Lada Ray’s The Earth Shifter is the easiest five star reviews I’ve done in a long time, not just from the perspective of the writing but I loved and was captivated by the story right from he beginning. This is an intelligently written story, that draws on remote viewing (I was lucky to be friends with one of the main researchers at Stanford when the studies were under way to attest to the accuracy of the author’s depiction, down to the noting on paper, drawing, what was viewed) along with other very cleverly done metaphysical highlights to make this a very believable story. This author’s writing transports the reader away from a usual reality into possibilities as a backdrop to a story line filled with intrigue as the protagonists, Sarah & Kei are introduced (this part of the trilogy focused primarily on Sarah), in a plot that reads like any great detective story. The writing is beautifully done and draws on exquisite metaphors such as “the rain forest is the earth’s lungs.” Siberia is brought into focus and described as if another character in the story, lending to Mother Earth (& her human inhabitants), as a feature with a life of her own, vividly giving focus of what is to be saved if the story plot is to succeed. The author draws on Russian history and other concepts of a historical nature very effectively.
The characters are many and complicated. The two main protagonists are Sasha, a Russian girl whose parents are well educated and experts in remote viewing, and Kei a Chinese teenager with a twin, Win, who live in New York. Each of their respective families and extended friends feature into the story to create a web of intrigue as Russian evil power players rush against American power seekers. Good versus evil threads through the characters, and human foibles abound, ever present in the “gifted” Shaman and others featured with psychic abilities. The way the author introduces psychic features is also very clever, the Shaman turns into a bear and saves Sasha and her father from a pack of wolves, which may sound fanciful but trust me in the context of this read you won’t be questioning what is real or what is fantasy for the mystery aspect of the story, the parallels with so much of what is happening in the world today, and so many other detailed aspects give believability to this well crafted wonderful story.
My only complaint is that it is a trilogy and I have to wait till the end of 2013 to find out what happens next. This is my first read from author Lada Ray. It won’t be my last. I highly recommend this read for all ages.
J. K. Accinni’s Armageddon Cometh (Species Intervention) follows where Echo left off and brings some well deserved justice that left me hanging at the end of Echo. It’s a tightly written story of intrigue, fantasy, adventure, that holds interest throughout and just when resolution comes another mystery/a thrilling one is interjected to bring the reader into the last and final sequel. This is a series that builds one book onto the next and does not disappoint. It’s an impressive intense action packed read that I recommend.