The Book Finder was minding her own business when, out of nowhere, this little gem came to her attention. Such a perfect start for her epic adventure!
Title: Shaman, Healer, Heretic
Author: M. Terry Green
Edition: kindle edition by Middleworld Productions, 2011
Being a techno-shaman, Livvy is used to seeing weird things; still, a kachina in her bedroom is anything but ordinary. When she gets a call for a gig, she finds out that an ancient spirit completey unrelated to her heritage materializing in reality is not the only unusual thing going on: the spirit world is getting weirder and weirder by the moment. Shamans are dying for no apparent reason, others can’t seem to be able to wake up in the morning, and people are generally getting sick to the point of having to be hospitalized. Livvy will have to find help, and break rules, to save her life, together with that of every other shaman in Los Angeles. One of those books that look like a light read at the beginning, but hook you up after the first few pages. It was impossible to put it down, even though the real action starts way after the first half. The characters are interesting, relatable, and diverse – a rarity nowadays. I’m in no position to judge how well the author describes the cultures she picks up from but, it’s refreshing not to see shamanism treated as a lesser form of magic, or an evil one. Even though a few things were predictable (I could tell who the bad guy was almost as soon as they appeared), the way the author presented them made sure that actually finding out still came as a surprise, and a very well crafted one. A very interesting, entertaining, and engaging read, I can’t wait to get my hands on the other four!