Prison of Hope
by Steve McHugh
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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.
Interview with the author:
1. How long have you been writing?
Since I was little. When I was about 11ish, I wrote a small story that at the time I probably figured was a work of genius, and in reality was probably dreadful. I think Terry Pratchett could have sued for plagiarism. I got serious about writing when I was 25 and my daughter was born. That was ten years ago.
2. How long have you been a published author?
I published Crimes Against Magic in April 2012. So just over 3 years, but it’s completely flown by.
3. What titles do you have available?
I have 3 books in the Hellequin Chronicles:
Crimes Against Magic
Born of Hatred
With Silent Screams
I also have a novella, which is set in the same universe, called Infamous Reign.
4. What made you choose the subject of this book?
I’ve always loved mythology and magic, and knew I wanted to write Urban Fantasy, so I managed to get it to work all together. The main character, Nate Garrett, has been living in my head for many years now, so once I knew the genre in which I’d be torturing him, things flowed pretty well.
5. Do you have any new titles coming soon?
The 4th is out on 14th April called Prison of Hope, and the 5th in August 2015.
6. What is your favourite genre and why?
Fantasy is probably the one I gravitate most to, be it Urban, Epic or any other type, but I also love Horror and Science Fiction. I like the idea that I can pick from so many great genres to read.
7. What, to you, is the most exciting part of the writing process?
Seeing the ideas in my head all come together to form a, hopefully, cohesive story. That never really gets old.
8. If you could co-author a book with anyone, who would you choose and why?
That’s a really hard one. Maybe Jim Butcher, I’ve always loved his work, or Neil Gaiman for exactly the same reason.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
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.