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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