Lots of imagination and knowledge of shamanic lore went into this novel, which is why I gave it 3 stars instead of 2. The writing needs to be tightened up, and edited. There are too many repetitive phrases and descriptions. The heroine, Mira, retained her incredulous and weak behavior too far into the story. Despite so much power and the experience of lifetimes behind her, she often came across like a cartoon character. Part of the problem might be the dialogue and overuse of Wha-at, etc. I didn't enjoy reading the prose, but the imaginative elements were fun for awhile.