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- Book 1 of 3 in The Hand of Kali Series (3 Book Series)
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Maya was a normal girl until she was attacked by a boy at a party and shoots flames from her hands to kill him. She discovers that she has the powers of the Goddess Kali and must learn how to control her gift as the forces of evil move in on her and endanger everyone she loves.
I've always been interested in Hinduism's mythology, having studied it for two years at school. Kali in particular has fascinated me since I watched Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom! So I was pleased to see a book with the mythology plotline, a diverse cast of characters with Indian-American heroine, and a gorgeous book cover. When I started to read, I had mixed feelings about the book from the start.
This book has a lot going for it. The plot feels fresh, and the introduction of several Hindu gods and goddesses was very enjoyable. The reincarnation angle was good and I liked the way the author fed these themes into the story without it feeling like a huge info dump. People with no knowledge of Hinduism could follow the story without any trouble. There was just enough description of events to tell the story but not enough to bore you. I liked the author's writing style, her worldbuilding and the mythical elements that she chose to use. There was a good mixture of character based story and action scenes which kept the story ticking along nicely. I also found it interesting when the author explored the problems between the friends due to one being brought up as a modern American girl and the other being a traditional Hindu girl with strict, oppresive parenting to keep her in line. This was a nice side issue but would have been ever better if Ria was nicer!Read more ›
~ There's a pronunciation guide! If I actually gave out bonus points, which I don't, a bonus point will be given to Ayer. Even though I didn't actually use the pronunciation guide, but helpful all the same to have.
~ This is based on Hindu mythology. Or is it Hindi? I'm honestly not sure, but the story does stick close to Indian culture. Don't take my word for it, and don't quote me on this. Thus, this makes the book unique. There's not many books based on Indian culture, much less the mythology.
~ The rating could have been lower, but I read the acknowledgments. Not that it would've changed much either way.
That said, allow me to move on to the unpleasant parts, and there were MANY.
~ Grammar and Spelling – There were TONS of spelling and grammar mistakes, particularly with punctuation. What was supposed to be a question became a statement and vice versa. Missing periods or quotes. And so on. o_e
~ Formatting – My second biggest problem. Most authors indent the first sentence. Others don't but there's a break between paragraphs. Fire & Shadow are jumbled together. No breaks, no indentation. Can you guys tell if it's 2 paragraphs or not? Only the author knows, and I'm certainly not an author, nor do I intend to write a book.
I have a few problems with the characters as well, particularly Maya, the main character who discovers she can actually control the powers of the goddess Kali.Read more ›
I cannot tell you how much I have fallen for Maya, Nik and this absolutely gorgeous YA book by T.G. Ayer!
Fire is an intricate story that wraps itself in the wonderfully vibrate world of Hinduism. Its fierce and often brutal gods and goddesses, each with a vested interest in Maya, in the hand of Kali, need her help to keep the balance - for the sake of all mankind.
A vast array of characters from different times, places, upbringings and worlds; they are warm and welcoming, mean and nasty, naive and immature, but all with a purpose, all very easy to relate to, and all another beautifully woven thread in this utterly intriguing tale.
I have fallen in love with this authors ability to create such rich and powerful, beautifully descriptive mystical and mythological stories. T.G. Ayer has created a world full of characters that easily become addictive, that drag you by your heartstrings from one page to the next, demanding your complete and utter attention until you're finished - and even then - you can't stop thinking about them!
Full of rich Hindu mythology, Fire is a beautifully written story for young and old to fall in love with. A delightfully different and engrossing 5 star read.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just wish I knew more about Hinduism, their gods and goddesses and more of their mythology. I really enjoyed book one and am off to read book two! Read morePublished 23 days ago by Tjuliannev
I thought this would be an out of the park wonderful read but found the character Maya to be just draining. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Teri Hicks
I have to admit at first it was a little hard for me to get into the story. But after a few chapters I was hooked. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Heather C.
This book was worth the money you paid for it. It has excitement, drama and adventure. Can't wait for the next one.Published 13 months ago by Kindle Customer
First book I have ever read with an India theme. I loved it! Great storyline and also showed how woman are treated like property! Read morePublished 23 months ago by wintershade1
once again my love for tee's worlds satisfies me. she is an amazing writer who takes you on a journey you weren't expecting. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Christina Galbraith-Popma
Title: Fire & Shadow (A Hand of Kali Novel - Book 1)
Series: The Hand of Kali Series
Author: T.G. Read more
I absolutely love T.G. Ayers writing and stories. They never let me down and I always know what to expect. Read morePublished on May 11, 2014 by VernaLovesBooks
Wow, do I love me some T.G. Ayer!?!?!
Seriously reading about Maya was pretty awesome. She is a girl that has been raised differently than other Indian girls, well not... Read more
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