“Avalon stands revealed, but the war is far from over. For Layla Cassidy, it has only just begun.”
I’ll just start this with yes yes yes! Now that I have that out of my system thank you so much to Anne for having me on this blog tour and super thanks to Steve McHugh for a signed copy of A Flicker Of Steel.
Ok but really who doesn’t love a good fight to the death between the forces of good an evil. This may be book 2 of The Avalon Chronicles but I was able to jump right in with ease. I definitely want to go back and read book 1 A Glimmer Of Hope as well.
“Thrust into a new world full of magic and monster, 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 discover 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?”
I fangirled over Hades and Persephone being in this book and then other mythical names came up and I was just like yaassss this book speaks my language. I’ve always had a fascination with Greek mythology and Norse is mentioned too nevermind that Arthur and Merlin pop up.
A Flicker Of Steel is loaded with badass female characters, Layla is our main girl but her friends feature just as heavily. They are known as umbra, people who have bonded with spirits and they have dreniks that inhabit their bodies giving them power. There are werebears, necromancers, sorcerers, shapeshifters, even dwarves and elves (though not the kind of elves we’re used to) are here. I think my favourite character of all though is Remy the sarcastic little fox who comes out with some of the best lines (calling someone a massive bellend being a particular gem that made me laugh out loud). I loved the progression of Layla’s character as she became more fierce and was forced to toughen up, merging fully with her spirits. I’m excited to see what the next book has in store for her. This is definitely a series I want to continue.
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 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.
I think fans of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments and Jay Kristoff Nevernight will really enjoy this book, I know I did! You can keep up with Steve on his Twitter or check out his Website for update. You can buy a copy of A Flicker Of Steel HERE.
Thanks again to Anne from Random Things Tours for having me on this blog tour, all opinions are my own and I am not paid to give them.