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Review of With Silent Screams (The Hellequin Chronicles Book 3) by Steve McHugh

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Nathan Garrett needs to solve another mystery when he was nearly blown up after receiving a cryptic note while examining an old friend’s dead body. A series of grisly murders connected to an imprisoned madman challenge his crime solving and magical abilities. The question is whether he would be in time to prevent more slaughter and a possible war to overtake the throne in Shadow Falls…

Similar to the previous books, two stories play out in different eras. Initially I had to concentrate to keep track of which story is which seeing that it played out in similar areas with the same characters. But otherwise the alteration between the stories were effectively done and shine some light on more recent events, relationships and power struggles.

With Silent Screams is action-packed and gritty with a captivating plot. Luckily Nate has some magical healing abilities as he’s receiving one hell of a beating more than once. Steve McHugh expertly mixed ancient mythology with urban fantasy and provided a real entertaining read.


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Review of Born of Hatred (The Hellequin Chronicles Book 2) by Steve McHugh

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In this second book, Nathan Garret agreed to help his friend investigating a serial killer. But it seems that even Nate’s powers will not be enough to overcome this bloody killer that was created from dark magic and hatred.

Similar to the first book, Crimes Against Magic, the story plays out in London with historical flashbacks. The flashbacks are actually a story on its own and runs parallel to the current day story – introducing new characters as well as similar villains and indicated whether or not Nate was able to defeat those villains in the past. This increases the uncertainty whether he would be able to defeat the current evil.

The story is action-packed, gritty and full of graphic violence. There are interesting developments and surprises – a great plot overall. More background is provided on Nate, Tommy and Avalon. Nate’s obsession with the character Sara didn’t really fit for me (was more of an irritation to be honest), but I presume she’ll play an important role in future books. There are still some mysteries to be solved as Nate unlocks more of his hidden and unknown powers.


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Review of Crimes Against Magic (The Hellequin Chronicles Book 1) by Steve McHugh

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A powerful sorcerer, Nate Garrett, lost his memory ten years ago. He is currently a very successful thief for hire. When one of his jobs went bad, he became the protector of a 16-year old girl. Furthermore, the people closest to him are in danger from those that initially stole his memories. He will be forced to confront his mysterious and forgotten past and enemies.

The story plays out in modern-day London with flashbacks to France during the fifteenth century (effectively integrated). When reading the sample of the book, I was instantly interested and intrigued and bought all 5 books in the series – so far I’m not disappointed.

Nate is a great hero with high moral values, some flaws and serious magical abilities. The plot was well thought out and the flashbacks provided interesting insights about where Nate comes from, his actual abilities and who his initial enemies were. Expect action scenes that lights up your imagination (action movie-worthy), humorous interactions and a bit of ancient Greek mythology thrown in.

I was  impressed when I read that this was Steve McHugh’s debut novel. I’m an instant fan and can highly recommend this book. If you liked the Harry Dresden series (by Jim Butcher), this series is for you.


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