Gods Ascendant: Apsara Chronicles 2 by T.G. Ayer

Gods Ascendent (Apsara Chronicles #2)Gods Ascendent by T.G. Ayer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the second book in T.G. Ayer’s “Apsara Chronicles” series. The heroine, Vee, is tasked with helping to prevent demons from invading the earth from their own dimension. She works with a special unit on the FBI and is assisted by a hellhound who can take human form, an owl shifter, her mom, dad and former step-father, and – just maybe – by the ghost of her recently deceased grandmother, unless that’s something she’s imagining to cope with her grief. When an unusual murder and kidnapping indicate things might be changing in the demon world – and not for the better – Vee and company need to work with the local authorities to resolve the case without giving away the supernatural nature of the situation – or getting killed in the process.

The characters are fun and well-written. The side characters give the main ones a nice range of personalities and attitudes to play off of and help keep the story moving at a good pace. I’ve really enjoyed both books in this series. I like that they’re based in Hindu mythology, something I haven’t run across as much as Greek, Roman or Norse, and find it adds a really fresh element to the urban fantasy setup.

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Vissarion, Dark Sight 2.5 by T.G. Ayer

I voluntarily read and reviewed a copy I received from the publisher.

This is a nice little book that gives us a look at Maximus Vissarion’s life and how he came to be the Guardian of the Pythia in TG Ayer’s Dark Sight series.

It’s a fun story and helps explains how Max got to be the person he is. It’s also a sweet story about his friendship with Aurelia, the Pythia prior to Allegra.

Joshua – A Valkyrie Novel, Book 6 by T.G. Ayer

Joshua (A Valkyrie Novel - Book 6) (The Valkyrie Series)Joshua (A Valkyrie Novel – Book 6) by T.G. Ayer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read and am voluntarily reviewing a copy I received from the publisher at no cost.

This is a great companion novel (and start of a companion series) to Ayers’ Valkyrie books. The stories take place during the same time period as the original books, with this one covering the time from the first Valkyrie book. The next one will match the time period for the second original book and so on, but they tell the story from the perspective of Joshua, who was an increasingly important side character in the Valkyrie stories.

Because of the overlapping timeframe, there are some incidents that are repeated – something that will likely increase as the series goes forward – but because they’re told from a different character’s perspective it doesn’t feel like a repeat. There’s a freshness to it and new insights into what happens.

I really enjoyed this book and am eager to read the rest. It’s one I read straight through and immediately wanted more.

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Scorched Fury by T.G. Ayer

Scorched Fury (SkinWalker #5)Scorched Fury by T.G. Ayer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

Things are literally heating up in the DarkWorld as Kai finds herself pulled in several directions at once. Not only is Logan still sick, but there is his sister to find, intrigue in the Fae courts, Lily trying to cope with Anjelo’s death and a mysterious assailant for Kai to handle.

With all that going on the story moves along quite quickly, but not at the expense of the emotional impact. Kai goes through a number of highs and lows and I felt them all right along with her.

The series continues to be a great read.

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Fury and Virtue by T.G. Ayer

Fury & Virtue: The Hand of Kali #4 (The Hand of Kali Series Book 4)Fury & Virtue: The Hand of Kali #4 by T.G. Ayer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

Maya’s back in action as her dreams begin to invade her reality and the KALIMA organization seems to be turning against her family.

The story was good and moved quickly. Maya and Nik’s romance is as sweet as ever and getting more serious – Nik took Maya to meet his mom! There were some really nice scenes of Maya and her father working together and Joss was fun as always.

All in all a good installment that keeps the series fresh and me wanting more.

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Demon Soul by T.G. Ayer

Demon Soul: A SoulTracker Novel #4: A DarkWorld Series (DarkWorld: SoulTracker)Demon Soul: A SoulTracker Novel #4: A DarkWorld Series by T.G. Ayer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

Mel’s poltergeist is getting the better of her and she can’t wait for Saleem or Drake to get back from dealing with their family issues to get rid of it. Working with her hacker, Steph, and Natasha, her witch friend, she heads out to New Orleans to find the witch-doctor who burdened her with the curse and find a way to end it.

Because Mel can travel through the planes of reality the story jumps around a lot in terms of location – and different planes have their own rules of reality, so there were a few places where I found myself having to go back and re-read a bit because it got a touch confusing. That said, the story held my interest and I’m eager to find out what happens next.

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Book Review: The Kingdom by J.R. Mabry

The Kingdom (Berkeley Blackfriars #1)The Kingdom by J.R. Mabry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

J.R. Mabry has done a great job creating one of the most interesting collection of characters I’ve come across. The main characters are a group of Friars, who are part of the Old Catholic church – an independent group of churches that have separated from the hierarchy of the Roman Catholics – but they’re not what you’d expect for Catholic clergy.

For starters they’re decidedly not celibate, and there are a couple of rather explicit scenes involving gay sex. They swear, drink, smoke weed and will do pretty much whatever they need to in order to fight the very real demons that creep into our world – including learning practices from non-Christian faiths including Wicca, Enochian and Goetic magick and shamanism.

No, they’re not traditional Friars, but the story makes it clear that there’s no doubting the sincerity of their faith.

There’s a lot of humour in the book and a lot of tension. Between the disappearance of all the avocados in the world, demonic possessions to dispel and their very human vulnerabilities, the Friars keep busy. I enjoyed just how real the characters come across. I found myself laughing, crying, celebrating and mourning with them – cheering them on and getting mad at them.

This is the first book of a trilogy and the next two parts are due to come out in the first half of 2018. I’m looking forward to seeing what they get to handle with next.

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Book Review: Time and Fate by TG Ayer

Time & Fate (Hand of Kali, #3)Time & Fate by T.G. Ayer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book.

Maya’s abilities continue to grow – as does her budding relationship with Nick – in the third installment of the series.

The goddess Kali has granted Maya the ability to bend time, but when she makes use of her new ability after a mission goes wrong, she discovers that it confers with a price.

Quite a bit happens in the book, moving the overall story along at a nice pace. There are several surprises in store and it was nice to see her parents and Claudia being more involved in the action.

I liked that they was more than one mission in the book and that we learn more about some of the key players. It was also interesting to see Maya having to deal with the repercussions of using her expanded powers, and I really enjoy her gentle romance with Nick.

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