“Emergence” By SGD Singh
There’s a Good Reason People are Afraid of the Dark
By Samantha Shrider / February 5th 2018
Author: SGD Singh
Series(?): The Infernal Guard
Publisher: Glory Press
Publication Date: January 30th 2016
Source & Format: Amazon, Kindle Ed.
Page Count: 491
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, 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.
The Infernal Guard series will grasp you in its claws, and unlike the monsters you’ll find in the books, you won’t want to escape its clutches.
“Emergence” follows Asha, as she is thrown into a world her parents made her grandfather promise to keep her from when they died, so that she might have a semi-normal childhood. When her grandfather is attacked and nearly dies, Asha is sent to learn about her destiny earlier than intended and with her destiny comes the knowledge of all the things that go bump in the night.
Using Hindu culture and religion to explain the multiple realms Asha and her fellow Infernal Guard trainees must protect, the story is fast paced and full of diversity. It is also full of monsters, like holy crow there are so many beasties. What I loved about this book is that Singh doesn’t hold back, there is some gore though I felt like it was tasteful. There’s a sense of kinship in this book despite the competitive atmosphere the students are in, I loved that characters actually worked through their differences and conflicts and the characters have real teenage thoughts and feelings: fear, disgust, lust, and jealousy.
“Who needs normal, anyway?” said Lexi, smacking Asha’s shoulder. “A chance to fight the evil forces of hell? I’m definitely in.”
I also loved that the adults in the books play a huge role: this isn’t a series where you question where the teenagers are getting their training or who put these kids in charge of saving the world. The writing and plot is consistent and believable and I found myself just as attached to the adult characters as the children.
The only negatives I could possibly have about this book is that there are A LOT of characters initially. I found myself having a hard time keeping track of who was who, but as I kept reading I found that though there were a lot of characters they were all completely different and each held their own throughout the narrative. The only trigger warning I would throw out there would be infanticide, there was one part of the story where I had a hard time because of how descriptive Singh’s writing is, I understood where she was going with it and agree it was necessary but YIKES.
I would recommend this for fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or The Mortal Instruments series, there’s a lot of bad ass female characters and the sense of a Scooby Gang with Giles like mentors- and also gory monster deaths in a training school like atmosphere. Give this one a read because I’d love to talk to you about this series and hear your thoughts! (And also gush about Aquila.)
About the Author
Author of The Infernal Guard Trilogy, I live between New Mexico and Punjab with my husband, two daughters, and extended relatives, traveling around Asia and Europe reluctantly as those who get nauseated in modes of transportation will understand. I grew up attending boarding school in Northern India and always dreamed of being a writer. Thanks to Amazon and self-publishing, dreams really do come true.