Suzanne Fisher Staples, the author of 'Shiva's Fire' is also the writer of two other wildly popular books, 'Shabanu' and 'Haveli' . The cover and the title of the book enticed me to read and review this book.
Shiva's Fire is the extraordinary story of Parvati, a young girl born in the small village of Anandangar in South India. On the day of her birth many tragic events occur. A terrible storm hits the small village on the first day of the monsoon season, leaving half the village in ruins. Parvati's father is trampled by a frightened herd of elephants. Parvati, her mother and her two brothers had to live with her father's brother and his family. Although there are many near disasters, Parvati's life is cheerful.
Shiva's Fire appealed to me for various reasons. As a student of Bharathanatyam, I can relate to many of the situations Parvati faced. Although the book was very well written, I found some details unnecessary and some parts puzzling. I would still recommend Shiva's Fire to young adults looking for a good read.
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