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Shaman's Drum Paperback – 2 Jan 2013
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Both Riga and Iamo are clearly-drawn characters, with a history which is only revealed a little at a time as the story unfolds. I'm looking forward to reading the prequel, Alchemy, and finding out more about how their individual lives developed, and how they got together.
I enjoyed the powerplays between the dark and light energies, and the exploration of the conflicts between Riga's lifestyle and Iamo's.
Add to that betrayal and battle, with plenty of magic and spells, and we have an interesting and engaging adventure-love story!
In particular, I liked that the power of intent and visualisation, energetic shielding, and the positive force of love itself, were strong themes. As a lightworker, these are important to me!
I have only a limited knowledge of shamanism, but found plenty to keep me interested throughout the book, without feeling overloaded by new information.
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.
By no means is it easy for Riga and Iamo to love each other in a world where, although mainstream religion has been banned, opinion and the thirst for power dependent on varying belief still exists. I found this to be a gripping story where the magic is real and an integral part of the person it belongs to. I loved Riga's Shamanic magic, her spirit animal and guide.
Not only do Riga and Iamo have a battle on their hands where their love for each other is concerned but they have to fight various renegades and demons - what a fight it is! Oh, there was one character in particular I really disliked and I'm glad that character received what was deserved!
Shaman's Drum is a touchingly romantic tale with fantasy and adventure, an interesting mix of characters, magic, and beliefs. I really enjoyed it! I like books which keep my attention, make me want to read more, and make me "feel" for the characters, and this book did, so 5*!