short story, Off the Grid, she set Nell’s life on a new course by referring her to Rick LaFleur and PsyLED. Nell has some special magical talent that even she does not fully understand. She has lived very alone, after her much older husband passed, and in fear of the religious cult she grew up in. Nell reluctantly joins up with Rick’s team composed of an u ...more
Sheyla ✎
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it

Faith Hunter's UF books are a must for me. They have the perfect combination of action and romance I have come to expect from this genre. It helps that I love her other characters in this world: Beast, Jane, and Bruiser.

I was looking forward to reading this new series which is set in the same world as Jane Yellowrock. Even more important, Jane has met Nell and she is the catalyst to Nell's life becoming even more interesting.

Nell Ingram was part of a cult as a child. She left God’s Cloud of
*Source* Publisher/Blog Tour
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0

*MY Thoughts*

Blood of the Earth is the first installment in Faith Hunter's new series called Soulwood. This is a spin-off series that features 23-year old Nell Nicholson Ingram. Readers first met Nell in Jane Yellowrock's short story called Black Water. Nell is totally off the grid and that's exactly the way she likes it. The only identification she has, is a library card which she uses several times a week. When Jane first met her, sh
*I gave this audiobook an A for the narration and A- for the story at AudioGals*

Narration by Khristine Hvam

This audiobook defies convention. Jam-packed with a number of different themes, from a polygamist cult to vampires, shapeshifters, witches, and everything in between, Blood of the Earth is sure to keep the listener entertained with its highly unique and well thought out, complex urban fantasy world. Add to that Khristine Hvam’s narration, which is simply divine and adds a whole other level
RachelW (BamaGal)
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Currently running for .99 at Amazon...

Regular readers of the “Jane Yellowrock” series will remember Nell Ingram as the woman who let Jane use her land to access the property of Nell’s former ‘Church’ to rescue a missing vampire. Jane saw something in Nell, and referred PsyLED to her. There’s really not much of Nell’s background that is not explained in the summary, so I’ll skip all that; but there really is a lot to Nell. As the book begins, Rick LaFluer has come to recruit Nell as a ‘consultant
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Whew! Finally finished with this one! It had a slow start and though it did pick up a little bit in the last third of the book, it was too little, too late. By then I had mentally checked out and was mostly skimming by reading only the dialogue lines. The repetitiveness of the references to the main character's upbringing in a religious cult and her little understood connection to the woods wore thin fast. I got it the first 20 times, I swear. But I can still enjoy an imperfect book - I do it al ...more
"Blood of the Earth is a fantastic start to the Soulwood series."

Read this review in its entirety at Fresh Fiction
Jacob Proffitt
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm a fan of Hunter's Jane Yellowrock series and this is an offshoot of that one. It is, however, a very mild offshoot (meaning that you really don't need to know anything about the other to enjoy this one). And this was a great story and a lot of fun.

I really liked Nell, even if I have a hard time with her background for technical reasons. I liked how strong and independent Nell is right from the start. And that she has obviously taken time and no small amount of effort to become educated beyon
So much to say about this book. But first things first. When I saw the book was at NetGalley, I only saw Faith Hunter and New Series before hitting the request button. Only AFTER being approved did I realized that 1)It was a spin-off and 2)There was a character development I would miss and being spoiled about if I read it before being up to date.

Sadly, I only managed to read Skinwalker before diving in into this one – yep, Steven is still disappointed with me – but, I must confess that after thr
Maria Dimitrova
Buddy read with the UF freaks of BB&B

Blood of the Earth is the first book in a spin-off series set in the Jane Yellowrock universe. At first I was a bit apprehensive because I was warned that one of my least favourite characters from the JY series will have a major role here. If you've read some of my reviews of the other series you know that I mostly hate Rick - I've bitched about him a lot! So it came as a surprise that I not only didn't mind his presence here but I actually felt a bit sorry f
Originally posted at Heroes and Heartbreakers-

Faith Hunter’s powerful voice and exceptional skills comes through crystal clear in her latest urban fantasy series that expands upon her very popular Jane Yellowrock world. Blood of the Earth stars Nell Ingram, a young woman who wields a dark and potentially deadly elemental power rooted deep in the earth itself.

“I am not a witch. I am something far more dangerous. "

Readers first met Nell in the short story, O
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted at my website, Leona Woolfolk*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.
When I started Blood of the Earth by Faith Hunter my excitement spiked because I knew with a Faith Hunter story I would get a great dose of fantasy and suspense. What I didn't expect, though, was to end up only liking two characters out of Blood of the Earth and struggling to
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This review is based on an ARC I received from NetGalley. It is an honest review and the advanced receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

Wow! This story was fantastic! This book is a spinoff from the Jane Yellowrock series and it is an urban fantasy like no other. I love how this book is written. There are human elements, paranormal elements and also this sentient earth element. The villains are truly despicable and vile. The heroine is down to earth, honest, and so very traumatize
Aug 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Review from Tenacious Reader:

2.5/5 stars

Blood of the Earth is the first in a new series by Faith Hunter. It is a spin-off from her Jane Yellowrock books, which I have not read, and so I confirmed this would be a good entry point before reading. I definitely never felt I was missing information, or was hindered by having not read Jane Yellowrock. That said, I did feel like my reading experience definitely lacked something. This is a hard review to write be
Bambi Unbridled
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So this was my first read by Faith Hunter... I know, I know - I have been living under a rock! I have been meaning to start the Jane Yellowrock series, but I'm so far behind that I need to pick a month where I can work them all in at once. Soon, I promise! This is a new spinoff series from Jane Yellowrock, but I didn't feel confuzzled for not having read the main series. So you should be fine if you have been keeping me company under my rock.

This story is so unique! I imagine the series will con
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I've just finished reading Blood of the Earth and I feel momentarily speechless. Just trying to gather my thoughts enough to write a review that Blood of the Earth truly deserves.
I knew that Faith Hunter's spin off series would be good. But in truth it's so much more that good, great or even awesome.
I love Nell's character and I feel that Faith will have a lot of fun developing and growing Nell's life and story.
Occram, well I really loved this sweet were-leopard I could see
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
There are things I liked and others I didn't. I mostly hated the repetition inside Nell's head within the same paragraphs, chapters and book as a whole.

One thing I did like is my Rickybo. I like that it seems magic may have a hold on him and can explain some of his past actions regarding Jane. Personally I wish he could somehow get rid of were taint and be with Jane whom he loves still. I don't like who she's with after what that guy did. I think it was worse than what Rick did now that we have
A dark and sometimes grim, but nevertheless charming urban fantasy. Imaginative worldbuilding and lovable characters (well, except the bad guys).

Occam’s eyebrows went up in surprise and a slow smile spread across his face. “You look like some sweet lil’ ol’ thang,” he said his Texan twang suddenly strong, “but you got some spunk, don’tchu, Nell, sugar?”
“Nell, sugar?” Sam said, menace in his tone.
“Occam can call me anything he wants,” I said, eyeing the Texan cat. “I gave him permission, and I do
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“I walked across the two feet of drive to the lawn and stepped slowly onto the grass. It wasn't a wild grass, of course, but it was happy grass. Some variety of centipede, the mat
stretching across the open spaces, the leaves and roots and runners heavily steeped in time and good water and care and nitrates. It felt…satisfied, maybe, and very oddly, it also felt...snobbish, if grass can feel snobbish. My own mixed grasses at home felt useful, functional, and beneficial. "You are supposed to be eaten," I told the snobbish grass softly, "by
sheep and cattle and goats and geese. You are foodstuff."
"Nell?" Rick asked.
"Nothing," I said, walking away, the grass tickling my arches and pressing up between my toes. "Just talking to the grass.”
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