Series: Walker Papers #4
Published by LUNA on August 18th 2009
Number of Pages: 384
Purchase: At Amazon
For once, Joanne Walker's not out to save the world. She's come to terms with the host of shamanic powers she's been given, her job as a police detective has been relatively calm, and she's got a love life for the first time in memory. Not bad for a woman who started out the year mostly dead.
But it's Halloween, and the undead have just crashed Joanne's party.
Now, with her mentor Coyote still missing, she has to figure out how to break the spell that has let the ghosts, zombies and even the Wild Hunt come back. Unfortunately, there's no shamanic handbook explaining how to deal with the walking dead. And if they have anything to say about it — which they do — no one's getting out of there alive.
“I sounded so rational, as long as I didn’t listen to what I was actually saying.”
I love the Native American folklore in this series. I also like how shamanism, witchcraft, and other magic things are done. Not everyone believes, and most people manage to make up a version of reality where the ‘strange’ things that happen are easily explained away. Like a graveyard suddenly erupting with zombies (including zombie bugs and rodents!), was just a movie set.
I love that Joanne is both a smart-ass, as well as occasionally taking a moment to whine in her head. I mean, she then goes back to what needs to be done afterwards, but just the fact that she does it at all helps the character feel more real. Wanting to run screaming, or wondering why the Universe loves to pick on you, even while you don’t actually run away, gives a kind of normalness where a lot of characters wouldn’t even take the time to think of such things.
I’m not really fond of Thor. He isn’t a bad guy at all, he seems fairly sweet. But he didn’t have a lot of personality in this book, and I just don’t like him as a boyfriend. I’d much prefer Joanne was dating Morrison, even though I understand the reasons why she isn’t.
My favorite characters besides Joanne, are totally Billy and Gary. You don’t see 70-something men playing large roles in Urban Fantasy much. But Gary is totally like an annoying uncle for Joanne. Being Joanne’s police partner, you’d think Billy would be used to the sometimes crazy things that come out of her mouth. But the fact that she can still exasperate him on an almost daily basis, makes for a lot of funny moments in the series.
If you haven’t read any of the books in this series yet, you seriously need to.