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Publisher's 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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2 out of 5 stars
By Word Tiger on 05-08-18

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Eric on 04-07-18

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Angela on 04-13-18

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Melvin Hathaway on 05-11-18

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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3 out of 5 stars
By Brendan on 05-12-18

A children's version of hellequin, disappointing

all your favourite characters thrown together in a children novel with no cursing, no swearing and minimal starwars, disappointing.

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