Instead of powerful forces storming Seattle, a more insidious invasion is happening. Most of Joanne Walker's fellow cops are down with the blue flu--or rather the blue sleep. Yet there's no physical cause anyone can point to--and it keeps spreading. It has to be magical, Joanne figures. But what's up with the crazy dreams that hit her every time she closes her eyes? Are they being sent by Coyote, her still-missing spirit guide? The messages just aren't clear. Somehow Joanne has to wake up her sleeping friends while protecting those still awake, figure out her inner-spirit dream life and, yeah, come to terms with these other dreams she's having about her boss....
Comment: I've become a fan of this series so now I have to read everything. This is the greatness and the curse of beloved series...you just can't resist them.
In this new story, Joanne is having some strange dreams and her guide, Coyote, still hasn't appeared. Then almost everyone at the station where she works is getting to sleep and she doesn't know what is going on but she figures it has to do with something she's done because everyone affected it someone connected to her or who helped her before in her shaman travels into the astral plane.
Also, she wakes up in bed with a guy and she doesn't recall why it happened until she remembers the redhead with her book, Morrison, and how they were so cozy together.
Well, I must say this series is getting so much better with every book. The first one was rather confusing but the last two were great. The action makes more sense, the transition between our world and Joanne's astral plane seems more smooth and obvious too. I think this is key to the series better progress. I think it was very tiring in the first book to try to follow the transitions but in this book it's better and the reader can easily do it.
In terms of plot, once again I was surprised to see how well the author mixed the storyline with Joanne's lessons-to-learn. What I mean is, things happen and of course there's something Joanne need to learn or to accept or to understand before she can move forward in her attempts to save the world and I like that special balance between life and feelings the author has inserted. Joanne certainly isn't perfect but she tries and even her mistakes don't seem vicious because she had a good heart.
In terms of personal stuff...well...Joanne is...how to say it without spoilers...well she admits something and because of this, she reacts violently in one scene because of a little thing concerning the person she has feelings for. Her reaction was powerful, heartfelt, emotional and it's so similar to someone who has gone through it, it's a remarkable scene indeed. I think it was the strongest scene in the whole book. Joanne has finally admitted something important but then...things don't always work the way we think and now I can't wait to read the next book to know what's going to happen.
I think this story is strong and balanced and interesting. This is definitely a world worthy of reading about.