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Shaman's Drum [Kindle Edition]

Ailsa Abraham
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

England in the near future.

Mainstream religions have been outlawed, and the old gods rule again.
Iamo has been a priest of the Great Mother and is sworn to celibacy, but his love for Riga, a Black Shaman, a magical assassin, caused him to break his vows. After being imprisoned apart from each other for three years, Iamo accepts an offer to earn them both a pardon and the possibility of marriage. If they survive.
Iamo and Riga must discover why demons are breaking through from the other side. Which of the cults are renegades who allow the demons through? Who can they trust?

Combining their powers, they face the ordeal with the help of a band of eclectic pagans, spirit creatures, Riga's Black Shaman brothers, an undercover Christian granny, and three unusually energetic Goths.

It's a tough assignment, but the hope of a life together keeps them fighting.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 358 KB
  • Print Length: 191 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 190891064X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crooked Cat Publishing (5 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #108,121 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ailsa Abraham has worked at more jobs than she can remember, finally ending up teaching English in France over twenty years ago. Now on early retirement due to health problems she can devote herself to her passion for writing.

Her other interests include campaigning for animal welfare, motorbikes and studying ancient and modern religions. Her passion for genuine ritual practices are reflected in her writing.

Working under two pen-names she has published six books. As Ailsa Abraham published by Crooked Cat, she has written:
Alchemy a romance / intrigue centred on environmental concerns and big business.
Shaman's Drum - a love story with adventure. She also writes as Cameron Lawton (highlight and left-click on the following)

If you enjoy Ailsa's work and would like to get to know her better, come and join her gang on FB - (cut and paste this to find us!)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By nanjar
This was an engrossing and entertaining novel. I know nothing about Shamanism, Paganism - or indeed the other `new' religions created in the futuristic story of Shaman's Drum - but that didn't diminish my reading enjoyment. Riga (a Black Shaman) and Iamo ( White Monk of the Goddess) launch the reader straight into the dilemma they face as `top dogs' in their dissimilar lifestyles. The use of first person made me immediately empathise with them. The contrast between white and black magic practitioners in Shaman's Drum is interestingly portrayed. There is good in the bad - and there is very bad - but what rings true from the very beginning is that love transcends all opposition and barriers. Impossible restrictions are overcome, though some compromise is necessary. True life is definitely reflected in Shaman's Drum. Two believers of dissimilar cults finding a meeting ground for a future happy life of love and respect takes some conciliation. The flashback technique made me want to read the prequel to this novel to discover why they met in the first place, and what that first battle with the demons was all about.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sensual from the First Scene 25 Feb. 2013
By jlbwye
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An interesting scenario, eliminating all religions in the interests of getting rid of terrorism. What will people think of next? And yet, for some I suppose the theory could hold credibility.

Riga and Iamo (lovely names) - sensual from the first scene. The forces of darkness and light melding in psychic love to overcome the demons which threaten the world. There is dark and light in us all.

I enjoy the occasional lapses into ornery speech.
`Cheeky sod even tried to pretend he thought I was a man.'
And `I don't work with gods much but I would never willingly piss one off.'

We all have secret thoughts which never see the light of day. The Shaman dares to bring them forth.

But this book doesn't start at the beginning. I feel the need to discover what went on before, in more than mere glimpses.

Some subtlely wicked humour creeps in, to lighten the sense of doom and disaster. But I am out of my depth, reading this book. I can't stop at every other page to look up the references. It would spoil the flow. Then I'm blown away with enlightenment at the explanation of the different levels of magical protection, like cloaking and shape-shifting.

Now I am engaged, and the story races along in absorbing fashion to its dramatic climax at Glastonbury. And on to a more conventional denouement, where love, good deeds and procreation win through.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Opposites attract 22 Oct. 2013
This is a good fantasy tale of relationships set in the near future when our organised religions were banned, eventually replaced by paganism and magic. Civilisation is still as we know it, complete with Internet and mobile phones, cars and taxis, but without the angst of religious guilt or conflict. Needless to say, without conflict there is no story. And of course even in a supposedly ideal world there is still crime, jealousy, and a lust for power. Cleverly, how this state of affairs came about is not revealed in detail - save that there was a War of Religion, and most people are now non-committed; we'll get to know more in the prequel. We begin this book with all of the above a given.

The author was a pagan and elevated to High Priestess in a coven before leaving to follow a solo course as a shaman. She is a healer and practices Reiki in her village in France.

Brother Iamo and Shaman Riga have a history, again to be detailed in the prequel; however, this doesn't detract from the story. In effect, we're into the tale running, without any great exposition on their past involvement. This works, due to the charisma of Iamo and Riga - the narrative is first person, from the intermittent point of view of each.

It's as if opposites attract. They're from different sects - Riga is a captain of the Black Shamanic Guild, an assassin, while Iamo is a priest of the Mother Goddess of Light. And such attraction displeases the hierarchy. However, the pair proved themselves very capable when they previously went up against the common enemy, demons.

The new conflict - demons destroy both mentally and physically, `eating the soul piece by piece'. Worse, they seem to be up against the Demon Prince, men-hating Dianics and men-only Gythi as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To end at the beginning... 24 July 2013
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As with all fantasy novels, the starting point is to suspend disbelief but, as with all good fantasy novels, this suspension of disbelief leads us, via a journey through the unexpected, to insights into the real world in which we live. The starting premise is the aftermath of a "war of religion" arising from a "war on terrorism," and at the end of which "organised religion" is banned. Time and place are unspecified, expect that a visit to Glastonbury features, and doesn't involve a flight or sea-journey, so we must presumably be in Britain. The religions "banned" are specifically "those that proselytised," "those that made war," and "those that used terrorism," and seem to include Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Buddhism. Their place is taken by various forms of paganism (including druidism, the cults of Ra & Isis, Diana and Odin, which seem rapidly to have become as sectarian and as rigidly organised as the religions of the modern or ancient worlds have ever been. The world conjured up is at once familiar and unfamiliar, a world in which shamanistic shape-shifting and dark magic coexist with limousines, pizza parlours, showers and sofas, providing much potential for humour, sensuality and adventure, but also for reflection on the human proclivity for dividing one group against another, and the question of whether this can be overcome through love.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly wonderful and gripping read
A truly wonderful and gripping read. Would suggest reading the prequel Alchemy ( first though if you can.
Published 9 months ago by Spike
5.0 out of 5 stars A tale that teaches as well as entertains
I have to admit to a vested interest here as I am mentioned by Ailsa in her acknowledgements – even though, in reality, I did very little – and so my reading of her novel was... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mike Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and interesting adventure-love story
Iamo and Riga have such different backgrounds and beliefs, yet their love's power is enough to bring them back together at the start of this book - both romantically, and in a... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Joanna Gawn, Author of The Lazuli Portals
5.0 out of 5 stars This sequel to 'Alchemy' is absolutely brilliant!
This sequel to 'Alchemy' is absolutely brilliant!

Iamo and Riga are back in the thick of trouble, desperately trying to work out who is doing what and why, as well as... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Chris Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars A great fantasy tale
Shaman's Drum by Ailsa Abraham is set in a future England where existing norms of belief have been replaced by a rainbow of pagan cults and magic users. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Tim Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, magical, and thought provoking.
This is an interesting tale and the first piece of writing I have read by Ailsa Abraham. I liked the way the story was told by both of the main characters, giving an insight to... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Gina Dickerson-Elvidge
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Fantasy/Romance Story
This is one of the best stories I've ever read. Ms Abraham transports the reader to a not-too-distant future, weaving excellent descriptions of a future world, believable and... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A time and place in the future....
We step into the world of Riga and Iamo at a point where they have been reunited after a long separation. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Carol Maginn
5.0 out of 5 stars Shaman's Drum
This book had me entranced from the moment I opened it, and held me in a spell until, well, just now. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Cait O'Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars A futuristic, spiritual journey
Shaman's Drum is a futuristic 'what if?' scenario - what if there were no religious organisations? How would people be protected from the demonic? Read more
Published on 28 May 2013 by Liz Nixon
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