Review: Dead Chaos by T.G. Ayer




Welcome today to T.G. Ayer and her book, Dead Chaos, to Out of Control Characters.




I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognise 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 practise 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. 



Blurb

Valkyrie Bryn Halbrook is broken and damaged...

Struggling to accept the loss of her wings, Bryn's not sure if she can be a real Valkyrie anymore. But when a mysterious prophecy claims she will be the reason the All-Father dies, she is determined to ensure the prediction will not come to pass.

A visit to the three fates who live beneath the great Tree of life, sends Bryn racing against time to find the missing Heimdall and his horn. As Odin's life hangs in the balance and Ragnarok draws ever closer, Bryn has to find a way to save Heimdall and Odin before she can discover the truth about who she really is. 

In the thrilling conclusion of the Valkyrie series Bryn must battle not only the formidable frost giants and the hated God Loki, but she must also find a balance between what she will lose and what she will gain.


Excerpts


#1
Further down the table were a row of microscopes, and stacks of little jars containing blood samples. It horrified me to think that part of my body had undergone this extent of experimentation. As if I were a monstrosity.
“This is what makes Midgardians a barbaric race.” A voice penetrated the haze of violent anger that surged through me.


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Review:
Bryn and her companions face many consequences from the attack and kidnapping in the previous tale. She must deal with the mutilations done by Aidan's father, Dr. Lee, and his apparent lack of concern for anything but the science of those acts. Loki, their old nemesis, returns to taunt Bryn at every turn, and Ragnarok approaches. Asgaard falls into turmoil as Ulfr, Warriors, and Valkyrie have no clue where to turn.
T.G. Ayer brings us the third, and hopefully not last, installment in her Valkyrie series with a fast paced novel that jumps right into the action. Bryn has overcome her reluctance to be the Valkyrie descended from the famous Brunhilde, and is now accepting and being assigned more responsibilities. Her growth under Ayer's capable plotting draws the reader further into the action. Ayer exhibits her mastery of the craft by knowing when to slow the action, take a step back, and let the reader catch their breath.
More and more, as I read this series, I'm reminded of why I love Norse mythology. This book was almost impossible to put down, and that was only accomplished by a low battery in my Kindle. I have definitely put T.G. Ayer and her Valkyrie series on my must read again list. 



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