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4 Star IHIBRP Book Review: “Shiva XIV (Book 3) Riddle Of The Gods” by Lyra Shanti

Fates Are Determined and Destinies Fulfilled!

In this much anticipated third chapter to the popular Sci-Fi novel series, Author Lyra Shanti propels us forward on the exciting adventures of Ayn, Axis the Sarax, Reese and other favorite characters who discover new life paths as they come together in preparation of settling old scores and meeting their fates head on.

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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