Raven's Call book 7 in the Walker Papers series by C. E. Murphy stretches a reader's imagination and turns everything we thought we knew about Joanne Walker on its head.
First let me say wow to Ms. Murphy’s imagination; talk about bulldozing your way into uncharted territories. When we last visited Joanne in book 6 "Spirit Dances", Joanne had come to terms with her long felt feelings for Captain Michael Morrison, had a revelation of what she wants for her life and sustained a life altering injury. As if these circumstances were not enough, the claw like niggling in the pit of her stomach has increased, causing our heroine to make some drastic choices.
Raven's Call serves as an excellent conduit bringing a cohesive understanding for all the mishaps that have befallen Joanne since that faithfully day she met kimonos. Without giving away specific details of the story-line, I will say that the book delves extensively into the mysteries surrounding Joanne parentage and the actual source of her shamanic powers. These facts are entwined and revealed to the reader as Joanne searches for a means of ridding herself of the werewolf curse threatening to consume her; a quest that leads to her understanding, resolution and bittersweet heartache.
There are many classic Joanne moments that are full of bazaar ramblings, self derision and uncertainty, as well as some sweet, steady Morrison interaction that serve to add balance and clarity in moments of crisis and transition.
Ms. Murphy brings to the forefront the mythical tales of Ireland making the unimaginable is possible; although the leaps and bounds of Joanne’s abilities may seem just a bit too much to handle. As Ms. Murphy weaves her tale a reader is transported deeper into the lore and the annals of the Ireland's history; its spacious rolling hills, pagan mysteries and bloody history. All of which sets the stage for an outstanding showdown.
The book introduces some bold and striking new characters that end up playing critical roles against the growing darkness. The delightfully funny scenes between Mav, Joanne and Kristy are priceless. Although some of our favorite characters are not present on the firing line, their personalities and presents are not forgotten as the story progresses. Their strength and faith sustain Joanne during some pretty dark encounters.
Raven's Call ratchets up the stakes in the fight between good and evil. While there have always been whispers of the master's power there is very little known of neither him nor his countless minions. Gleefully, I can say all of that is about to change in a very big way.
Although I enjoyed the book, I do believe it started a little on the slow side and maybe imparted just a little too much played historical details and Joanne ancestry. These scenes may have been served better if a few minor skirmishes might have been intermingled within the telling. After the back-story and stage are set though the book picks up its pace and hurdles straight into chaos.
The ending of Raven’s Call is similar to the ending of Spirit Dances, with the opening of another door into the life of Joanne “Siobban Walkingstick” Walker that I can't wait to explore. For fans of the series you will not be disappointed, I highly recommend Raven's Call and I can't wait for the next installment.
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.