Shaman, Healer, Heretic (Olivia Lawson #1)My rating: Urban Fantasy
by M. Terry Green
Livvy is a shaman for the modern age. She won't take drugs and uses goggles with hypnotic moving images to put herself into a trance. Working as a healer, she travels to the spirit worlds to help her clients, but she's struggling to make ends meet - and despite the large number of shamans competing for business, society at large isn't particularly shaman-friendly.
But that's only the beginning of her problems. As things start to go wrong in the spirit world, and shamans start dying, Livvy seems to be the only one prepared to bend the unwritten rules in order to put things right. This is an imaginative, gripping adventure which races along as Livvy tries to work out what's wrong and what she can do about it. She's a fantastic heroine, the other shamans are colourful characters with their own clashing personalities and distinctive ways of working, and the love interest fits in really well around the rest of the plot. I loved the interactions, including the cast of spirit-world characters, and the settings are wonderfully detailed.
I've already got the next book in this series, so I can't wait to get on to reading more.