URBAN SHAMAN

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From the window of her airplane, Joanne Walker sees woman being chased by a knife-wielding man. She feels compelled to investigate and finds herself embroiled in a nasty turf war between Cernunnos, the Celtic God of the Wild Hunt, and his son, Herne. And on top of that, she has three days to learn to use her new shamanic abilities to stop the Wild Hunt.

Joanne is a fascinating character, complex and full of inner contradictions. A cop who's never walked a beat or seen a dead body, she struggles with her Irish and Native American identities while trying to figure out how to survive the immediate conflict—body and soul intact.

Tightly plotted and nicely paced, Murphy's latest has a world in which ancient and modern magic fuse almost seamlessly. The characters are vivid, and while the first-person narration is occasionally awkward, it isn't distracting. Fans of urban fantasy are sure to enjoy this first book in what looks to be an exciting new series. (Jun., 352 pp., $13.95)

Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs