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Over a hundred years have passed since a group of violent killers went on the rampage, murdering innocent victims for fun. But even back then, sorcerer Nate Garrett, aka Hellequin, knew there was more to it than simple savage pleasure—souls were being stolen. Nate’s discovery of the souls’ use, and of those supporting the group’s plan, made him question everything he believ Over a hundred years have passed since a group of violent killers went on the rampage, murdering innocent victims for fun. But even back then, sorcerer Nate Garrett, aka Hellequin, knew there was more to it than simple savage pleasure—souls were being stolen. Nate’s discovery of the souls’ use, and of those supporting the group’s plan, made him question everything he believed. Now the group Nate thought long dead is back. Violent, angry, and hell-bent on revenge, they have Hellequin firmly in their sights. And if he won’t come willingly, they’ll take those closest to him first. The battle begins again.


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Over a hundred years have passed since a group of violent killers went on the rampage, murdering innocent victims for fun. But even back then, sorcerer Nate Garrett, aka Hellequin, knew there was more to it than simple savage pleasure—souls were being stolen. Nate’s discovery of the souls’ use, and of those supporting the group’s plan, made him question everything he believ Over a hundred years have passed since a group of violent killers went on the rampage, murdering innocent victims for fun. But even back then, sorcerer Nate Garrett, aka Hellequin, knew there was more to it than simple savage pleasure—souls were being stolen. Nate’s discovery of the souls’ use, and of those supporting the group’s plan, made him question everything he believed. Now the group Nate thought long dead is back. Violent, angry, and hell-bent on revenge, they have Hellequin firmly in their sights. And if he won’t come willingly, they’ll take those closest to him first. The battle begins again.

30 review for Lies Ripped Open

  1. 5 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    Rtc Audible version Great series! Lots of different creatures!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    Our hero Nate travels a tangled path and has to face his complicated past. It ain't pretty! I really love this series and Nate Garrett. I can't wait for the next installment, although I'm willing to wait as long as it takes for Steve McHugh to write it! Reviewed for Bitten by Books. http://bittenbybooks.com. Our hero Nate travels a tangled path and has to face his complicated past. It ain't pretty! I really love this series and Nate Garrett. I can't wait for the next installment, although I'm willing to wait as long as it takes for Steve McHugh to write it! Reviewed for Bitten by Books. http://bittenbybooks.com.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ami

    The recap is put under spoiler tag for MY sake -- so I could remember what happened. It would also reveal down the major plot so best not to click except if you have read the book or don't mind being spoiled. (view spoiler)[The past brought readers to Nate and his friends to London in 1888, at the time during Whitechapel murders. Nate was helping Shields of Avalon (SOA) to transfer a thief prisoner when he discovered that the agents who were supposed to keep eyes on Alan ere attacked and murdered The recap is put under spoiler tag for MY sake -- so I could remember what happened. It would also reveal down the major plot so best not to click except if you have read the book or don't mind being spoiled. (view spoiler)[The past brought readers to Nate and his friends to London in 1888, at the time during Whitechapel murders. Nate was helping Shields of Avalon (SOA) to transfer a thief prisoner when he discovered that the agents who were supposed to keep eyes on Alan ere attacked and murdered. The murderer also attacked Nate and wrote the word "From Hell" on Nate's forehead. In the present time, it started with Nate being called into a hostage situation because the hostage taker wanted to talk to Nate. When Nate got there, he was attacked not only by an elemental but also a void and a griffin. That was how the story rolled, as always, combining the past and present time. Nate discovered that a group of Reavers were back and planning to take over Avalon and kicked out Elaine (Morgan's and Morgause's younger sister) from the Director's chair. A lot of SOA agents were involved as well and it was even up to the highest level, when Nate found out that Kay was part of the whole thing. It was also revealed that Merlin was the one telling Reavers to start collecting human souls in the first place to feed those souls to Arthur (in order to keep him alive though in unconscious state) and Merlin didn't care if the souls were innocent human souls). And apparently, Mordred (whom Nate was supposedly killed in the first book) was still alive! (hide spoiler)] "Lies Ripped Open" is another thrilling installment from McHugh's Hellequin series, which has been one of my favorite new urban fantasy with male protagonist series that I found last year. While McHugh's storytelling might be a little repetitive in style -- meaning, Nate and co. gets attacked and they kill the attackers, rinse and repeat, in almost every chapter -- but it doesn't mean it is less fun. The entertaining thing about this series is that Nate almost always have a bunch of 'friends' with him in every quest -- my friend, Tina, calls Nate 'the misfit gatherer -- from werewolf and vampire in book 1 to Hades and Persephone in book 4 so it's not all just about him when they are dealing with bad things. Now Nate is teaming up with a thief sorcerer as well as fox creature (which is probably my favorite secondary characters here) as they work out clues (and killing Reavers) to find out who is responsible towards everything. Nate even lets out his nightmare Erebus to come out and play (I actually loved that guy). McHugh's keep the story moves forward (even during the 'past' portion, it never slacks) as revelations come out one at a time. I also thought that this series have great ass-kicking female characters that can hold their own fights and sometimes even help Nate from being killed. It is pretty awesome for an urban fantasy with male protagonist. Lastly, after five books, we finally have the full story on how (and why) Nate Garrett, Merlin's right-hand man Hellequin, decides to leave Merlin and Avalon in the first place. (view spoiler)[I love BBC's Merlin and let's just say that I was having a bit of a hard of dealing with a fact that Merlin here was a douche *lol* (hide spoiler)] .

  4. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    I really enjoy this series and i'd recommend it to anyone who likes Jim Butcher or Benedict Jacka. Namely because it means you enjoy a male protagonist with questionable/personal morals who kicks serious ass. There's something about Nate that makes me smile. He's arrogant as hell, but fiercely loyal to his friends, and dedicated to making things right. Well, his idea of right. Whatever that takes. He gets shit done. Perhaps with a bit of pain and death along the way, sure, but you can count on hi I really enjoy this series and i'd recommend it to anyone who likes Jim Butcher or Benedict Jacka. Namely because it means you enjoy a male protagonist with questionable/personal morals who kicks serious ass. There's something about Nate that makes me smile. He's arrogant as hell, but fiercely loyal to his friends, and dedicated to making things right. Well, his idea of right. Whatever that takes. He gets shit done. Perhaps with a bit of pain and death along the way, sure, but you can count on him to take on all manner of evil. And win. I love that this novel addresses much more of his past and starts to show the major events and people that influenced the choices he made in his life. Nate's history fits in to an explosive storyline that sets us up for some interesting things to come. Plus, the ending... I knew it but damn... the ending. I can't wait for the next one. Massive thanks to Netgalley and Amazon publishing for this copy in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)

    Author: Steve McHugh Published: 25/08/2015 I received this book for free through GoodReads FirstReads competitions. This is the 5th book in the Hellequin Chronicles, even though I haven't read any of the other books, yet, I didn't feel like I was missing out on anything, the book was easily to get into and easy to get lost in. This book features the character of Nate Garrett aka Hellequin, who finds out that the group he thought was dead are very much alive and are looking for him so they can take Author: Steve McHugh Published: 25/08/2015 I received this book for free through GoodReads FirstReads competitions. This is the 5th book in the Hellequin Chronicles, even though I haven't read any of the other books, yet, I didn't feel like I was missing out on anything, the book was easily to get into and easy to get lost in. This book features the character of Nate Garrett aka Hellequin, who finds out that the group he thought was dead are very much alive and are looking for him so they can take out their revenge! This is an amazing and fascinating book too read, I would definitely recommend this book to pretty much anyone, it has an amazing pace that keeps up right throughout the novel, it keeps on springing surprises at the reader when you are reading them. It is a perfect Urban Fantasy book and it definitely makes me want to read the rest of the series, I think I have found a new author to love! Nate is a truly great character to read about he is possibly the most arrogant character you will even read about.... but he is extremely loyal too his friends and is determined to makes everything right again in the world. Everything about this book made me want to keep on reading and makes me want to read more books in this series. Steve McHugh is a extremely talented author and when you read this book I am sure you will agree with me!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    As a huge fan of the Hellequin Chronicles I had high expectations for Lies Ripped Open... And, as ever, those expectations were exceeded! This instalment is just as fast-paced, exciting and unexpected as the earlier books, with the added bonus of further insights into Nate's past. The book reads like a Hollywood action blockbuster, although the plot is much more unpredictable (never a dull moment!). The characters are realistic, believable, and memorable; there are old characters as well as new As a huge fan of the Hellequin Chronicles I had high expectations for Lies Ripped Open... And, as ever, those expectations were exceeded! This instalment is just as fast-paced, exciting and unexpected as the earlier books, with the added bonus of further insights into Nate's past. The book reads like a Hollywood action blockbuster, although the plot is much more unpredictable (never a dull moment!). The characters are realistic, believable, and memorable; there are old characters as well as new ones, and links between this book and others in the series. In short, Lies Ripped Open is unputdownable - it grips you from the first page to the last, and leaves you wanting more!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Scott Hitchcock

    Book 1: 3* Book 2: 3* Book 2.5: 3.25* Book 3: 3.5* Book 4: 3.25* Book 5: 3.5* The best book to date in the series. We finally meet Merlin in person and I'm hopeful he breaks the pattern of each book in the upcoming books. If you like fantasy noir like Dresden, which I didn't like, you'll like these books. Book 1: 3* Book 2: 3* Book 2.5: 3.25* Book 3: 3.5* Book 4: 3.25* Book 5: 3.5* The best book to date in the series. We finally meet Merlin in person and I'm hopeful he breaks the pattern of each book in the upcoming books. If you like fantasy noir like Dresden, which I didn't like, you'll like these books.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melindeeloo

    Nate Garrett, aka Hellequin, is dangerous as ever, but loyal to those who've won his friendship, as he battles a secret faction looking to take over Avalon. To defeat the Reapers, Nate has to end his hundred year exile and face down Merlin while trying to save old friends and he has to defeat an old foe. Lies Ripped Open was very entertaining with lots of action, both past and present, plus secrets revealed, enemies unmasked, and threads pulled that promise a very interesting future for the serie Nate Garrett, aka Hellequin, is dangerous as ever, but loyal to those who've won his friendship, as he battles a secret faction looking to take over Avalon. To defeat the Reapers, Nate has to end his hundred year exile and face down Merlin while trying to save old friends and he has to defeat an old foe. Lies Ripped Open was very entertaining with lots of action, both past and present, plus secrets revealed, enemies unmasked, and threads pulled that promise a very interesting future for the series. ARC via NetGalley -release August 24

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    When Nate is requested in a hostage situation, he finds himself the target of an organization that he thought he put an end to over a century ago - the Reavers. His investigation takes him back to Avalon, somewhere he hasn't visited in a long time. It seems the new Reavers want to take over Avalon and they are not above killing people to do it. We find out what made Nate leave the services of Merlin. With the help of his friends, he defeats an old rival, but of course, stirs up trouble with othe When Nate is requested in a hostage situation, he finds himself the target of an organization that he thought he put an end to over a century ago - the Reavers. His investigation takes him back to Avalon, somewhere he hasn't visited in a long time. It seems the new Reavers want to take over Avalon and they are not above killing people to do it. We find out what made Nate leave the services of Merlin. With the help of his friends, he defeats an old rival, but of course, stirs up trouble with others. I'm hooked on this series at this point, so I plan on seeing it through to the end. I love Nate, but I was ready for him to make some progress in finding out who is behind the large-scale attack on him. While we did learn some key moments from his past and we got a little hint of the bigger picture, Nate is still in the dark. There are only two more books and it seems like a lot need to happen.

  10. 5 out of 5

    LJ Waguespack

    Great series continues, work well done by Steve McHugh.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bookwyrm Speaks

    I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in return for an honest review by Netgalley. Ok, Legalese out of the way. It is a rare feat for an author to keep topping his previous works, but Steve McHugh is one of those rare writers. Five books in, and his writing is only getting better, always making me wanting to see what comes next. This book has replaced Prison of Hope as my favorite in the series. In this one Nate has to deal with and old enemy, and finally starts getting some answers a I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in return for an honest review by Netgalley. Ok, Legalese out of the way. It is a rare feat for an author to keep topping his previous works, but Steve McHugh is one of those rare writers. Five books in, and his writing is only getting better, always making me wanting to see what comes next. This book has replaced Prison of Hope as my favorite in the series. In this one Nate has to deal with and old enemy, and finally starts getting some answers about who is responsible for all his troubles the last few years. As always, the book takes place both in contemporary times and in a flashback sequence, this time in 1880's London, specifically in the Whitechapel area. Anyone familiar with history will know about a series of events that happened there in that time, and these are explained and included in this book. It is a truly wild way to include real history, and was done with a really deft touch. The reasons behind the events were shocking, to say the least. In this book, you find out how those events tie in to the current conspiracy, and you get your first look at Avalon, the Pocket dimension that runs the show behind the scenes. You visit familiar characters, and add some really interesting new characters, as well as a strength of Steve's, some really nasty villains. Characters are three dimensional, and you can really get into them, both good and bad. There never seems to be some deus ex machina that ties it all up into a nice easy package. Instead, there is a big explosive situation that really reflects how things would play in real life. The Villain in this book may be the best yet, as you hate him from the first, but he is never an over the top caricature, but a driven, evil, fully formed character. As always, there are more explanations of the magic systems, as well as new magic types, which seems to happen in all the books, and really adds to the story as well. Nate's story gets more fleshed out, and is all setting up for the big reveal of who he truly is. There is a good bit of Nate's back story in this book, with some startling revelations. All in all, a five star book, and I can't wait to listen to the audio version I just ordered, these books are just that good. ANy fans of his previous books will be well served by getting a copy of this one.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Liz Barnsley

    Oh Nate how I’ve missed you… I’m not going to make any bones about what a huge fan of this series I am, most people know it anyway, but just to be clear I am a HUGE fan of this series. With Lies Ripped Open the addictive quality of the Hellequin Chronicles goes into overdrive – I read this, fast and furious into the early hours of this morning so Steve McHugh definitely owes me a coffee or six – but you kind of just have to keep going once you start. The backstory is fleshed out in this instalment, Oh Nate how I’ve missed you… I’m not going to make any bones about what a huge fan of this series I am, most people know it anyway, but just to be clear I am a HUGE fan of this series. With Lies Ripped Open the addictive quality of the Hellequin Chronicles goes into overdrive – I read this, fast and furious into the early hours of this morning so Steve McHugh definitely owes me a coffee or six – but you kind of just have to keep going once you start. The backstory is fleshed out in this instalment, giving some insight into past events and also setting us up for more to come – Nate is on top form here and the magical mythology that the author has created using his own obviously insane imagination and mixing it up with stories we all know has also taken a huge jump in depth and creativity. This is quite firmly in the adult market – Urban Fantasy for those of us who like our stories uncompromisingly realistic despite the mythological backdrop, Lies Ripped Open was a purely joyful read that I was more than happy to lose sleep over. The dialogue is witty and full of ironic clarity, I love all the characters and each new novel brings something a little different than the last, the ongoing storyline is really well constructed – for that reason I would recommend reading these in order, although you CAN jump in at any point and have an excellent time. Brilliant. The only problem being of course is now the wait starts for book 6. Which after THAT ending you will kind of wish you had sat there already. Taps foot. If you havent read these yet and are a fan of all things magic and mayhem then this whole series will definitely be for you. I’ll be dragging Steve kicking and screaming onto the blog to answer a few Nate questions for me before too long so look out for that – in the meantime dive into the Hellequin chronicles. I doubt you’ll be disappointed. Highly Recommended.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Douglas Debner

    When I reviewed the first book in this series I avoided giving away the final scene because I loved it. For once someone just had the good guy shoot the bad guy. Part of what I like about books is there ability to give more thought to the story being told but it seems like that is being eroded in favor of contrived drama. When the bad guy is shot at the end of the first book I thought I had found an author who would focus on telling a good story leaving any drama to arise organically from that s When I reviewed the first book in this series I avoided giving away the final scene because I loved it. For once someone just had the good guy shoot the bad guy. Part of what I like about books is there ability to give more thought to the story being told but it seems like that is being eroded in favor of contrived drama. When the bad guy is shot at the end of the first book I thought I had found an author who would focus on telling a good story leaving any drama to arise organically from that story. Unfortunately that hope has been reduced by every subsequent book until this book completely eliminates it. Here the same incompetent bad guys are back with the same mysterious leader and another layer of the onion is peeled off. More references are made to the main character's (Nate) mysterious past and unknown parentage. Nate, in spite of being the most feared assassin on the planet, manages to get himself taken prisoner but escapes thanks to the incompetence of those same bad guys who failed to adequately tie up one of Nate's companions. Then, when one bad guy is arrested he claims his right under the "accords" to fight for his freedom, never mind the fact that the accords are to prevent war and it makes no sense to apply them to criminals or every criminal would just challenge someone weaker than themselves to escape jail when caught. What's worse is that the main character points this very fact out to the bad guy IMMEDIATELY AFTER HE IS ALLOWED TO USE THE ACCORDS TO ESCAPE IMPRISONMENT! But then the final "soap opera" twist is the worst of all- the bad guy killed at the end of book one ISN'T ACTUALLY DEAD. So now the world's most feared assassin is revealed as a complete incompetent. With this moronic twist the author completely undermines his main character. Bottom line: These books, and this one in particular, aren't living up to their initial promise.

  14. 4 out of 5

    C.T. Phipps

    LIES RIPPED OPEN is the fifth book of the Hellequin Chronicles by Steve McHugh. The series follows the adventures of a 1600+ year old magical assassin as he does battle with various conspiracies centering around the secret world government of Avalon. Avalon is made of gods, spirits, wizards, and worse. Usually, the books deal with a modern event as well as a flashback to the past that ties into it like the TV show Highlander: The Series. This book deals with Nathan discovering there is a plot ag LIES RIPPED OPEN is the fifth book of the Hellequin Chronicles by Steve McHugh. The series follows the adventures of a 1600+ year old magical assassin as he does battle with various conspiracies centering around the secret world government of Avalon. Avalon is made of gods, spirits, wizards, and worse. Usually, the books deal with a modern event as well as a flashback to the past that ties into it like the TV show Highlander: The Series. This book deals with Nathan discovering there is a plot against the Regent of Avalon, Elaine, and the government that has ruled it for years. It ties back to a sinister plot by agents of Avalon to harvest the souls of the innocent: back in Whitechapel during Jack the Ripper's murders. What follows is a fascinating mystery to finding out just how far corruption has spread through the once-grand Knights of the Round Table. I liked this book fine but I do prefer it when Nathan is in the "real" world versus Avalon or alternate dimensions. 8/10

  15. 4 out of 5

    Marielle

    On to Promise of Wrath... review will follow!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nth Wolf

    I received a free, advance copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased review. Great author and continuation of the story line so far. Good enough that even though I received a free advance copy to review, I still bought it/pre-ordered it on Amazon. Support the authors you love so they can continue their work. :) Another gauge of how good an author is for me is if I will stop reading what I'm currently reading just to start their book. I didn't think twice about I received a free, advance copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased review. Great author and continuation of the story line so far. Good enough that even though I received a free advance copy to review, I still bought it/pre-ordered it on Amazon. Support the authors you love so they can continue their work. :) Another gauge of how good an author is for me is if I will stop reading what I'm currently reading just to start their book. I didn't think twice about stopping what I was currently reading just so I could tear through this one. The pacing of the story was still pretty good. There wasn't a lot of down time for Nate and you wonder how much sorcerers can put up with before they fall over dead from exhaustion hehe. When Nate meets up with his older friends the humor does pick up a bit, which makes me happy because I think for anyone that old, humor has to play a role in keeping their sanity. Very cool twist on Jack the Ripper but the ending kind of threw me a bit. Oh, we also finally get some explanation of Nate's back story! Great job by Steve and I hope he keeps them coming.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Vero

    Uhu, finally we get to meet Merlin and what's left of Arthur.   I was a little disappointed with the end - I am not a fan of resurrecting of already finished off characters.   I had hoped to learn more of Nate himself - his parents, his unique powers and so on.   But ok.   Now I have to wait for the next installment. Uhu, finally we get to meet Merlin and what's left of Arthur.   I was a little disappointed with the end - I am not a fan of resurrecting of already finished off characters.   I had hoped to learn more of Nate himself - his parents, his unique powers and so on.   But ok.   Now I have to wait for the next installment.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Adam Worth

    This is a brilliantly written book, well thought out and funny as hell in places. Obviously well-researched with some great insults that i will definitely consider using in future. I thoroughly recommend it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Gail Newbold

    WHEN WILL THESE BITCHES RECOGNIZE WHO NATE IS!!!! #ThugLife Such fools. I swear. You keep harassing this man, harassing and murdering his friends, and then are sore losers when he kicks your ass. WHY EVEN START! The rule of the street: Dont start nuffin, wont be nuffin. SMDH.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Trish R.

    Okay, this is book 5 and I think I really have to think about listening to the last 2 books. Listening to 5 books by the same narrator then having him changed to another for the last 2, and to see all the all the bad reviews about the change, is upsetting. Plus, so many reviewers complained about sooo many questions being left unanswered in the last book. So, I’ll think on it. Anyway, I think this may have been my favorite book so far. It was about the Reavers, who were killing innocent people an Okay, this is book 5 and I think I really have to think about listening to the last 2 books. Listening to 5 books by the same narrator then having him changed to another for the last 2, and to see all the all the bad reviews about the change, is upsetting. Plus, so many reviewers complained about sooo many questions being left unanswered in the last book. So, I’ll think on it. Anyway, I think this may have been my favorite book so far. It was about the Reavers, who were killing innocent people and taking their souls to take back to Merlin so he could feed them to Arthur to keep him alive AND Nate’s confrontation with Merlin, finally. Honestly, I think Merlin lost his mind. There were lots of battles but I sure wish Nate didn’t get his ass kicked so much. It’s really quite depressing. Hmmm… I don’t remember any sex in this one so there wasn’t one or it wasn’t worth remembering. And the F-bomb was used 114 times. As to the narrator: James Langton wasn’t as good in this book as he was in all the others. Oh, his voices were good but there were a few important times that Nate and the others were whispering and JL didn’t. You just can’t be sneaking around the bad guys talking in a loud voice. And in all the other book when it called for someone saying something with laughter in their voice JL actually laughed. In this book he didn’t. Very disappointed in this one.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jamagi

    This is the 5th full novel in the Hellequin series, and a worthy entry in the story of one Nate Garret. The tale moves ahead in both the modern timeline, aka now, and a time period in the past, providing more details regarding the mysterious Nate. This is a well told series that brings in both solidly based historical facts as well as hard hitting action scenes. The characters are believable, making you feel like you are visiting with old friends and catching up on their lives. We get to learn a This is the 5th full novel in the Hellequin series, and a worthy entry in the story of one Nate Garret. The tale moves ahead in both the modern timeline, aka now, and a time period in the past, providing more details regarding the mysterious Nate. This is a well told series that brings in both solidly based historical facts as well as hard hitting action scenes. The characters are believable, making you feel like you are visiting with old friends and catching up on their lives. We get to learn a bit more about the background of Nate, with a well done exposure of details a bit at a time in a slow reveal. There are intricacies of the major characters, and rewrites of mythological or fabled legends that both ring true to the known tales of those people, yet are completely re-envisioned in a way that completely refreshes the whole scene for the reader.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Thought

    The adventures of Nate (Hellequin) continue... This fifth book in the Hellequin series moves the main, overarching plot forward quite a bit. There are a number of significant developments that take place along the way, and several major situations change in a no-turning-back sort of way. As is typical with this series, the book was riveting from start to end, and left me wanting more. Disclaimer: I received a free, advance copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my unbia The adventures of Nate (Hellequin) continue... This fifth book in the Hellequin series moves the main, overarching plot forward quite a bit. There are a number of significant developments that take place along the way, and several major situations change in a no-turning-back sort of way. As is typical with this series, the book was riveting from start to end, and left me wanting more. Disclaimer: I received a free, advance copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased review. That being said, I also had it on pre-order for Kindle and Audible, which I'm paying for. It's that good.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Richard Webster

    Mr McHugh has done it again!!! Whilst this book doesn't do much in the way of advancing Nate's magical abilities or losing part or one of his marks it does fulfil a wonderful story arc/ back story between Nate and Merlin and how they came to blows, and how Nate came to be himself and into his abilities. This book travels along at a tremendous pace as if it were a thriller and it sure felt like it. We see new characters, old friends and more insight into the inner machinations of his enemies as we Mr McHugh has done it again!!! Whilst this book doesn't do much in the way of advancing Nate's magical abilities or losing part or one of his marks it does fulfil a wonderful story arc/ back story between Nate and Merlin and how they came to blows, and how Nate came to be himself and into his abilities. This book travels along at a tremendous pace as if it were a thriller and it sure felt like it. We see new characters, old friends and more insight into the inner machinations of his enemies as well as love and loss in heartwarming and heartbreaking ways. This book has it all and will take you on one hell of a ride.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    Gods, guns, fighting, werebears who quote Star Wars, and now a sword wielding half fox. This series gets better with each book. Go buy it now. I read this book, cover to cover, in one sitting. Pretty much ignored the world around me while I was doing it and read well into the early morning. It was totally worth it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Another well written entertaining installment in this series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lndavidson

    Thanks! Another amazing book in an outstanding series. Fast paced and a great read. I love the tie ins with the past and present. Keep them come Sir!!!' Thanks! Another amazing book in an outstanding series. Fast paced and a great read. I love the tie ins with the past and present. Keep them come Sir!!!'

  27. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    Something to keep in mind about this book before I go any further. At the time of this review, this book is available through Kindle Unlimited subscription to read and listen to for free. This is how I chose to read/listen to this book. I've read many urban fantasy books -- it's my favorite genre -- and will be the first to admit that it's pretty rare for an author to continuously outdo the prior book. Steve McHugh is one such author. This book replaced Prison of Hope as my favorite in the serie Something to keep in mind about this book before I go any further. At the time of this review, this book is available through Kindle Unlimited subscription to read and listen to for free. This is how I chose to read/listen to this book. I've read many urban fantasy books -- it's my favorite genre -- and will be the first to admit that it's pretty rare for an author to continuously outdo the prior book. Steve McHugh is one such author. This book replaced Prison of Hope as my favorite in the series thus far. There's just something about Nate that draws you in. He's cocky as all hell. In fact, he's been rewarded with a punch to the face or knee to the groin on several occasions, through many books, due to his smug remarks in poorly timed situations. Despite his nonstop arrogance, he's fiercely loyal to those he considers friends. He's relentless on doing what's right. It may not be the *the* right thing, but it's his idea of what's right and he won't finish until he sees it through. He's been around long enough and is stubborn enough to get shit done, no matter what it takes, even if there's often times a hefty cost attached. He was kept very busy in this book. Actually, I'm surprised the amount and frequency of magic he was tossing around throughout the book that we didn't see more of his nightmare, Erburus. Nevertheless, this book was exceedingly entertaining and evoked an array of emotions as I listened/read it. The gentleman who narrates it, James Langton, does a wonderful job of bringing the characters and scenes to life; to a degree that I may research other books he has narrated after completion of the Hellequin Chronicles. One of the biggest things that I've consistently loved about this series is the fact that the women in it are also bad ass. Not only are they heavily capable, there's several instances to which Nathan Garrett, aka Hellequin, has had his ass saved by a woman. Overall, much was revealed throughout the course of the book. There were numerous new characters, a plethora of secrets shed, and enemies unmasked. Additionally, a lot of cliffhangers at the end of the book that promise the continuation of an already brilliant story arc.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Vinay Badri

    And now finally we see the threads kind of coming together. The episodic nature of this series kind of gets its season long arc even as there is a reveal on the shadowy hand orchestrating events of the past books (and history). In what is long overdue, we finally make our way to Avalon and Nate has a lot of history to catch up as he is there. However, the big question is really the relationship between Nate & Merlin and their history. To some extent, it is kind of a squalid affair. Yes, there ar And now finally we see the threads kind of coming together. The episodic nature of this series kind of gets its season long arc even as there is a reveal on the shadowy hand orchestrating events of the past books (and history). In what is long overdue, we finally make our way to Avalon and Nate has a lot of history to catch up as he is there. However, the big question is really the relationship between Nate & Merlin and their history. To some extent, it is kind of a squalid affair. Yes, there are simmering tensions and tons of unsaid words at this point -however, the materialization of this is bit of a quick release rather than something substantial. However, the core of the book is rather strong. The tie backs to attacks on Nate & the history associated with Jack the Ripper is rather fun. The plotting is fantastic and while McHugh has really evolved as an writer, I do wish that his writing chops gets more subtle. Basically by painting certain characters in broad brush strokes as kind of being arrogant asses, when there is betrayal it isnt much of a surprise. A good book with possibility of greatness within grasp elevated by quite a decent twist at the very end

  29. 4 out of 5

    Anjum Madani

    This review is for the entire series so far (2018) and while i read the first one, the others were Audiobooks. There are some individual differences between the books of course but the statements below are for the entire theme and style of the books. First the bad. It was unclear to me what age exactly Mr McHugh is aiming the book at. The sheer quality of good yarn telling is superb but at times it feels like maybe it's predominantly aimed at the teen/YA or even younger ages. Now the good. For th This review is for the entire series so far (2018) and while i read the first one, the others were Audiobooks. There are some individual differences between the books of course but the statements below are for the entire theme and style of the books. First the bad. It was unclear to me what age exactly Mr McHugh is aiming the book at. The sheer quality of good yarn telling is superb but at times it feels like maybe it's predominantly aimed at the teen/YA or even younger ages. Now the good. For the sheer fun, blistering speed action, 'magical powers' new and evolving content within a central theme etc etc it's absolutely fantastic. It manages to tackle subtle mature themes, explode mythology into an exciting alternate magical reality while simultaneously based in contemporary England, throw in romance, comedy, tragedy and heroism with great gusto. Highly commended.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jumms

    Simply the best This was the best of the series. So mich information imparted about Nate's past and so many clues to the future. Even a sad occurrence or two. While Nate helps to try and rid Avalon of a threat, his past continues to keep haunting him. At some point it gets hard keeping the past amd the present separated but as usual this is action packed and great storytelling. Nate confronts someone and i wish there was a bit more finality to it.There is also a huge reveal at the end that i think Simply the best This was the best of the series. So mich information imparted about Nate's past and so many clues to the future. Even a sad occurrence or two. While Nate helps to try and rid Avalon of a threat, his past continues to keep haunting him. At some point it gets hard keeping the past amd the present separated but as usual this is action packed and great storytelling. Nate confronts someone and i wish there was a bit more finality to it.There is also a huge reveal at the end that i think some of us might have guessed. While Nate does rack up a few more enemies, for once people get to see amd come to the side of the Nate we know and love. I can't help but love this series.

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