Prison of Hope by Steve McHugh *Giveaway
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Prison of Hope
by Steve McHugh
Long ago, Olympian gods imprisoned the demon Pandora in a human—Hope—creating a creature whose only purpose was chaos and death. Remorseful, the gods locked Pandora away in Tartarus, ruled by Hades.
Now, centuries later, Pandora escapes. Nate Garrett, a 1,600-year-old sorcerer, is sent to recapture her and discovers her plan to disrupt the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, killing thousands in a misplaced quest for vengeance.
Fast forward to modern-day Berlin, where Nate has agreed to act as guardian on a school trip to Germany to visit Hades at the entrance to Tartarus. When Titan King Cronus becomes the second ever to escape Tartarus, Nate is forced to track him down and bring him back, to avert a civil war between those who would use his escape to gain power.
The power collected by the runes would have returned to me until I’d regained my strength. Breaking the runes had changed that. On the plus side, it meant getting my missing energy back much more quickly; on the minus side, it turned the car park into a damn bomb.
The remaining magic exploded outward like a nuclear shockwave. Windscreens and headlights shattered, tires blew from the pressure, and the lights and windows at the front of the restaurant rained down glass over the ground. The blast picked me up like I was made of paper and threw me aside. I felt a crunch as I collided, back first, with something hard. Pain rocked through me, and then, just as quickly as the magical energy had rushed outward, it stopped and all rushed back into me as if it were attached on an elastic band.
The final thing I remembered before passing out was that I cried out in pain.
There’s not anything that I can think of that I didn’t like about this book! I had to freshen up my brain’s files on Mythology a little, but once I got the key players straight, I was off on an awesome adventure. Oh and the Olympian Gods are not just gods, they have their places in the world, not ruling the world, but a world structure.
Nate Garrett is brought back to Germany with the encouragement of his friend Tommy. Tommy’s daughter has a school field trip to Tartarus as is a regular tour for the Avalon school. Nate begins a little arrogant and the sorcerer is put in his place by a witch and her human friends. He’s threatened several times by witches. The curses that they can spin take so much out of their life, he can’t figure why it makes sense to target him. The plans that the witches have made was to free the Titan God Cronus, just no one can figure out why. Nate is entrusted to recapture Cronus before he can do damage or Avalon finds out. The last thing the world needs is for Hades to no longer be guarding the gate of Tartanus. While trying to stay alive, parts of Nate’s past are coming back to him whether he’s ready for them or not.
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Bio: 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 that was publishable, the results of which was the action-packed Urban Fantasy, Crimes Against Magic.
Steve McHugh lives in Southampton on the south coast of England with his wife and three young daughters. When not writing or spending time with his kids, he enjoys watching movies, reading books and comics, and playing video games.
Steve McHugh will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn host.