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RAVEN CALLS (The Walker Papers #7) by C.E. Murphy
Urban Fantasy (adult)
368 pages, paperback
Available now (Feb. 2012)
Review copy provided by publisher via NetGalley
Something wicked this way comes…
Suddenly, being bitten by a werewolf is the least of Joanne Walker’s problems. Her personal life in turmoil, her job as a cop over, she’s been called to Ireland by the magic within her. And though Joanne’s skills have grown by leaps and bounds, Ireland’s magic is old and very powerful…
In fact, this is a case of unfinished business. Because the woman Joanne has come to Ireland to rescue is the woman who sacrificed everything for Joanne—the woman who died a year ago. Now, through a slip in time, she’s in thrall to a dark power and Joanne must battle darkness, time and the gods themselves to save her.
This is one series that I always look forward to reading. Joanne Walker, the main character, is a solid, down-to-earth woman filled with amazing power that she really has no idea how to use (well, at first--she's getting better!). An Irish Shaman, a grease monkey mechanic, a former detective, Joanne's had a lot thrown at her in the last year or so, including a surprisingly sweet yet very tenuous relationship with her now-ex-boss, Morrison (ooh, hottie!).
This chapter of Joanne's life takes her back to Ireland to confront her past and face her future. And the best part of it? Her BFF, Gary the cab driver. Love Gary. He's gruff and tough and his solid, steady presence grounds Joanne through all the craziness that blows through her life.
Though I absolutely loved this one, it's probably not the best of the series to start with, since there's lots of mythology and connections that might be confusing if you don't have a Joanne background to call upon.