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Shaman, Friend, Enemy: An Urban Fantasy Thriller (Olivia Lawson Techno-Shaman Book 2) Kindle Edition
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I enjoyed this book much more than the previous. It grabbed me right away, and there's so much going on that it continuously held my attention. We get to see a lot more of the multiverse, which was a lot of fun, even if it wasn't so pleasant for our dear Livvy. There's also more insight into shamanic powers and their politics, and more about the responsibilities of intercessors like SK. There's also more emotion in this book, as Livvy works on a secret project in the underworld, and as she puts her heart on the line for a special someone.
I've really liked what I've read of the Techno-Shaman series so far, and I'll be eagerly awaiting the next book. I can't wait to see where Livvy ends up, and more of SK, Min, and Ursula!
This book was given to me by the author requesting my honest opinion and I have received no remuneration other than the pleasure of reading a new story.
But there were some flaws that just kept me from enjoying this book as much as I wanted to.
For one thing, the antagonists are very cheesy and cartoonish, like Disney villains. Always sneering and just being petty and mean. They might as well be walking around kicking puppies. It just comes across as silly. It seems like the author tries to give them an understandable motivation and make them somewhat sympathetic, but it just falls flat, in this book and the first. I found this book worse than the first in this regard because the antagonist's motivations were weird and unclear. She wanted to be the top shaman? What? Why? Didn't make sense to me. And the whole twin sister thing just didn't fit in.
Livvy also seemed frustratingly dumb in this book. She made one bad decision after another, and was really rude to her friends and just keeps pushing them away. The love between Livvy & SK seems forced because she treats him poorly.
Another issue was (and I'll be vague so as not to spoil anything) about something Livvy does that is taboo in the beginning of the book. We're never told WHY it's taboo. She's ashamed and feels guilty about it, and everyone acts horrified. But there are no real consequences, so it doesn't seem like a big deal and I'm left wondering why everyone reacts so strongly.
I think the reason why I felt like Livvy was acting stupid in this book is because it shows her doing something which we're told is very wrong and taboo, and yet she gives no hint at her reasons, or even hints at the fact that she might have a good reason for it, until much later in the book. I was left thinking she was doing it just because she felt like it, which made her seem dumb.
This book just doesn't feel as tightly plotted as the first one. The pieces don't all fit together very well. Some of these flaws existed in the first book, too, but I bought this one hoping the author would get better with more experience, but I actually thought this one was a little worse. I probably won't continue with the series.
However, if you find the premise interesting and haven't read the first book yet, I recommend you give it a try. Maybe the flaws won't bother you as much as they did me.
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