A Flicker of Steel by Steve McHugh
Paperback: 366 pages
Publisher: 47North (3 July 2018)
THE BLURB: Avalon stands revealed, but the war is far from over. For Layla Cassidy, it has only just begun.
Thrust into a new world full of magic and monsters, Layla has finally come to terms with her supernatural powers—and left her old life behind. But her enemies are relentless.
Sixteen months after her life changed forever, Layla and her team are besieged during a rescue attempt gone awry and must fight their way through to freedom. It turns out that Avalon has only grown since their last encounter, adding fresh villains to its horde. Meanwhile, revelations abound as Layla confronts twists and betrayals in her own life, with each new detail adding to the shadow that looms over her.
As Layla fights against the forces of evil, her powers begin to increase—and she discovers more about the darkness that lies in her past. As this same darkness threatens her future, will she be ready to fight for everything she holds dear?
AUTHOR 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, the result of which is Crimes Against Magic.
He was born in a small village called Mexborough, South Yorkshire, but now lives with his wife and three young daughters in Southampton.
Being into fantasy I really enjoy a good solid story with magic as well as something that makes you think.
A Flicker of Steel definitely ticked both of those boxes. After those characters are the next to be checked off.
Layla is placed into a new potentially wonderous realm where magic is part of your life.
This also has a large part of what I love as it deal me as it deals with the myth or even legend that surrounds Avalon. I am very impressed as that can really drag things down but that didn’t happen here. Infact I will say that this is probably one of the best fantasy that I have read in quite a long while.