Book Reviews, Reviews

Infamous Reign by Steve McHugh (Hellequin 2.5)


I am a total sucker for fantasy novels in an urban setting. I blame The Dresden Files. I’ve read tons of series in this vein. The Nightside, Iron Druid, etc. The Hellequin series is about Nate Garrett, a wizard living in modern England that is several hundreds of years old. The name of the series is just awful. “Hellequin” is Nate’s title, handed down by Merlin (yes, that Merlin). Its hard enough telling people you’re reading a book about magic, but the series could at least have a cooler name. Anyway, in the proper novels, the majority of the story takes place in the modern era with flashbacks to some semi-relevant event from centuries past. Since this is a short story, there apparently aren’t enough pages to do that, so it takes place solely in the 15th century.

I didn’t find the plot of this particular story very compelling, since I know very little about the time in which it took place. I imagine if I were an Englishman or a historian I might have thought the fantasy take on real events more interesting. The dialog also leaves something to be desired. I let out an audible groan at one point. BUT the magic, the reason I read these books to begin with, is really fun. The summoner character in this story is your boilerplate run of the mill douchebag, but his power is really fun to imagine while reading the story. And the elemental magic the main character wields is great too. That’s all I really wanted out of this story. And that’s all I got.

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