Thursday, March 13, 2014

Rerview : Shiva's Fire by Suzanne Fisher Staples

My rating 3/5
Goodread rating 3.9/5

Shiva is the almighty god who destroy the world in order to rebuilt it. Nataraja is another name for lord Shiva. Nataraja means king (raja) of dance (natahanam). In hindu mythology parvathy is sakti the most powerful woman in the universe.

This book is about a girl named Parvathy. She is born during a strange circumstances. She loses her father on same day. From childhood till adult she has been always outcast for the some reason.  From childhood until adult she never had friends. People always make fun infront/back of her. Including her Aunt and cousins. But she was special. She has special powers. She can talk with animals and play with them. She knew how to dance from the young age. She is a great devotee of Nataraja. How this dance changes her fortune makes the crux of this book.

About the book and the narration is very simple. There was nothing “ah” moment. A simple family drama. Rag to rich story. Narrator didn’t exploit the magical power of Parvathi enough. I never felt how much hardship did Parvathy went through. There was no heart melting moment. There were many loose ends to the side story like we don’t know what happen to Nandhini. Or we never knew how Sathya felt about all his responsibilities,or the story starts with parvathy’s father but his story dies away without any creasing sympathy.

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