Early Review: Raven Calls by C.E. Murphy

February 18, 2012 Review 3 ★★★

 

image Title: Raven Calls
Author: C.E. Murphy
Series: The Walker Papers #7
Cover Art: N/A
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Excerpt: Yes
Source: NetGalley
Reviewed by: Kristina

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Luna; Original edition (February 21, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0373803435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373803439

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Sexual Content:

Reference to kissing


Rating:

Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying.

Description

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.

Review

RAVEN CALLS, the seventh book in The Walker Papers series, continues a long journey of discovery and growth for shaman, Joanne Walker as she reconnects with her Irish roots and learns more about her family history through her ability to time travel. By RAVEN CALLS, she seems to have a handle on most of her powers, but I would love to go back and read the first few books where she was just starting to get used to being a shaman to see her growth throughout the series.

While I enjoy time travel in stories, it can cause major confusion for a reader. It was difficult to follow the various chronologies, time loops, and numerous changes to the past, future, and present and by the middle of RAVEN CALLS I was lost. Eventually I had to ignore where in time the characters were and just focus on what they were doing but that still made me feel like I was missing out on the full effect of the story.

Time travel woes aside, I found the dynamics between Joanne and her best friend Gary unique. I had to keep reminding myself that this person was supposed to be in his seventies as I’ve never really experienced a best friend relationship between two people of such differing generations in fiction. I loved that he was depicted as so young and full of life and that he could hold his own in fights against gods and Fae. This might be one of the most positive depictions of an elderly person I’ve ever seen in fiction.

The confusing time travel aspect in the middle of RAVEN CALLS hurt my full enjoyment of the story but I still liked journeying with Joanne as she learned about her family and grew into her shaman powers. I will definitely be reading the previous books in The Walker Papers and look forward to the next book called, MOUNTAIN ECHOES coming out January, 2013.

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3 Responses to “Early Review: Raven Calls by C.E. Murphy”

  1. Anne

    I've read books 1-5 and hope my library gets the next two. I'd probably give the series 3 to 3 1/2 stars because I've found most of the books a tad confusing when she goes into the dream world. They tend to be a bit sluggish in parts too, but worth reading.