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Book Review: Fire by T.G. Ayer

I have mentioned time and again how I am so grateful to the fact that I joined the Indian Quills challenge. I discovered some really amazing Indian authors, which also gave way to the fact that my exposure Indian mythology increased. Mythology is usually not something that I feel inclined towards but I read soo many good books and now I am always on the lookout for a good read that I feel I am kind of addicted to mythological thrillers. 
The book that I am going to talk about today is T.G. Ayer’s FIRE. This book is the first of a three book series and I have to be honest, I was a little skeptical to read it at first because the cover looked a little too clichéd to me. Was I right about the book? Well read on to find out 
The story revolves around Maya Rao, who lives with her parents in California. Her parents like any other Indian parents try to make her believe in god and goddesses by sharing tales and stories while Maya like any other typical teenager brushes them aside as nothing but nonsense. It’s only when she ends up incinerating a guy who attacks her and gods, demons and hellhound’s become the new normal and wielding fire becomes her new skill, that Maya is forced to re-evaluate everything she did and did not believe. 
To weave something like mythology that people usually find boring in a story and still keep it interesting definitely deserves credit. Narration was pretty simple and clear. There is a lot going on but thanks to simple narration you actually understanding every facet of the situation.
The strongest thing about the book is definitely the character development. Maya’s role is absolutely believable and you can relate to her. She is not the typical I-am-ready-take-the-burden-of-the-world-on-my-shoulder kind of a hero rather she is portrayed as somebody who understands what a big task she is supposed to undertake and is reluctant to accept what other’s believe is her destiny. There are quite a number of characters in the book but each of them has been given their due in the story.
I loved how everything in the book was so balanced. This came as a big surprise because when I had picked it up I did think that the story might be a little predictable but the author proved me wrong. Nothing about the book is clichéd or boring and you just can’t help turning the pages and reading on till you hit the end. I am so looking forward to the next book in this series. I would give this one a 9/10…1 less for the cover as I just wish it was a little more interesting.