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**Received the ebook for free as part of the book tour in exchange for an honest opinion.
Okay I totally love the book cover. It is beautiful and intriguing.
This book is beautiful written, and the author did a fabulous job. I love this world she created. This was new for me because I have not read about the gods of India before. This is a great start to a series. There is a lot of education built into this book, so you understand the culture of India and their Gods. I think this is why there were parts that were really slow, but it was definitely needed, and I have found this happens in new series. Initially, I didn't think much of Maya, but I can't imagine having people lie to you all your life. I really admired her selflessness, courage, and tenaciousness in the end. I'm curious to see where her relationship with Nik goes too. I liked Maya's friend Joss, and I'm not sure what I think of Ria or her family. I can't wait to see how Goddesses Chayya, Kali, and Varuni fit into Maya's future as well as Yama. I absolutely think this series is going to get better and better, and I will definitely be continue reading this series.
If you like stories of Gods/Goddesses from other cultures with mystically given powers & reincarnation, I think you will enjoy this story and series.
As always, a prose written by T.G. Ayer is a literary pleasure. She is master story-teller who manages to include an abundance of excitement in just a few short pages without all of the clutter and confusion. Fire and Shadow is a well plotted fantasy adventure perfect for lovers of creativity and the desire to find escape within a realm of infinite possibilities. A well-deserved 5 stars!
Fire & Shadow has some similarities with The Telesa Series by Lani Wendt Young, but is definitely not too similar. The main characters are very fresh and individual, and the story is a bit darker; taking the teens down to the underworld and alternate realms.
Maya is a great heroine: although physically tough and skilled at fighting, she had never been told who she was, and struggles to accept her power once she discovers the truth. But she faces each challenge as it comes and slowly learns to trust the people who enter her life and wish to help her grow. There are a few places late in the book where Maya is still struggling to accept the reality around her and this did get on my nerves somewhat, considering all the weird things she had experienced to that point. However, viewing this book as the beginning of a new series, that is a small flaw that doesn’t hold the story back too much. I’m sure in Book 2 we’ll see a stronger and more-focused Maya.
It’s hard to say much about Nik here without giving away the story, but he is a likable character and a good partner/mentor figure for Maya. For me, they didn’t quite have the heart-tugging romantic connection of other YA series’ couples (eg: Daniel and Leila in Telesa), but that’s not every readers first draw to a book. It is still a great fantasy read overall.
You don’t need to be knowledgeable about Hindu gods to enjoy the book. The ones that appear are well-described with a clear explanation of their meaning and power, etc. I’m curious to see where the series goes in relation to ancient Hindu myths and beings; there are thousands of potential storylines available.
T.G. Ayers has two more paranormal series’: The Valkyrie Series which is Young Adult, and The Dark World Series which is New Adult and features animal shape-shifters. I like her writing and world-building enough to want to read these books too.
Tee brings to life the world of India's religion. While reading Fire & Shadow, I was truly in my glory. This book was very promising. It was a tad slow in a few spots but that pace was needed to give us more insight into the religion. I am already very addicted. :-)
As usual with Tee's books, I really liked the characters too. :-)
Okay, you're right. I liked it all!
Do yourself a favor and give Fire a try. Tee is super talented and her books have a way of drawing you in and leaving you turning page after page only to be eagerly awaiting the next book at the end.
If you enjoy Mythology and religion you need to read this one.
I received a copy of Fire & Shadow from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
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