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If shamans can heal and drugs can convey them into mystical realms, why shouldn’t video technology do the same? This premise underlies M. Terry Green’s Shaman series, making Livvy Lawson’s healing journeys seem very immediate and real. But what of the warnings, the things a shaman shouldn’t do? Wounds in the past can hurt a shaman as surely as they can the rest of us, and Livvy’s hurts might lead her in dangerous directions in this second novel. A year has passed since the time of Shaman, Healer, Heretic. I love the first book and highly recommend it, but you really don’t need to have read it to enjoy this novel too. Livvy’s introduced as a successful paranormal healer as the story begins. She’s trailed by the paparazzi, claimed by the rich and famous, and envied by newly arrived mystics from Haiti’s wounded land. As genuinely kind and determinedly generous as she was when she was poor, Livvy heals lost and fractured souls, finds and restores those hurts that medicine can’t touch, and seeks the answer to her own secret sorrow. Meanwhile those who care for her struggle to hide their concern as things fall apart. Dark like chocolate, smooth like the fur on a cat, sharp like its claws, Shaman Friend Enemy moves the story forward but more importantly tells a story of its own, of secrets that hurt less when told, friends that help more when trusted, and the price of being true to your own self. I almost wish there had been another book between the first and second, so we could have seen Livvy’s rise to power, but that’s my only complaint. I’m looking forward to book three.
Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel from the author in exchange for my honest review.
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