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Prison of Hope (The Hellequin Chronicles) Paperback – April 14, 2015
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“In his latest Nate Garrett novel, McHugh broadens and amplifies an already-thrilling universe, pitting our hero against monsters both terrifyingly supernatural and painfully human.” —Melissa F. Olson, author of Boundary Crossed and the Scarlett Bernard Series
About the Author
Steve McHugh is the author of the popular Hellequin Chronicles. He lives in Southampton on the south coast of England with his wife and three young daughters. When not writing or spending time with his kids, he enjoys watching movies, reading books and comics, and playing video games.
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I must say though. There is one glaring fault I have with this. And it's nothing to do with the main storyline. But with the from out of the blue "Stop blaming her for leaving you, its all your fault she did it". That get's laid on Nathan. When one takes into account everything he supposedly did as Helli before the loss of his wife to members of Avalon, sanctioned by Merrlin, to suddenly have it be something that is going to get him damaged in horrible ways, and having people that trust him up in arms over it, is not really going with the story. To use it as justification for Selene being blackmailed away from him is just bullocks. Even moreso when its given as a "All your fault not hers!" Speech. That is the one sour part I found in this book and actually the entire series. Though I admit this book did have the feel of 'filler' since it didn't advance the story of the curse marks in any manner. Still a well worth the read book.
The action moves quickly. I tend to finish these quickly because I keep reading to find what happens next. The plots are always fun, and the author's magical world does have one liking and disliking characters--not necessarily the ones you would expect to love and hate. Nate's character arc is gradually moving along as we learn more about his past.
I don't know if it's something evil in me, but one of the villains got a great payback towards the end of the book--I felt as if I liked it too much. It wasn't, however, gory, just very satisfying.
I think the author improves with each book, and have already pre-ordered the next. I think for those who like Butcher and Hearnes, these are a nice light read. The author hasn't yet reached the level of the other two, but the books still keep me turning pages.
The author has built a captivating world as he takes figures from various well known mythologies and puts his own interpretation on these characters. The result is riveting. The main character, Nate, is constantly revealing more facets of his personality as he goes on in the books. We get to see his uncertainty, his anger and all the rest as he tries to settle the current situation. Somehow, Nate always seems to find the wrong place to be at the right time. Definitely worth the read, and I bet you will end up re-reading this book often, if only to get your fix until the release of the next book. Very habit-forming.
I read this one only putting it down for those necessary "personal" functions that can not be avoided. If you read any of the previous books then this one will be totally satisfying.
Okies, Mr McHugh you've got another dedicated follower, mmm maybe I'll even go "FanBoy"!
As I'ma old fart and been reading this kind of stuff for 5 decades I just gotta say, WELL DONE Sir!
The internal discourse that he has with Erabus provides a psychological backdrop that lends itself to some of the most unique, interesting, and satisfying reading in the series. It rivals the action between Pitt and Norton in Fight Club, but instead of a crazy guy, we have a 1600 year old sane sorcerer who is a trained assassin and more. Hopefully there will be more.
Done gushing... for the moment. About the book: another well written piece of fiction. The story was well executed and the characters were fully developed. I've always enjoyed how McHugh puts a different spin on the world of myths. This story was no different. It was a great take on the story of Pandora and what hope really was.
I suck at writing these so sorry if it's vague, you'll have to read the series to understand. Ta