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Urban Shaman by C.E. Murphy
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Oct 23, 2009

it was amazing

First in the Walker Papers series.
A real gem of a find! I adored this book, the heroine Joanne Walker aka Siobhain Walkingstick isn't all dainty and girly, she's extremely tall, slightly clumsy and a mechanic in the Police Station garage! She is half Native American Indian and half Irish, raised by her father and estranged by from her mother, she has a complicated identity and several personal hang ups, which made her very easy to identify with. The book has great pace and some really smart dialogue. The characters, especially Gary the taxi driver and the unfortunately named Detective Billy Holliday are lively, well rounded and believable. It is a neatly woven plot where Joanne doesn't always get everything right, and some of her errors actually escalate the situations! Cernunnos and his Wild Hunt make a grand and fearsome entrance in this book as they go about their quest with Halloween approaching. Joanne is forced to seek help by recognising her Native roots/spirituality and meets her guide, the trickster Coyote.
I loved the meshing of Irish lore, modern American setting and Native American lore. The action speeds along at a fair pace, there are many laughs along the way too, and all set in some beautifully described scenery.

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