Let me start this review with a big warning recomendation: DO NOT READ THIS BOOK UNLESS YOU ARE CAUGHT UP ON THE SERIES!
OK, while that might not be aLet me start this review with a big warning recomendation: DO NOT READ THIS BOOK UNLESS YOU ARE CAUGHT UP ON THE SERIES!
OK, while that might not be a great selling point it will keep you from reading some major spoilers unless you are one of those people that really like spoilers (yes Virginia, such people exist) and to be honest you might be OK to read it if the only novel you have missed was Dark Heir but then again since that is one of the best books in the series I think I will stick with my warning. This is a top shelf series and I would never recommend skipping any of them.
Alright, lets get to this book. It is a collection of 19 stories of which 2 are brand new BUT this whole book is laid out in a timeline fashion with just enough info in between stories to keep you straight as to where and when you are in the Jane Yellowrock world.
To be honest, I really thought I would just kind of scan over the previously published stories since I have read most if not all of them, give it 3-4 Stars and move on (since I really did not have time to read almost 600 pages) BUT, it seems I forget how addicting these stories can be and how much I enjoy them and since I don't have a photographic memory (or anything even remotely close) you start reading and realize there is a lot of the stories you forgot and before you know it you are drawn back in just like a new book. Needless to say I read every word between the covers.
The thing here is that these stories are following a timeline so they carry you along on the evolution of Jane Yellowrock as well as the evolution of several of the characters in the series. The new stories just kind of fall in and become part of the whole storytelling timeline and you never really acknowledge that the 2 new stories have any greater weight or entertainment value than the previously published stories. While I am a huge fan of Faith Hunter I suspect there are some other folks that deserve some serious kudos for selecting and laying out these stories in such a way that somebody like me that has pretty much read them all can enjoy them as much as any new book in the series. I have to admit that a couple of them did make me wish I could reread one or two of the novels but alas as a reviewer I don't have that kind of time.
Normally with a collection like this I break down each story and give it a rating to itself (as many of my fellow reviewers have) but this collection flows together so well and it really sets up not only the next novel in this series a bit but a new spin-off series forthcoming later this year (I can hardly wait) so I expect to be able to overdose on the world of Jane Yellowrock this year if such a thing is possible so, rating this as a collection with an actual movement in time and reminding all of us why we love this series so much I have to give it 5 Stars just for being an amazing entertainment accomplishment in what I was sure was going to be a boring money-grab. Well done indeed....more
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 isWell 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 required to try to reveal to us (and to Nell) who Nell really is and some questions are not answered easily and some will be revealed as we go down the road in this series. We get enough information fed to us along to keep the reader interest high and it gets more intense as the book progresses.
Nell after being approached by the PsyLED team starts to reveal a natural ability for investigative thinking in addition to whatever magical powers she might possess (which are kind of murky and get a bit clearer as we go along but still very mysterious). She hopes it will also give her some measure of safety on her own land from the cult that watches her.
For the first book of a series this has a very complex multifaceted plot in addition to the plotline of just trying to figure out who/what Nell is and what she can actually do, something she does not have the answer for when this story starts.
The main story revolves around the religious cult that Nell escaped from many years ago and to solve this crime she will have to revisit her previous life and a lot of things will be revealed along the way. The story is amazing.
Bottom line: First books in a series are usually much lighter than this one because the author usually wants to hook you in quickly. This one starts slow and continues to build throughout the story and you are indeed hooked long term by the end of this book. The characters are good, the ones on the team that are not fleshed out here will be in subsequent books I am sure since Nell seems to be the central character, this is a team story and we only get depth from 2-3 of them for this story. So 5 Stars for a excellent first book in the series and an exceptional story that just grabs you a bit tighter the farther in you go. I am glad I don't have to wait too long for the next one Curse on the Land in Nov 2016 ....more
This book took me a bit of reading to get into, the story was good, the opening was good, the characters were interesting but there was some spReview:
This book took me a bit of reading to get into, the story was good, the opening was good, the characters were interesting but there was some spark missing until about the 30-40% area. The plot is good and you get a good background on Danni but on Michael …. Not so much. Lot of stuff alluded to and I have to assume she is going to make this a series since there are few loose ends left hanging. The whole story revolves around a bust which has a very evil inhabitant and the mission to find it and destroy it. The romance develops along the way and the story becomes more intricate as we go along. This is a good combination of paranormal, mystery, thriller and romance all of which means I will buy the next book in what I hope will be a few more books at least. Without getting into the details she runs a shop that collects “things” some mundane and some evil and dangerous (which she obviously does not sell) and he hunts people that have evil stuff. He is an ex-cop among other things and seems to be a bit more than human but this book does not give us a ton of details which I figure will come out in subsequent books, all in all a good reading experience and a 4 Star rating....more
I should start by saying I purchased the first 2 books in this series A Hidden Fire and This Same Earth with no real expectations other than it lookedI should start by saying I purchased the first 2 books in this series A Hidden Fire and This Same Earth with no real expectations other than it looked mildly interesting. I could not have been more shocked to find myself pulled into a continuing story of which The Force of Wind is the 3rd installment of what is to be 4 books (One for each element Fire, Earth, Air and Water for book 4). So what I write here can be applied to the story as a whole because it is difficult to separate the parts from the whole. It is rare that a self published author writes a novel that can pull me into an emotional bond with the story and its characters. Starting with A Hidden Fire and through This Same Earth and now The Force of Wind I have been captured by the story of Gio and B. The simple romance with a bit of mystery thrown in that was the start of this journey has now come to a point where you are pulled though the characters growth and tragedy. Along with a cast of characters that is so memorable that you don’t need a listing to keep up with them, you learn in pieces the history of these people and you start to be emotionally bonded to them (as any great book should do). The Force of Wind has the most character growth, the most action and the most heartbreak and tragedy which is a step up from the usually PNR type books. I can truly say I have not gotten this involved in a story of this type in years and possibly the last time was Nora Roberts Circle Trilogy (which was an exceptional trilogy and 1 of only 2 of hers I ever read). I can’t really impart too much of the story because since each book builds on the last I could ruin it for people starting the books. Let me say that if you enjoy an evolving romance, characters that actually make mistakes and learn from them, secondary characters that are more than cutouts filling a page, this is a series for dedicated readers who may have tired of the typical “MINE” that comes with many PNR/UF novels. This 3rd installment takes us from the romance in book 1 to the complex background of many characters in book 2 and starts to become an epic story and I think the author grew along with her characters since each sequel has been better than its predecessor. This is a MUST READ for those with a desire to enjoy an excellent story well written, I can hardly contain myself waiting for the last book (A Fall of Water) in what I assume will be a satisfying end to what has become an epic struggle for revenge, love, family and peace. Ms Hunter, a job well done and I cannot wait to read the finale....more