Thursday, April 23, 2015


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.



“See?” the manager told Mara. “He wishes you no harm.”

“We’ll see how that goes when he’s murdering us in our sleep,” she said.

“I promise to clean up after I’m done,” I said.

The manager gave me a “Was that really necessary?” look while someone behind me made no effort to conceal his or her snigger. Apparently my time of helping was over.



Me: Do you think any kind of afterlife exists?

Steve: No idea. It would be nice to think there’s something after us, but I’m not religious and tend to believe in things that can be proved. And no one has ever proved that it happens.

Me: Would you kill an innocent person if you thought it might mean saving a dozen other people?

Steve: I’d like to be able to say no, not a chance. But I don’t know. Put someone in the right set of circumstances and people are capable of an awful lot they never thought they could do.

Me: What’s the most money you've ever given away?

Steve: In one go? A hundred quid I’d imagine. It was probably to a cancer charity, a lot of members of my family have had lung and throat cancer (hence one of the reasons I never smoked). 

Me: What’s the biggest personal change you've ever made?

Steve: Having children changes everything about your life. It changes your outlook on your future, it makes you realize that you are now responsible for another person, and it makes you want to be a better person. 
The birth of my first daughter was ten years ago, and it made me want to get serious about writing. That was probably the single biggest change.

Me: What’s the stupidest thing you've ever done?

Steve: Not a clue, there’s been a lot of stupid stuff when I was younger. Alcohol was probably involved, or trying to impress a girl. Possibly both, depending on how old I was. 


My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I just find out that Prison of Hope is the fourth book in the Hellequin Chronicles!! So, I'll have to get the first ones, because this is a fantastic story!
I must thank the Author for the Characters list, it was really useful, I'm not very good remembering all the names, and the story is so full of amazing characters!
The plot is a page turner type, full of twists and turns, with great action scenes, witty dialogues and some romance. I'm amazed how the Author was able of bringing two worlds together in such a wonderful way, the writing is impeccable, the words flow and the plot develops on a fast pace that keeps you really entertained from beginning to the end, is not an easy read but a highly enjoyable one!

*I received a Free copy in exchange of an Honest Review*

AUTHOR Bio and Links

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.

Prison of Hope: AMAZON



  1. Thanks for hosting, and for the review, I'm glad you enjoyed the book.

    1. Thank you for letting me be part of your Blog tour! Is a wonderful book!!

  2. Hi Steve, why did you write about mythology? What's your favorite genre?

    1. I've always loved Mythology. It's as simple as that really. I find it really interesting. My favourite genre is Fantasy, be it Epic, Urban or any other kind.

    2. Great question! Thanks for stopping by

  3. I liked the questions and answers.

  4. I really enjoyed your comments. Great review.

  5. What advice would you give to your younger self?

  6. Great review - this does sound like an interesting story and I have to say that I like the idea of a character list because sometimes in a story you can get lost if there are a lot of characters - I also enjoyed the excerpt - especially the sly, witty

    1. Hi Maria!! This book is AMAZING! Lol, I chose that excerpt because it goes along with the story! Thanks for stopping by, Good Luck!!

    2. Thanks very much, I'm glad you enjoyed it, I had to put a character list on this one just because of the number of people in the book. I'm probably going to do it from now on.

  7. I always love reading about the authors so thank you for the question and answer portion.