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Shiva's Fire by Suzanne Fisher Staples
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Nov 29, 09

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This really wasn’t a bad book, except for the underlying need for the author to again, throw horrible event after horrible event at the protagonist that really was unnecessary. Reading page after page on how her mother suffers due to the entire village somehow blaming HER for the tornado that destroyed their village and subsequent horrific time of monsoon weather might have happened, but as it shapes the MOTHER, and not her (these events witnessed by the baby and then toddler, but never really brought up, aside when she notes how sad her home looks when coming to visit it later in her life) and then throwing in a huge sub plot about a bandit meeting her best friend, wooing the friend and then stealing her away which went NOWHERE made the book less than stellar. It was as if the author was imagining all these really important events, but not a single one really impacted the main character, even if she was in the middle of them—she just continued on, unchanging, leading to one of those null sort of endings where things just go on until they stop—the story continuing after the book ends, but we, the readers, not allowed to follow.
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