Amazing world-building? Check! Intricate religions and mythologies? Check! Political intrigue, assassinations, and threat of war? Check check check!
Shiva XIV sets the stage for a very promising fantasy saga. Author Lyra Shanti weaves a complex story, interspersed with close to a dozen major characters, each with their own worries, fears and motivations. This is no small feat! I didn’t feel like any of the characters were left ‘unfinished,’ either.
There is just so much to this story! The history and mythology was introduced in a way so as to not overwhelm the reader. The various cultures and planets were intriguing. And, as I said before, the large number of important characters felt real. I’d be hard pressed to pick a favorite character! But if you’re going to force me, I might pick Reese. She’s tough, pragmatic, determined, and indispensable to her King.
I appreciated that the ending of book one was not a crazy, nail-biting cliffhanger. There is definitely unfinished business, important wheels left spinning, but the sense of hope I felt reading the final sentences was refreshing.
This is high fantasy mixed with sci-fi and a dash of YA just for good measure and I absolutely loved it!
Interested in starting the series? At this time, the first three books of the series are available in Kindle Unlimited. Pick up the first book HERE.