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.
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.
I just love Steve Mchugh's hellequin series can't wait for more. Anyone that likes sci fi id really recommend these books
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.
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
"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
"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.
"the return of mordred"
there is trouble afoot and guess who is in the middle of it yep nate garrett and his friends.
strong story well spoken.
"Good book, why change the narrator now??!?"
Nothing worse than a good series with a narrator change. Loved the book. This guy is good too, just not the one who narrates all the others.
"Another great installment."
This is a great continuation of the Hellaquin series. The narrator does a great job and the story is exciting and humorous. The story is really building and I look forward to the next book.
"great series! this may be my favorite book so far."
can't wait for the next book in series. it's going to be awesome!! there is a different narrator, and at first it's, wtf?!?! but the new narrator sounds a lot like the 1st, even his different characters sound pretty much the same, so it's only disconcerting for a moment :)
"Feels like it was ghost-written."
I have really enjoyed this series up to this book. This book is not terrible, but it is revisionist and the main character changes so much that it feels like a different writer. As the protagonist himself explained in earlier books, he was Avalon's hit man. He did the jobs that had to be done, but that were morally ambiguous. He was not a warrior, he was an assassin. He did not worry about honorable combat, it was not a contest to him. He was an efficient killer and he "cheated" whenever possible. He took out his enemies with sniper rounds from rooftops. He let opponents challenge him and then took them down when they expected him to follow the formalities of dueling. It was not a game for him, it was an ugly business he did because someone had to do it.
But in this book all that is thrown away. Instead of the assassin who values guile and stealth over brawn and brashness, he has transformed into some sort of warrior-knight. This was most apparent when he was fighting his principal antagonist in this book. He knocks his antagonist down and his antagonist loses his weapon. The old Hellequin would have immediately killed his foe--combat was not a contest for him, it was an ugly necessity. This new character allows his antagonist to regain his feet and his weapon. It is not the same person. It feels like it was ghost-written.
The old Hellequin was an interesting character because he tried to do what was right, but through morally ambiguous means. He admitted he was weaker in a straight up fight, but he was the best at underhanded tactics. It will be too bad if he just becomes another knight.
Coupled with the revisionist history and the complete change of personality, the change of narrator did not help either. Langton voiced the cynicism and acquired harshness of Hellequin. Mattacks makes him sound like a college boy.
I hope this was just an off book. I hope that McHugh brings back the interesting and gritty Hellequin of the prior books. I hope that Langton takes up the narration again, or Mattacks starts voicing him like the cynical Hellequin who was Avalon's left hand.
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