I really liked the beginning of Urban Shaman, even if I thought Joanne was a bit crazy. She sees the running woman while her flight is descending, then has to estimate how far away from the airport she is, and then hire a cab to drive all over town to find her. The trouble was worth it in the end, since she made a new friend in her cab driver, and learned more about herself in the process. I also loved how Joanne didn't know anything about her abilities at all. Normally in adult Urban Fantasy, the heroes already know all about what they can do and then it's put to the test. Well, here we get to learn right along side Joanne, which I enjoyed.
I would have rated Urban Shaman higher except that the last few chapters kind of lost me. I had liked reading about Joanne researching Celtic gods and shamans, so she can figure out what was going on, but then once things started coming together, it became jumbled. She goes to Babylon, but it's not really Babylon, since it's in the dream world, and from there I got mighty confused. I honestly can't explain what went down after that, except that Joanne somehow saved the world. At least for now.
So other than that confusing ending, I thought Urban Shaman was great. I adored Joanne, since she's different, although not all the way into special snowflake territory. I loved Gary, her cab driver buddy! Is it wrong of me to want a romance between them? Probably, and I'm sure it won't happen, but a girl can dream!
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