Publication Date: Available Now from 47 North
Source: Review Copy
Layla Cassidy has always wanted a normal life, and the chance to put her father’s brutal legacy behind her. And in her final year of university she’s finally found it. Or so she thinks.
But when Layla accidentally activates an ancient scroll, she is bestowed with an incredible, inhuman power. She plunges into a dangerous new world, full of mythical creatures and menace—all while a group of fanatics will stop at nothing to turn her abilities to their cause.
To protect those she loves most, Layla must take control of her new powers…before they destroy her. All is not yet lost—there is a light shining, but Layla must survive long enough to see it.
So a new series from one of my favourite fantasy authors the indomitable Mr McHugh – still set in the Hellequin world but with a whole new cast and a whole new story. A pretty damn fine story it is too.
Layla in an attempt to leave behind the legacy of her serial killer father makes a new start in Southampton. Then, in that life just laughs at you and sends you hurdles way, she accidentally activates an ancient scroll whilst trying to escape a bad guy (I felt for her I so nearly did that last week) and suddenly she has a whole new power and is thrown into a whole new world, filled with monsters and mayhem.
I loved Layla, her background was compelling, her attempts to deal with this new set of circumstances pulls you along with her. Those who would use her to get to her Father may end up with more than they bargained for. As Layla struggles with the power now inside her, how to control it, that is kind of an analogy for life.
As ever this is fast paced, with excellent world building and a few little cameo’s to keep those of us who are fans of Nate happy. I liked the supporting cast and A Glimmer of Hope is a great set up for The Avalon Chronicles. The writing is immersive as ever and the whole thing just rocks along, a brilliantly entertaining read first page to last.
With supernatural villainy, battles and witty asides, plus an ending that promises so much more in the next novel, I can safely say I’m going to be as much of a fan of Avalon as I am of Hellequin. Cool beans.
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