Urban Shaman

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Author: C E Murphy
Barcode/ISBN13: 9780373802982
ISBN: 0373802986
Imprint/Brand: Luna
Release Date: Jun 2009
Format: A Paperback
Series: Walker Papers 01
Number of Pages: 416
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Categories: Romance
Paranormal / Supernatural
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Joanne Walker has three days to learn to use her shamanic powers and save the world from the unleashed Wild Hunt.
No worries. No pressure. Never mind the lack of sleep, the perplexing new talent for healing herself from fatal wounds, or the cryptic, talking coyote who appears in her dreams.

And if all that's not bad enough, in the three years Joanne's been a cop, she's never seen a dead bodyóbut she's just come across her second in three days.

It's been a bitch of a week.

And it isn't over yet.

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Review by Karen Maric:

Urban Shaman
C. E. Murphy
Luna, 344 pages

Siobhŗn Walkingstick (a.k.a. Joanne Walker) is a half-Irish, half-Cherokee police officer / mechanic who becomes entangled with the Celtic god Cernunnos and the forces of the Wild Hunt in this original paranormal thriller.
With the help of a spirit guide, Coyote; a geriatric cabby; a cross-dressing policeman; and various other colourful characters and, of course, the internet Joanne must use her newfound healing skills and shamanistic powers to defeat and heal Cernunnosí insanely jealous son, Herne the Hunter.
Set in the gritty urban environment of Seattle in winter, Urban Shaman delivers an intriguing blend of Celtic and Native American mythology, influenced by Carlos Castanedaís writings on shamanism. Lots of plot twists and turns keep the reader guessing right up till the end. Despite the overly long and complicated denouement, I enjoyed this one.

Review by Stuart:

Urban Shaman by C.E. Murphy

Joanne Walker -- mechanic, cop, and unwitting urban shaman -- is the latest ghoul-butt kicking heroine in the supernatural-thriller genre.
She also heralds C.E. (Catie) Murphy as a potential new star to watch in the footsteps of Anita Blake, Tanya Huff and Jim Butcher.
Urban Shaman begins with Murphy writing at her delightful best. She introduces Walker as a smart and funny woman cop from Seattle with a wry outlook on life, yet with enough endearing quirks to break out of that same predictable archetypical mould. Her quirky observations and unforced style mark Walker an endearing character and Murphy a stylish writer of great promise.
We are hurled into the story immediately as Walker pursues, and is pursued by, the Wild Hunt ghostly horsemen led by an ancient demi-god on a bloody mission of mayhem to ultimately destroy the world.
Equally endearing supporting characters are introduced - your gruffly good natured taxi driver, your drop-dead gorgeous ghoul-bait blonde, your cross-dressing detective etc - not to mention the antagonist, the Horned God, Cernunnos. Or should that be horny? Our heroine seems to get the vapors over everyone except, perhaps, her cross-dressing pal.
Being a mechanic, our heroine tends to use a lot of vehicle analogies, so maybe itís fitting to say that the story starts well, picks up speed, then sadly the wheels fall off. After such a promising and enjoyable start, the tale never really kicks into gear as our heroine literally stumbles from event to event, and she is tutored in her sharmanic skills by an ethereal wolf while she is unconscious from the aforementioned stumbling. Yes, tragic.
There are more grizzly murders, however these are being committed by another mysterious antagonist and not the Wild Hunt which is strangely absent, evidently off somewhere searching for the plot.
Itís a shame Murphy wastes such an enjoyable beginning, fine narrative style and likeable characters by failing to grasp the necessity of cause and effect and relying instead on deus ex machina. Tension disappears when we realize Walker can magically heal herself and her friends from the most gruesome wounds and saving the world becomes obscurely inevitable.
And itís also inevitable that the main antagonist, Cernunnos (the horny one), inevitably escapes no doubt to re-appear for the inevitable next book in the inevitable trilogy.
Letís hope C.E. Murphy learns to control her heroineís hormones, and her plot, to realize her considerable potential.