Author: T.G. Ayer
Series: Valkyrie #1
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Published: February 25th 2012
I have been reading a few books involving Mythology lately and have enjoyed every single one! Each time I read one, they seem to get better! So it comes as no surprise that I really enjoyed this one too. Although when you first begin reading Dead Radiance, it doesn’t have the mythology connection from the very start; it grows into it as the story evolves. T.G. Ayer has done a beautiful job at writing Bryn’s story and I was able to connect with the characters easily.
Bryn hasn’t had the greatest upbringing, her father died when she was 13 and has been shuffled around foster homes for the past 4 years. She has finally settled in a nice home and has been able to connect with her new foster mother and the other three foster kids that live there too. She has never had friends as she has always been the freak girl, but at her new school she meets Joshua and they kick it off straight away. There are no ulterior motives behind their friendship, just bonding at its best.
Bryn is struggling with her own emotions when the new foster kid Aidan rocks in on his Ducati. Not only does he fit in at home, but he hits it off at the school and isn’t labelled a freak like her. He doesn’t seem to fit the ‘foster kid’ mould. But there is something about him that Bryn finds attractive but she tries her best to dislike him. Biker dude is mysterious, smart, hot and looks like he has money to burn.
I didn’t even get a quarter of the way into the book and my heart shattered twice, along with Bryn’s. She has to deal with some traumatic issues and she has no support other than her foster mother. As if her life hasn’t been hard enough. But she has to move on and continue as normal, the best she can.
She returns home from school one day and that is when her life changes forever and the fun begins!! There are many twists within the storyline...again, and my heart shattered one more time!! It was fantastic to watch Bryn grow and become a more confident person/valkyrie, especially after she is sent out on a mission of her own.
Dead Radiance was a marvellous story. The characters were fantastic and I was able to imagine the surroundings as it was detailed perfectly. However, the story is not over and it will be interesting to see how Bryn deals with everything. It is only the beginning and I think bigger things will be install for us in the future!!
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About the Author
About the Author
I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognize that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse but this part of my personality is impossible to practice given I have two teenage daughters, who are actually my friends, my tea-makers, my confidantes… I am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It’s a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each other's loves – it works wonderfully…
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.
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