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Monday, June 4, 2012

[Review] Shaman, Healer, Heretic (Olivia Lawson, Techno-Shaman, #1) by M. Terry Green

Title: Shaman, Healer, Heretic
Series: Olivia Lawson, Techno-Shaman, #1
Author: M. Terry Green
Pages: 336 (Kindle edition)
Publisher: M. Terry Green
Release Date: January 19, 2011

Even for a techno-shaman, a kachina in the bedroom isn't exactly part of the drill. When Olivia Lawson wakes to find one towering over her, she panics. A Hopi god visiting the real world isn't just wrong; it's impossible. Or is it? Soon Olivia learns that the kachina is the least of her worries. As she struggles to save her clients, clashes with other shamans, and fends off the attacks of real-world vigilantes, Olivia finds herself in the destructive path of a malevolent ancient force intent on leaving the spiritual realm to conquer this one. Left with few options, Olivia is forced to defy centuries of shaman prohibitions. As she and her allies risk everything in their bid for survival, Olivia ultimately learns that the rules are there for a reason and that breaking them has a terrible cost.

Livvy is a techno-shaman. What is that, you may ask? Instead of smoking peyote or going into a meditative state to reach the otherside, she dons a pair of 3D goggles. It's actually pretty cool, but I wish we had learned more about why shaman are embracing technology and how it works. Anyway, among the shaman of Los Angeles, Livvy is one of the best, but when an ancient Hopi sun god appears in her apartment, she knows she has a major problem. Soon there's reports of shaman getting trapped in the multiverse and dying in their sleep, and other shamanic issues, so what's Livvy to do? Break Shaman law, of course!

Shaman are not suppose to work together, or even know each other, but Livvy thinks a collaboration is the only way to fight the forces at work in the multiverse. I found this aspect of the book the most interesting. Having a room full of shaman, with very different personalities was great! Each one had her own distinct personality, and I loved getting to know them. We also get to see a lot of the multiverse which consists of middleworld, underworld, and upperworld. I think the world building was very well done in this book, and I'm looking forward to seeing more of it!

I did struggle with this book in the beginning. It seemed very slow and jumpy, and didn't fully hold my attention. Then at the halfway point things really get going and I couldn't put this down! Livvy is a very determined character, and I really admired her for wanting to set things straight in the multiverse at any cost. Not to increase her business and to make more money (like some other shaman) but to continue helping and healing. I'm excited to see what comes next for Livvy and the eclectic mix of other techno-shaman. Maybe a romance with SK?

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