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.
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.
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.
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.
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. .
This series gets better and better as time goes on great characters more twists and the time just flies by listening to the book.
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.
"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.
"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.
I'm excited to see what comes next. McHugh weaves a intricate story that leaves you wanting to know more.
good. so apparently I need 20 words but the first one was good enough savy
"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.
"Really like this series!"
I am so glad I found this series. I am really enjoying it and can't wait for the next installment!
This is another GREAT installment in the series. McHugh didn't waste any time pushing the main story forward which is what I appreciated most about this book. Plus he gave every character a valuable role...just brilliant. Can't wait for the next one!
changed up on me"
they changed up on the authors but still a great book and a great series can't wait to hear the next
"very good sequel..."
the narrator was very good. You may need a refresher since it was so long between sequels, and at times it was a tad confusing. But the ending was phenomenal and as always characters very enjoyable
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