Infernal Guard #1
by SGD Singh
January 30, 2016
YA Urban Fantasy
Seventeen year-old Asha's days are spent training in martial arts, attending homeschool classes, and helping in the kitchens of a luxurious Miami resort which she seldom leaves. Until the night her grandfather arrives home mysteriously injured, accompanied by a terrifying stranger. Asha begins to suspect that nothing is what it seems when she is abruptly sent to Punjab, India to live with relatives she never knew she had.
Joined by her best friend, Lexi, and her newfound cousin, Nidhan, Asha is soon drawn to an unusual place where the three of them learn that our World is much more than it appears. And there is a good reason people are afraid of the dark.
Meet The Infernal Guard: Shape-shifting Jodha warriors, Seers of various psychic Talents, Healers, Illusionists, and weapons-creating Tvastars. They are the gifted few who fight to protect our realm from demonic Underworlders escaping the seven lower dimensions of Hindu Mythology's Fourteen Worlds.
As the next generation of heroes from around the globe gathers to begin training, Asha discovers true love and a family in her friends and instructors. But something in the darkness knows that she alone possesses the rarest Talent of all. Now Asha must find the courage and strength to risk everything she has gained before a devouring evil like no other The Infernal Guard has ever faced destroys our realm's very existence.
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With exotic scenes, fantastical creatures, action, and heaps of emotion, this is a read not to put down until the last page.
Asha lives with her grandfather in Miami. Her teenage life runs smoothly, however, a little unusual considering she's homeschooled, has a wealthy best friend and is well trained in several fighting forms. Just an average, teenage girl. Until her grandfather comes home one night with horrible wounds and demands that she head to India immediately to finish up her schooling/training. Not happy about it, but not in a position to argue, Asha heads in India to live with the family of her grandfather's brother, one she didn't know existed until that day. But that's only the beginning. Soon, she discovers an entire realm of fighters, who have the goal to keep the evil creatures from the lower seven realms at bay. Asha was born to be one of them, along with her friends. And so much more.
This is one of those books, which immerses the reader in a fantastical world and an epic tale. The mixture of wonderful details, action and heart-touching moments keep the pages flying by until the very end. While the book begins in Miami, the scenes quickly switch to India and then again to a fantastical realm. Each one is vivid and full of life, and the quick slide from one to the next in just a few short chapters was a bit overwhelming at first. But Asha and her friends made it switch into place as her situation and struggles soon took center stage.
The characters in this book are rich and full of personality. It's easy to get lost in Asha's relationships with all of them be it teacher, commander, friend, acquaintance, enemy or lover. And it's this drawing in of each character which makes this an engaging read, especially when the battles begin and danger lurks in the shadows.
Asha needs to discover herself as well as the layers of secrets around her. There are unexpected twists and turns, and the tension constantly mounts like a ticking time bomb. All the while, there's a building romance and a bond of friendship which is inspiring.
In other words, this is a book for friends of magic, paranormal creatures, descriptive fight scenes, and a lovely romance on the side. It's definitely a story to get lost in, and it will be interesting to see what battles Asha and her friends will face next.
And here she is...
SiriGuruDev Singh lives in New Mexico and Punjab, India with her husband, two daughters, and various extended relatives and animals. She is the author of the YA urban fantasy trilogy The Infernal Guard and Exiled To Freedom, a YA historical fiction novel about India’s bloody Partition of 1947.
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