Fire & Shadow (Hand of Kali, #1)

Fire & Shadow (Hand of Kali, #1)

by T.G. Ayer

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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, goddesses, demons and hellhounds become the new normal and wielding the fire of a powerful goddessbecomes her new skill, she must decide what it is she really believes. 

Maya must accept that normal is something she will never be. Because it isn't normal to be ... The Hand of Kali. 

A new Young Adult Urban Fantasy coming-of-age series delving in the fantasy, magic and mythology with a plethora of gods, demons, legends & untold power. If you enjoyed the Valkyrie Series, then you'll love Fire & Shadow.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940156342709
Publisher: T.G. Ayer
Publication date: 01/15/2019
Series: Hand of Kali
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 3,042
File size: 974 KB
Age Range: 13 Years

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Fire & Shadow (A Hand of Kali Novel - Book 1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book its amazing i couldnt stop reading it . it is a amzing book
Crazyfourbooks More than 1 year ago
In a world of it's own! Tee brings to life the world of India's religion. While reading Fire, 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. :-) Do yourself a favor and give Fire a try. She 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 an ARC copy of Fire from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. Thank you Tee! Awesome job. I think I may even like this series better than your DarkWorld series. Considering that series features shifters, that's really saying something. :D
bindi09 More than 1 year ago
Thank you to the author for providing me an EArc in exchange for an honest review. Wow where do I begin, Ms. Ayer has done it again; her books just keep getting better and better. I love the world building that the author does, and you can tell she really does her research when dealing with myths, legends and religions, she really knows her stuff. The world and character building is just amazing, and makes me feel as tho I have been dragged into the world and never want to leave. I loved the characters in this book, Tee really knows how to write a kick A** female lead. Maya is headstrong, knows her weaknesses, loves her friends and will do anything to protect them. She knows her limits, knows how to push herself and prove that she can become the hand of kali and reach her destiny. I won’t tell anything about the story except to say that it was magical, wonderful and can’t wait for the next book. Loved all the other characters, Nik he was an enigma to begin with and when you found out who he really was, understandably Maya was pissed at him but soon understood why he had done what he did. Really enjoyed the really slow build up to their romance, and I can see that going in a really good direction. Maya’s parents tho I know why they lied to her for years, I felt they should have told her a long time ago to prepare her instead of leaving it till she was already in danger. The bests friends Joss and Ria. Joss made a choice at the beginning that made things come to a head with Maya and when joss found out the truth she couldn’t stop apologising for making it happen, but she more than makes up for it in the story. Loved her as a character she really pulled thru. Ria for me wasn’t strong, she bowed down too much too her father, but then I don’t know anything about Indian culture and how father’s even in the 21st century can still rule with an iron fist. Some things that happened to Ria did make me feel for her but in the end I felt like she let everyone walk all over her. If you love a good paranormal book that is infused with culture and mythology then this book is definitely the one for you. If you have read anything by this author before and enjoyed it then this book is for you. Can’t wait to read the next instalment
Bonnie_W More than 1 year ago
Ever since Cindy Pon and Malinda Lo put together a Diversity in YA Tour (and now a website) across the country that I was once lucky enough to attend, I've become more attuned to the lack of diversity in fantasy. One of the earliest things to appeal to me about FIRE as I began reading was the fact that Maya is Indian, and that her family immigrated to the USA. FIRE also introduces readers to Indian mythology and beliefs, which I don't know much about. These elements certainly kept my interest! Maya has always grown up believing she was ordinary. She takes martial arts lessons from her father, and her parents have never forced her to believe in their gods. She thinks their faith is nothing more than pretty stories, simply mythological lore. When she's trapped in a bad situation at a party, she discovers there's more to her--and her parents--than she ever thought possible. Somehow, she's able to generate and control fire. Somehow, the new guy at school, Nik, who has been showing up wherever she goes, knows more than he's saying. Somehow, her parents have kept important facts from her. The Indian gods are real, and Maya is the Hand of Kali. A great destiny lies ahead of her...if only she embraces it before the Rakshasa demons hunting her succeed in their quest to lure her to their side. On top of learning about Indian gods, readers are also treated to new lifestyles. Maya's family is more lax than other Indian families. Maya's friend Ria, however, is from a very traditional family. Her father rules with an iron fist, believes in arranged marriages, and feels that girls are worthless. Maya can't understand why Ria goes along with his mandates, but is glad her family isn't as strict. She still gets in trouble for going out to an unchaperoned party with alcohol present, and her parents would have a cow if Ria dated a boy who didn't share her heritage, but they genuinely care about her. They've never even forced their religious beliefs on her, though after finding out she's the Hand of Kali, Maya believes in a way she never did before. Maya's friendships with both Ria and her friend Joss are strong; she'll go to great lengths to keep them safe. At the same time, her love of them makes her blind. She wavers when Ria is possessed by a Rakshasa demon, and allows Joss to come along on a journey untrained and unprepared. Maya also grows close to the mysterious Nik over the course of the story despite initial misunderstandings between the two, and he plays an important part in her mission.  While there were a few jarring grammatical inconsistencies that, at times, pulled me from the story, I was reading an advance copy, so I can only assume they've been edited and cleaned up for the official book launch. This was my only major issue with the novel, though I also don't feel that Joss' presence at the end added anything essential to the story except a show of Maya's character.  FIRE is another series where the author has created a clean, full ending without cliffhangers. There are enough new elements introduced that can feed into a new story, which will be its own, full adventure because the one in FIRE ended. I always enjoy when an author pays attention to everyone moaning over the inherent evil of (sometimes unnecessary) cliffhangers and brings readers full-circle. It makes me moan less about how few stand-alones are out there. This method works for me and makes waiting so much easier! If you're looking for a well-rounded, clean-ending novel full of girls who kick butt and can take care of themselves when faced with a strong opponent, or if you want more diversity in your fantasy or stronger ties with family and friends, FIRE should definitely be on your TBR radar.
closkot More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts - 3 out of 5 unicorns - I liked it!  Great start to a series!!! **Received an ARC of 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favourite T. G. Ayer book so far. I think it's because it has far more teen angst than her other books and I'm really into that. Maya is a great character. Ayer knows how to write kick-ass female leads and Maya is no exception. But Maya also has a softness and uncertainty about her that is endearing. The romantic elements of this story are great. I'm totally into the whole forbidden love thing and Nik is a GREAT character. I was totally crushing on him throughout the book :) I also love Maya's two best friends. They bring so much flavour to the story. They balanced the tense action with the right amount of comic relief and a few heartfelt moments that were brilliantly written. Another plus about this story is the unique nature of the mythology. I knew nothing about Hindu mythology before reading this and I found it fascinating. I love that we find out things at the same time Maya does. It made me feel like I was walking the journey with her and helped me engage so much faster. If you're looking for a unique story with strong characters and Ayer's usual writing flair, then you should definitely check out Fire. 4.5 stars from me. 
TheStuffofSuccess More than 1 year ago
 This is definitely the type of story that I just love.  Anything rooted in mythology is a passion of mine - any mythology.  I do tend to focus most on Greek Mythology but not exclusively.  The story takes off immediately.  There is no time wasted at all diving right into the characters and the story.  This is the first book in a series and I can't wait to read future editions.  These gods(goddesses are new to me - I have never read about Indian mythology.  TG Ayer does a great job spinning this story and writing about the forbidden love between Nik and Maya.  I enjoyed reading this story and give it 5 stars. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Teelovesgio More than 1 year ago
Fire where to start this review..... man I am all over the place because I have never ever read a book that captivated and kept reading about Gods and mythology. For those of you reading this review wondering why that is important I will tell you that I love love love MYTHOLOGY books and history books. I love reading about the Gods and the different believes people have. This book was no exception and they way it started out to the very end was great to. Tee knows how to weave a story and hold you there until you have finished it and your wondering how in the heck had I read that so fast? Maya Rao thought she was normal. She thought she was your average teen going to school and parties with her friends until one night she is at a party and she is attacked and burns the kid to death. At first she is not sure what is happening but soon realizes she burned the boy to death. What is more strange is the new guy in town Nik Lucas walks in on her while she is burning the boy and acts like everything is okay.  Maya wants answers and when she asks them what she finds out will blow her mind. She does not believe it at first but soon realizes that her parents kept a very big secret from her and when they tell her she will have to decide on whether or not she believes in myths or if her parents are just flat out crazy. She will have to trust people she barley knows and she will have to come to terms with who she is. Love reincarnation and myths..... well this is the book for you! Happy Reading!