Urban Fantasy Spotlight: The Walker Papers

by KP

Big city life with a side of the supernatural.

Have you ever been curious about urban fantasy? Exactly what is it? In general, urban fantasy novels are set in contemporary times, and contain supernatural elements. One Friday out of each month, I’ll highlight an urban fantasy book for the interested.

Ah, home sweet home. Nothing takes my breath away quite like the Pacific Northwest. Majestic mountains, towering evergreens, air tinged with the salty scent of the Sound. The Emerald City boasts more than just great coffee and the thunderous roar of Seahawks fans. There’s magic in the air here, and Joanne Walker hopes she can survive it.

Book one of the Walker Papers series, this title is also available in ebook format.

Welcome to the fifth installation of Urban Fantasy Spotlight where our scuffle with angry Celtic gods continues beyond the deserts of Arizona and into the heart of Seattle with C.E. Murphy’s Urban Shaman.

Returning from visiting her dying mother in Ireland, policewoman and head mechanic Jo spots wild dogs herding a fleeing woman towards a church where a man waits with a knife. But no good deed goes unpunished. As a “reward” for saving the woman, Jo finds herself marked for death by the leader of the Wild Hunt, Cernunnos and his son Herne.

The immortal gods have the backing of fell creatures at their beck and call and a millennia of hunting prowess. To survive, Jo will need more than her police training and mechanic skills. She’ll have to tap into a bank of hidden powers she’d thought she’d long ago abandoned, and discern the mercurial moods of a cryptic trickster god.

I was drawn to this series because it’s underrated and I love giving underdogs a chance. This did not disappoint. With the current influx of cocky detective-based urban fantasy novels out there, it was a relief to come across a novel with an unsure “rookie” police officer more comfortable working on cars than busting bad guys. It’s also refreshing to get a mix of folklore that isn’t just European but also Native American and is reflected by a mixed race main character. Like Owl, Jo has issues in social situations and is a flawed protagonist. Her snark and childish behavior have real world consequences in the story and series.

I love that Murphy handles the appearance of immortal creatures crashing into our world with practical, real-world appeal. One of my favorite scenes in the book is where Jo is trying to escape the Wild Hunt while driving down I-5. She then runs into Seattle traffic. Fellow motorists can’t understand why invisible things keep sideswiping them.

Not sure if this underdog is the book for you? Try reading a few pages.

Stay tuned for the next installment of Urban Fantasy Spotlight where we hop the Cascade Mountains to visit another mechanic with a penchant for the wild . . .

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