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Shaman Rises

(Walker Papers #9)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  2,062 ratings  ·  181 reviews
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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Such an awesome way to end a series!

I can't believe how wonderful this book was.
At one point, the series got a bit boring and predictable but I decided to stick with it, see what happens. I'm so glad I did!

I cried and I laughed and it surprised me so much! If you started this series, it's definitely worth reading it 'til the end. Only bad side, well, it could have been longer. I'm really gonna miss all these characters, I fell in love with each and every one of them!

Gotta go check this author ou
Jun 13, 2013 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.
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
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 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 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
Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Well, that's it for Walker Papers. I've read the last book. I'm find myself sadly disappointed. This particular story relied very heavily on the magic system. A system that changed with the wind. I did not read the series for a new type of magic, mystery or magical confrontations. I read the series because I really liked Jo Walker and the people in her life.

The book was one endless loop of recap event, followed by info dump to rationalize event and repeat. If I trimmed the recaps into actual ev
May 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 30, 2014 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
Apr 27, 2014 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
Jennifer Reed
Sep 09, 2013 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 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

My biggest complaint with this book is also my biggest complaint with the series as a whole. The main character, Jo, spends all nine books going, "I did a thing -wait, oh no, that was a huge mistake that is blindingly obvious in hindsight and now I've just made everything worse." To be fair, she doesn't commit the same mistake twice, but there's always another different obvious blunder around the corner. I never felt like I had a grasp on the rules of the world or the magic system, so Jo wou
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
So, I Read This Book Today
May 31, 2014 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
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An amazing and fulfilling end to a awesome series. I will miss spending time with Joanne and friends while driving to and from work.
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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
The Flooze
I think what matters most is how you feel when you finally close a book. The emotions that flood through you as you read the final lines, finish the last page. What has the writer left you with after your journey together?

In this case, it's hope. And satisfaction. A smile, and a lot of snot and tears.

Thanks, C.E. Murphy. And I say that without an ounce of sarcasm.

I knew from the moment I picked up Urban Shaman that I'd found a series to love. Whatever confusion I experienced along the way n
Feb 03, 2014 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
Kel (Faerie-bookworm)
Title: Shaman Rises
Author: C.E. Murphy
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Format: Ebook
Pages: 384
Rating: 5

Setting: Seattle

Main Characters: Joanne, Morrison, Gary

Supporting Characters: Anne, Coyote, Suzy, Billy

Summary: Joanne Walker, shaman, is in the final battle against the Master. The good news is that she’s finally accepted the magic within her but will she survive.

Thoughts: I’m pretty sure I read this already but the story still grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. This is one of the
Maurynne  Maxwell
Jun 24, 2014 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
Jul 19, 2015 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
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
High Plains Library District
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, rosa
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 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
Jun 25, 2014 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
Jul 20, 2014 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 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.
Carolyn F.
I liked this series but I feel this book was not quite the culmination I had hoped for. In fact, I'm going to timidly say this series could have ended about 2 books back. It was good, not great and I'm sorry to say I'm so tired of all the shamanic tricks and garden descriptions that I was starting to skim. I'm glad this the last book because I don't want the series to have ended badly. :(
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Usually authors save the last few chapters for the much anticipated fight scene against the ultimate evil. Murphy did the most brilliant thing and dedicated the whole book, WHOLE BOOK to this awesome battle. Entertaining! Thank you!
Harlequin Books
miniseries: Walker Papers #9

Great ending to an awesome series! I'm very sad the Walker Papers are done. Jo, Gary, and Morrison were a wonderful group of characters and the plot incredible. The last book ties things up with many surprises and Joanne kicks butt again! ~ Kim S.
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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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Walker Papers (9 books)
  • Urban Shaman  (Walker Papers, #1)
  • Thunderbird Falls  (Walker Papers, #2)
  • Coyote Dreams (Walker Papers, #3)
  • Walking Dead (Walker Papers, #4)
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