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In “Shiva XIV The Riddle of the Gods”, Shanti takes us deeper into the dark side of the Un Galaxy’s war between religion and science. Fates are determined and destinies fulfilled in this installment of Shanti’s series, and after sating themselves with the two previous novels in this series, readers will find a certain measure of closure and satisfaction when a new generation rises up to assume control of their home worlds. Plenty of action and adventure follows the main cast of protagonists as some come together, some drift apart, and some merely meet their fate. This story line is somewhat darker than the two preceding novels, and while some characters plan new vendettas and settle old scores, others suffer enslavement and undergo physical as well as psychological torture. But, Riddle of the Gods also brings together the least likely of soul mates, friends, and champions, who put aside their many differences and band together in an epic battle to bring liberty, justice, and freedom to the people of their galaxy.
Readers taking on “Shiva XIV The Riddle of the Gods” without having read the preceding two books might find it difficult to get their bearings, but the author—who shows great imagination and talent in the creation of the vast network of cultures, religions, and politics that bind together the various worlds of the Un Galaxy—does provide plenty of hindsight and explanation to bring us up to speed with what’s happening and who it’s happening to. Some of the dialogue is a bit awkward and repetitive in places, particularly when characters are engaged in intimate situations. Shanti—who possesses an imagination comparable to the brilliance of Gene Roddenberry—might have enhanced the story by creating and utilizing a native language (say … Deian, Saraxian, or even Unnish) rather than simply inserting modern day Earth-speak such as “hunny” and “sweetheart” when using terms of endearment. Overall, however, I found “The Riddle of the Gods” exciting to read and I would highly recommend it to fans dedicated to the Shiva XIV series.
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“This was his city. It was amazing and horrible and wonderful all at once.” This is one of my favorite snippets of narrative.
Many of the characters that I thought were children (and frisky adolescents in the second installment) are now all grown up! There are tons of reveals in this book. We learn about why Ayn is plumbed both ways, and there’s even a scene that made me scream, “Holy (expletive)! That is more shocking than when I learned Vader was daddy!”
How cool is this book? So cool that I binged on this series in order to get my greedy oversized hands on the book 4 ARC before its release. Word. Writing reviews has its advantages. ;-) I asked the author for review copies and Shanti graciously provided tinder for the raging inferno that is my love for science fantasy. I have reviews for the entire series and all sorts of other great books at LARC-SciFi(dot)com.
Buy this book if you like Voltron (Lion Force or Legendary Defender), books that explore interpersonal relationships, space, coming of age stories, or LGBTQ(…+) characters and topics. In fact, buy this book if you are afraid of LGBTQ(…+) topics. Sit alone and read the story, and think about the fact that people are people regardless of who and how they love. It’s good to challenge you own paradigm, after all. Don’t read this story until you’re a grown up, though. It’s got some hot and heavy love scenes.
One of the elements of this series that I really admire is the way in which Shanti leads her characters on a personal pilgrimage in which each must accept who they are as an individual before they can fulfill their destiny. It’s a powerful lesson that addresses the most crippling fear of many people: ‘Am I enough?’ in a resounding and positive way.
This really is an elegantly constructed universe, and its stories are compelling. Shanti has yet again demonstrated her prowess as a world-builder and architect of complex, deeply involving characters and storylines.
The Shiva XIV series really is a brilliant space opera of epic proportions. Get on board— it’s a trip you don’t want to miss.