Urban Shaman by C.E. Murphy

Urban Shaman reminds me of the Mercy Thompson series, in that both female main characters are first define themselves as mechanics. It also seems like a bit of the Dresdin Files made their way in too. Joanne Walker is a police woman, but mostly works as a mechanic for the guys around the force.

Jo is as non religious as can be, and defines the world as realistic, no magic. Of course the world has other plans for her and doesn’t care what she does or does not believe in. Within 48-72 hours the world (for Jo anyway) is turned completely inside out and upside down as can be, with her scrambling to catch up and get a step ahead.

I am not looking to give too much away as a lot really could spoil the book for others, but I can say its a fun adventure with quite a different adventure. No vampires or werewolves for this one. Jo is of Cherokee and Irish decent,  seamlessly entwines Celtic and Native American folklore and Irish mythology in one heck of an adventure! Don’t let the romance confuse you, it’s almost not there and I think it’s a lead for the future books. While it was a fun read, I wouldn’t stack it up against the YA or Urban fiction greats out there.

Back of the Book

Joanne Walker has three days to learn to use her shamanic powers and save the world from the unleashed Wild Hunt.

No worries. No pressure. Never mind the lack of sleep, the perplexing new talent for healing herself from fatal wounds, or the cryptic, talking coyote who appears in her dreams.

And if all that’s not bad enough, in the three years Joanne’s been a cop, she’s never seen a dead body—but she’s just come across her second in three days.

It’s been a bitch of a week.

And it isn’t over yet.

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