Book Review: ‘Starblazer: Through The Black Gate’ by Reiter

A really enjoyable sci-fi epic.

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‘Starblazer’ is a genuine sci-fi epic, action packed and loaded with conflict, power struggle and suspense. The world building is incredible, immersing the reader in a realm that is both fantastic and believable at the same time. The writing is clean and the story is coherent and really well developed.

The real strength, though, lies in the characters. Their flaws balance their abilities and strengths in a way that makes them believable and still complex enough to remain unpredictable. The subversive humour that emerges in certain characters is refreshing and very engaging.

In contrast to the stereotypes of science fiction, which I acknowledge as the main reason I read less of it that I otherwise might, I really liked the fact that the female characters are central to this story, They are intelligent, self-sufficient and powerful in their own right.

This is a big book, but it’s a real page-turner with an entertaining story and lots of action and energy.Acorn Award I Golden

Starblazer has been awarded a Gold Acorn.

Find your copy here.

Book Review: Shiva XIV – The Veil of Truth by Lyra Shanti

When I wrote my review of the first book in the Shiva XIV series, I said that this could easily become everyone’s next favourite space epic series, and that  it would easily fill the void that Star Wars fans would experience after the final episode.

Having just finished ‘The Veil of Truth’, the second book in the series, I stand wholeheartedly by those words. This brilliant space opera series really is a gift that keeps on giving.

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When I wrote my review of the first book in the Shiva XIV series, I said that this could easily become everyone’s next favourite space epic series, and that  it would easily fill the void that Star Wars fans would experience after the final episode.

Having just finished ‘The Veil of Truth’, the second book in the series, I stand wholeheartedly by those words. This brilliant space opera series really is a gift that keeps on giving.

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Following directly from the action and story of of ‘Shiva XIV’,  this book is once again woven from highly original and engaging stories in which the characters find themselves in a web of conflicted love, loyalties and ambitions that develop and unfold as the they pursue justice and discover truths about themselves that are not always either welcome or pleasant.

Shanti’s magic envelopes the reader, not just in the magical realism that is blended so beautifully with the sci-fi elements of this book, but also in her writing itself. The reader is swept along, easily visualising the worlds and characters that are central to the story. The worlds are intricate and complex, each with individual qualities that make it unique from the others. Shanti then plays these worlds off against one another, adding to the personal stories of the characters so that the reader truly understands that there is much more at stake than the fates of individuals.

Shanti really is a very gifted storyteller who takes the reader on a new and often surprising journey. The plot lines are well developed and strong, woven so skilfully together that the reader doesn’t always realise how intricately and significantly the characters’ stories contribute to one another.

The book ends not with a cliffhanger as the first did, but rather with a surprise and a very strong sense that there is more to learn and discover before the story can really end. I’m very much looking forward to reading book 3, ‘The Riddle of the Gods’, and continuing this fantastic journey.
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‘The Veil of Truth’ by Lyra Shanti gets a lovely Golden Acorn.
It’s available on Amazon, with the rest of this amazing series and some excellent short stories that also take place in the Shiva XIV universe.

Book Review: ‘Shiva XIV’ by Lyra Shanti

‘Shiva XIV’: the next space epic you need to read. Seriously.

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‘Shiva XIV’ is a wonderful sci-fi/fantasy blend with some beautifully crafted magical elements. Or a blend of fantasy and magical realism with sci-fi elements.
Or… never mind. Suffice to say, it’s fantastic.

There is so much that is original in this story. Shanti has really proven herself a master of world-building in the variety and the incredible richness of the settings and unique planets she has created in ‘Shiva XIV’.

Ancient philosophies and vastly different world views characterise the different planets and their populations. These, in turn,  infuse the lead characters with the qualities and complexities that drive them and keep the reader engaged in the story as it unfolds. Not only are there the universal themes of love vs hate and good vs evil, we see the characters struggling with the same opposing forces in their own loyalties and ideologies.

 

The first book of three already published in what promises to be an absolutely brilliant series, it’s no exaggeration to say that ‘Shiva XIV’ could easily become the next space epic series. It would easily fill the void that Star Wars fans will experience after the final episode is released, given that it deals with many similar themes in new and entirely original ways.

 

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Shanti’s narrative flows easily, carrying the reader on Ayn’s journey of discovery and destiny. This book ends on a cliffhanger, but the reader is satisfied enough by the partial resolutions and revelations given in the final chapters of ‘Shiva XIV’ to not feel cheated or short-changed, yet Shanti successfully piques their curiosity enough to leave them wanting more. There’s so much more that is yet to  be revealed!

 

‘Shiva XIV’ gets five very-well-deserved stars from me.  I am very keen to move on to the next Shiva XIV book, ‘The Veil of Truth’ very soon!

 

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