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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Review & Excerpt: Fire by T.G. Ayer

Title: Fire (A Hand of Kali Novel)
Author: T. G. Ayer
Publication: July 23, 2013
Publisher: T.G. Ayer Books
Source: Author
Genre: Ya Fantasy, Paranormal
Audience: 12+

Synopsis: Normal people sneak out to a party and have fun. Maya Rao ends the evening by incinerating the guy who attacks her. 

Nik Lucas, sexy, new in town and totally forbidden, happens to walk in on her. Normal guys would run for the hills. Nik knows a whole lot more than he's telling.

Maya doesn't believe the gods are real, doesn't waste her time with mere mythology. But when gods, demons and hellhound's become the new normal and wielding fire becomes her new skill, she must decide what it is she really believes. 

Can Maya accept that normal is something she will never be because it isn't normal to be ...the Hand of Kali.

My Thoughts: Maya is a normal girl but that all changes after she attends a party she never expected to be invited to. Once Maya learns of her destiny she avoids it, like she has always done when her parents talk about the God and the mythology surrounding them. Maya is forced to face what and who she is. She must decide to do what she can to save the world or be taken by evil demons. 

Ayer has has made the world of mythology real for me.  Having no previous background on the Hindi religion I did a little research when each god was introduced just to help me know more about them. This extra step was not necessary as Ayer did an excellent job of introducing each God and what they happen to be the God of. I can't wait to read the next book, Blood, in the series when it is released late this year. In the meantime I'm going to read Ayer's other works. Her writing style keeps you engaged and wanting more. 

Fear spun Maya around on stricken feet. To defend her back perhaps. She just felt less vulnerable facing her attacker, where she could see his next move. He barreled straight at her. And for all her training in martial arts, she did the one thing her dad always said never to do. She ducked her head and hid her face with her hands. Hands out, as if she could fend off this vicious attacker merely with the soft skin of her palms.

Maya felt the heat before she saw it.

Byron was on fire. A living column of shimmering orange flames. She couldn't breathe. Was afraid to breathe. How did that happen? She glanced around the bathroom as panic filled her veins, her fear taking on a whole new level of hysteria. She had to put the fire out. 

She turned to the faucet to fill her hands with water. And froze. In the mirror she saw the burning reflection of Byron disappear. Byron was there one moment and gone the next. Only a few burnt shards of fabric left to say he was ever there. But she remembered the last thing she'd seen before Byron became nothing: brilliant blue eyes turning a frighteningly blood-red.

And Nik, holding the doorknob, staring at the empty space on the floor behind her.

Author Bio: 
I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognize that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse but this part of my personality is impossible to practice given I have two teenage daughters, who are actually my friends, my teamakers, my confidantes… I am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It’s a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each other's loves – it works wonderfully…

My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour. My love for Ma Afrika will never fade. The other half of me has been transplanted to the Land of the Long White Cloud. The land of the Taniwha, beautiful Maraes, and volcanoes. The land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands – I shall forever remain cross-eyed.


  1. I haven't read anything with Hindi gods but this one sounds really interesting, thanks for bringing it to my attention. It's definitely going on my TBR list.

  2. Nice, clear and simple review. Thanks! I also appreciated the excerpt!

  3. I love reading books with a mythology focus and I've never read one involving the Hindi gods. Thanks for sharing about this one.

  4. Sounds great. I studied some Hindi mythology in college and it was really interesting stuff.

  5. This looks very unique and I don't know anything about Hindi mythology! I look forward to reading it. Thanks for the post.

  6. Oh this is so exciting!! I have yet to read a UR/Paranormal based solely on Eastern mythology nor Hinduism. I definitely want to check this one out. Thanks!

  7. I snagged a copy of this one on Netgalley I'm super excited to check it out.
    Awesome review!
    Thanks for sharing!