Look who’s back with another blog tour post! This time, I’m participating in a tour run by Storytellers on Tour, a company that focuses on indie published fantasy and science fiction novels. I always know I’m going to be exposed to something fun and interesting when I sign up for one of their tours! And this is definitely the case with the fantasy novella I’ll be talking about today.
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Alright, now let’s talk about the book!
“The Realm of Dreich is a getaway for the rich and powerful, a medieval-inspired town in the middle of a vast frozen wilderness. Now it’s the site of a wedding, intended to join two feuding families who have spent centuries in an uneasy truce with each other.
When Tommy Carpenter asks his best friend, Nate Garrett, to help him with the security of the wedding, Nate reluctantly agrees, knowing that it will be a long weekend of work and, in all probability, treachery. It is only a matter of time before members of each family are found murdered and it is up to Nate and Tommy to find the killer before more bodies fall, potentially reigniting a war.”
- Author: Steve McHugh
- Series: Hellequin Chronicles #6.5
- Publisher: Hidden Realms Publishing
- Publication date: September 15th, 2020
- Genre: Urban fantasy
- Age group: Adult
- Content/Trigger warnings: Gore, violence
About the Author
Steve’s been writing from an early age, his first completed story was done in an English lesson. Unfortunately, after the teacher read it, he had to have a chat with the head of the year about the violent content and bad language. The follow up ‘One boy and his frog’ was less concerning to his teachers and got him an A.
It wasn’t for another decade that he would start work on a full length novel, the results of which is now available to purchase. He was born in a small village called Mexborough, South Yorkshire, but now lives with his wife and three young daughters in Southampton.
So I’m gonna come right out and say that I did not know that this was part of a series. Not only that, it’s number 6.5 in a series! I’m pretty sure that this information was part of the sign up but, apparently, my brain decided to skip over that information because it thought the cover was pretty.
(Which it totally is, btw)
That being said, I had a lot of fun with this little novella! We’re following a man named Nate Garrett, who has agreed to help with security at a wedding. But this isn’t a normal wedding… this is a wedding that is bringing together werewolves and werelions, two groups that have an uneasy truce at best. Hence the need for security. Nate thinks it’s going to be a blah weekend of breaking up petty fights… until three guests turn up dead and everything goes to hell.
This book was like an Agatha Christie whodunit, but make it fantasy! It’s a short book, but it definitely packs a punch. I will say that I was never bored as I ripped through the pages. There’s a lot going on and it keeps you completely engaged. I can’t really speak to the world-building as, ya know, this is the sixth(point five) book in this series, lol. I wouldn’t expect there to be a lot of world-building in here! Still, what I did learn of this world made me incredibly intrigued about the rest of the series. I need to know why Nate is such a badass!
Speaking of Nate, I really enjoyed the characters in this novella. You don’t get a lot of background because, again, this is a pretty late book in the series, but I still thought they were well-developed and interesting. You can tell that Nate and his group of friends have seen some things and I’m definitely getting that found family vibe. Again, another aspect that makes me interesting in the rest of the series. I suppose if you have read the rest of the books, this novella would be a fun and intense addition to the lore.
Final thoughts: This was a fast-paced, fun, and exciting novella that blends mystery with urban fantasy. As someone who has not read the rest of the series, I still had quite a bit of fun with this book. It made me want to read the rest of the series! Definitely recommend for people who are already fans of the Hellequin Chronicles but I think any urban fantasy lover would enjoy the ride.
Before you go! Storytellers on Tour is running a giveaway for a physical copy of our featured book! Check out the details below and click the banner to enter. Good luck!
Prize: One paperback copy of Frozen Rage by Steve McHugh
Starts: September 27, 2020 at 12:00am EDT
Ends: October 4, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT
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