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Even as her career soars, her personal life spirals downward. Broken bonds of love finally force her to confront the terrible secret of her beginning in shamanism. Despite being attacked by dark shamans and ...
Even as her career soars, her personal life spirals downward. Broken bonds of 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.
Posted March 1, 2013
Los Angeles is changing. Techno-shaman Livvy Lawson—who's one of the most highly coveted shamans in the area, thanks to a recent triumph in the multiverse, as well as its exposure—can feel it prickling in her skin. It's not just her career dynamic; there seems to be some other shamanic influx disrupting the natural flow of her work, too. Only when she notices a devastating pattern among her clients, and when shamans begin appearing in her middleworld, does she figure out there's someone out there that's putting not only the LA shamans, but also her directly, in grave danger. But by then, it may be too late to take any defensive measures.
This second installment of the Olivia Lawson Techno-Shaman series is an artful, well-processed continuation of the fascinating urban fantasy world that left readers begging for more in the original Shaman, Healer, Heretic. The idea of techno-shamanism itself is magical and thrilling—a combination of steampunk and contemporary fantasy—and the plot is also fast-paced and easy to follow. This sequel isn't as dangerous or as inventive as the first book, as the backdrop of shamanism is already set, but it's definitely more psychologically disturbing, with a fresher and equally absorbing premise.
My only constructive reservation for the previous book was that there wasn't enough of Livvy's past incorporated into the storyline. There would be brief mentions, but never full elaborations, which frustrated me, but now I know they were just a technique to keep me holding on. In Shaman, Friend, Enemy, all the questions—all the obscure nondisclosures—are slowly, painfully answered. In the beginning, I was definitely at the edge of my seat wanting to know more about Livvy's initiation into shamanism—into how she became the prophesied lightning shaman; by the end, I was completely satisfied.
I love how there's more of Min and SK, as well as a moving forbidden romance. The results of Livvy's desires are literally electric, and inevitably will end up governing her and swallowing her whole.
I recommend this one for readers who are returning to the series. While the plots of both books are completely unrelated, there aren't as many details about the shamanism, nor about Livvy's routine, which may make Shaman, Friend, Enemy seem rather flimsy and underdeveloped. It might be a decent standalone novel, but would be best enjoyed by readers who started at the beginning, just because of the recurring practices, characters, relationships, and conflicts present.
Livvy's deepest secret—the reason she is so devoted to shamanism in the first place—is finally revealed after the mystery enshrouding her background. As malicious powers try to get in her way, Livvy will go to any length—even submersing into the dark arts, and even losing herself a little bit—in order to carry out the mission to which she owes her life. Her painful past eventually justifies her determination for redemption, but not before claiming a small part of her, before it does.
Faced with these inner demons and the recent local obstructions, Livvy must risk her career and her life just to settle the one thing from her past to which she owes everything, which propels her into a distressing decision: to pursue the one she loves, or to stop being a shaman—to lose her identity—completely.
Pros: Livvy's backstory revealed! // Moves quickly and doesn't drag on // New villains shape the story well // Livvy's personal strengths and weaknesses explored // Well-written and well-structured // Leaves me wanting to read the next book!
Cons: Green has a natural voice for storytelling, but stylistically it's not particularly lyrical or haunting; it gets the job done, but isn't impressive // Not much action
Love: Livvy had stopped at the edge of the living room, as though she were afraid to enter. When in doubt, she bit her lower lip. Sometimes when she did that, she was worried about something serious, a client usually. Sometimes, she was just trying to pick the type of tea she'd order. SK had never mentioned it to her, afraid that she might stop.
Verdict: In this stirring, fulfilling second novel, M. Terry Green calls attention to the domineering advantage in keeping compassion—keeping humanity alive on top of the duties in the battle between good and evil—as well as a startling truth regarding where Livvy's passions and loyalties lie. Once again, Livvy is challenged and her heart's resolve brutally tested, but once again, readers hold onto hope that she will, in the end, somehow prevail; that's just who Olivia Lawson is. Tender and heart-wrenching, yet edgy in revelation, Shaman, Friend, Enemy is a detailed and purposeful journey into our original lovable heroine's psyche. The discovery of an incredible bond and a terrible tragedy that have shaped her, and how she, in the end, triumphs over those single-minded fears, demonstrate masterfully what it means to be human... and what we humans must do to not only live, but also to simply survive
Rating: 8 out of 10 hearts: An engaging read; highly recommended.
Source: Complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you!).
Posted September 2, 2012
This book was just as good as the first book. It grabs you from the beginning and doesn't let you go. I loved it. Such a great series!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 8, 2012
This is the second book in the Techno Shaman series and it doesn't disappoint. Olivia (Livvy) Lawson is now the most famous shaman in Los Angeles--she's the lightening shaman. Along with a fellow shaman and friend, Min, and her dwarf intercessor, SK, many are clamoring for her services--to heal their fractured souls, to cast out evil ancestor spirits or to save them from themselves. The paparazzi follow her wherever she goes, but Livvy finds it hard to enjoy her new found success. She is harboring a terrible secret that she dares tell no one and it is leading her into dangerous territory within the spirit world. There are some things that are just forbidden even to the lightening shaman. As if that isn't enough, Livvy is faced with a deadly enemy intent on destroying her. Can the she prevail over this new threat? What will happen to Livvy if she stays on this dangerous path in the spirit world to do what is forbidden to do? And what of those she loves--will she risk everything and lose everyone dear to her?
Ms. Green does an expert job of pulling the reader in with non-stop action starting with the first chapter. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the characters in the story, but most especially, SK. His role has been expanded in this book and his interactions with Livvy will keep you glued to the story. Rounding out the story are Min, Mamacita, and of course, Livvy's newest enemy, Dominque. There are also more characters from the first book making appearances. Through all of the ups and downs that are thrown Livvy's way, she remains true to beliefs--she only wants to help others and nothing will stop her.
Though it is not necessary to read book 1 before picking up this one, I would highly recommend you start with "Shaman, Healer, Heretic" to enjoy the full flavor of the wonderful and engaging spirit world that Ms. Green has created. Recommended.
Posted May 23, 2012
I'm over the moon about this series!
I was first introduced to M. Terry Green's writing with the first book in this series Shaman, Healer, Heretic and absolutely loved Olivia Lawson's world. The author has built a world that is contemporary, but unique with introduction of a new urban fancy development of the techno-shaman. I was so excited to find that book two was released and when offered a chance to read this installment, very eager to continue Livvy's journey. Oh what a journey it is! The synopsis definitely provides a good overview of the storyline. In reading Shaman, Friend, Enemy I was able to experience a whole gambit of emotions from laughter to tears and for me that is the ultimate. For me a book that makes me feel the emotions of the characters is in my opinion pure gold. I love that Livvy is such a strong woman, yet has her own vulnerabilities and flaws to deal with and that she steps up to meet these challenges. Shaman, Friend, Enemy is a fast paced read that keeps you wanting to turn the pages just to find out what will happen next. In my opinion it is very well written and once again I am eager to read the next installment to see what Livvy will tackle next. While I am over the moon about this installment in the series and feel it is an excellent read, I do not think it would have been quite as enjoyable had I not first read book one. There is some rehashing of prior events so a new reader to the series would not be completely lost, but I also feel there was so much world building in book one that would be missed had I not started there. That being said I would highly recommend UF fans read book one and then jump right into Shaman, Friend, Enemy - after all book two is here and you will not have to wait to continue this most excellent journey!
This book was given to me by the author requesting my honest opinion and I have received no remuneration other than the pleasure of reading a new story.
Posted May 7, 2012
(I was given this book for free on a read-to-review basis.)
The second book in the ‘Olivia Lawson Techno-Shaman’ Series.
Things have changed a lot for Olivia (Livvy) in the year since the end of the events in Shaman, Healer, Heretic. Now she’s living in a fancy condo, wearing fancy clothes, and catering to a very exclusive client list. She’s also got SK(her intercessor) and Min (friend who is also a shaman) working with her on a day-to-day basis, and got people queuing up to be blessed by the ‘lightning’ shaman.
Livvy is hiding a secret though. She’s been researching desperately, and spending extra time in the underworld, and now thinks she’s worked out exactly what she needs to do – to summon her mother from the dead that is! This is a big no-no, but Livvy desperately wants to speak to her so will try anything.
Other than this crazy idea, somebody else is causing a problem in the underworld, and this time they are aiming their wrath directly at Livvy, and she has no idea why. Dominique is angry at Livvy because she thinks that she should be the famous one, and is building forces to try and kill Livvy in the underworld. With Dominique’s team standing 12 strong, Livvy is totally outnumbered.
With the death of a client on her hands following one of Dominique’s attacks, and problems rising between Livvy and SK, can Livvy really defeat Dominique without SK’s help, and what the hell is she doing with her dead mother?
This book is great! Livvy is just so loveable. She’s a shaman, and now she’s even a famous shaman, but she’s still the same down-to-earth, flawed, caring girl she’s always been. Her worries and fears are different to the average persons, but it’s still easy to connect with her and understand where she’s coming from. Livvy really is the kind of person you’d like to be friends with, ‘cause you’d know that if you needed her she’d be there for you.
I also love the secondary characters in this book. Min is quietly supportive, which is just what Livvy needs, and SK is the perfect balance to Livvy sometimes extreme plans. I also love that the love interest in this book is not your usual 6ft tall, muscle bound, Greek-god-type like in so many other books.
I thought the storyline in this book was also great. Livvy has gone from fighting an ancient God to taking on one hell of a cheesed-off woman, which actually sets just the right tone in showing that Livvy is still only human (and what is I they say? Hell has no fury like a woman scorned?) I also liked the way that the story kept you hanging on to find out what was going on with Livvy’s mom, and what Dominique was going to try next. At times I really didn’t want to put this book down, especially when a bombshell of information got dropped on Livvy that she really wasn’t prepared for!
Overall, a great paranormal/fantasy book with a kick-ass lead female. Definitely worth a read, and I can’t wait to find out what happens next!
9 out of 10.
Posted April 29, 2012
What a fun series this is! It has a little bit of everything and is a wonderful example of urban fantasy.
The best part of this book, the second in the series, is the relationship development between Livvy and Sk. There is a great sense of tension between these two characters, making for some thrilling romantic scenes that are handled with care and not overdone. Livvy is a great character that we slowly get to learn a bit more about in this book, delving into the darker parts of her psyche. But all the characters are good, even Dominique, the antagonist, is someone you love to hate.
The plot was fast paced, with all the neat twists and turns we got in the first book, and with even more action. The different viewpoints, some chapters seen through Livvy’s eyes, others through Dominique’s, and still others through SK’s makes for exciting reading. The writing is good, although there are a few grammatical quirks here and there. But overall, a great, complex plot.
I highly recommend this series to all of you who love a good paranormal story. The shamanic world the author creates is wholly engrossing. I will be waiting eagerly for the next installment.
Posted April 10, 2012
Meet Olivia Lawson: techno-shaman.
Her world will blow your mind.
M. Terry Green is doing what all authors dream of: writing a fresh, intriguing, genre-bending series around a protagonist with both guts and sensitivity, both powerful goals and hair-raising motivation, both the ability to wonder and the ability to decisively act.
Green happens to be a long-term professional author with a high-profile nonfiction reputation in a completely different field. Green is also both a technology professional and an expert in archaeology and the mythology she employs in Lawson's adventures---once even an archaeology lecturer at UCLA. <i>Could</i>
her techno-shaman fiction get any better?
Already, Olivia Lawson addicts are anxious for the third novel in this amazing series. This book is five stars all the way.
(For the record, I could never understand a "reviewer" who gives a low-ranking review of a book, hiding behind "anonymous" and without anything to say to support their opinion. Who could believe anyone with so little faith in what even they think?)
Posted March 28, 2012
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