Of Forgotten Days and Lost Worlds

Rated 4.80/5 based on 6 reviews
Shadows stir and trouble lurks as Monorth reaches a time when his career can perhaps go no further. Forced to betray the organization he once dedicated himself too, forced to turn his hard won skill against those he once called comrades, and forced to end the life he knew, he finds himself at a crossroads at which all paths lead into the unknown. Are these the paths of discovery or destiny? More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781465719645
About Shiva Winters

As a substitute of a profile I find hard to make in a reasonable amounts of words, I'd like to offer my philosophy of writing.

In as few words as possible that is what my books are about.

I wrote them for myself, I personally enjoy re-reading them, I enjoy creating new chapters in on going themes, and I decided to publish them on the chance some few might enjoy them. I did not write them with the intent of publication, I did not publish them with dreams of avarice, and I only, truly hope that there are readers out there who enjoy them as much as I do.

I cannot and I will not promise my readers will like my hobby, agree with my views, or find any entertainment in what I have written. My books were not written for everyone, hence not everyone will like them.

I will do my best to offer the best 'product' to my readers as I am able. I can not yet promise a mistake free experience, but I am one who is never satisfied. Each time I re-read my own words I find changes I wish to make. And I will do my best to leave notice when new editions are available.

Because just as each work I offer to the public might never quite seem finished, the ideas behind them were a process of creation and re-creation. Each thing I bring into the world has been written and re-written time and time again, and they never seem perfect to me no matter how many times they are re-imagined.

Just because you have liked something I have written be it free or not, is not a reason why you will like what else is written. My writing is an organic process, many stories have nothing save a beginning or a future image in my head I wish to make a world in order to play out.

However from that moment after I begin all bets are off, the story can and will evolve from there and become whatever it and the characters may make of it. Just as I can not argue that I am like most any writer, nor can I see any reason in trying to be. I see no need to be 'like' anything, why should my books be 'like' any other book, and I see no reason for 'my books' to be 'like' my other books. Why should the next book be what worked for the one before? Why should I worry if my readers will have the same choices as me as to what 'would have been interesting'?

Do not buy my books without trying them, but also do not buy them if you are going to be disappointed if you don't get what you are expect.. Be it a thrilling plot-twisted action film in print, or a heartfelt romance, my books will not be exactly one thing. I make no promises in my writing but it can also be said I do not fear to follow the chanced inspiration, even if it might re-write the entire unborn ending of a story.

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Review by: ian browne on Oct. 09, 2012 :
Another great book from a very good author
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Melody Hewson on Sep. 28, 2012 :
Well, I don't know if there's anything I can add that wasn't already covered in the other reviews.

Just got done reading this book last night and LOVED it! Also, I blame Shiva for making me want to have a kitten around again. I was enchanted by the description of the firecats and wish they were real, even if I could not have one as a companion of my own.

Wonderful story over all and Monorth remains the snarky, lovable, wonderful character we met in the first of the series. A few typos but not enough to detract from the story. I recommend these books to anyone who is fond of adventures on other worlds.

Can't wait to begin the next one!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: John Gibson on Sep. 02, 2012 : (no rating)
Simply put a Fantastic read
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Frank Galan on July 30, 2012 :
What a great follow-up to book one in this series. It's only getting better from there. It's hard to believe that I've not come across a single inconsistency (other than infrequent typo's) in the nearly 300,000 words between books one and two in this series. Well thought out and a wonderful read! I've read all four of the books in this series to date and am looking forward to book 5!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: J.L. Dobias on July 11, 2012 :
hiva Winters - Of Forgotten Days and Lost World - continues to weave the magic of the Salak'Patan series.

The story picks up after the life changing and somewhat life shattering first book with Monorth out in the field trying to continue the work of rebuilding the Salak'Patan. As his reward he is subjected to backstabbing and treachery until he has no choice but to retire from that, which he has been so driven to complete.
So begins the wandering through the halls and out to the very Rim of the Empire. His ever strange sometimes dysfunctional family growing around him and their support for him also growing. Out on the Rim his destiny brings him to Phoenix or Nix as he calls himself. And I was almost fooled into thinking this was going to be another man with ultra intelligent cat stories of which many abound.

In a way it is. But the rich detail of the story- often confuse as Purple Prose- yet in fact it is Purple Patch. And for those who don't know- there is a difference. Purple prose detracts and takes from the story. Purple Patch enhances it with its poetic beauty. The consistent depth of the characters that walk through this story - though sometimes it seems they can do no wrong - are all painted with their own quirks that give this story it excitement and adventure and romance.

I've already warned those who are distracted by the occasional misspellings and grammatical errors so this time I'm going to rate the book on what it did for me.

It gave me a pleasant exciting good read filled with a patchwork of poetic beautiful worlds, characters and ideas. Getting us ready for the next great book.

I won't recommend this for everyone- but, then some of you are going to miss some really good stuff.

Keep them coming Shiva.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tony on March 14, 2012 :
Book 2 in the Salak'patan series is a much better novel in terms of writing quality. I suspect that the trend will continue in further books.

Monorth's tale continues in expected and, in some cases, very unexpected ways, but remains highly enjoyable and I am left wanting more. This story feels much looser than book 1, with the plot a little nebulous. I have a feeling it will set up book 3 quite well, but it definitely is not a stand-alone novel. Again, the structure of the book is non-standard and feels like a mixture of novellas and short stories, but turns out quite well.

Can't wait for book 3!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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