Shaman, Friend, Enemy
by M. Terry Green
Pub. Date: January 19, 2011/ October 22, 2011
Book received from: Author
Once in a while a book comes along that sounds really interesting, but the topic is somewhat unfamiliar, making one a bit hesitant to take on the task of reading it. When I heard about a series about a techno-shaman, I was more than a bit intrigued, but was admittedly somewhat skeptical at the same time. However, it became immediately clear that I need not be concerned about relating to this new and interesting world that M. Terry Green delivers. She immediately makes it seem as though this is the world in which we all live every day.
Firstly, a quick rundown of what we are getting into with this series. Shamans are spiritual healers who use a form of magic to cure those who are sick. Often, shamans use hallucinogens and other drugs to cross over into their healing world. Green gives us a drug-free shaman practice by incorporating technology to assist in the shaman practice. Through the use of special goggle/sunglasses, mind-altering drugs are no longer necessary.
Olivia Lawson is a techno-shaman that is trying to make an honest day’s pay, only to discover that the shaman world, the Multiverse, is beginning to converge with the real world and is becoming dangerous for shamans to practice. Knowing that something must be done in order to continue to practice, Olivia sets out to explore what is really going on and discovers that someone is trying to wipe out all the shamans. She soon realizes that she cannot save the Multiverse alone, but in order to gain the help she needs she must break every shaman rule along the way. It also becomes unclear who should be trusted and who should be kept out of the way.
By the time the second book is started, each and every character becomes larger than the pages upon which they are written. When the first book is finished, it becomes very clear that the next must be read immediately. Thus, drawing us back into the world of Livvy (as you will soon come to know her), who is a more bad-ass techno-shaman than ever- right down to her awesome shock of white hair. As the story progresses, so does her character. She learns to harness and control her super shaman power, and discovers more about herself along the way. Full of Hopi gods, dark shamans, bigotry, and everything between, there is no challenge from which she will back down, and it leaves one eager to see what she will get into next.
Without giving too much of the storylines away, suffice it to say that Green is not out to write a paranormal romance series, which is a very welcome thing. While Livvy does have a couple of potential suitors, she does not lose herself in the relationships, but rather discovers more about herself because of them. Techno-shamanism is still her life, her top priority, and she remains focused throughout. She is not always the strongest, toughest chick, but she never backs down from a challenge, and she is willing to figure things out along the way, despite the mistakes she makes. And that is what makes her so relatable and loveable.
Green really does create a whole new world for the reader, and makes every detail count. She delivers fully-formed characters- and there are a lot of them- and never distracts from the story at hand. The blending of the old with the new creates an element of tension and danger, as well as mysticism. The world of Livvy is clearly not real, but by the end, do not be surprised if you find yourself hoping that it might be. I, for one, am not going to pass on a single pair of goggles- just in case.
Tomorrow: A special guest post by M. Terry Green, exploring the techno-shaman world a bit further!
These can be purchased at Amazon.com, as well as your local independent bookseller.
For more about M. Terry Green, go to her website here.