Monday, February 20, 2023

Siba - The Eternal Quest by B. Singh (Spotlight, excerpt, review, and GIVEAWAY) GFT


Siba - The Eternal Quest


B. Singh



GENRE: Fantasy






An epic journey of adventure, heroism, and self-exploration through the eyes of a teenage boy named Siba.


Siba’s life takes an exciting turn when his pet parrot takes him to a magical forest. He explores the mysterious forest-dwellers and the precious ancient wisdoms of the fantasy world when a sudden tragedy jeopardizes life on earth. To save the world, he must embark on a legendary journey to the Pole Star.


Siba encounters many mythical creatures and numerous thrilling challenges that jolt him to his core. They leave burning questions in his mind about the world and his own existence. He must dive into the dark labyrinths of his mind, for the last hope of saving humanity seems to be hidden there.


Can he solve the mysteries of the mystical world and his inner world? Can he complete his journey to the Pole Star and save the world?


A perfect blend of fantasy, mysticism, and spirituality that explores the answer to the eternal question – Who Am I?






Chapter 19 – Fire & Fury


After hiding Celine, as Siba moved out of the crack, he saw the dragons were attacking his friends. They swooped and snatched the snow leopards with their steel-like claws. Streams of fire turned the ice into clouds of steam. Watching the snow leopards slaughtered and torn into pieces, Siba ran toward them to help. As he reached there, one dragon blocked his way and spewed fire at him. Siba ducked. The stream of fire hit the black armor but didn’t burn it. Siba was surprised to find himself unscathed. He remembered the armor was made from the dragon’s skin.


He got up at once and climbed the glacier. But his leather slippers slipped on the molten ice, and he fell inside a shallow crevasse. He felt a sharp pain in his right arm. He looked at it. His arm was injured and bleeding. He took his feathers out but couldn’t flutter with his right arm. He struggled with one hand but couldn’t balance to fly out of the hole.


After a long struggle and several attempts, Siba emerged out of the crevasse. But by that time, the dragons had already left, and their dance of death was over. Many snow leopards died. Many more were injured. Ajax emerged from one crevasse with one leg badly injured.


Musa shouted, “They are gone.” Several other snow leopards emerged out of the glacier from all directions. Holding his bleeding arm, Siba arrived there in tears.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


B. Singh grew up in a small city, Chandigarh, located near the foothills of the mighty Himalayas in northwest India. Since his childhood, he has always had an inquisitive mindset. He doesn’t settle for the pre-existing answers if they don’t make sense to him. Instead, he explores, experiments, and finds the answer himself. He has traveled across India from north to south not only for his education but also to explore different cultures and values. To continue his journey of exploration, he moved from India to Canada. After graduating from the University of Windsor, Canada, he conceived the idea of compiling his learnings in the form of a spiritual fantasy book. This well-crafted and awe-inspiring adventurous journey into a fantasy world is full of chiseled gems of wisdom that will enrich the lives of every human being on earth.


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My review:


3.5 stars


“Siba: The Eternal Quest” by B. Singh features Siba, a boy on the verge of becoming a teen, whose life is full of challenges and obstacles to overcome. Accompanied by Rouble, a scarlet macaw, he embarks on a journey of discovery that leads him to many different types of animals and situations and encourages him to learn from them and other mentors. The more he learns, the more he realizes how much more he needs to discover.


This young-adult fantasy story is full of remarkable adventures that will stimulate the imagination and teach essential lessons about emotions, interpersonal relations, and perception. I feel that some of the language is aimed more toward an adult audience and will be a bit too philosophical and abstract for young adults to comprehend, but the lessons being imparted to Siba are well worth learning. His propensity to curse is a little disturbing, some of the language is a little stilted, and readers should be warned that there is a lot of death in the story, but overall this is a creative way to impart valuable lessons about life and obtaining emotional balance. There are a few dangling threads to encourage the reader to look for the sequel, but no major cliffhanger. Recommended for mature teens.


A copy of this story was provided for review