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Shaman's Blood [Kindle Edition]

Anne C. Petty
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Book Description

A spell gone wrong in a Queensland burial cave accidentally bonds a Quinkan, a shadow demon from the Australian Dreamtime, to a wicked mixed-blood shaman named Cadjer Harrow. Through his carelessness, the half-aboriginal conjure man has unwittingly cursed his entire family for centuries to come, and now there will be hell to pay.

Treating the Quinkan as a familiar, when the shaman tugs on the demon's spirit cord the shapeshifter must follow, even if it means dropping a gutted meal in mid-swallow. Glued to the shaman's bloodline, the bloodthirsty Quinkan haunts its generations in maliciously inventive ways while seeking release from its black magic bondage.

Young Ned spends his childhood in the north Florida swamps with his mother, a snake-handling root doctor. Unfortunately for Ned, his innate magic is much more powerful than his mother's, leading to her death in a wall of flame. But as Ned is to discover, fleeing his heritage is one thing he will never be allowed to do. The rest of his life will be spent trying to undo the curse holding him and his bloodline hostage.

Alice Waterston, arts curator for a private North Florida museum specializing in global native cultures, knows all about Dreamtime legends. But when the Quinkan of legend suddenly confronts her in the waking world, Alice begins to question her sanity. The suspicious death of her uncle and the secrets surrounding her father's disappearance in the Outback lead her to unearth some very disturbing local history involving a certain Rev. Harrow. Alice begins to see connections she can't ignore, but is horrified to face.

As Alice and her psychic daughter Margaret uncover more clues leading back to the origin of the curse, the furious demon gives them an ultimatum - find a way to break the centuries-old spell or die!

"Anne Petty's Wandjina's fantasies feature some marvelously drawn characters from modern Florida in collision with the world of Australian aboriginal dreamtime, via a collection of art and family mysteries. Readers of contemporary fantasy and horror will find an interesting freshness in these compelling tales." --Tolkien scholar and modern fantasy literary critic Douglas Anderson, The Annotated Hobbit; Tales Before Tolkien; Tales Before Narnia

"Petty delivers again. In Shaman's Blood, the followup novel to Thin Line Between, Petty picks up where she left off with an engaging and suspenseful tale. This sequel furthers a storyline with vivid characters and descriptive settings. Petty has proven to be a major player in the horror/suspense genre." --Horror writer & Bram Stoker nominee Daniel N. Shields, Seasons, Switching Channels

Editorial Reviews


"Shaman's Blood offers unique insights into the worlds of magic, especially Australian mythology. Tales told by tribal "senior men," as well as tales too sacred to be told outright, combine with the modern world to create an engaging, intriguing, and ultimately enjoyable excursion into the intricacies of belief and unbelief." - Dr. Michael Collings, Literary Critic

"If your taste in fiction runs toward the dark side, Anne Petty's SHAMAN'S BLOOD delivers. Take a trip to the dark side. Pick up a copy of SHAMAN'S BLOOD and let Petty take you on a journey you won't soon forget."  -- Christine Goff, The Big Thrill eZine

"Shaman Blood is slick with articulate, complex story telling rendering our skin crawling and spell bound with insomnia."

"Anne C. Petty is not only imaginative, she's brilliant. With all the experiences I disliked in Petty's novel there were far more that soared. And I came away thinking that Shaman's Blood is one of the best books I've read in a very long time. 5 stars, Anne―bumps and all." - Clayton Bye, The Deepening

Product Details

  • File Size: 968 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1936564203
  • Publisher: JournalStone (August 2, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FR1AD4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,125,658 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book 2 in Wandjina Quartet is EXCELLENT! October 5, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Book 2 of the Wandjina Quartet, based on Aboriginal Dreamtime stories, continues the story of Alice and Margaret begun in "Thin Line Between." It also tells Ned's story. Moving between past (Ned's story) and present (Alice and Margaret), we learn about how the Quinkan became linked to Margaret in the first place, and what they need to do to break the bond.

I can't be any more precise about the plot or I will seriously spoil the book for you. While it would be possible to enjoy the book without having read "Thin Line Between," I wouldn't recommend it - you will miss a lot of clues if you don't read them in order. Since this is called a Quartet, I'm going to go out on a limb and assume there will be two more books to go - since it was 6 years between books one and two, I'm seriously hoping it won't be that long before the next book, because I want to know what happens. Once you read these awesome books, you will too! Definitely check them out, especially if you like mythology-based horror. Great stuff!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book review of Shaman's Blood by Anne C. Petty August 8, 2011
An enjoyable book which introduced me to the traditions, myths and legends of Australian Aboriginal dreamtime. The story is mainly seen through the eyes of three members of a family; father, daughter and grand-daughter. The story takes you on an exciting journey from Florida, USA to Cairns, Australia; from highs of life and despairing lows, sentimental times and violent and disturbing scenes.

The story is split between the 1960's and the present day and the struggle of the family against an ancient curse. The thread of the story is rarely affected by the switching between both timelines. In fact, the technique added suspense to the book. I believed in the characters and was rooting for them throughout.

I would recommend this book to most of my friends. However I was slightly disappointed by the ending and thought there should have been one more chapter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kept me turning the pages May 13, 2012
By Mirrani
This is not the first book in the series, but I found that it was rather easy to jump in to the things that were happening just as they were written. I think that many will be able to pick up this book and fall quickly into The Dreamtime, guided by the book's beautiful imagery and imaginative telling.

Shaman's Blood is the story of one family's struggle to rid themselves of a demon that began haunting them deep within the roots of their family tree, but it is told in parts, through time so that the reader's interest is kept even more intently on the story. What do these people have in common with those in Australia? What relationship do they have with each other? Why are snakes and other things plaguing them so? These and many more questions come up and are answered with each turn of the page, a little at a time, until all is revealed.

There is most obviously going to be another book to follow this one, as much is left hanging, but that only makes the story more intriguing. I found the winding of Aboriginal Australian culture into the American family home to be very interesting. Many Americans think they know their histories, many know that there are gaps, but do any of us really know the story behind our ancestors? How does a light skinned family in Florida have roots with their dark skin "neighbors" or the native peoples in Australia?

Very well written in each time period, kept me turning the pages all the way through.

Note: Though this book was a free gift from the author, the content of my review was in no way influenced by the gifting. The book speaks for itself and my review would have been worded just this way even if I'd gone out and bought it. I also give bonus points for Text To Speech enabling on Kindle format.... but that also wasn't a factor in the above review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even Better Than Book 1, and Book 1 Was Awesome!! December 8, 2011
By jwitt33
When I won a copy of this book, I wasn't aware that it was the second in a series. A lot of times that doesn't really matter, and you can read any book in a series and still know basically what's going on, but I have to say that that is NOT the case here! I was very lost and had trouble following the story line, but I was definitely intrigued by the aboriginal dreamtime aspect of the book, and decided that I wanted to read it. I bought the first book in the series, Thin Line Between, and enjoyed it immensely! Thin Line Between sets up the story, but Shaman's Blood really delves into the meaning behind the aboriginal dreamtime visions that the characters have, and explains the back story by actually telling two stories in one: the present day tale of Alice and her daughter, Margaret, and the story of Ned, Alice's father, and his quest to find the truth back in the 1950's and 60's. While Shaman's' Blood does jump back and forth from the past to the present and back again, it is not as confusing as it sounds, and I found it quite easy to follow which time period I was reading about. I really like how book two fleshed out the story of how Alice's family acquired their Quinkan!! There were lots of surprises regarding this, let me tell you!

The writing was, as usual for Ms. Petty, impeccable! The characters were totally three dimensional, even the supporting characters. The world building was awesome, with exceptional descriptions that made you feel like you were looking at the aboriginal cave drawings right along with Ned and Suzanne. I thought the pace of the story was even smoother than it was in Thin Line Between.

All in all, I really enjoyed this book. I do recommend reading Thin Line Between first, although I have read other reviews where they thought it wasn't necessary.
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More About the Author

Writer, editor, publisher, anime/manga addict. Tastes run toward the dark side.

Anne Petty (Ph.D. in English, Florida State University) has over 30 years' experience in the wordsmithing field as teacher, author, editor, and publisher.

Anne explores myth, legend, and the world of J.R.R. Tolkien in her online blog and her published non-fiction writing--Tolkien in the Land of Heroes (2005, a Mythopoeic Society Award Finalist), Dragons of Fantasy (2nd ed. 2008), and One Ring to Bind Them All (2nd ed. 2001). Chapters in anthologies include contributions to Modern Critical Views (2000); Tolkien Studies (2004); More People's Guide to J. R. R. Tolkien (2005); Tolkien and Shakespeare (2007); Good Dragons Are Rare (2009); and Light Beyond All Shadow (2011).

Anne also writes dark urban fantasy/horror fiction. The first novel in her Wandjina series was Thin Line Between (2005), and the follow-up novel, Shaman's Blood, is due out later in 2011. Recent short stories include "The Veritas Experience" published in The Best Horror, Fantasy, & Science Fiction of 2009 (Absent Willow Review). Another story, "Blade," received Honorable Mention in AWR's 2010 Best Horror, Fantasy, & SciFi competition.

Anne is an active member of the Horror Writers Association, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, the Mythopoeic Society, and the Tolkien Society. She is a founding member of the Tallahassee Writers Association and is a regular presenter at writers' conferences and pop-culture conventions such as Dragon-Con in Atlanta. In 2006, she founded Kitsune Books, a small press specializing in literary novels, short story collections, book-length poetry collections, and literary criticism.


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