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3.0 out of 5 stars I used to think "incoherent", 23 Aug. 2005
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This review is from: Urban Shaman (Paperback)
[Original review, 2005] Okay, so, this book has been linked with other series I like such as "weather wardens". In my view that's a mistake, because while they're both "modern urban fantasy", there's a big difference between this book and those. Specifically: Ms. Murphy makes no attempt to build a coherent setting or assign causes to effects. The characters have traits but little backstory, and narrative events seems to just sort of happen at them, unexplained. Mythological characters from celtic and native-american folktales are roughly welded together, and imposed upon a modern setting that feels far less intricate than the real modern world. Minor characters pop up, do stuff, and die. In fact the whole story has that "I don't need to explain myself" feeling you get in the more surreal kind of dream. Maybe that's your cup of tea, but personally I can't recommend it.

[Edit in 2014] After reading more of the series, the above review is a bit unfair, backstory for the characters does exist and eventually comes out, and the fact that the protagonist is a grumpy unreliable narrator deepens the story. The series as a whole does make free with celtic myth and rebuild it into something quite different, but no more so than is normal in urban fantasy. And the shamanism feels well-researched.
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Initial post: 19 Sep 2013 13:13:15 BDT
Carter says:
I have to agree - I'm finding the books a bit confusing. I love Faith Hunter books, especially the Jane Yellowrock series and thought these would be similar. Good stories but could be more coherant
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