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Promise of Wrath Audiobook

Promise of Wrath: Hellequin Chronicles, Book 6

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A powerful sorcerer. A forgotten past. Hellequin is back, and the end is near.

A terrible storm is brewing in London, and Nathan Garrett, the sorcerer known as Hellequin, is the only one who can stop it.

But his enemies have other plans. Harnessing the power of an ancient stone tablet, they cast Nate and his allies into another realm, where a bloody conflict rages between creatures twisted by magic. Meanwhile, with his friends' lives in danger, Nate must put centuries of differences aside, and place his trust in one of his greatest foes.

Time is running out. Trapped and outnumbered, Nate must use all his wits and power to survive and find his way home before his enemies start a war that could destroy everything he holds close. Welcome to the penultimate chapter of the Hellequin Chronicles.

©2016 Steve McHugh. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Isaac 11-15-16
    Isaac 11-15-16 Member Since 2013

    I drive a lot for work,and when I drive I listen to audible. Life is good. In my mid-30's now, and I mainly listen to Fantasy books.

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    "Narrator change..."

    I generally hate narrator changes. This change wasn't as bad as others, but it still wasn't a good thing. Often the narrator made Nate sound like one of the female characters. It was I'd having a high pitch question be followed by Nate asked. Otherwise the narrator was good.

    Otherwise I liked the book. I'm not where I'd place the book in comparison to the rest of the series, mainly because the narrator took some of the joy out of it. These books are always full of plot holes and yet are fun enough that we joyfully go along with it. This one is no exception. Fun, action packed, with enough emotion and wit to keep ones mind away from the flaws. I'm good with it. They don't pretend to be anything else. And, the originality is great.
    Can't wait for the next book, though I hope we get the original narrator back.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    VKGiamp Minnesota, USA 01-14-17
    VKGiamp Minnesota, USA 01-14-17

    Addicted

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    "I hate when you change narrator. mid series"

    Why change narrator on the last book in a series? I have a hard time telling characters apart.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy 11-11-16
    Timothy 11-11-16
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    "New voice lacks proper rage and grit"

    New narrator, He's ok, not as good as James for Nate, Simon makes Nate sound like a college age capable guy. James makes him sound like an tough middle aged utter badass that no one wants to fuck with. Simon just doesn't give Nate the grit/gravitas that the character needs. Simon is decent for Nate, and totally inadequate for HELLEQUIN you REALLY notice the difference in the scenes where Nate gets angry and starts talking about it and how he's going to kick Ass. James gives his voice real growl/rage to the words in those situations :-D

    Other than that, the book was awesome, plenty of New fun stuff and I think I like it more than the previous book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    T.B B. 01-25-17
    T.B B. 01-25-17 Member Since 2012
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    "I hate narrator changes,"

    While not the worst narrator, he did a piss poor job replacing the person who has performed the rest of the books and really hope this change isn't permanent

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tigerfly 01-16-17
    Tigerfly 01-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "James! What happened to you?"

    The story was awesome but the other realm beginning combined with the obviously not James Langton reader did a number on my mind. I put the book down for a few days to get over it. Then gritted my teeth a few chapters in.
    But by the end I can accept this new guys talents, he tried hard to keep accented elements the same and I appreciate that. There were annoying quirks though that again had me gritting my teeth.
    1. Occasionally a character would say something in a feminine voice, only to hear it was Nathan talking... and he would be a little whiny at times.
    2. Casey was called Chloe
    3. Diana was all of a sudden Diane

    There were some other name mix-ups that I can't recall and the pronunciation of Nathan's Airibus was different from James, so the Are EE bus pronunciation was irksome. All that aside it was an enjoyable book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Goff 06-20-17
    J. Goff 06-20-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Hate narrator changes"

    The narrator for this book is terrible compared to the previous. Story wise it is great but narrator is lacking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    It's Me 06-04-17
    It's Me 06-04-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Why Switch the Voice of Nathan Garret?"
    Any additional comments?

    I had a hard time getting into this one. I was going back through the series and was enjoying it tremendously. Then I got to this one. So I can get over the disconnect of voices but there were times when I could tell if it was Nathan or a woman character talking. I had no problem at all with James Langton being the narrator/actor. In fact, listening to the earlier books, I was thinking how the cadence and accents were extremely well done. Then I had a hard time following in this book. Honestly, I even fell asleep during part of it and had no desire to try and slog through the sectionI missed. Normally, you couldn't stop me from doing so.

    I hate to say won't buy the next one as I love the character but I feel like I missed this book entirely. I really don't think I'd miss the next one of the same voice actor is tasked. In fact, I would love to hear a new release of this done by the former voice actor, Langton.

    Since I don't feel like I got a good take on the book, I have to down vote the whole book. Of your a fan like I am, this book may be as jarring to hear to you as it was too me, or maybe not, but I suggest you at least listen to the preview to decide if this is the new voice of Nathan Garrett you can enjoy. I didn't even realize it was a different person until I started listening, I also didn't read reviews as I thought knew what I was getting. Hopefully you aren't making the same mistake did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brassart EastBay CA 05-27-17
    Brassart EastBay CA 05-27-17 Member Since 2010

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    "Learn this lesson..."

    If you want to kill a crowd who are buying your audiobooks...just change the narrator.

    He's good. But he's not Nate Garett.

    it's too bad because this has been a really great Series so far.

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    Lindy 05-19-17
    Lindy 05-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Predictable, with flat characters"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I normally like books in this genre, but this one was terrible. First of all, I somehow missed the fact that this was a series. I'm usually good at catching that, because who wants to purchase a book in the middle of a chronicle? I accidentally read this book first and was hoping that maybe it was like Harry Potter, where you can sort of read each book as a standalone and still enjoy it. Nope. Don't jump into the middle of this series. It's awful.

    A lot of info dump, which didn't even enhance the story. Pretty amateur writing - in fact, the characters had an amateur feel to them. For a demi-god (or whatever he is) he certainly acted like a 12 year old child. The way his anger manifested was like he was a kid throwing a tantrum all the time. It was annoying. I like to imagine that creatures/humans who have existed for hundreds of years have developed a higher level of social grace. It's a turn off to read about these characters who can't control their emotions, especially after being so old and so "well experienced". They have child-like reactions to things and it doesn't make me like the characters. It just makes me roll my eyes and think, "Grow up."


    Has Promise of Wrath turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I normally like books of this genre. I understand that every now and again you come across something that does't fit your liking.


    What didn’t you like about Simon Mattacks’s performance?

    Simon was alright. Nice voice, but at times he spoke too fast. I had to rewind to hear sentences a few times because he flew over the words so fast, I had trouble digesting the meaning. Still, nice voice.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Promise of Wrath?

    I'd scrap the majority of it and do a rewrite. Annoying characters, predictable plot. The story was meant to be powerful, but the weak writing made it an annoyance.


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    Smk 05-16-17
    Smk 05-16-17
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    "great book"

    I love this series and have since crimes against magic. The change of the series narrator from the previous books was jarring and it made remembering who was who hard. The audio book is still very worth it regardless.

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    12/7/16
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    "Different narrator after 5 books!?"

    Good book but let down by a change in narrator. The narrator used is 'good' but a change in the way words and names are pronounced after 5 books is jarring and some how made Nate sound whiny rather than badass.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fran
    6/12/17
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed "

    Can't help but think this author's books are going from strength to strength.
    This has been my favourite book so far and being able to finally "read" it via audible is great!
    Great narration by Mattocks too.
    Looking forward to the next book.

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  • D. Deeks
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    5/11/17
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    "yet more treading water"

    another, yet, solid instalment of the Nathan Garrett series, the hellequin moniker seems to have been dropped. This book is so choke full of plot, backstory and (revised) history it makes the first 4 books almost obsolete. Will be sticking with it as the mystery(s) are very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. S. J. Polson
    5/3/17
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    "Just as good"

    As a fan of the series I very much enjoyed this, with no mistakes from the book that I know of, however the one thing that put me off this listen through was the change of narrator from the rest of the installations as close as it was I still knew it changed from a slight accent change or a shorter pause between words and missed the old voices of characters despite the closeness.

    That said all the rest of the series that come out with simon narrating I will still happily listen to as it was so beautifully done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Lower Earley, United Kingdom
    3/1/17
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    "A nice continuation of the series"

    Overall this was an enjoyable listen and the story generally moved along well.

    First thing though is that the narrator has changed from the one that has done the previous 5 novels. If you haven't listened to the previous novel in some time you might not notice but if you are listening one after the other you of course will be jarred by the change. The new narrator does a credible job and is fine.

    The novel itself continues the various plot lines and resolves a few while starting up some more and ends with you wanting the release of the next one.

    One bad habit that seemed especially noticeable in this release was the use of villians answering questions to advance the plot. Nate and his group would find some villain and ask them why they are doing something and generally get an answer or if not they would fight a bit and ask their questions and get some answers. It really did not seem very plausible and felt more like a plot device to advance the information and story.

    The similarities of the spell scrolls and the sorcerers nightmares seems obvious though Nate did not pick up on it but it will undoubtedly be a part of the next story.

    If you have made it this far in the series then this novel will easily met your expectations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • seany
    england
    2/19/17
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    "Brilliant sci fi series"

    I just love Steve Mchugh's hellequin series can't wait for more. Anyone that likes sci fi id really recommend these books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angela
    London, UK
    2/18/17
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    "New reader takes a bit to get used to"

    I didn't like the change at first but after 30 minutes or so I got used to it and by the end of the book I was happy with the new reader and the story. Great new story although now we have to wait for the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    London
    1/22/17
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    "Great story,"

    And the plot thickens, great story, I has to get used to the new narrator but he does an amazing job. Can't wait for next installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hannah Jade Loftus
    Leeds Uk
    1/6/17
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    "Love the whole series"

    He simply cannot write these books quick enough for my liking I cannot wait for the next one !!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    Godstone, United Kingdom
    12/10/16
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    "Great story but horrible execution"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This should only be read by people who have read the other books in the Hellequin series. It is by no means a stand alone novel, in fact if I had started with this book I would have given up on the whole endeavour.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was great with lots of twists and turns, character upgrades and magic battles. However the language used to describe all this good stuff was bland at best and childish at worst. Almost every line of dialogue sounded as if it was lifted from a cheesy 80's cop movie. Some of the characters seemed to have been cut out of the same genre. Very few characters were anything other than pure evil or pure good, demonstrating all of the prerequisite 'goody' qualities such as righteous indignation, heroic self-blame for events which weren't their fault and of course winning every verbal exchange with a sparkling wit.


    Any additional comments?

    Although I have not been particularly positive about this book I reiterate that the plot is very good and is a brilliant development to the Hellequin universe. If I had to guess I would say that the writer rushed to finish it so had little time to come up with anything original beyond the plot itself. If you like the books it's worth a listen, if you haven't heard any of the others, stop wasting your time by reading this rambling review and purchase Crimes Against Magic, it's far better and introduces the Hellequin in all his glory. .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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