The Twisted Strands of Time

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The destiny he wished to avoid at all costs has found Monorth, casting him back into an unknowable swath of history. Snatched from their lives suddenly and leaving his far-fetched goals in doubt, it falls to the family he left behind to seek the clues to his possible fate. But even as they try to pick up the pieces left by his absence, the future brings changes they could not have predicted. More

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About Shiva Winters

I know, I am supposed to come on here and give everyone some deep insight into who I am and the nature of my existence, but for all that I have been writing for better than half my life and have been publishing the results of those efforts for several years, I have not in the past nor will I likely in the future do such a thing. To be perfectly honest, I am simply and without question just not that interesting, personally or professionally, perhaps that is an assessment that is overly humble or unfair, but it's a truth that is nevertheless fundamental. In a day and in the age when seemingly everyone is all too eager to document their every personal detail and display their every passing thought, I personally can find no compelling reason to do the same. Call it a quirk, call it a choice, or call it my own personal form of crazy, but there is me living through the dull-drums of existence and there are my books which at their core are the stories I've told myself over the years, and one category is considerably more interesting to me than the other.

When I first started writing, all those years ago, I didn't begin by putting words to a page for profit, or because I had delusions that one day I'd be celebrated for my efforts. I did it because it seemed like it might be a good way to pass the time, and in that moment, though I hardly understood it at that time, I found something when I wasn't looking for it. Since then, as time has passed, and I have honed my abilities, the underlying element of that moment of self-discovery hasn't truly changed, Entertainment. I don't write books because I can, I certainly don't write them for the sake of profit, though there is a glimmer of hope that one day there might be more of that. I write books because it's fun for me, it is my own strange kind of hobby and my own odd form of self-entertainment. And even if were to reach a point on some future day where the scales tip and I feel that this whole attempt to publish the results of my efforts is no longer viable, I will undoubtedly keep writing, if only for my own sake. I first published my books after a long and troubled decision making process, which ultimately weighed out marginally in the favor of the idea, that perhaps because I liked my books a great deal, that perhaps there were people in the world who would find an equal amount of joy in them. While at times there has been good reasons to doubt that belief there have been moments when that belief has proven true.

I am not like most writers, that is a truth best acknowledged right up front, I don't write my books thinking to imitate another author with their pulse pounding action, high drama, or unending tension. I write the stories I find interesting, create the worlds I think are cool, to follow the characters I like, through the events that unfold in front of both them and myself as we work our way towards whatever may come. I don't plot out my novels, I don't outline the story, I don't pre-program the dialogue, and often enough even I am surprised by the end of the current chapter as things change on a whim. My books are an organic process that grow and shift, free from over-sight and restrictions and ultimately often lead to place not even I can predict. Whether those who read my books like what comes of my strange hobby is more often than not is my very last concern, and while I might feel compelled to apologize for that being the case, it doesn't or won't change the facts in the end. Each book and each series I write are a result of the page's progress through the succession of each line and paragraph, loyal only to the facts on the page and require only the input of myself as a conduit in allowing those words to progress through their natural courses. So the end results of those efforts often enough take a path not even I expected, but I for one won't and will never change that fact.

My books are often strange and unexpected, I feel it is only right to acknowledge this, and there have been some in the past who have taken exception with that fact, angry that I did not meet their expectations. But I did not write my books for them, I wrote them for myself, selfish though that is, and I certainly did not publish my stories for them. Ultimately I publish my books for the small percentage of people who might read them and like them, and for the occasional bits of far flung joy I get from having people tell me how and why they enjoyed something I wrote. If you are one of those readers who starts a book with expectations and the belief that it is the writer's job to meet those expectations, please look elsewhere. But if you are one of those readers who reads simply for the joy of it, without expectations of what you might find, than I hope you will like what I have written.

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Review by: Melody Hewson on Oct. 12, 2012 :
Ferin... you adorable little trouble maker. Gonna really miss you. *sniffle* Keep bringing down the walls.

It's very rare that a character that is not the main of any series has enough depth to pull off an entire chapter dedicated to them, yet Sian, Monorth's daughter, dominates this entire book beautifully. She is entertaining and captivating, and yet still just innocent and vulnerable enough to also make her endearing. She is definitely her father's daughter.

A few minor things, ignoring the usual minor typos, it may be that I'm simply easily confused, but when things got technical, I found it hard to follow. Maybe that was just me. I was also a bit disappointed in the secret of Rin's name, so I'm just going to assume he was lying. There was one continuity error, but it was minor and I forget what it was so not important.


Loved it and can't wait for the next one! (So glad I wasn't left waiting a few months)
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Review by: John Gibson on Sep. 2, 2012 : (no rating)
Very enjoyable a Great series
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)
Review by: Frank Galan on July 30, 2012 :
This book wasn't what I was expecting, but in this case that's not a bad thing. An excellent tome in the ongoing Salak'platan series. The only difficulty I had was keeping up with the myriad of characters; other than that it simply left me wanting more and I dread that I have to now wait for the next book in this series. I've am looking forward to book 5 with anticipation of more of the same and the unexpected as well.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: jstoc on July 10, 2012 :
I am really enjoying this series. However, I am no critic. I am annoyed with the errors, only because it takes time to go back to read the sentence again to understand what is being said, and then sometimes I still do not get it. All that said, I enjoy the storyline and where it seams to be going. The author is talented, and imaginative, but so much is going on that I am left sometimes confused. As I said before, I am no critic, but I know I enjoy reading. I enjoyed this, and I am left with anticipating the next book. Keep up the good work.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
Review by: Tony on April 14, 2012 :
This one is tough to write a review for. It's a good story and the editing (along with some of the writing) is more advanced compared to earlier releases. The storyline has progressed to something much more complex and interested than when the series began.

At the same time, things have become so much more confusing. There are so many characters (many of them minor) that I often can't keep track of without reminders. Also, the story in this book wasn't at all what I was expecting (or really what I wanted). Or at least not what I thought I wanted.

Still, it was enjoyable and I really want to find out what happens next. Fans of the series so far will enjoy book 4.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
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