“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...”see full review » see other reviews »
“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.
“If you could read just one book this year, seriously consider The Earth Shifter! This metaphysical fantasy/thriller is simply one of the most compelling stories you'll find. Author Lada Ray expertly weaves a tale about the consequences that mankind's insanity has upon the world.
The historical content is fantastic, I've learned a lot. The book is rich with historical references, time traveling flashbacks and exotic locales. The apocalyptic theme addresses probable futures for humanity, depending upon how mankind chooses its fate. The main protagonist is a smart, sassy teenage girl named Sasha. Seemingly living a normal, happy childhood growing up, imbued with special powers beyond her understanding, she has the unenviable task of saving the world! Through many mystical adventures and tribulations, she comes to understand her destiny, along with the daunting responsibility of preserving life so the evolution of human consciousness can continue.
The adventure is all-encompassing and epic in scope, and the author mindfully balances multiple story lines where the characters play a very crucial role in the outcome. Nothing is pre-determined in life, and the future is wide open as the major players fight to bend "reality" according to their will. There are major lessons that we humans need to learn and accept, the defining realization being that we are all connected in some ineffable mysterious way, which may not be apparent to us in the course of our daily existence, but plays a necessary part in the grand scheme of things. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but trust me, you will be thoroughly engrossed with the story! There are many engaging subplots which intertwine and reinforce the central theme of struggle, love, acceptance and transcendence.
My favorite character is Red! Like an enigma within a chinese puzzle box, this vivacious raven haired seductress is amazing. A girl after my own heart, she is pure mystery with her own unique agenda and plays a crucial role in the outcome of the story. Wait until you visit her underground home and the juicy drag racing scene! Don't want to give away any spoilers... you must read for yourself. ;)
The spiritual/ metaphysical message is strong throughout the book, you can really relate with the characters and find yourself rooting for the best possible outcome of the story. It's the ultimate thrill ride, your soul will cry out for justice, cheer, shout out for resolution and redemption. It's that kind of book which elicits the best and worst of humanity, but most importantly reflects our own foibles and struggles with life. Easily a wonderful, thought-provoking book, which I highly recommend to everyone of all ages. It's a real eye-opening, earth-shifting experience for sure!”