End of an Era: Shaman Rises by C.E. Murphy

Posted 6 June, 2014 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review | 35 Comments

End of an Era: Shaman Rises by C.E. MurphyShaman Rises by C. E. Murphy
Published by Harlequin, MIRA on June 26, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Urban
Pages: 336

Joanne Walker has two choices: Defeat the enemy…or lose her soul trying For over a year, Joanne has been fighting the Master—the world's most abiding evil entity. She's sacrificed family, friendships, even watched potential futures fade away…and now the Master is bringing the final battle to Joanne's beloved Seattle. Lives will be lost as the repercussions of all Joanne's final transformation into her full Shamanic abilities come to her doorstep. Before the end, she'll mourn, rejoice—and surrender everything for the hope of the world's survival. She'll be a warrior and a healer. Because she is finally a Shaman Rising.

In 2005, I picked up URBAN SHAMAN, the start of a new urban fantasy series. Nearly ten years later, I read the last book in the series, SHAMAN RISES

Joanne is definitely one of my favorite urban fantasy heroines. She’s bad-assed when she needs to be but she’s so very broken, especially at the beginning, that she has this tenderness and deep caring that is really the essence of her becoming a capable shaman. She wants the best for people, she doesn’t want to hurt anyone though she is forced to do so at times. Still, she causes injury only as a last resort. And, really, isn’t that the essence of shamanism? Working in concert with the land and in harmony with the world around you? 

This last installment was a bit bittersweet. It’s been such a long, hard journey for Joanne but, with the help of the fabulous Gary, her mentor Coyote, her spirit animals, Morrison and everyone else in her life, she moves from being completely resistant to the mere idea of her being a shaman to a woman capable of great things because of her ability. SHAMAN RISES just didn’t let up on poor Joanne. She’s put through the wringer as she battles the Master for her city and, yes, the world. Disaster upon disaster piles on Joanne’s shoulders so much so that I got exhausted just reading about it. 

It’s been a long, hard journey for Joanne Walker, going from a police grease monkey to the confident, knowledgable shaman she is in this final book but it’s been an amazing journey. If you haven’t yet dipped your toe into the urban fantasy subgenre, I highly recommend starting with this one. In fact, I have the urge to reread the entire series, now that it’s all over, just so I can spend more time with Joanne.

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35 Responses to “End of an Era: Shaman Rises by C.E. Murphy”

  1. Woow, you’ve definitely been with this series for a long time, Mary, so hats off to you on your dedication to continue. I haven’t ever heard of this series before and though I’m wary of picking up such a long series (only because it’s a daunting task to read!) I haven’t heard of a shaman premises being used before so I’ll have to add this to the TBR for sure. Lovely review, dear!

  2. I’ve never heard of this series Mary! FAIL! I’m exhausted on Joanne’s behalf just reading about some of the weight put on her shoulders, so I completely understand how you might need to take a nap after reading this one in its entirety. Glad this was a solid ending to the series though, and didn’t let you down as it seems so many final books have for everyone lately!

  3. I’ve never heard of this series, but I this book just this morning on Netgalley. Wow, ten years is a long time to be reading a series but I guess if a book released every year that would be about right. I’ve been loving Urban Fantasy so I’ll check this series out. Great review, Mary! 🙂

  4. Oh I haven’t heard of this one, but it sounds like something I would really enjoy. I don’t know what it is about Coyote, but I love it when he is the mentor. Want it just for that. I so need to add this one to the wishlist.

  5. I actually hadn’t heard of this one at all but now i’m kind of intrigued. It seems like a much different read for me so i’ll have to give it a try sometime … if my TBR pile EVER shrinks. LOL

  6. Do you ever see a series and wonder how in the world you’ve missed it? I used to only read UF for the most part and have tried to keep up with it but nope. Totally missed this one. Dang! Sounds pretty good!

  7. Wow! Nearly ten years with a series is some kind of devotion. And to think readers complain when they have to wait a couple months for a book. I’ve never heard of this series, but you have me interested.

  8. So you’re making me want to maybe check this series out again. I read the first book years ago, and though it was okay, but I never finished the second book. I remember being BORED, but that could have been my mood. PS–my review that posts tomorrow specifically says I don’t like this series, so please don’t be offended. It’s already scheduled. SORRY.

    • Totally not offended! Some you love and some you don’t! Bored is never a good thing in a series but there are so many others out there, best to put it down and move on.

  9. I like the idea of a Shaman, that’s a different sort of ‘thing’ for a main character in UF. I think I might have to look into this series!

  10. I’ve never heard of this series before, but you certainly make the case for it with your love for it, lady! I love that the author managed to make the characters continue to grow and evolve – that’s practically unheard of these days. Lovely review 🙂

  11. Oh, I was just trying to think of the name of this series for Jessica over at Rabid Reads! This is one of Kate’s favorites, and I keep meaning to try it sometime. It’s awesome that the ending makes you want to reread everything all over again.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

    • I thought Jessica read it and didn’t like it….or am I remembering wrong…? Anyways I think I have the first on my shelf. Glad to hear its done – sometimes i think there are SOOO many long going UF series out there that I just don’t know which ones to read.