Blood of 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 ...more
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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 choic ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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 ...more
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 ...more
So remember Nell the woman who escaped a cult but ended up living next door to it? There's just something magical about ...more
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 ...more
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...more
Holy Carnivorous Trees Batman!
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, carnivorous fore ...more
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 ...more
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 sor ...more
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 ...more
The struggle I had with the beginning of Blood of the Earth stemmed from a disconnect I had wi ...more
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 Gl ...more
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 ...more
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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. Jane referred Nell to PsyLED, a Homeland Security agency policing paranormals, and agent Rick LaFleur has shown up at Nell’s doorstep. Now, Nell has a team—and a mission. But to find the vampire Blood ...more
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 ...more
WOW, I LOVED THIS STORY…
This excellent new series, Blood of the Earth, is part of the Jane Yellowrock world. When Jane came into Nell Ingram’s forest in the short story, Off the Grid, Nell was alone in the world, exiled from the cult she was raised in, (which ironically her property is next to) defending herself with the magic she draws f ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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Her Rogue Mage novels—Bloodring, Seraphs, Host, and the RPG Rogue Mage—feature Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage in a post-apocalyptic alternate reality.
The Soulwood series is a dark-urban fantasy / paranormal ...more
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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.”