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Mountain Echoes (Book 8 of the Walker Papers) By C. E. Murphy- Review
Publisher’s description: Joanne Walker has survived an encounter with the Master at great personal cost, but now her father is missing – stolen from the timeline. She must finally return to North Carolina to find him – and to meet Aidan, the son she left behind long ago. That would be enough for any shaman to face, but Joanne’s beloved Appalachians are being torn apart by an evil reaching forward from the distant past. Anything that gets in its way becomes tainted – or worse. And Aidan has gotten in the way. Only by calling on every aspect of her shamanic powers can Joanne pull the past apart and weave a better future. It will take everything she has – and more. Unless she can turn back time….
What I expected: Another action-packed novel where Joanne gets injured numerous times, heals numerous people, and learns about the existence of even more supernatural creatures.
What I got: This novel has no slow start, no first-chapter rehash of the previous books. Joanne steps off a plane and the action kicks right up and doesn’t stop. As usual, Joanne discovers a new type of threat and must use her developing shamanic powers to squash it.
What I liked: Measurable character growth! Fans of this series have been watching Joanne slowly adjust to some major changes in her life. While her internal transformation is realistic (all happening in a 15 month period), sometimes I just wanted to whack Joanne over the head and tell her to get over it already- especially when it comes to a certain police Captain we all know.
If you also felt this way, then I am pleased to report that Mountain Echoes features a Joanne who is finally confidant in her powers, deepening her personal relationships, and accepting past choices. There were several swoon-worthy moments, many laugh-out-loud moments, and even one particularly emotional scene where Joanne confronted a past trauma. C. E. Murphy is a master of realistic dialogue, and the awkward gaps in conversations between characters are often more important than the words being spoken.
What I did not like: Wow. This might be a first. In terms of the development of the main characters, plot and execution, I have no criticisms. One thing that upset me was the death of a certain peripheral character. This person had very minor page time, but was instantly likable, and I am sorry we did not get to hear more from them.
Recommendation: Yes! This book was my favorite in the series so far! But you should read books 1-7 to be able to fully appreciate Mountain Echoes.
If you liked this book, you might try: Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara, Hounded by Kevin Hearne, Magic Lost Trouble Found by Lisa Shearin.