Title: FIRE & SHADOW The FIRE trilogy – the Hand of Kali Series, Book #1
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: 23 July 2013
Publisher: Infinite Ink
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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 hellhounds 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.
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I absolutely love T.G. Ayers writing and stories. They never let me down and I always know what to expect. Fire & Shadow is one of the many books I’ve read by her that I truly loved. It’s an adventurous, exciting and fascinating book. I was hooked as soon as I started reading and never put it down till I finished.
Maya is a spunky, strong, and a super big hearted girl. I loved reading about her character. I adored everything about her. She goes from being a normal girl to a big part in saving people’s lives. Most of those people the people she loves. She learns that she is very special even more than she was before. I was so glad that she had the parents and family she did because of how awful her friend’s parents were to them. And they are such a big support to her and care deeply for her. I loved the family aspect that is presented in their family. Maya has two wonderful best friends as well, ones who would sacrifice everything to help her and save her. Then you get to watch Maya grow which is incredible. She begins to believe in herself and her powers and in the gods that she didn’t believe in before.
Then you have Nik. O how I absolutely loved this boy. He comes in and is to protect and look after Maya. But you can tell there is so much more there. He is so caring, strong, and just overall one of the most amazing characters you will ever read. I loved how he comes clean to Maya and no matter what he never stops caring for her and wanting to be there for her. She is so lucky to have found him and everyone else in her life. The characters in this book were so easy for me to become fond of.
The whole book is brilliant. You learn so much about the underworld and all of the gods that come in Maya’s path. It’s filled with so many knowledgeable facts about the worlds and places Maya visits, as well as there is always something interesting going on. Never a dull moment. An absolute must read and brilliant read.
Maya stalked to the door and flung it open. She had every intention of shoving past him and getting the hell away. Joss would still be in the car so if she ran fast enough she’d get there before Byron.
Byron was ready for her.
Maya tried to run past him, but he slammed his palm into her chest. She stumbled backward, her hip hitting the basin with a solid thwack. Her body ached but her gaze remained on Byron. He kept his head down, looking at her out of the top of his eyes. Like a bull, readying himself to charge straight at her. She expected smoke to rise from his nose soon.
Byron closed the distance between them in the blink of an eye. His hand spread around her neck before Maya could move. Before she could think. Even before she realized there was nowhere to go. He lifted her by the throat, her feet dangling at least a foot off the floor. He was so strong, so frighteningly strong. His fingers dug deep.
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.
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