Shiva XIVShiva XIV (Book One of The Shiva XIV Series) by Lyra Shanti

4 out of 5 Stars!

While Siva XIV was interesting from the beginning, it didn’t demand my attention until I was about 30% of the way through it. But right around that 30% mark it hooked me and wouldn’t let me go.

Without giving too much away, Lyra Shanti weaved an interesting and compelling story that’s bursting with emotion and set in a distant and complex universe of its own. Her world and character building is incredible, she gives just enough information about the cultures to feel as though they are real without subsequently bogging you down with all the boring information and each character is unique in its own right.

As for the reasons behind me giving this one four instead of five out of five stars. There’s just a bit too much head hopping going on inside each scene, I know it can be hard as I too am guilty at times, but picking one point of view for each scene would have made this a stronger book. Overall, the biggest drawback for me was that it was a bit slow to get started. I think the back-story could have been conveyed a bit quicker so as to push us forward to the point where our attention is truly captured. One minor thing that caught my attention was that there were a few punctuation errors towards the middle of the novel (no, I’m not counting off on that as it’s just something that happens).

With all that said, this book truly is a good read and once I get my stack hacked back a bit I hope to pick up The Veil of Truth, the next book in the series.