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Raven Calls by C.E. Murphy
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Apr 11, 12

bookshelves: walker-papers, urban, fantasy, 2012
Read in March, 2012

The Walker Papers Series wasn't just my introduction to the urban fantasy genre, but it remains one of my very favorites. Joanne Walker is realistic, brash yet good at heart. That said, I had a harder time getting into this book. First of all, the other books in the series are set in Seattle--where I lived for several years. This one is in Ireland. I also missed several of the old familiar characters here. Morrison isn't present physically, just as an inspiration and a voice on the phone, and Gary misses a big chunk of the action. The plot also delved into the matter of time loops, and referenced things in earlier books that I haven't read in a few years. It made things confusing at times.[return][return]With all those issues, it took me about 100 pages to get into the groove, but once I did I was thoroughly hooked. Murphy lives in Ireland and her knowledge of the place and the people made the setting come alive. It was especially useful that Walker is an American who feels out of place in Ireland, so it's a great perspective for the reader to follow. The action... the stakes are high here. If I recall correctly, the series will have nine books, and it's clearer here as some of the larger character issues (i.e. Walker's background and her parents) are emerging. Murphy's skill in bringing these elements out is very well done, as throw-away details from early one show sudden importance.[return][return]Even with the slower start, this is a strong book in the series and I'm excited to read the related short stories/novellas that are released through Murphy's Kickstarter campaign, and for the next books to come out.
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