Life in Writing
This week for Friday book review I read through Shiva XIV by Lyra Shanti.
This book is one of the more original stories I’ve read. Set in a technologically advanced world, that is still heavily in the grasp of archaic beliefs, Shiva XIV tells the tale of Ayn, a young boy with a big destiny. Author Lyra Shanti does a fantastic job of humanizing her main character as he struggles with his identity and what others tell him should be his destiny.
Religion and technology clash heavily as the precious resource of plasma is depleted, threatening the safety of the galaxy, and Ayn is caught up in the middle. The clashing of religion, technology, and cultures so heavily evident in this novel, as well as the identity struggle faced by Ayn makes Shiva XIV easy to relate to.
The world mirrors our own just enough to be familiar but stays different enough to remain intriguing. Many of the world’s political and cultural struggles and prejudices reflect a fascinating allegory to our own current geo-political climate making the story feel especially applicable to a modern reader.
I have to admit that I did struggle to get into this book. The first chapter is a bit heavy-handed in its introduction to the religious overtones of the world and can feel a bit slow, but if you can get through the first chapter, I promise the rest of the book is worth the read.
I’m grateful that this isn’t the first book out in this series, because I will definitely be picking up the sequel.
If this review has piqued your interest, you can buy Shiva XIV at this link:
Also, look out for my author interview with Lyra Shanti coming this Monday.
Daniel M. Quilter is the author of A Soul Divided. On this blog he'll interview other authors, review books, share nerd wisdom from popular sci-fi and fantasy, and occasionally share his insights on writing. See a list of his works or see what he's working on.
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