Age of Shiva

Released 26 March 2014

By James Lovegrove


It’s sold more than 150,000 copies worldwide since 2009 and spawned its own genre of ‘Godpunk’; now the best-selling Pantheon series draws to a close with James Lovegrove’s Age of Shiva!

The latest stand-alone title in this action-packed military SF series brings you a world where the multitude of Hindu gods hold sway and a simple comic book artist finds himself trapped in the middle!

Zachary Bramwell, better known as the comics artist Zak Zap, is pushing forty and wondering why his life isn’t as exciting as the lives of the superheroes he draws. Then he’s shanghaied by black-suited goons and flown to Mount Meru, a vast complex built atop an island in the Maldives. There, Zak meets a trio of billionaire businessmen who put him to work designing costumes for a team of godlike super-powered beings based on the ten avatars of Vishnu from Hindu mythology.

 The Ten Avatars battle demons and aliens and seem to be the saviours of a world teetering on collapse. But their presence is itself a harbinger of apocalypse. The Vedic “fourth age” of civilisation, Kali Yuga, is coming to an end, and Zak has a ringside seat for the final, all-out war that threatens the destruction of Earth.

 “The kind of complex, action-oriented SF Dan Brown would write if Dan Brown could write” 
-The Guardian

UK: 9781781081808
US: 9781781081815


James Lovegrove

James Lovegrove was born on Christmas Eve 1965 and is the author of more than 40 books. James has sold well over 40 short stories, the majority of them gathered in two collections, Imagined Slights and Diversifications. He has written a four-volume fantasy saga for teenagers, The Clouded World (under the pseudonym Jay Amory), and has produced a dozen short books for readers with reading difficulties, including Wings, Kill Swap, Free Runner, Dead Brigade, and the 5 Lords Of Pain series. He lives with his wife, two sons and cat in Eastbourne, a town famously genteel and favoured by the elderly, but in spite of that he isn’t planning to retire just yet.

For more information visit the official James Lovegrove website.


Review round-up: Age of Shiva

5 years ago

Ye gods! The latest in James Lovegrove's Pantheon series, Age of Shiva, has been out a week and it's been going down a storm with fans and newcomers alike.

He's also been pounding the blog tour beat with - amongst others - a chat with My Bookish Ways about the Pantheon series, a piece for UpComing4Me about how he found working with the Hindu pantheon for his latest book in the series, and an article for Mass Movement about the differences between monotheistic religions and polytheistic ones.

"Possibly Lovegrove’s best yet ... Age of Shiva is simply awesome. Once again James Lovegrove has subverted and exceeded expectations."
SF Signal

"9/10 James Lovegrove’s Godpunk series has been consistently fresh, interesting and exciting so far."

"Verdict: The gods should smile on this. 8/10"
Sci-Fi Bulletin

"A brilliant reframing of classic Indus mythology, brought kicking and screaming into a world where greedy corporations, nature-meddling scientists and rash governments all work to distort what’s supposed to be something pure and good."
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