Friday 30 March 2012

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

Title: Shaman, Healer, Heretic (Olivia Lawson # 1)
Author: M. Terry Green
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 296
Format: E-Book - EPUB
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Review Copy from Author


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. (Goodreads Synopsis)

I received a free review copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review.

And, honestly, I did enjoy it. This is a story that gets on with the action right from the start, dragging the reader into an intriguing world of shamans and old gods where nothing is quite as it seems.

Livvy is a great heroine with plenty of gusto and attitude and other characters, such as her employer SK (a dwarf), are also well portrayed. Although Livvy's background is never fully explained, there are teasing glimpses and Green still offers us a strong character whose personality is well established and who does grow through the piece.

I enjoyed the blend of technology with old world magic and I think Green combined the two well, providing a sense of realism in a supernatural setting. I also loved the blend of cultures the different shamans provided, which added to the mythology behind the story.

On the whole the prose was good and very readable. My only gripe: 'cannot' is one word, not two, and yet it kept appearing as two words in dialogue etc. Perhaps this was an 'accent choice' as it seemed to be the same character saying it all the time. But even so, I found it really irritating and distracting. But that's just me. Other people may not even notice and it is a minor thing.

But that was my only complaint really as this was a well crafted story with likeable characters and an interesting premise. I would happily recommend this to Urban Fantasy fans looking for something a little different. I am about to start reading the second book in the series, so look out for my review of that one in a few days.

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