Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Shaman, Friend, Enemy (Olivia Lawson, Techno-Shaman #2)
Patients with fractured souls, clients threatened by deadly ancestor spirits, and now the paparazzi–it’s all in a day’s work for techno-shaman Olivia Lawson. Livvy has rocketed to the top of the shaman world, bringing old friends with her but also attracting new enemies.
Even as her career soars, her personal life spirals downward. Broken bonds and lost love finally force her to confront the terrible secret of her beginning in shamanism. Despite being attacked by dark shamans and navigating a spiritual plane that seems out of control, Livvy’s single-minded quest steers her into dangerous territory and puts her on a collision course with those dearest to her.
No longer interested in walking a fine line, Livvy discovers that–when the one thing you need is the one thing you can’t have–you’ll risk everything
Isn't that a funny thing in life, once your told that you aren't allowed to have something. You become more determined to get it? Even if you, in reality have realized that you can live without it. The actual pursuit of obtaining it and the effort you put into getting it, will be your driving force.
This is the second book in this series. What I loved about the first and what drove me to continue with this series was the unique twist to the Urban Fantasy novel. The lead character is a Shaman and has a great support system around her to help her complete her jobs in the spiritual plane and outside.
In this edition Livvy is attacked pretty early on in the book, as well as having her heart broken by her love interest. Both of these stories push the novel along and we get to see Livvy break down a little and show her human side, calling upon her mother for some support.
There is a lot of magic and traveling through dimensions in these stories. The danger that Livvy and her co-workers must endure to help others keeps the mystery and anxiety up for the reader, not knowing what could happen next.
My favorite parts are when they fight using magic and she is up against forces that you would not find in most other books. It adds a unique touch, but Livvy is still human and that reality check side to the story is always there to help the reader identify with her story more.
My favorite character is SK in this one, the dwarf that helps her travel the multiverse. If you are not familiar with this series (or have not read my review of book one) The author approaches the the idea of a Shaman in the 21st century. With advanced technology to help her fight her battles and of course travel through the multiverse. It adds some fun sci-fi elements to Urban Fantasy which makes for a very fun and unique story line.