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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Daring You To Read…Urban Shaman by C. E. Murphy


This week, I wanted to highlight an amazing series: The Walker Papers by C. E. Murphy. It’s one of the first urban fantasy series I tried and I was instantly hooked. The series is all about Joanne Walker, a police mechanic who discovers she has shamanic powers and has a very limited time to figure out how to use them. The series has a great blend of aboriginal and Celtic mythology, thanks to Joanne’s mixed heritage, and C. E. Murphy’s writing is crisp and captivating. The world building is outstanding and the supporting characters will win you over instantly – Bobby, Gary, and the captain – if the excerpt linked below doesn’t grab you and make you desperate to start reading Urban Shaman.

The seventh book, Raven Calls, is coming out on February 21 and I’m very, very excited to see what happens to Joanne next. But before you read that, you should start at the beginning:

imageJoanne Walker has three days to learn to use her shamanic powers and save the world from the unleashed Wild Hunt.

No worries. No pressure. Never mind the lack of sleep, the perplexing new talent for healing herself from fatal wounds, or the cryptic, talking coyote who appears in her dreams.

And if all that's not bad enough, in the three years Joanne's been a cop, she's never seen a dead body—but she's just come across her second in three days.

It's been a bitch of a week.

And it isn't over yet.

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

Read an excerpt


The rest of the series:



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Born and raised in the Toronto area, Jenn moved to St. John's, Newfoundland, eight years ago for school. She's still in school (thankfully on another degree!), now trapped in her dissertation. When she's not dissertating, which happens more often than it should, Jenn spends her time reading, watching movies, playing volleyball, travelling, and enjoying the local music scene. Her latest addictions: yoga and Almond Crunch cereal.

13 People left their mark' :

  1. Hey, how about that? I'm reading this one right now, myself. Haven't got very far through it, but I'm hoping it turns out fantastic.

    1. What a funny coincidence! :) I think it's fantastic (obviously) and I hope you'll enjoy it, too. Can't wait to hear what you think!

  2. I read this a while back and really enjoyed it. I need to try and finish off the rest of the series. If only there were more hours in a day. *sigh*

  3. This ended up being one I couldn't finish I just couldn't get into the character.

    1. Sorry to hear that! I feel that way about C. E. Murphy's Old Races series...

  4. This is a great series. I love Joanne!

  5. Glad you liked it Jenn! Personally, I didn't really care for it =(

    1. This seems to be a polarizing pick than I intended! I adore the series but it looks like there are just as many folks out there who didn't enjoy it... :)

  6. I'm intrigued by "blend of aboriginal and Celtic mythology," as those are two of my favorite cultures/mythos to read. But bummer to hear there's some character issues.


  7. I've read the first 5 and give it the thumbs up. I thought there already was a book in the series about the wild hunt, #4 maybe? I just wish there was a smidge more romance.

    1. Stick with the series and there just *might* be some more romance in your future. :)

  8. O man, this series has been on my TBR for years! For some reason, I always pick up something else, and I really want to read them.