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Bound by Destiny

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  21 reviews
When Yudi, Tiina & Rai embark on a mission to save the universe, they come up against the ruthless Shaitan who is determined to stop them at any cost. But they soon realise they have a bigger enemy - themselves. So they must learn to trust each other and overcome their fears as they fight their way towards the ultimate showdown.

Partially set in a dystopian Bombay of t
Kindle Edition, 286 pages
Published December 2018 by Laxmi Hariharan (first published March 17th 2012)
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Misty Rayburn
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this book when it was free in April and I just read it for a review spot I have on Laxmi Hariharan’s book tour. The Destiny of Shaitan is exactly why I love having an e-reader! This is a book that I probably would have missed had I not had one. Filled with pop culture references and Hindu mythology, this is unlike any science fiction / fantasy novel I’ve ever read. This book has it all! Gods, mermaids, lion people, flying silver surf boards. I didn’t see any unicorns but I’m sure they exis ...more
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imaginative and captivating. Laxmi Hariharan is one to watch and I look forward to more of her work, with anticipation.
Lord Shiva had long ago cursed Shaitan that he will be dead at the hands of his own son. So, Shaitan picks up his mates, keep them with him for some days and then kills them. In addition to this evil act, Shaitan destroys the planets one by one and bring under his control. There are not many survivors from the destroyed planets.

Tiina, Yudi and Rai - the survivors of Shaitan's destructive acts - are the ones chosen to bring down Shaitan. They each have their own fears and tragedies to face before
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Welcome to a post-apocalyptic India… Yes that’s right! In India!! All the post-apocalyptic books that I have read are based in the west, often making me wonder why no other country, or continent for that matter, ever survive an apocalypse? I mean doesn’t ‘end of the world’ actually mean end of the rest of the world but the west? It seems, Ms.Hariharan heard my musings and wrote a book on it!
Yep, so for a change, welcome to a post-apocalyptic India where instead of zombies, we have reall
Chris Torretta
Nov 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my normal genre but Laxmi weaves so many things together that even after reading I’m surprised this world and the plot makes sense! The world is great but my favorite part is of course the fight scenes! I just can’t get enough blood and gore but it didn’t go overboard, it fit what was going on. I never felt like Laxmi added it in there just to grab your attention. All of it was very artfully done. Most fight scenes were also pretty short so if you have an aversion to the gore that comes from ...more
Raymond Nickford
"This is Java... where she can shut down the chatter in her mind...and in that stillness, touch that place deep inside her which is silent..."
I felt the author was achieving inner stillness in her sharp and sensuous opening description of the lush setting and, already, knew I was in the hands of a writer with whose sensibility I wanted to abide throughout the book - particularly when coupled with the intriguing plot.
In the opening dialogue, brisk and pacey, I liked the idea that Tiina could be '
Fran Pickering
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Fantasy SF meets Indian mythology in an explosive and intriguing mix

This story sweeps you along with tremendous energy and spirit and keeps up the pace to right the end. The heroine, Tiina is a strong and intelligent young woman with a mind of her own and a destiny to fulfil. We are quickly drawn into her highly-realised world of wars between civilisations and planetary destruction, encounters with magical creatures and a wise mentor who sets Tiina’s quest in motion.

But it’s not just a fantasy s
Chris Hainsworth
Tiina in The Destiny of Shaitan came to me through the connection of the author’s Ruby Iyer series. Both stories star strong and strongly drawn feisty women, and coming from Ruby to Tiina she did not let me down. I actually first read the Ruby Iyer series by the same author -- and it led me to discover Tiina in The Destiny of Shaitan- they are both plucky, strong, women and Tiina did not let me down. As someone from the film industry I am drawn to the strong imagery, the action scenes, the emoti ...more
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The Destiny of Shaitan is a wonderful book by Laxmi Hariharan. I was impressed with the magic of the story, which centers on Tiina, Rai and Yudi, Tiina's former lover. They are half-lives, beautiful human-alien hybrids, who only live for half the lives of a humans. At the Half Lives Academy run by the mysterious, elemental-seer Mimir, these three are chosen to bring down the reign of Shaitan, son of war god, whose stole the powerful artifact, the Istmus. He uses its power to destroy the beauty o
Iulia Calota
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love romance, and am confess a little obsessed with the concept of 'finding the one'... Something I was not expecting to find in a YA fantasy novel. I was pleasantly surprised when the chemistry between Yudi and Tiina drew me in. She forgives Yudi for being unfaithful and agrees to accompany him on his mission. Yet, the best part is when she realises it's even more important to find herself first... (Read the novel to find out more, as I don't want to give away any spoilers). The action scenes ...more
Apr 18, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I did not like this at all. The storyline is very convoluted, and the fantasy world is poorly thought-out, in my opinion, with new crazy elements being introduced every paragraph and no cohesiveness. I thought the characters were inconsistent, and the book really could have used some editing. The grammatical errors and lack of punctuation made the plot, and the dialogue especially, very hard to follow. The main ideas could have made for an interesting story, but the execution was boring and conf ...more
Andrew Weaver
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Laxmi clearly has a vivid imagination demonstrated by an amazing story – you do have to concentrate as this book has a very busy plotline running through it, but it nevertheless remains fun and interesting throughout, and I certainly enjoyed it.
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love it! Gorgeous and poetic.
Trish Bodine
Apr 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a good book, although there were a few typos.
Anne Chaconas
I should probably begin with a disclosure: Epic fantasy is not my favorite genre. It’s not my least favorite genre but, given a choice, I would probably pick something closer to snooty literary fiction or a little magical realism (Are you there, Gabriel García Marquez? It’s me, Anne). However, I was intrigued by the description of this book, particularly the “Indian mythology” and “futuristic Bombay” bits, so I decided to give it a shot.

The Destiny of Shaitan is an interesting book. It has the g
Steph Bennion
I am a big fan of science fictiion and I'm always on the look out for something new and a bit different. Non-western sci-fi is rare and I really wanted to love this Indian-influenced tale of interplanetary conflict. Unfortunately, this isn't really sci-fi. Yes, the action takes place on various planets in the Solar System (though none are described as they really are). There are spaceships, flying suits and other futuristic touches. But the story is firmly in fantasy territory with disgruntled h ...more
Beth Erwin
Aug 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Epic fantasy is one of my favorite genres. While I was initially excited by the idea of reading a fantasy book based on India / Indian myth, the book was a bit of a disappointment.

I had a difficult time reading; the characters didn't draw me in - didn't seem like people I cared about particularly, and that didn't get better as I continued on. Although I could follow along fairly easily, the story skipped around a good bit which can be difficult for a YA reader.

I enjoyed the author's style, but
Ray Briggs
Dec 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting book. At the beginning of the book I had almost decided that the author had ripped off some names and characters from other books I had read. As the story developed each character grew in diversity to my earlier preconceptions and set me on the correct path. The explanations at the end of the book of Indian culture provided an even greater understanding of the purpose of the storyline. I believe this book is more youth related than I expected. The use of the name Shaitan in the ...more
May 26, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shaitan is cursed and destroying planets, so Yudi and Rai, Shaitan's sons and Tiina are chosen to stop him. The lives of the four are interwoven through hate, betrayal, friendship and love. Loosely based on India and Indian mythology, this futuristic story includes shape shifters, killer bees, planet jumping, and half human/half animal creatures throughout.

Sentence tenses are mixed, making it hard to follow. It seemed unlikely they would use swords as weapons in such a technically advanced world
Elnora Romness
To see my full review, copy/paste the following link into your browser. Not my favorite book ever, but not my least favorite by any stretch of the imagination:
Karen Fogerty
rated it it was ok
Apr 18, 2012
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Yudi is a big jerk and Tiina just lets him treat her poorly. Not a fan immediately.
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