Monday, August 5, 2013

Book Tour: Fire by T. G. Ayer

Title: Fire (Hand of Kali #1)
Author: T. G. Ayer
Genre: Young Adult, Mythology
Source: Book Tour
Release Date: July 25, 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

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.


I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognise 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 practise given I have two teenage daughters, who are actually my friends, my tea-makers, 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.


I don't know much about the Hindu religion, only vague bits and pieces.  And while this book doesn't delve too deep into the religion, it was very interesting to learn a little more about it.  When Maya discovers she is the Hand of Kali, a warrior put on earth to fight demons, she discovers the whole religion she has shunned as false her entire life, is far more real than she could ever imagine and she is nowing playing the lead role in it.  

Maya was wonderfully written, her disbelief and struggle to deal with what she had become was perfect.  I only wish her friends had shown some of the same - they believed and accepted a little too easily to be perfectly believable (although kudos to her for having cool friends).  

Through Maya's adventures, as she tries to save the realm of the gods and man, she gets to meet several of the gods and demons and visit many of the realms she has only heard about.  There are scenes of high adventure and sweet romance - filling the needs for several different genres.  Maya is forced to make decisions that will last a lifetime and prove to everyone that she is worth the the power that Kali has given her.

*A copy of this book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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