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From Steve McHugh, the bestselling author of The Hellequin Chronicles, comes a new urban fantasy series packed with mystery, action, and, above all, magic.

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.

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

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  • Eric
  • Everett, WA, United States
  • 04-07-18

Enjoyable

Really good start to this to this series, I feel that the story will keep the listener engaged and the characters have a good feel to them. If there’s one criticism that I have regarding this story it’s when a storyteller always seems have character becoming anger regarding not being told about a certain issue. I really wish that a character would at times accept that they couldn’t be told everything regarding an issue and move on accepting that it was the correct decision. However, I will leave that to the listener because it’s just my opinion. Beyond that this is a good buy.

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  • Jain
  • Texas
  • 05-12-18

Simply awful

Sophomoric - in the sense that this would have been cute if a high school sophomore wrote it as a creative writing exercise. Trite, ridiculous and boring. Apparently all the Ogres, elves, werewolves, demons, car crashes, infernos and serial killers in the world cannot make a story interesting. The narration in one word - over dramatic

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Disappointed and STILL hopeful for BETTER to come

I stopped listening to the audio version several times. Each time I started back up, it was out of respect for all the characters and story lines that came before. It was not until more than half way in, that the story began to resemble the original storyline that I had come to enjoy. As it is an offshoot of the Hellequin Chronicles I think it is a reasonable expectation to "see" the prominent bones of that storyline. In addition, the voice actor has a lovely voice that eventually grew on me. However, her voice just did not match this story in my opinion. A female voice is a nice change for these badass adventures, but her tone was just not right for me. At times I thought I was listening to a Disney story and was often thrown out of the world Mr McHugh was creating in this new series. I am an avid fan of audible storytelling and the voices really make the adventure for me. Lastly, perhaps they are trying to appeal to a younger demographic (sweet!), but do not insult the intelligence of all the fans by making us have high school flashbacks. I honestly felt a bit like someone's favorite nice got to write this book (lucky girl!). Mr McHugh, if you are listening...please, please, please...let the heroes grow up a bit more in the subsequent books. I miss Nate, all of his amazing companions, and his adventures. It was the expectation of more of the former storytelling-to-come and the further development of the new characters that made this book worth while for this listener.

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Great addition to the world we already love.

Great story, love how Steve McHugh has brought the world we love from The Hellequin Chronicles.

I feel like this story line and series of books will round out this world for us and bring even more enjoyment when we are brought back to Nate's story line.

If you have enjoyed The Hellequin Chronicles give this book a listen or read you won't be disappointed.

Can't wait for the next book in this series!

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Overall 5 Stars

This book seems to kick off where the Helliquin series ended. Or has the series really ended? There are still some unanswered questions. What happened with Arthur, Gawain, Merlin, Herra and the rest? Did Merlin get his mind back? Did anyone finally kill Herra and that mash mob? Did Nate find his mom? Glad to see Chole, Tommy, Casey, Olivia, Remy, Diana and the mention of Elaine back in this one. Waiting for the next one. Would like a conclusion to the Helliquin series.

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A Glimmer of Hope

I like fantasy, witches, and wizards but even though the story itself was interesting, it was a bit too gruesome for me.

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The best story in the world of Avalon yet!!!

The story setting and imagery really brought the characters onto the present. The look and feel of the world was more modern and the character introduction gave you a chance to meet new characters and re meet characters you thought you already in a new way.
I cannot wait for the next book in this series.

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Loved the book

I Steve's books and I couldn't stop until it was finished and nou I can't wait for the next book in the series

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Dissapointing

The narration made me feel a million miles apart from the main characters and the story and thus quit reading after a few chapters. Maybe its the switch from 1st person view in Hellequin books to 3rd.. Maybe its the storyline or the childish simplicity of half the dialogs.. Maybe i just had higher standards after reading the Hellequin series..

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  • Angela
  • 04-13-18

Continuing the ride

I loved the Hellequin series and this is a great spin off. There are a lot of returning characters who I loved - a smart mouthed fox being one - and some new ones who I am already attached to. I can’t wait for the next adventure.

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  • Melvin Hathaway
  • 05-11-18

Another great read from Steve McHugh

It was great to revisit some of the old characters. Nate was sorely missed, until the very endand, I hope he comes back in force soon. I found the Naration to be some what lacking in this book and not as good as the Helaquin saga hence the four stars. If you enjoyed the previous books then I'm sure you will enjoy this one.

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  • Fleetwoodboy
  • 04-27-18

The fight of all fights

A “ Fabulous” story. Action from chapter one through to the end. Real “ kick ass” female characters made the story exciting and enjoyable and I just loved the magic and mayhem .

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  • Hannah Jade
  • 04-12-18

Great intro to a new story line

I absolutely love this author, his previous series got me completely hooked and had such a fantastic narrator.

A glimmer of hope took me a little while to get into with a combination of both new and old characters it kept me interested and the second half of the book has made me eager for more.

I found the narrator a bit more wooden but by the end of the book I couldn’t imagine anyone else.

P.s What happened to Remie’s fowl mouth I think the most obscene thing he said was arse very un-Remie like

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  • Andy F.
  • 04-08-18

The beginning of a brilliant legacy to Hellequin!

I've been a huge fan of Steve McHugh's Hellequin Chronicles since the first book. When the final book in the series was released at the end of 2017 I really hoped that we'd get an opportunity to return to the same universe, and A Glimmer of Hope is a spectacular return!

The first book in The Avalon Chronicles incorporates characters that we've all grown to love throughout the Hellequin Chronicles while developing the expanded universe. Elizabeth Knowelden gives fantastic, immersive narration throughout.

I really can't wait for the next book in the series!

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  • E. J. Rose
  • 04-06-18

A Glimmer Of hope.

Congratulations Mr. McHugh what a fantastic book. Thoroughly enjoyed every moment. Great pace and so incredibly addicting. Can’t wait for the next 2 books. Love the whole Avalon world ( Hellequin Chronicles were outstanding- looking forward to hearing more about Nate too!).
Layla Chloe and Casey with the rest of Tommy’s team well just wonderful. And of course one of my favourite characters is Remy. Adorable reprobate!!
Thankyou

Well narrated too! Well done Elizabeth!

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  • Ian
  • 04-05-18

Great but for a younger audience than Hellaquin

What did you like most about A Glimmer of Hope?

This book is a welcome return the Hellaquin universe. As with the previous series a bunch of predictable good guys pit themselves against a bunch of predictable bad guys but it is none the poorer for it.

If you want depth of character, witty banter and a twisting plot you may be a tad disappointed. However, the whole is far greater than the sum of it's parts, making this a thoroughly enjoyable llisten.

The main focus for this tale is a girl in her early twenties with her inevitable side kicks, love interests and forthright views. There are literally no surprises and very little clever dialogue. To make up for this there is a lot of bottom kicking of both the magical and non-magical variety. All of the characters play their parts to vanquish evil and overcome their personal and literal demons... blah blah blah.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden?

The narrator was, at best, okay. Some of her accents were a bit spotty and she didn't always seem to know which character was speaking. Thankfully though, none of this distracted from my overall enjoyment.

Any additional comments?

I've just read back over my review and I make it sound like I didn't really like this book. Nothing could be further from the truth. The problem is that I'm a grumpy old man (40ish) and I'm not the target audience. That doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy just switching off my brain and letting the story take me. I see these books as a kind of pallet cleanser to be enjoyed between long, slightly dull, heavy adult themed books and in this it works wonderfully.

In essence what I'm trying to say is that if you are young and fresh of face with a love of magical action adventure books, you will love this. However, if you are less young and far less fresh faced,, with a love of long involved and pretentious books with far too many long words then, try and enjoy yourself once in a while and read some Steve McHugh.

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  • Brendan
  • 05-12-18

Disappointing

Welcome to the sanitised / PC version of novels in the hellequin universe. Wow, to be honest, disappointing. Interesting story line, relatively well written but nothing that stands out and nothing that made the hellequin series excellent and no / limited cussing and no flowery descriptions. If it wasn't for the starwars / Jar Jar Binks references I could have believed it was an another author.