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…
What I liked: Here’s the thing, I’m a huge fan of the Olympics. I don’t care who wins medals, I just like to watch all the different sports and pick up new ones. What does any of this have to do with reading Ms Hunter’s newest release, Blood of the Earth? I was pretty aggravated with Ms Hunter because I missed a few of my favorite events as I was completely involved in Nell’s world. Yep, in addition, I stayed up way past my bedtime two nights in a row trying to juggle the reading with the Olympic watching!
I love the Jane Yellowrock series…..LOVE IT. Now, dang it, Ms Hunter has got me hooked on yet another series. I base my reading enjoyment mostly on the characters. I have to like/love/hate the characters in a story to be enthralled. In Blood of the Earth, we’ve met a couple of the main characters, Nell from a previous audio novella (Off the Grid, Jane Yellowrock 7.5) and Rick LeFleur who was pretty much a regular in the Jane Yellowrock series (a love interest for Jane/Beast) until he ran off with another werecat. I loved Nell and renewed my like/hate relationship with Rick. We learn a bit more about Rick, his werecat lover, Paka and the enforcer, Pia, a grindylow. We’ve met them before but I enjoyed seeing them without Jane around because when Jane and Rick are together, I just want to smack the crap out of Rick. Ah, that’s off my chest.
Now, Nell, is a deep character and although we know she’s not exactly human, we don’t know what she is. Ms Hunter developed Nell so well I’m a bit star struck. Nell was mostly raised in God's Cloud of Glory Church (cult-like) until she was twelve years old. After a failed molestation, another church man and his first wife take in Nell. After Lydia dies, Nell becomes John’s legal and true wife, married according to Church and Tennessee law. John and his wives had distanced themselves from the Church as things seemed to be changing; and not in a good way. After John’s death, Nell inherits John’s land which the current leader of the Church thinks should be theirs. The bad part, the land is adjacent to Church land and Nell is constantly watched, shot at, and most of the time generally in fear of her life or the chance she will be kidnapped and returned to the Church.
It's at this time Rick and his team of new recruits (from PsyLED - Psychometry Law Enforcement Division of Homeland Security) show up needing Nell’s help. There is so much that happens in the first couple of meetings that I was bamboozled! Ms Hunter also drops a little nugget concerning Rick and Paka. Wow! I could go on and on but believe me, you will love this book!
I listened to/read Blood of the Earth. Khristine Hvam is one of my very favorite narrators. So put her narration with Ms Hunter’s writing and I am pretty much in book heaven! For some reason Ms Hvam just makes each and every character come alive. There’s no chance you’ll get the characters confused as she ensures each has their own voice and foibles.
What I didn’t like: I didn’t like losing sleep!! Every time I read a book by Ms Hunter, I tell myself I’m going to stop at a certain time. I never do and for those 36 hours or so of reading, mixed in with life, I go without sleep!!
I highly recommend Blood of the Earth. It would help a bit if you had read the Jane Yellowrock books but you could get by without. BUT WHY would you want to??