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Demon Hunts by CE Murphy

Demon Hunts by CE Murphy
*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Seattle police detective Joanne Walker started the year mostly dead, and she’s ending it trying not to be consumed by evil. Literally.

She’s proven she can handle the gods and the walking dead. But a cannibalistic serial killer? That’s more than even she bargained for. What’s worse, the brutal demon can only be tracked one way. If Joanne is to stop its campaign of terror, she’ll have to hunt it where it lives: the Lower World, a shamanistic plane of magic and spirits.

Trouble is, Joanne’s skills are no match for the dangers she’s about to face–and her on-the-job training could prove fatal to the people she’s sworn to protect….

Joanne is struggling to understand all of her Shaman powers.  She has grown stronger in power as well as self confidence over the last few months.  She still has a lot of internal conflict that she is having problems overcoming.

Something is killing people in Seattle and it is up to her and her partner Billy Holliday to try and stop it.  They are sure it’s something from the spirit world but they have never seen anything like it.  When it attacks a friend of Holliday’s for trying to help, it becomes personal to Joanne. 

Coyote, her Navajo teacher she thought was dead, arrives to help her defeat the monster.  They are determined to free the lost spirit that has been wondering the Lower World trying to find its way home.  When another murder turns up in a mountain park, Joanne, Coyote, and Gary head up there to try and stop it.  Along the way she gets help from a former friend, who is now a local FBI agent and a TV reporter that is more concerned with getting her story than her own safety.

It takes Joanne entering Lower World on her own, armed with a wooden spear given to them by the tree God, her drum and her spirit animals.  Once the creature has been defeated, Joanne has some hard decisions to make about her future.  Will she stay in Seattle, follow Coyote or go home to her dad in North Carolina?

This is the 1st book I’ve read in this series.  I was a little lost at first but there is so much internal dialogue from Joanne that you are quickly gotten up to speed.  I had a hard time at the beginning getting into the book because it leans primarily toward urban fantasy.  I enjoy the genre but for me it didn’t have enough action at the beginning to catch my attention.

The further I got in the book though, the more I enjoyed it.  I became invested in what was going on and I had to keep reading to find out what happened.  I probably won’t go back and read the earlier stories but I will definitely pick up the next book in this series. 

Overall I enjoyed the book and give it 3 flaming hearts. 

One Response

  1. yay! coyote is back.

    The series is not that bad, but its a bit boring sometimes.

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