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….
Topics: Shamanism, Seattle, Urban, Washington, Series, Mixed Race People, Women Detectives, Police, Female Protagonist, Native Americans, Indigenous Peoples, Serial Killers, Psychic, Celts, Old Flames, Mythology, Murder, Magic, Demons, Demon Hunters, First Person Narration, and Gritty
Making progress? Not hardly. A warrior? I'm so glad I wasn't drinking something right then, I would have choked on it. All we get are self humiliation and pity parties with a LOT of Wallowing. By the time I got to the first one in the first chapters I was saying "Yes you are a ..... up. Yes you did do it. Yes you are stupid. Yes...." I mean I was actually agreeing with every negative thing she said and very glad she gave up the baby. That shocked me and made me realize how bad this series and character really are. A flawed hero is a given but this child isn't flawed she's a blanking train wreck.
She really hasn't grown because if the same fears keep reappearing, she hasn't grown one bit. She is still floundering around trying to prove her worth to her self but her psychosis is keeping her from going anywhere.
I'm not sure if the writer either doesn't know how to grow a character or thinks this is normal but after 5 books, its pathetic. I mean we have a formula going:
Jo screws up.
Evil gets loose.
Jo finally after much thinking and wallowing and moaning realizes that Evil is loose.
Jo moans whines and complains about not having the tools for this [nevermind if she got off her tush and actually did something she WOULD have the tools for this].
Jo finally gets pushed in a corner and pulls up the big girl panties and does something and says basically I really have to learn about this but whines "I don't want to. I was forced into this." [um no you made a choice and sometimes the choice is between sucks and suckier. So man up matey. It was your choice.]
Then Jo goes off and does the same thing over again with no change until the next book where she starts the whole process over again.
By book 5 we should have had some motion ok besides whine moan and fight evil. The demons she need to face the most are what's in her that she has created by her choosing to perceive what happened to her in the past in the manner she has chosen to perceive it. She's got the perfect addictive personality and a bad avoidance issue among her neurosis. Instead of dealing straight on and pushing thru she would rather hang on to it and use it as excuse for not having a life.
She's a professional victim pretending in the series to be a hero. I was hoping for a strong female character like Rizzoli when I got this series. Instead, I get a neurotic, self absorbed, extremely damaged, egotist who screws up on a regular basis then has to spend the next book fixing what she did and not having enough brains to learn to use the tools given to her. Rizzoli would have just shot the suckers. In fact Rizzoli would have just shot Joanne and Isles would have helped.
Last book. Can't take this any more. I don't care if she ever grows up but if she gets eaten, let me know. I want to read that scene. And I don't think I am alone considering the way the total number of ratings are dropping at the top of each page. A whole lot are losing interest in the series. Maybe that is why the drastic change in the 7th book. Trying to draw back readers that are already sick of the whining.read more