Saturday, May 25, 2013

8 Heart Review: Shaman, Sister, Sorceress by M. Terry Green

Shaman, Sister, Sorceress (Olivia Lawson, Techno-Shaman #3)
M. Terry Green

Page Count: 384

Release Date: 27 September 2012 (first edition)
Publisher: self-published
Source: Complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you!)
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

If techno-shaman Olivia Lawson thinks a trip to the Hopi mesas is the escape she needs, she is gravely mistaken. Abducted from her tour, Livvy quickly discovers that all is not as it seems in the quiet villages.

Formidable shamans draw her into a bitter and centuries-old conflict. While Livvy struggles to do what's right, she can't help but pursue an unexpected chance to be with the man she loves.

But as prophecies turn deadly, even the gods of the multiverse play their part and Livvy must choose—between this world and a new one, between action and acceptance, between duty and desire. With all existence hanging in the balance, Livvy finds that, where choice begins, innocence ends.

Review


[NOTE] Read my review of Shaman, Healer, Heretic, the book that started the series, by clicking here.

Read my review of the second installment, Shaman, Friend, Enemy, by clicking here.

Not only highly imaginative, but also absorptive into a whole new urban fantasy world, this third installment of the Olivia Lawson, Techno-Shaman series is an exciting, fascinating continuation of Livvy's shamanistic duties—and what happens when they go awry.

When a delusional "leader" steps up preparing for the ascension of fifth world—only possible with the destruction of the current—it's just Livvy's luck to get caught right in the middle of it. But is it really just a matter of luck? When prophecies collide and powers clash, it's obvious that Livvy's involvement in this new-age business is not simply happenstance, and that whoever has deliberately brought her to the mesas of ancient spirits, may just be out for the kill.

Shaman, Sister, Sorceress is captivating and covers a subject matter that is thrillingly unfamiliar, as I've gotten used to with this series. While the first two books approached similar lines of work in shamanism, this one introduces the Hopi, who shed an entirely different light on what we readers—and even Livvy herself—know about the practice. If you haven't started this series yet, I recommend you do so now! You might be a little lost with this one if you don't have Livvy's past as a foundation.

Green's prose is classic and easy to follow. Nothing in particular jumps out at me stylistically, but it's well-structured and never falters, which itself is commendable.

On the personal front, Livvy's always had to make sacrifices, especially with her relationship with SK; their pairing is the ideal professionally, but their mutual feelings, a deadly combination. Shaman, Sister, Sorceress gives hope that she just may be able to bargain for a happily ever after, but only if she defeats the demons out to get her, first.

Pros


Exclusive, extensive glimpse into the Hopi culture // Fast-paced and plot-driven // More diverse, fleshed-out characters introduced // Immaculate, organized writing style // Fascinating overall

Cons


No indications of a fourth book...(yet)!!!

Verdict


M. Terry Green masterfully pens an enthralling story by utilizing heart-stopping suspense, a topic so unexplored, and realistic, grounded, could-be-you characters; I couldn't help but be awed by Shaman, Sister, Sorceress. I love this series and loved this third book; I'm certainly looking forward to more Americanflag


8 hearts: An engaging read; highly recommended (x)