Fire by T.G. Ayer Book Review

Hi, all, Sher here, back from vacation with a book review for the blog tour of Fire by T. G. Ayer through I O Book Tours. I used Grammarly to grammar check this post because I’d rather mind my P”s and “Q”s now than eat my words whole later. Note: I checked my book review because others wrote the promotional portion.


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.



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.


Now here’s my book review: 

Fire (Hand of Kali, #1)Fire by T.G. Ayer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed Fire, very different from Christian paranormal in having demons but no angels. The pantheon of Indian Gods seemed more similar to Greek mythology than Christian. I stopped to look up Kali, referred to as the dark Goddess, to make sure Maya’s parents weren’t worshipping a dark as in evil being. Reassured, I empathized with Maya’s journey from total disbelief as an immigrant raised in American culture to finding she had a key role to play as Kali’s hand. The power to go with her purpose/mission—fire—made Maya a target of the demons.

One aspect of the book I enjoyed was Maya’s two opposite friendships, one with an American girl neglected by her parents and another of Indian descent whose father ruled with an abusive iron fist. Ayer did a good job on the characterization, making me want to punch out the bad dad and sympathize with both of Maya’s friends during the critical incidents that propelled the plot forward.

I also liked the mysterious newcomer Nik who showed up everywhere Maya went. An out-of-control party set things in motion for Maya’s slow acceptance of her own power and of beings she thought were myth. Along with her unwillingness to accept her destiny, Nik made an intriguing part of Maya’s conversion. The romance didn’t displace the action but became a part of it as Maya trained, so the pace didn’t get too bogged down. As the demonic attempts on her life took devious turns, the surprises kept coming too. Plus, I love awkward interactions and misunderstandings like those of Nik and Maya.

Although I couldn’t suspend my disbelief enough to immerse myself, curiosity and tension made up for that. I felt Maya’s surprise at each new bit of mythology she encountered, not all in the ways she’d been taught. I also felt her sorrow and anger at the (spoiler events) that pushed her to accept a desperate quest to retrieve (more spoilers) from the worst demon. The visuals were mostly well done, and the realms where Maya ended up traveling were interesting. The resolution was another pleasant anomaly in the trend of cliffhanger endings—a complete plot arc. The author even threw in some new mysteries and tension for the next book instead of leaving the first book’s business incomplete.

Not everything worked for me. The runaway sentence fragments drove me crazy, especially when I found what should have been a final clause down in the next paragraph. It’s not that hard to change the end of a verb from “ing” to “ed” to make a complete sentence, so I hope the editing cleans up those along with the ton of punctuation problems. Bottom line, an ARC shouldn’t be sent without at least a first round of editing because that many errors pulled me out of the story. Overall, this is a solid beginning to a series—3.5 stars for the creativity, complete plot, and characterization, and 4 once edited. There is plenty of room to expand in a universe I would like to visit again.

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  1. Overall this sounds like an interesting read! I like that the MC has such great friends and that they are so different. Hopefully the punctuation and grammar errors get fixed. Thanks for sharing!

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