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Avalon stands revealed, but the war is far from over. For Layla Cassidy, it has only just begun.

Thrust into a new world full of magic and monsters, Layla has finally come to terms with her supernatural powers - and left her old life behind. But her enemies are relentless.

Sixteen months after her life changed forever, Layla and her team are besieged during a rescue attempt gone awry and must fight their way through to freedom. It turns out that Avalon has only grown since their last encounter, adding fresh villains to its horde. Meanwhile, revelations abound as Layla confronts twists and betrayals in her own life, with each new detail adding to the shadow that looms over her.

As Layla fights against the forces of evil, her powers begin to increase - and she discovers more about the darkness that lies in her past. As this same darkness threatens her future, will she be ready to fight for everything she holds dear?

©2018 Steve McHugh (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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second rate performance, but great story

love the story, love how it intergrated in with the hellequin Chronicles. I hated the person narrating the story. She mispronounced various words, but my biggest aggravation is her mispronunciation of Abaddon. she made one of the most fearsome antagonists sound like a second thought and pronounced her name in a way that made me think of that badminton for some reason. there should be some sort of oversight before somebody can read a book like this. Even a little bit of research would have shown her how to pronounce some of these words and put more character into the different characters in this book she was very flat, OneNote most of the time and overall boring. she made most characters sound very monotone and her very poor imitation of a Southern accent made a few characters seem like bumbling morons. I wish Steve McHugh would have had more say so on who did the performance.

With that said, I can't wait for the next book and eventual series continuation with Nick Garrett.

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Totaly unbelivable use of power from mc

Could not finish this book, simply because the silly ways she is not able to use her metal powers sometimes while at other times it is just easy.
She can pull a metal boat a long way but not other small items. Despite the book saying she has practiced she seems totaly inexperienced and unprepared. She is not wearing any metal items or have something with her, but needs to find it around her. In the first book she allegedly studied metallurgy, but only seems to think metal is metal.
Overall the writer has not managed to come up with some balance of her power, and ends up making it hard sometimed and easy other times. The training she has done must be the worst in the world, because she seems totally unprepared for anything except hand to hand combat. However it the series has a good concept, but is obviously not well written.

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 09-26-18

not for me

I love the Helequin series so I gave this series a chance. The action is interesting but I don't care for the plot. I read the first book and thought I could get through the second book. I can't finish it. It just doesn't appeal to me.

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great narration!

what a great narrator! she really brings the story to life and is great at differentiating between all the characters. hopefully she stays on this set of the series for Laylas arc.

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  • Eric
  • Everett, WA, United States
  • 08-10-18

Very Entertaining

Another good edition to this series, the story keeps the listener engaged the characters are riveting, this book is well worth the money.

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  • ES
  • 08-06-18

Page Turner

Loved all his books so far. You need to read all the Hellequin Chronicles first to really understand the full story. This series keeps the story and entertainment going.

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Another fun McHugh Avalon story

Book two of what appears to be a 3 book series in McHugh's Avalon world. Really enjoyed this one as the characters grow and the story allows for more richer storytelling. Having read all the Helliquin books I have no problem following the story or understanding who the characters are. For good or bad, the pace of these books have been much quicker. If you have not ready these books I highly recommend them as this trilogy follows some of the characters and is set in the same world.

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Tommy gets his Rebel Alliance

Such a wonderful story. While Nate is off being Human Nate, "Human Nate Sucks", the war with Avalon is continuing. We once again come back to Layla's story and her friends. This story we continue to see Layla develop emotionally and still getting used to her Umbra powers. Layla now has to face her feared father in this story. I personally think that Steve is having fun making his own rebellion story.
My only complaint is in the pronunciation: The narrator pronouncing key character names differently than previous narrators in the series. Personally this should have been caught by Steve or his editor. It was really annoying, and distracted from the performance of the story. But it does not take away from the story as a whole.
Steve gives us another story full of ex gods, monsters, sorcerers, friendship, betrayal. He blends myth and modern times greatly. But we all can't wait to have Nate and Mordred back.

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Loved it

Well as usual loved IT, can't wait to read what's going to happen next. Thanks Steve one's again it's a great book

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great book

another brilliantly written book in a great series
I enjoyed listening to this book and its progression and character development

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  • Angela
  • 08-26-18

Disappointing

I'm unconvinced by the fact that these new characters are suddenly in control and giving the orders. The cameo performances of the big names from the previous series seem to be more as a reminder to 'keep reading because you're a Hellequin fan' than anything else. I am a Hellequin fan and I will keep listening but I really hope it gets better.

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  • Mr. S. M. Elliott
  • 08-23-18

drawing you in

The story and character's are developing and the story is drawing you in. Everything is coming to a head and you can see how the series are going to converge into one new super series.

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  • Hannah Jade
  • 08-10-18

Amazing as always

Great story and narration cannot wait for more in the series. So happy Remy has found his potty mouth again !

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  • Heather Goodman
  • 08-04-18

Hurry back Nate!

Much as I hate to say it I am not impressed by these stories so far. Can't wait for Nate's return.

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  • E. J. Rose
  • 07-13-18

A Flicker of Steel

Once again an outstanding book, beautifully written and with a wonderful narrator. Thank you Mr. McHugh I adore your characters, Remy I may be a little (perversely) in love with! Leah has matured into a real kickass female in a book full of kickass females. Thank you for that! Truly cannot wait for the next book and the next Chronicles after the Avalon trilogy.
Outstanding!!!

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  • Millsy
  • 07-25-18

Really good

This series so far has been very different from anything else I have listened to in that it has all the usual beasts and monsters many of us are familiar with such as werewolves, the odd vampire, dwarfs and mythical gods and new beings entirely but in this book they are nothing like other series and for this they help make up a really interesting and enjoyable story. I can’t wait for the next book in this series and I have already preordered the kindle edition though I am hoping the Audible version will be released at the same time using the same narrator who does a fantastic job individualising characters and enhancing the story. I highly recommended this book series 🐨

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  • Samuel Colbran
  • 07-07-18

Worth the wait!

Over a short amount of time, I powered through Mr McHugh's the last three books of Hellequin Chronicles and then straight on to the first book of The Avalon Chronicles. After reading A Glimmer of Hope and seeing that the second book was up for pre-order, I was extremely excited.

So I have finished A Flicker of Steel, and now want to read the next one... but I have to wait until November...

I guess I should start with this review. Where was I? Oh yes, A Flicker of Steel. FoS expanded a lot from the last one, it been two years since the previous book and is set after Scorched Shadows (So now I understand the timeline), we pick up with Layla as a full-time agent. As this expands what happened after the takeover (if you want to know more read Hellequin Chronicles) and catch up Tommy, Oliva, Cassy, Chloe and Harry.

Seeing how they have grown and have been dealing with this new status quo and how they all need desperately need a win. There is not much I can say about this book without spoiling the heck of it.

The growth of Layla from the first book to the end of this one was marvellous to watch. In the first one, she thought she was a monster like her father, in this one she has accepted that darkness exists within herself, but you don't need to lose yourself.

The book is action-packed and fantastic.

And again my hat goes off to Elizabeth Knowelden's narration as it allows the humour, excitement, emotion and characters come to life. Her skill to give the listener/reader the full picture from her use different tones, accents and pitch. Miss Knowelden is brilliant and brings the level of the book beyond five stars!

Just like Mr McHugh has written so far, every book builds on the previous books and finally this book it connects to the larger storyline. Which make me want to read the next book!

5 out of 5 stars! (With Miss Knowelden 10 out of 5 stars!)