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C. E. Murphy
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  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Mira Books (24 Jun 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778316912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778316916
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.5 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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<b><i>A phenomenal end to a series with unmatched worldbuilding.</i></b>

You know, this series took a bit of warming up to. At first, the concept of the soul gardens and the amount of page time spent in out-of-body environments with unlimited magical possibilities was a little too much for me to wrap my teeny tiny mind around. It was just so crazy. I'd have to keep skipping back pages to make sure I was fully understanding what was happening as we spiralled around the various planes of existence. This went on for...ooh, probably the first three books. Then I <i>got it</i>. And once I did, I was soooo hooked! I was actually glad for such involved, complicated magic by that point. In fact, the more Murphy explored her world's confines, the more I wanted to know about it. It was addicting!

And then of course there was Morrison. Oh my goodness gracious me! If ever there was a hook that kept me reading a series, the promise of Joanne and Morrison finally getting together was it! And how that woman teased us! Will they? Won't they? They'd get within a hair's breadth, and then she'd whip them apart like an evil relationship puppet master! So tricksy, that one!

Of course, as the series went on, I grew to love ALL the characters; Gary, Coyote, Billie and the many others that came and went though each book. And in this final instalment, we say goodbye to them all in the best possible way.

Overall, this series had warmth, heart, intelligence, wit and an outstanding amount of imagination. I'm so sad it's over, but so pleased with how it ended. I implore you to pick up this series from book one and start a journey that will not disappoint any UF fan.

Book rating: <b>5 Stars</b> ★★★★★
Overall series rating: <b>5 Stars</b> ★★★★★
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely satisfying series conclusion. 13 July 2014
By T. B.
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I did not want this series to end, but if it had to, this was a pretty marvelous way for it to go. I expected heartbreak - and got some - but more than that, ended with a deep sense of satisfaction and a smile on my face :)

Yes, there are sad moments, but there's such an abundance of good humour - making me laugh aloud at times - combined with a sort of triumphant feel to everything Joanne does, that the story galloped me along with far more smiles than heartbreak.

It is not, as the concluding part of the series, a stand-alone novel.
It *is* a real treat for anyone that has enjoyed the series, with Joanne's personal relationships solidified and her history reconciled with her role as Urban Shaman - albeit with some surprises.

... I have to also say that, while this *is* definitely an ending, it also feels like a beginning, and I have been happily dreaming of what happens to the Urban Shaman in the future :)
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A it tired, so it's good that this is the last book - or sote author implies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 20 July 2014
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A wonderful conclusion to the saga.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying conclusion to a wonderful series! 25 Jun 2014
By J. Howard - Published on Amazon.com
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I have waited impatiently for each of the nine main books in this series, and I have enjoyed very much watching Joanne develop from auto mechanic to power-filled shaman. This final book was excellent. Some authors end a series by lining up all the loose ends and tying them off one-by-one. Instead, this book had its own strong storyline as it gathered up many of the characters we met in earlier books and wove them into a terrific plot with many twists and turns, culminating in a wonderful sense of fulfillment and purpose (and incidentally tying up all the loose ends.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars What an ending! 24 Jun 2014
By Wuzzle - Published on Amazon.com
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When I got the email to say that Shaman Rises was on my kindle, I squealed with joy! I was so sad that one of my favourite series was ending but I knew it was going to go out on a bang. And boy!!! Did it! I laughed, I cried, I raged. I loved and hated. From the beginning to the end, I couldn't look away. This was an amazing end to an amazing series. READ IT!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Reluctant Shaman... 25 Jun 2014
By M. Maxwell - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow. A fitting end to the series. Dear reader, I did cry. Joanne Walker, reluctant shaman, rises to the occasion once again. C. E. Murphy provides a convenient timeline/synopsis of all the previous books, but as always, I recommend starting from the beginning, if you've missed the series.

Over the course of eleven books (two collections), Joanne Walker has gone from being a brassy, bossy mechanic to a powerhouse shaman comfortable with gods. She's had her world turned upside down and inside out and back again, fought everything from embarrassment to zombies, loved and lost and found. She's had to blend the Celtic and Cherokee blood and magic within her. Now the Devourer, the Soul-Eater, will confront Joanne on her home turf of Seattle, in the body.

Just read the series, if you haven't. Look up Murphy's Negotiator trilogy, if you haven't read that. Wait for whatever Murphy writes next, because she writes with humor, heart, and soul--and with the magic she writes about.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Walker's conclusion 24 Jun 2014
By libralionmjb - Published on Amazon.com
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masterfully ending a saga that brought magic into everyday hearts and changing an outlook on the world. wonderful, magical, and unbelievable!
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5.0 out of 5 stars And We Come Full Circle... 30 Jun 2014
By Mayfayre - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been reading this series since its start. It's one of my favorites, to the point where I tend to give the entire series a re-read before a new book comes out (and I also have all of the audiobook versions, too), so reading this book was a bittersweet experience for me since it is the official end of The Walker Papers where Joanne Walker is the primary character.

The series is about Joanne Walker, born Siobhan Grainne McNamarra Walkingstick, the daughter of an Irish woman and a Cherokee man, born in Ireland but given to her father to raise at the age of six months. We meet her for the first time in the book "Urban Shaman", living in Seattle and working as a police mechanic there. She's a woman with some serious issues regarding her parents and her life. Our introduction to her coincides with the apparent awakening of her shamanic nature while on an airplane returning from her mother's funeral in Ireland, and the series takes off from there. She starts off as a very reluctant shaman, and only takes on the mantle because the alternative is death. This is an urban fantasy series involving the Celtic and Native American mythic pantheons and various other aspects of the paranormal and magical world. It is set mainly in the Seattle Washington area, though there are forays to Ireland and North Carolina in later books. One thing I've always liked about this series is the wry sense of humor that underlines it. Horrific things happen to people along the way but it's leavened by the camaraderie between Joanne, her co-workers, and her friends.

For those of you who may not have ever read this series, the author provides a concise summary of the action in each of the previous books in the story arc so far, so if you are coming into it cold, you're brought up to speed story-wise. But I would sincerely recommend that you begin with the first book in the series, "Urban Shaman", first rather than this one - not because you won't enjoy it - but just to prolong the pleasure of the series and to really enjoy each character's personality to the fullest, not to mention their interactions. You may learn in this book that Morrison is Joanne's main squeeze, but unless you've followed the course of their unusually convoluted relationship over the course of the series, you won't really appreciate how much she has evolved to reach the point she's at in this book in relation to him. Cernunnos isn't merely the Celtic god of the Wild Hunt; he's been an integral part of the series from its start and his presence has forced Joanne to confront who and what she is, not to mention what she will be.

Just a note for those who have been reading the series from the start. I would highly recommend reading Ms. Murphy's book, "No Dominion", which contains parts of the story from Gary Muldoon's point of view, and recounts what happened with him and the Wild Hunt while in Ireland, and his life with his wife Annie. It really adds another layer to the understanding of the background to this current book.

For those who have been faithful readers of the series, I think you will enjoy this book; I know that I did. While I was sad that the series has ended, Ms. Murphy ended it well. Think of the end of a play when all the cast comes out for a bow; that's what happens in this book with various characters from all the books having either cameo appearances or mentions so we can touch base with them one last time. It was good to be reminded of all of them and they were incorporated well into the storyline of this book so that their inclusion made sense.

With the previous book in this series, "Mountain Echoes", we were left with a cliffhanger. Joanne gets a call from her septuagenarian sidekick Gary that is wife - who died about four years ago - is alive. This book kicks off from there, and leads to the final showdown between Joanne and the being known as The Master, whom she's been in conflict with since she came into her shamanic powers. We've known that this confrontation has been inevitable, because it's been the underlying source of a lot of the conflicts that Joanne has faced, that it was the cause of her mother's death, and that it was basically the reason why Joanne was born as a new soul.

Sometimes when there's an upcoming fight with "the big bad" in a series, the actual face-to-face conflict becomes anticlimactic and is given short shrift by the author because it's clear that the author his-or-herself has become bored with the whole storyline. Not so with this book. The entire book is basically the final confrontation between Joanne and The Master, with its ebb and flow highlighting the various other characters of the series. You can tell that Ms. Murphy had a definite idea how this story arc should end, and it's a good one.

I don't want to give away real spoilers but I confess I was slightly reluctant to start this book because I didn't want the series to end, and I was afraid of what might happen, because I've been burned before with the directions that certain authors have taken their characters. But having finished the book, I'm happy with it because Ms. Murphy ended it well, and in a way that was true to the characters. Not everyone makes it through unscathed nor does everyone makes it through, period; how could they with such a cataclysmic confrontation basically between good and evil? Seattle once again pays a physical and emotional price for being Joanne's home. So while I am sad over some of the things that happened, I am happy, too, over other things. This isn't one of those books that you will throw against a wall when you're done because you're so upset over the events, or that you'll refuse to re-read (if you're like me who enjoys re-reading favorite series). Everything that happens does so for a purpose, not on a whim, and I as a reader and a fan can accept that, and can celebrate where the conclusion leaves us.

So get this book, read this book, and enjoy this book. And let's all hope that someday in the future Ms. Murphy decides to revisit this particular universe of hers and gives us more stories.
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