Livvy wakes in her small apartment in Los Angeles, to a kachina beside her, which is impossible. Livvy is of the new ways in shaman healing, a techno-shaman as it's called. Being of the "new" ways, if a kachina were to appear to anyone, they would be drawn to where they are comfortable and to the old ways. She's young, but a talented one with a one-of-a-kind spirit helper, one that only appears once a generation. Moving away from the kachina, Livvy's cell phone rings. It's SK calling for her help a woman no other has been able to help. The healing Livvy does includes going to the underworld through the middleworld to find a lost soul and return it to the world, but this cases isn't the easiest and things in the underworld are off. Livvy stumbles across other troubles and has to visit the underworld and middleworld, but notices with each visit things are not right, actually getting worse. Until she meets up with a terrifying creatures that could kill a shaman, then all are afraid to return. Are all that Livvy has occurring to her related? Could she help make a difference with things she learns and sees?
I found I really really enjoyed this book! I was surprised. Yes, it sounded like something I would enjoy, but at the same time I was nervous going in. And I was so pleasantly happy with what I found.
I started off with lots of questions on the world and characters. Truth be told, I wasn't 100% sure what a kachina was. I thought I knew as my grandma has them all over her house, and after Goggling I found I was right. But I wasn't sure how all this played together in this world. As I read it all became clear, and quickly.
I loved the use of Native American beliefs and gods to crate the middleworld, underworld, and spirit guides. Even the use of the kachina.
There was always something interesting happening, keeping Livvy going. We got to see the way of the shaman as we also see what was not right to. The picture was drawn with not normal, but telling us was normal was at the same time. Nicely drawn to give us two views at once. This kept me curious to what I would learn next and what Livvy would be drawn into next as she unknowingly got drawn into help with shamans getting trapped and dying.
I didn't suspect any of the characters until close to the end. There were things I thought might be against what I thought they should 'believe' in. And in that, I got surprised as the author hide the guilty party. Oh, I loved that the character wasn't stupid and left suspicion around them self. In books I notice the "bad guy" leaves clues that they are the guilty one, now if they really wanted to get away with what they did they wouldn't. This is done wonderfully to surprise me in the end. Well done!