Book Review: The Song of the Shaman by Annette Vendryers Leach

Book Review by Dawn Thomas The Song of the Shaman Annette Vendryers Leach Publisher: MindPress Media Print Length: 257 Pages Published Date: August, 1, 2013 Literature/Fiction (Adult), Religion & Spirituality Sherri is a single woman whose biological clock was calling. She goes into labor in the backseat of a taxi cab in New York City. Her son, Zig, is a special child. He tells her stories about when he was an Indian. Sherri does not know what to make of him and his stories of a past life. Sherri does not know her heritage. Her adopted parents would not talk to her about it. The book flashes back to 1899 Panama where we meet Louise a young woman of 20, her younger sister Maud and her father Charles. Charles fears Maud’s illness is getting worse and seeks out a shaman when the local doctors are unable to help her. They ride to see a shaman to help with Maud’s breathing and frail condition. Once they arrive at a river and meet Benjamin, the shaman’s grandson who takes them to the shaman’s village. The shaman performs healing rituals and teas while chanting and singing day and night. Maud appears to be…