Author: T.G. Ayer
Series: Hand of Kali #1
Published: July 25/13
Page Count: 282
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Shelf: Review Copy
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.
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.
Ayer definitely takes a very interesting look at maintaining a cultural family in a very multicultural community. She also shows a myriad of different ways in which a single cultural practice can be interpreted and followed. It gives the reader something to think about while thoroughly enjoying their journey with the phenomenal characters that Ayer has developed.
The characters in this novel are just amazing. I enjoyed not only how well developed they were, but how diverse the cast was. There is someone for every type of reader to identify with, to get to know, and to journey with. Everyone has their own distinct role in the story along with the characteristics to follow it through.
This was a beautifully crafted story that draws you in from the get-go and keeps you hooked throughout. I cannot wait to read more from this series and from the author in general.
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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.