Saturday, April 28, 2012

Book Review: Shaman, Healer, Heretic by M. Terry Green

 Even for a techno-shaman, a kachina in the bedroom isn't exactly part of the drill. When Olivia Lawson wakes to find one towering over her, she panics. A Hopi god visiting the real world isn't just wrong---it's impossible.

Or is it?

Soon Olivia learns that the kachina is the least of her worries. As she struggles to save her clients, clashes with other shamans, and fends off the attacks of real-world vigilantes, Olivia finds herself in the destructive path of a malevolent ancient force intent on leaving the spiritual realm to conquer this one.

Left with few options, Olivia is forced to defy centuries of shaman prohibitions. As she and her allies risk everything in their bid for survival, Olivia ultimately learns that the rules are there for a reason and that breaking them has a terrible cost.

My Review:

Characters: The characters were well-rounded, even the bad guys. I was interested in every one of them, and was genuinely surprised when one of them turned out to be evil (I won't tell you who, though!)

Movie Potential: This has fantastic movie potential. I would probably go the route of "The Borrowers"//"The Secret Tales of Arietty" and change the name for the movie. But other than that, there's mystery and an interesting cast and adventure. The rating, most likely, would be pg-13 for a couple scenes. My personal rating guide for this book, as well, would be a PG-13 average--unless your child is like a lot of children I know (mature for their age) in which case, PG-10 should be fine.

Writing style:  Enjoyable. It's not a style I've ever read before, but that's a good thing. From quiet emotional scenes to big loud battles, the style doesn't change or falter.

Format:  Kindle. Absolutely no problems.

Overall Rating:  4/5

1 comment:

  1. Hey Kristina, Thank you very much for this review! That is so funny that you mention Arietty because we *just* watched that about a week ago (it was charming). Meanwhile, I enjoyed the format of your review and found it fun to think of the book as movie! Thanks again and happy reading, Terry