Sunday, May 13, 2007

Shiva's Fire (book review)

Shiva's Fire is by Suzanne Fisher Staples. It tells the story of Parvati, a little Indian girl who is one with nature. Her destiny is to become a devadasi, a legendary dancer. Or at least this is what she believes, until she meets a kind boy who captures her heart. Parvati is faced with a choice: should she continue dancing or run off with this gentle-eyed boy? Through this choice, Parvati will discover that destiny can be elusive.

This book started out being somewhat slow and maybe even a bit boring, but it got better as it went along. Overall, not one of the best books I've ever read, but I did enjoy it.

I give this book 7 out of 10 stars.

The Spring Reading Thing reading challenge: 11 books down, 19 to go.


Jean said...

Interesting that you picked and have read two books about Indian girls. You've probably learned a lot about the culture. Were the cultural things in both novels similar? I've never been to India, but I think it would be a very interesting place to visit.

Debi said...


The cultural things weren't that similar, actually. Maybe it's because most of Shiva's Fire is about the gurukalam, where the devadisis study, and Seema in Blue Jasmine didn't really dance.


Jean said...

I actually know someone (his name is Kannan; he's a friend of my older son Don) who is a very, very accomplished Hindu dancer. He does temple dancing of some sort and has actually performed in India. I'm not sure if that's the same thing as in Shiva's Fire. I just know it is amazing to watch Kannan dance. I may have to take a look at this book and see if it's the same sort of dancing.

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