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Stars: Three and a half out of five.Review format: Brief review plus links.Summary: Much of the city can’t wake up. And more are dozing off each day.Instead of powerful forces storming Seattle, a more insidious invasion is happening. Most of Joanne Walker’s fellow cops are down with the blue flu—or rather the blue sleep. Yet there’s no physical cause anyone can point to—and it keeps spreading.It has to be magical, Joanne figures. But what’s up with the crazy dreams that hit her every time she closes her eyes? Are they being sent by Coyote, her still-missing spirit guide? The messages just aren’t clear. Somehow Joanne has to wake up her sleeping friends while protecting those still awake, figure out her inner-spirit dream life and, yeah, come to terms with these other dreams she’s having about her boss… (from goodreads) Provenance: Borrowed from the local library.
Coyote Dreams – C.E. Murphy – Book Three of the Walker Papers
Joanne Walker – or Siobhan Walkingstick as named by her parents – is Murphy’s original reluctant urban shaman.
Somehow in my first pass through this series, I skipped this one. In fact, I was convinced at first that I had read it, but then admitted that I hadn’t. I finally got around to requesting it again this month, and I’m happy to report that it is a first-time read that’s worth tracking down.
As the summary says, the big conflict is the epidemic of coma-like sleep spreading across the city. With nothing physical to square off against, Joanne’s conflict is played out in dream realms, and arguments/discussions with friends.
I found myself thinking about halfway through the book ‘well, this has more complexity than the others’ – though I can’t quite put my finger on the difference. The plotline meanders from present-day, back to Joanne’s childhood, then to her adolescence, and around again. This gave her character more depth than I’d seen in the other books. On the flip side, the Big Bad was… a bit of a let-down.
In short – lots of strong points, worth tracking down more in the series.
Linkage, Spoilage, and Quibbles: below
The Pretender’s Crown by C.E. Murphy is the sequel to The Queen’s Bastard: book 2 of The Inheritors’ Cycle. All the important characters (of those left alive at the end of the first book) are here to carry on with the excitement. Belinda Primrose, Javier de Castille as king of ‘France’, Lorraine Walter as queen of ‘England’, and Drake as the queen’s lover and father to Belinda.
The magic-from-aliens angle is key to the story – succinctly described as an OMGWTFBBQ moment by another reader. Setting aside the clunkiness of aliens and genetic engineering in this alternate-history that’s healthily powered by ample political intrigue; the spectre of alien domination becomes Belinda’s secret nemesis.
This book is better than the first, IMO: the plot cranks things along at high speed the entire time. Read the rest of this entry »
Hands of Flame is the final book in the Negotiator trilogy started with Heart of Stone.
It wraps up some important threads in the topic regarding the four main characters, and provides closure overall.
It’s competently written and fairly fun. 3/5 *
Hands of Flame did not seem to have the internal momentum that House of Cards or even the first book did…
Janx and Eliseo find out whatever happened to their lost love; Grit steps into more cross-race tensions; and there’s a lovely explosion down at the docks. We find out that Grace o’Malley is both more and less than she seems (how’s that for cryptic and non-spoiler).