There are some things that even a centuries-old sorcerer hesitates to challenge....
When Nathan Garrett’s friend seeks his help investigating a bloody serial killer, the pattern of horrific crimes leads to a creature of pure malevolence, born of hatred and dark magic. As powerful as he is, Nate fears he may be overmatched, but when evil targets those he cares about and he is confronted by dire threats both old and new, Nate must reveal a secret from his recently remembered past to remind his enemies why they should fear him once more.
Born of Hatred, set in modern London with historical flashbacks to America’s Old West, continues the dark urban fantasy of Crimes Against Magic, the acclaimed first book in the gritty and action-packed Hellequin Chronicles.
©2013 Steve McHugh (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
Yes, it was fast pasced and fun. The world created is interesting and the author does a good job of developing the characters.
I like the moments in the old west. It fits the tone of the main character.
No one scene stands out, but I do like the action sequences.
If you liked the first novel you will like this one as it is more of the same. I finally am starting to get used to the narrarators voice so I rated him a bit higher. his randge of characters is a bit better in this book as well.
Sometimes the best that can be said about an audio book is that you just couldn't stop listening. Essentially the audio version of "I couldn't put it down". Either description fits Born of Hatred. Is it a great book? Even for a fan of this kind of "urban fantasy" it's not great. But it really is quite good and far better than some. I'll keep at the series for as long as McHugh keeps writing it. Or at least until the next Dresden Files.
Maddie and I, are a dad-daughter combo who love audible books. She has recently started to write reviews also. I hope you can differentiate.
In this book Mr. McHugh really starts to delve into what makes Nathan tick, and by the end you realize that you REALLY want Nathan on your side. I am really enjoying this character, who is becoming for me the quintessential anti-hero. He is dark, angry, nuanced, and very self-righteous, even downright scary...a true "bad@$$" The character just keep getting deeper and deeper throughout this book and I could not wait to discover what next secret Mr. McHugh was going to divulge. Now that Nathan has his memories back, we also get to start meeting some of the people from his past, and they don't disappoint either. The characters in this book are amongst some of the most interesting characters I have ever met, even the bad guy in this novel had me intensely curious about his past. While the plot if this book is tense, gripping, and well-paced what really drives this book are Mr. McHugh's characters. He provides detailed back story for almost every character we meet in this novel, including one of the most complete back stories for the evil protagonist I have ever come across. I was particularly impressed how he presented the "bad guy's” backstory in small little tidbits delivered throughout the novel as part of the action of the "present day" action. Most authors provide the back story of the protagonist as a one off flash back presented in a couple of pages. The result is usually an, at least somewhat, one dimensional origin story. Not here, the protagonist was almost as intriguing to discover as Nathan's past.
As for the plot itself, as I said, it is intense and gripping. We have two plots in play, the major plot of a really evil person doing really evil things whom needs to be stopped. But we also get a secondary plot of evil behind the scenes machinations of which the main plot is only a part. We meet a very evil protagonist and are given hints at a larger, more menacing master controlling things behind the scenes. Both plots mover at the exact correct speed and with a perfect balance of detail. Once again Mr. McHugh is able to accomplish telling his story without going "to far". I personally don't like to read about truly horrific things done to nice people in such detail that it gives me nightmares. I like them stated, but not overly dwelled upon so that I get the level of evil that is happening without wanting to scrub my brain out with soap afterwards, and Mr. McHugh for me reaches this exact level. I highly recommend this novel for adults who want a light easy listen.
I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.
I enjoyed book one in this series but this book really took off. It's nice to see a story written for adults that doesn't involve teenagers stumbling along and having everything come together in the end mostly by accident.
We learn much more about Nathan in this book as well as Tommy the Werewolf. Tommy wasn't exactly a major player in book one, or at least not one I cared much about but in this book we learn much more and to be honest, the more I learned the more I liked him.
No spoilers, don't worry. I'm just glad the author included Tommy and I think you will also
I can guarantee that if you enjoyed book one, this one is a no-brainer. You will love it. Nathan just gets better and better.
For fear of giving up a spoiler I can only say, some things start to make more sense...finally.
I haven't read the first book as this was free due to my wife being a member of the Amazon Kindle service. I was bored and figured I'd give it a shot. Let me first say that one doesn't need to read the first book to enjoy or understand this one. It is a complete and stand alone story by itself. This was a unique and fun story with some really great narration. I was always ready for the next chapter and never got bored with the storyline. The back flashes of the main characters life were very well done and fit nicely into the flow of the book. I highly recommend this for those into the supernatural/sci fantasy type of book. Further, I can't wait to see what happens in the next book. The ending was very well done and not some cheesey cliff hanger to get you to buy the next installment.
So, I Read This Book Today . . .
British Noir Paranormal at its finest. My second choice after the Nightside Series by Simon R. Green.
If you like action adventure this is it, but world class narration. Occasional gratuitous sex and lots of violence so be warned if that is an issue.
narrator was very enjoyable to listen to. story was enthralling with lots of action and even a tiny bit of romance. I can't wait to hear more of the stories of,the helliquin.
When Kasey defied the lich.
Any scenes with Kasey in them.
The book contains explicit violence and torture. So far, anyone tortured by the main character were obviously guilty and the tortures resulted in useful information.
Better than the first book in the series. Now that the main character knows who he is things seem to flow a little better.
Good easy listen for walking the dog. Just going to download the next!
Narrator was brilliant as usual! The story hooked me from the start, I can't wait to hear the next instalment. I want to find out what happens next.
Good and tremendously dark, once again. Full of humour, light-heartedness and no-nonsense rhetoric in-between. Glorious!
"Excellent second book."
Great plot and the characters progressed well. Very very entertaining. Listened to it in two days. Couldn't put it away.
"Really, really good!"
There is not much to say. I loved it.
I like that there are two stories. One from the past and one from the present, which are connected.
Fast, fun, magical
Our lead character, of course. He's a great mix of good and bad. Not to mention total badass!
James Langton is an excellent narrator, as he proved in the previous book of the series. Unfortunately, this is the one instalment in the series where he falters slightly. He may be living in the States now, but his accent is still firmly UK. Or maybe it was just because he was attempting a Southern accent? Not sure what he was trying to do, but it didn't work. So for those parts which took place in the States, there were some jarring moments. Fortunately, as much of the action takes place in the UK and our hero is English, the narration as a whole still worked well.
If you want deep philosophy, political commentary, an understanding of the workings of mankind and the complex interweavings of relationships, this is not the book for you.
If you're in the mood just to be entertained with a great plot, lots of action, dollops of magic and good narration, then dive in - the water's great!
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