A Glimmer of Hope (The Avalon Chronicles #1) by Steve McHugh

A Glimmer of Hope (The Avalon Chronicles #1)

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...

Details A Glimmer of Hope (The Avalon Chronicles #1)

TitleA Glimmer of Hope (The Avalon Chronicles #1)
Release DateApr 1st, 2018
GenreFantasy, Urban Fantasy, Fiction

Reviews A Glimmer of Hope (The Avalon Chronicles #1)

  • Emma
    For those already 7 books deep into the Hellequin series, this first book of three Avalon Chronicles provides a welcome addition to the world. Switching the focus to newbie, Layla Cassidy, it blends the usual mix of faces with someone who comes crashing into the supernatural for the first time. Being set before Scorched Shadows, with the two follow ups dealing with its aftermath, Layla is going to have to deal with some serious changes, from her ...
  • Beth
    Layla Cassidy wanted a normal life. She kept herself hidden away from the lime light her serial killer father’s infamy brought. Right up until the day a group of purely evil and the vilest of people found her and took her. Now they want her to help them find her father’s secret where-a-bouts and they are not above using all their evil to force Layla to do it. Trying to escape, Layla accidently activates and ancient scroll binding her with spi...
  • *Thea Wilson*
    Fantastic read - review to come.....
  • Betul
    **ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**I'm always on the lookout for a new Urban Fantasy series to read, and when I read the blurb of A Glimmer of Hope I was intrigued. The thing with first books in a new series is, that there is a lot of information you have to take in as a reader. You are introduced to a new world and have to get used to the writing style of the author. I liked the beginning and was looking forward to see...
  • Dianne
    Is Layla doomed to become a monstrous killing machine like her father? With her blood spilled on an ancient scroll, Layla will find powers and beings living within her that could easily overpower her very essence…unless she learns to fight back. With evil dogging her every move, she could be used as a tool of destruction, especially if those closest to her are in grave danger. What Layla needs is A GLIMMER OF HOPE that she will learn to control...
  • Janet Robel
    High octane action and pure fun. This is amazing right outta the gate. Hit the ground running and never stopped. Monsters, mythology, and ancient scrolls - I'm giving the author a high five here. Layla Cassidy's life is forever changed when she stumbles upon an ancient scroll. She's now on the run and doesn't know who to trust or what to believe. The secondary characters are awesomesauce! Mr. McHugh does an astounding job of giving each of them u...
  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyA GLIMMER OF HOPE is a spin-off of McHugh's Hellequin series, although it seems like you don't really need to know anything about that series to understand this book. It started out slow for me, but eventually picked up the pace unraveling a complex magic filled world and interesting plot. I enjoyed the world building, the unique take on magic, and the central plot which became pretty interesting once th...
  • Christa
    This arc has a lot of things going for it. It’s got a strong main character and starts off strong. There’s a villain POV and he’s a redcap. I liked how there were more monsters of fantasy in an urban setting, like redcaps and trolls.Also the idea of a soul scroll was interesting. But this book dragged after the halfway point. This book is set in a previously established world, and fans of the other series will like this addition to it. I...
  • Yvonne
    This is my first experience with this author and what an absolutely brilliant introduction I had via Glimmer of Hope. Layla is the main character in this book, a woman who has problems trusting and accepting people in her life. She has a history and a story that is best kept secret, but she does have two good friends and she will need them as she discovers what this world and life holds in store for her.Oh this book was a great read that hit all ...
  • Ami
    Layla Cassidy moves to Southampton, England, and try to forge a new life as an attempt to escape from the legacy of her father who is one of the worst serial killers ever captured. She is going to university, making friends, working at depot ... But troubles find Layla anyway, and she accidentally activates an ancient scroll which gives her a new (inhuman) power.A Glimmer of Hope is set in the Hellequin Chronicles universe -- with cameos from sev...
  • Kitvaria Sarene
    I must confess I liked the Hellequin books a tiny tad more - but then I "only" really enjoyed the first and it was the sequels that had me fall head over heels in love with the series, and I think this one will be similar.I really like the new main character - she is flawed and comicated in a way - but very believable and realistic in her actions and reactions. I loved her growing with her challenges and learning to accept what is happening aroun...
  • Stephanie
    With thanks to the author for the copy received.Every now and again I love a bit of escapism in a novel and A Glimmer of Hope ticked all the boxes.Humans are in the minority in this novel. Instead it consists of a variety of monsters from a world that we have all heard about in our childhood. One of the few humans in the novel describes it as dungeons and dragons and I can’t think of a more apt description.There are many characters, the kindle...
  • Julie
    I am a big fan of the Helliquin series, and I couldn't wait for this book to be released. Thanks to Amazon Kindle 1st I was able to get it early. I read it in a day. I really enjoyed the book. The overlap with the characters in Nates series was a little confusing for me while I tried to remember the names of the teenagers. Overall the story progressed well. It was a little slow for the first couple of chapters while I was trying to place everythi...
  • Karen Cole
    I read Scorched Shadows, the last book in Steve McHugh's The Hellequin Chronicles at the end of last year and loved it so much I included it in my list of favourite books of 2017. A Glimmer of Hope is the first in his new series, The Avalon Chronicles which is set in the same world as the previous series but features new storylines and a new cast of characters. Layla Cassidy has moved to Southampton to escape her past; from a young age her father...
  • The_reading_foodie
    Thank you @netgalley for providing me with the ARC of #GlimmerOfHope by @stevemc79. Layla Cassidy wants a normal life, far from the sins of her father. Other than dealing with some understandable anger issues, everything is going pretty well for Layla. That is until her whereabouts become known to a group of vicious people who want to use her to get to her father. I read the synopsis for the book and went in with high hopes. The story line was in...
  • Victoria (nocturnalintimacy)
    The world was interesting, but the book was missing something vital. The characters all fell flat for me. None of them were truly believable. I lie. Elias was believable. Everyone else felt one dimensional.
  • Kathy Martin
    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, attendin...
  • Steve Isenhower
    Fantastic! I loved the Hellequin Chronicles. I was excited when this book came out! I got it as a Kindle First book. A great book set in the Hellequin Chronicles world. There are some continuing characters from that series but this book stands very well on its own. Layla and Chloe are wonderful! This is a must read!
  • Arthur L Spain
    Familiar faces and a new heroTrained to fight from an early age by her insane serial killer father, Layla is a troubled young woman trying make her way in the world. Kidnapped by an evil group of supernatural villains, she accidentally gains incredible powers of her own. This promises to be a fun series like the Hellequin Chronicles that preceded it. Lots of action, big bloody battles, and interesting characters we met in the Hellequin Chronicles...
  • Lee Willie
    Great new series I'm a big fan of the Hellequin novels and couldn't wait to get started on this new series. It expands the universe the author has created and introduces new characters but also throws in some familiar faces. Good fast paced story and some truly despicable villains make this a brilliant read, pre ordered the next one already and can't wait to read it.
  • Susan Brown
    The story continuesI enjoyed reading this book as much as Steve's other books. The book carried the reader -me- with the story line. I find that whilst many of the characters were present in Helliquin adventures, this book bridged the two series well. Chloe and layla, their friendship grows, then has a trust hiccup. Layla, no matter her daddy issues becomes a heroin in that she gets the existence of a supernatural world dumped on her not only tha...
  • Colleen Elizabeth Edwards
    Alternate lifeWe all wonder about an alternate life from time to timeThis is a wonderful version of how someone can fall into One, full of compassion energy and questioning, I felt as thoughI could very easily be layla and her search for her alternate selfThe characters that surround her are wonderful, wether bad or goodMaking the tale interesting and full of pace, I am going to lookInto the Hellequin world further for one I recommend this book
  • John Hamer
    Bloody good read!I got this book free via Amazon Prime's first day of the month freebie plan, and I'm so glad I did! It's nice to have a funny, thrilling and different type of fantasy book, all set in my home country, as opposed to the glut of (admittedly awesome),stuff set in the US - getting all of the cultural references made a welcome change!
  • Gordon Mcghie
    Time to indulge in a bit of fantasy. Stories where anything goes are a very welcome change from the usual diet of crime and police procedurals I tend to favour. I love the idea that mythical creatures could be real, that they interact with humans or that they hide from them and live in the shadows.Readers are introduced to Layla Cassidy, she is a kick-ass character who takes no nonsense. An unpleasant scene in the pub with her ex followed by a cl...
  • Marica (The Book Chick)
    You will find more of my reviews at my blog The Book Chick.First of I want to thank Midas Public Relations, who contacted me and asked if I would be interested in reading and reviewing Steve McHuge’s new book A Glimmer of Hope. The first book in his new series The Avalon Chronicles, that will be released 1st April 2018.Second of I want to say, I freaking loved this book and I’m so happy that I got the chance to read it. It is highly energetic...
  • Mark
    Started out a little slow as we had to meet a new protagonist, but fell into the usual fast-paced, multi-monster style of McHugh's other stories. Very enjoyable and the start of a new series that parallels the Hellequin novels. I hope Steve McHugh never stops writing Avalon stories.
  • Christine Wang
    Was looking for a good urban fantasy book, and this was just what I was looking for. This was my Kindle First pick for March. First off, absolutely gorgeous cover! The story starts off with a bang, and with the exception of a few slower parts in the middle, grabs you and never lets go until the very end. A fun ride with plenty of action and thrills, friendships new and old, and an interesting cast of characters. I liked Layla, the protagonist, ri...
  • Shannon
    I am a huge fan of Steve McHugh's Hellequin series, and was excited for his new series in the same universe. But I must admit - I am a bit confused as to the chronology of how this book fits in the story I already know. I also have no idea how the title even begins to relate to this story. Despite that, the story is decent and has the typical flair I've come to expect from McHugh - including a Star Wars reference! And I do love Remy and the wit h...