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Shaman Rises (Walker Papers #9)

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Joanne Walker has two choices:

Defeat the enemy…or lose her soul trying

For over a year, Joanne has been fighting the Master—the world's most abiding evil entity. She's sacrificed family, friendships, even watched potential futures fade away…and now the Master is bringing the final battle to Joanne's beloved Seattle.

Lives will be lost as the repercussions of all Joanne's
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 24th 2014 by Harlequin Luna
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Jun 29, 2015 Susana rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: hardcore fans of the series
In 2014 this was the book I was desperate to read! I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen...
Little did I know that this was going to be boring as hell -_-
Full review to come.
It's hard to believe I've been reading this saga for 9 years! I read Urban Shaman when it first came out in 2005 and have been utterly captivated by this world, by these characters and their journey ever since. This book, the last book, tied up most everything and left me feeling hopeful and satisfied. At the same time find myself so sad that it's done. I don't want to leave these people. They are my family. They are strong, fragile, vulnerable, weak, imperfect, brave, determined and loyal.

CJ - So, you wanna play with magic?
3.6 - 3.9

An ARC was received by NetGalley and Mira in exchange for a fair an honest review

I wanted to love this. I waited a long time for this book and even longer for the culmination....and I was a little disappointed.

Everything felt rushed (which in all honesty, it's felt that way since book 7 - not counting "No Dominion" here) with no real development in terms of (view spoiler)

With Jo rushing arou
Kate Kirby
Jul 17, 2014 Kate Kirby rated it really liked it
It's tricky to write a review of a book like this, because it's book #9 in a series, so if you've made it this far you know what you're in for. And also, fair disclosure, the author is a friend of mine.

In a lot of ways this is quite different than the previous 8 Walker Paper books. While you've still got the very likeable protagonist, it doesn't have the mystery with lots of sudden plot twist structure of the others. Instead, we go quickly into Final Confrontation mode (okay, there are still som
Paige Ellen Stone
Jul 10, 2014 Paige Ellen Stone rated it it was amazing
This is one tough review for this reader to write. I am very sad to see this series end. This may well be the best volume in one of the best series I have ever read. C.E. Murphy deserves high praise for doing the nearly impossible, write a series in which every volume outdoes its predecessor. Murphy knows her readers well, very well indeed.
This finale moves along at a blistering and breathtaking tempo. Even Joanne Walker finds herself gasping for breath as the final battle with "the Master" expl
Jun 25, 2014 Charlotte rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-preorder, ebooks
Amazing ending to my favorite series. Nonstop action and emotional rollercoaster, ahoy! I gasped at least twice, cried, and bounced with joy. I didn't want to finish the book because I love this series and these characters so much, but I still couldn't put it down, and because of this book I honestly have no idea what I fed my kids yesterday. I also for some reason found my cell phone in the refrigerator. Anyway, if I were to complain about anything, it'd be that I would have liked more time wit ...more
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It's been a brutal year filled with non-stop changes for Joanne Walker. This is the end for her. The Master who has destroyed her life is finally going to confront her directly. Or is he? Joanne experiences even more loss in this book. While she's fighting him directly, he is using her friends and loved ones against her.

Ms. Murphy weaves a tale of heart-break, betrayal and a happily for now. This book leaves a reader feeling unresolved in some aspects while explaining why the Master is the way h
Sep 04, 2014 Lokki rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Shaman Rises is the thrilling conclusion to the wild, out-of-body experience that is the Walker Papers series. Picking up right where Mountain Echoes left off, Joanne is barely given time to catch her breath before she is flying home to her beloved Seattle to stop an ancient evil from destroying the city.

This book is like a going away party for the series. All our favourite characters are back and even a few mere acquaintances make appearances. Mainly, it was great to get to see Gary, Billy, Coy
Jun 12, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I was given a copy of this book by NETGALLEY, for an honest REVIEW.
C.E. Murphy does it again with SHAMAN RISES. She takes you on wild ride that leaves you gasping and wondering what the next page will reveal. This book has non-stop action, with a well-developed story line and character development. Joanne is a SHAMAN RISING coming into her own finally getting a grip on his SHAMAN gig. When she thinks that she has no more to give, she finds that one little spark that gives her the reason to defea
May 28, 2014 Hilary rated it it was amazing
As the author notes, this has been a long series so the short introductory book-by-book recap was very useful in reminding me of the overall outline without giving away details (especially as I just realized I'd missed one).

It's beginning to feel that all the bad guys are thinking, "Let's break Joanne". With great talent and power comes great responsibility, and she - as always - steps up to the plate willingly, throwing everything she has and is into the fray. Her loyal friends, Gary and Coyote
This book brings about the close to the series in a good way. I really liked how all of the previous characters and what they have gone through had a place in this book. All of the crap that Joanne and the others have gone through have lead up to this last battle.

Things started out a bit slow, Annie was back and they had to find out why and where she was and what they learned actually made sense. It seemed like once they got that figured out it was non stop action, non stop good guys against th
Barbara ★
I was disappointed in this conclusion. I thought it was very depressing and mostly filled with disaster after disaster which didn't give Jo any time to interact with her friends, family and lover.

I hate a book that has a strong heroine who somehow just doesn't fight with all her strength until she gets pissed off because someone she loves gets hurt or killed. Then it's like "bring it" and she proceeds to kick their ass like it's child's play. To me this is just a cop out and is very unrealistic
So, I Read This Book Today
Jun 04, 2014 So, I Read This Book Today rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Urban Fantasy lovers!
Recommended to So, I Read This Book Today by: Netgalley
The stories that I want to tell, especially as a director, don't necessarily have a perfect ending because, the older you get, the more you appreciate a good day versus a happy ending. You understand that life continues on the next day; the reality of things is what happens tomorrow. - Drew Barrymore

I am convinced that it is not the fear of death, of our lives ending that haunts our sleep so much as the fear... that as far as the world is concerned, we might as well never have lived. - Harold Ku
Jul 19, 2015 Maren rated it really liked it

I kept putting off reading this book because I knew it was going to be the kind of cruelly amazing that broke my heart over and over again. And I was not wrong.

It was incredible. It was horrific. It was beautifully written and absolutely heartbreaking. There was entirely too much bad and only just enough good to keep me (and probably the characters, too, for that matter) from giving up. But in the end it was a truly amazing conclusion to one of my favorite series.

So I suppose my recommendatio
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Shaman Rises is the end of the road for Joanne Walker and her friends -- they will either destroy or be destroyed by the Master. This book was a rollercoaster ride from the very beginning and, even though I didn't know this was the last book in the series until right before I started reading it, I felt pretty satisfied with the way everything ended. I am hoping that we will get some short stories or another novella sometime in the future
Maurynne  Maxwell
Jun 24, 2014 Maurynne Maxwell rated it really liked it
Wow. A fitting end to the series. Dear reader, I did cry. Joanne Walker, reluctant shaman, rises to the occasion once again. C. E. Murphy provides a convenient timeline/synopsis of all the previous books, but as always, I recommend starting from the beginning, if you've missed the series.

Over the course of eleven books (two collections), Joanne Walker has gone from being a brassy, bossy mechanic to a powerhouse shaman comfortable with gods. She's had her world turned upside down and inside out
Jun 25, 2014 Roswita rated it it was amazing
Shelves: walker-papers
As much as I hate to read a book that concludes a well-loved series, what choice do you have, really? This book was so well done. Some things happened that were obvious and logical. Some things happened that were heart-wrenching and surprizing. But in the end, all the things that happened were correct. Ms. Murphy concluded the story in a way that made sense and was satisfying, even if it made us cry at times. Thank you for an epic adventure with fantastic characters that I will revisit with plea ...more
Oct 08, 2014 Sandra rated it it was ok
I would have given it 3 starts except for two things:

1. There was too much action with Jo and co lurching from one over the top, against the odds magical battle to the next with very little character interaction. What I like about this series is Joanne's interactions with the other characters but even though pretty much everyone she has met in the previous books puts in an appearance we are given very little character interaction. The constant magical battles seemed a little repetitive too.

2. (v
High Plains Library District
Jul 30, 2014 High Plains Library District rated it really liked it
Shelves: rosa, adult
The final book in the Walker Papers series by C.E. Murphy is an excellent end to an excellent series. What I really love about Murphy is how she has taken so many myths from so many different cultures and turned them into such an interesting story! She has been able to meld them all together in a storyline that makes sense and engages readers.

In this last book, Murphy does an excellent job of wrapping up most of the lose ends of JoAnn's, the main character, life. JoAnn has her final battle with
Jul 02, 2014 Tania rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I love it when a series has a real end, especially when it completes an arc that has been planned and building through the entire series. It's obvious that The Walker Papers have always been intended to be that kind of series, and I am gratified that CE Murphy has fulfilled that promise. Shaman Rises completes Joanne's story leaves the reader both with a feeling of fulfillment and a sense of continuation. I will miss the anticipation of a new installment, but don't feel like anything else needs ...more
Oct 25, 2014 David rated it really liked it
Another good book in this series. I hope this isn't the last book in the Walker Papers. She is a great protagonist with cool supporting cast.
Luke Kendall
Aug 01, 2015 Luke Kendall rated it it was amazing
This is the conclusion of the seven (or nine, depending on which stories you count) book series that is The Walker Papers series. This is amongst my favourite series of all time. Wonderful characters; wonderful plots with twists and turns; a great exploration of Native American beliefs and the concept of shamanism; deeply emotionally satisfying; and a wonderful journey of growth, and not just for the main character. This is the novel where Joanne Walkingstick finally faces head-on the immortal a ...more
Jan 02, 2015 Diane rated it liked it
I have loved the Walker Papers since reading the first book and though I was sad the series was ending, I eagerly looked forward to this last story. Murphy's series has been a delight from the first, particularly the way she built the various relationships across them, rather than wrapping things up neatly with the end of each novel. That's why I think I was disappointed in this last entry in the series.

It is time for Joanne to finally face her nemesis, and all of her adventures (both good an b
Oct 01, 2014 Bookmom rated it liked it
With the last book in the series, Shaman Joanne Walker must finally confront The Master, an entity who has been causing her problems for months now through various avatars and is looking to be brought into this realm. It needs a host body. That’s just one of two rather large happenings in this story. It begins with a call from Gary saying his wife Anne, who died 5 years ago, suddenly showed up in a hospital on life support and is dying.

Once again a great deal happens in a really short period of
Fangs for the Fantasy
Sep 14, 2014 Fangs for the Fantasy rated it really liked it
Joanne has fought the Master through this entire series – following on in her mother’s footsteps. Over the last year she has learned, she has honed her power, she has made powerful friends and she’s going to need all of them.

The Master has come to Seattle and he’s throwing everything he has at the city – which may not survive the devastation.

The pacing of this book was break neck. Joanne goes from huge disaster to huge disaster, event to event. There are fragments of plans that are dragged up, t
Jun 26, 2014 eyes.2c rated it really liked it
A great finish!

The sound of Gary's voice, a little shakey reaches out to Joanne Walker (Siobhan Grainne MacNamarra Walkingstick) across the miles from Seattle,
"It's Annie, Jo. It's my wife. She's alive."
The last words of Book 8, Mountain Echoes, resound across time and space and you just know something huge is about to go down.
And it does!
Armageddon in Seattle? One shudders.
Who would have imagined the twists the Walker papers would encounter, that the story would end where it all began, and the
Sharon Powers
May 31, 2014 Sharon Powers rated it it was amazing
Book Review by: Sharon Powers.

"Carrie Little Turtle, moving at lightning speed, came out of nowhere and tried to rip my face off...The only thing that saved me was the sheerly instinctive flight reaction of falling over backward because something was in my face....I was surrounded and... instead of kicking ass, I was slowly wearing down....I reined in the magic and even drew it out of the sword, so it was just me and a silver rapier against seven wights on a mountainside. It was the moment they
Nov 16, 2015 Lori rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-series
I thought the book tied the story of the series pretty well together by the end, but the story itself was sort of a disappointment. Jo went from crisis to crisis with no moments carved out for her to interact with everyone. I was disappointed that there were no quiet moments with her, Morrison, and Gary. I was happy that Morrison and Jo got together, but was disappointed there was so little payoff - not a sex scene, but just time to acknowledge their coming together more.
Aug 27, 2014 Jenny rated it liked it
The Shaman thing still annoys, but I so like the way she thinks. She takes the options available to her even if they aren't pleasant.

All the "we're behind you, dear" and "we'll be the hero's side-kicks" is bothersome. And her man stands by as she does all this metaphysical stuff. Be manly!

But Gary, gotta love Gary.

"Gary really had taught me the thing that mattered the most. All I had to do was ... believe." p. 332

It's done.
Tony Hisgett
Jul 06, 2014 Tony Hisgett rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal, fantasy
I have absolutely loved the Walker Papers series and couldn’t wait to read this, the final instalment. Although I always suspected the ending was going to be a bit of an anticlimax, I was disappointed in the way this book started.

The problem is that over three quarters of this book is just a series of disasters. It’s the sort of overblown ending that Hollywood would do, too many catastrophes, too many explosions, too much gratuitous violence. Its what you would expect from a group of HBO script
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C.E. Murphy is a writer of fantasy novels and short stories. She also writes "action-adventure romance" novels under the pseudonym Cate Dermody, which was her grandmother's maiden name.
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