Curse on the Land by Faith Hunter
November 1, 2016 – Roc
328 p- Urban Fantasy, Fiction
Purpose: Review, #KindleProject
Source: Netgalley, Publisher
I was given a copy of this title, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.
Once again, Hunter has written something that has captivated me. This is the second book in the series, and it doesn’t fall into that trap that second books often do. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Nell, and listening to her tell the story. This is different in so many ways than the first book, but I don’t think that it is a bad thing. Nell has learned so much about herself and her powers, but there is still so much that she doesn’t know.
While she is made part of the team, she doesn’t immediately trust them with everything. As she discovers that there’s something wrong with her land, the team gets a case that looks as if it’s a magical poisoning of a nearby site. She fears that what is happening at the site is because of her and/or blood. Instead of telling the team of her fears, she keeps quiet about it, trying to put the pieces together herself and disclosing what is relevant to the case. Though Tandy can sense that something is different, he offers to help if she needs it.
Once again the team is investigating a case that is in Nell’s wheelhouse, moving her from the normal probie status into a crucial and active member. As she is investigating, Nell also learns more about her team members and sees sides of them that she does not necessarily like. At the same time, she is learning/rediscovering her family. I don’t want to say too much about this, because it is the second book in the series. While it stands on its own, there are some things that have carried over from the first book, and things that are left for the next book. What I will say that is if you enjoyed the first one, you will definitely enjoy this one. Nell isn’t perfect, but her way is a mixture of bumbling and naiive, which makes her a fun character. She doesn’t behave as a special agent should, mainly because she doesn’t understand it all. She is moving further away from being a church woman but not quite federal agent. But she knows how to work people and she is learning how to control her connection to the land.
I could go on, and on, but I will end this by saying this was a fun book. You get more of Nell and you get more of Unit 18. While there may be a budding romance, and uncovered romance, it takes a backseat to the case and other issues that need to be addressed. I can’t wait to read the next installment, Flame in the Dark, and I am hoping that it will not be the last one.
**Special Note: Again, I have not read any of the Jane Yellowrock books so I cannot compare the two. But, I did go out and grab the first two of that series to start as soon as I finish with the Soulwood Books. **