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A Glimmer of Hope

The Avalon Chronicles, Book 1
Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
Series: The Avalon Chronicles, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
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Summary

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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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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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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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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  • London, United Kingdom
  • 28-08-19

Ruined by Narration

This is the first time I have given up on an audiobook, so really my mark for the actual story is unfair - I haven't heard all of it. It could be great - I'll have to buy the kindle version. Does the narrator realize that she is reading fantasy/thriller? She is reading as though it's Jane Austen. I have never heard such an inappropriate narrative voice. Very poor choice.

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Good book but HORRIBLE narration

I listened to this book just because I liked the Hellequin Chronicles. I will continue to listen also just because I want to find out how things work out at the end. BUT Ms. Knowelden's narration is not up to audible's usual standard. And that is saying it mildly. She is BORING. She mispronounces names. Her sentence articulation is way off. Please do not let her read any more action filled books like these. She kills them.

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Another Mchugh Spellbinder

After reading, and thoroughly enjoying the Hellequin series I was a little apprehensive going into this book on account I don't like change. I needn't have worried. Rip roaring Spellbinder had me hooked. I switched between audible and kindle without any problem and even found myself reading with the audible narrators voice in my head. Go figure.

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Girl Power

Could have been slightly cheesy but wasn't! Enjoyed learning about the characters and engaged with them. Story had some elements which have been "done before" but enough fresh stuff to make it work well. Loved the narrator. Thank you.

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love the story, hate the writing

the story itself is great! kept me wanting to listen to more and more but the writing of the book is pretty bad and repetitive! very predictable and clichéd but again the story is really enjoyable and it also has a good sense of humour to it

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Storyline okay accents too much so couldn’t enjoy listening

Struggled with the audio book with the diverse change of accents to American, to southern etc constantly it irritated me to much to enjoy the book so I didn’t finish the story. Will read instead.

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Brilliant

loved it ! read all of Steve's books All are Epic funny and you love the characters

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  • Montzalee Wittmann
  • 15-07-18

Back with the Hellequin gang!

Glimmer of Hope
The Avalon Chronicles, Book 1
By: Steve McHugh
Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
Oh, it was nice to see/hear the gang again! Even Nate made a brief appearance in the end! Yippee!! This has all the excitement and thrills of the Hellequin series but focused on a different direction. Same characters but adding some new ones that are really special! Wow, are they. I say, plural form because she has souls in her, she is more than just herself. She opened a scroll and she now has the powers of those souls that were trapped in the scrolls now in her. All their skills, knowledge, powers, etc. One is a demon, a warrior, an assassin, and it will that time to work things out. It is an exciting story with kidnapping, fighting, creatures like blood elves, ogres, and more!
Since the main character is the gal with the all the spirits, the narrator is female this series which makes sense and she does a fantastic job! She performs the voices for the ogres, men, and other such things and I never stopped and thought, "Oh, that is a woman", nope! Not once!. It was done so well, I didn't question, it just flowed nicely.
Great job!

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  • Eric
  • 07-04-18

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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  • Word Tiger
  • 08-05-18

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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  • Andrea
  • 05-05-18

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-12-18

Awesome Start, middle and End!!!<br />

Love the characters as well as story line. Perfect fit the Helliquin series. Thank you.

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  • Lisa H.
  • 26-09-18

Brilliant

In the beginning I was concerned the main character wasn’t going to be tough enough. Then as things went along not only did Layla show her strength she also became even stronger than I expected.

I am so excited to have more Avalon stories to enjoy. Thanks to the author for another amazing story. Also kudos to the choice of narrator, great job all around.

Can’t wait for more!!

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  • marie redmond
  • 25-09-18

great job

I really enjoyed listening to the story. I drive over and hour one way too and from work.

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  • Vernon
  • 24-09-18

Good to see the story continue

took a second to readjust to the new character Dynamics, but Elizabeth brings forth the humor and comradre I enjoyed in the Hellequin series. it was nice being reintroduced to old characters. still loving Remy and glad to see the return of banter between him and Diana.

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  • gail
  • 28-08-18

very entertaining from the start

I was hooked from the very start. it was easy to follow listening to one chapter a night and one hour in the morning.

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  • Mr. V
  • 23-08-18

great! nice to see the universe continue.

can not wait to see the rest of the stories. looking forward to part 2.

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