Urban Shaman by C.E. Murphy

Urban Shaman by C.E. MurphyI’ll be honest and say I picked up this book merely to support the author, a friend on Forward Motion, and it took me a bit to get to reading it with the state of my to-be-read shelf. However, once I started, it was really hard to put it aside to work on what I needed to get done…and I stayed up way too late the last night on the “too close to the end” problem.

It’s a solid story with a likeable, mouthy character who drives her life even when fate seems to try to drive it for her. I suddenly understand why, after this one sale, she’s had a cascading effect on the publishing industry. The story is good, the character compelling, and the sense of place, even when things are out of place, is wonderful. I didn’t start out a grand fan of the urban fantasy trend, but I keep running into books that make modern day so much more interesting. This is definitely one of them. And a further sign of how good this book was…I just picked up the next in the series :).

Note: This is a review I wrote back in 2006 and posted as a mixed post. I’m pulling some of those out because people do search by the post titles and might miss some good ones. Also, I’m still enjoying this series (as you can tell if you look at more recent reviews), and maybe some of you will be encouraged to start at the beginning.

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