ARC Review: Shaman Rises by C.E. Murphy ★★★★★

Shaman Rises (Walker Papers, #9)Shaman Rises by C.E. Murphy
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Walker Papers #9
Publication Date: June 24th 2014
ISBN: 9780373803620
Page Count: 384
Rating: ★★★★★
Review Copy: ARC
Reviewed by: Lynsey
Synopsis: 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. 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 growth come to her doorstep. Before the end, she'll mourn, rejoice—and surrender everything for the hope of the world's survival. She'll be a warrior and a healer. Because she is finally a Shaman Rising.

REVIEW

A phenomenal end to a series with unmatched worldbuilding.

You know, this series took a bit of warming up to. At first, the concept of the soul gardens and the amount of page time spent in out-of-body environments with unlimited magical possibilities was a little too much for me to wrap my teeny tiny mind around. It was just so crazy. I'd have to keep skipping back pages to make sure I was fully understanding what was happening as we spiralled around the various planes of existence. This went on for...ooh, probably the first three books. Then I got it. And once I did, I was soooo hooked! I was actually glad for such involved, complicated magic by that point. In fact, the more Murphy explored her world's confines, the more I wanted to know about it. It was addicting!

And then of course there was Morrison. Oh my goodness gracious me! If ever there was a hook that kept me reading a series, the promise of Joanne and Morrison finally getting together was it! And how that woman teased us! Will they? Won't they? They'd get within a hair's breadth, and then she'd whip them apart like an evil relationship puppet master! So tricksy, that one!

Of course, as the series went on, I grew to love ALL the characters; Gary, Coyote, Billie and the many others that came and went though each book. And in this final instalment, we say goodbye to them all in the best possible way.

Overall, this series had warmth, heart, intelligence, wit and an outstanding amount of imagination. I'm so sad it's over, but so pleased with how it ended. I implore you to pick up this series from book one and start a journey that will not disappoint any UF fan.

Book rating: 5 Stars ★★★★★
Overall series rating: 5 Stars ★★★★★
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

1 comment:

  1. I've heard great things about this series! From your review, it sounds like I need to add this series to my TBR list ASAP.

    Amber @ Fall Into Books

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