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A Glimmer of Hope by Steve McHugh
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A Glimmer of Hope

by Steve McHugh

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Layla has had 3 months of martial arts training and she is a master. Wow. Can I study at that dojo please? I didn't finish the book and my notes say things like "Offensive", "What kind of T-shirt has a lapel?" (she swings her sparing partner into the air by grabbing her T-shirt lapel), "How does a massive man spar with someone who is 5"4'." My notes go on. Layla and her friend Chloe are obnoxious excuses for modern young women. No one ever should behave like this and I am distressed that this is the kind of reading material we are providing for young people today.

I received a review copy of "A Glimmer of Hope: The Avalon Chronicles, Book 1" by Steve McHugh (47North) through NetGalley.com. ( )
  Dokfintong | Jul 17, 2018 |
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! ( )
  MontzaleeW | Jul 15, 2018 |
This is an urban fantasy with a richly developed world filled with a secret society that rules it all, werewolves, ogres, red caps, and other creatures pulled from mythology. Layla gets pulled into this world when she is kidnapped by Elias Wells, the red cap, and in an escape attempt bleeds on a scroll which causes her to inherit the demon trapped in it and the three other persons who previously held the scroll.

Layla has been laying low, attending university, and taking MMA classes. Her father is a well-known serial killer who was caught when she was fourteen. He taught her to fight and use weapons when she was a child. She loved him and felt particularly betrayed when his secret life came to light. She is one of the few people who know where he is imprisoned but has refused to communicate with him since his incarceration.

Layla has been building a safe life with just a couple trusted friends until everything is disrupted by her kidnapping. Now, she has to find a way to take control of her new powers which include the ability to control metal won't be easy since her demon is determined to take control of her and kill everyone she has ever loved. She is also feeling betrayed again because she learns that Chloe who has become her best friend was assigned to watch over her by this same secret society.

The book is stronger on world building than it is on character development. Layla seems to be particularly one-note until quite late in the book. Her desire not to unleash the anger inside her and her sense of betrayal are her primary motivations and are frequently referred to. Though the characters could be more well-rounded, the story does not lack in action. There are frequent battles as the good guys confront the bad guys. There is also some humor as Layla banters with her friend Chloe and her friend Henry.

Fans of action in their urban fantasy will enjoy this story. ( )
  kmartin802 | Mar 3, 2018 |
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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 powersbefore they destroy her. All is not yet lost-there is a light shining, but Layla must survive long enough to see it.… (more)

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