Book Review – Hellspawn by Richard Amos


Hellhound Shifters #1
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 208
Characters: Draven/Micah/Lyle
POV: 1st
Genre: Paranormal, Series

Blurb:
Hellhound shifter. Hardcore gamer.

I’ve been in hellhound training with my brothers all my life. Now I’m ready to step outside of my bubble at the academy and actually implement my training for real—even if my boyfriend just broke up with me.

Whatever. Time to level up!

There are cracks in the world. Condemned souls are slipping out of Hell through those weak points, coming out to play in the realm of the living. As a hellhound shifter assigned the role of Protector, it’s my job to keep the streets safe. No problem. I’m happy to jump into the fray, even if it’ll be a real drain on the gaming time.

Also, someone or something is trying to get into Hell. Weird. I mean, who would actually want to go there? Souls always want out, not in.

Busy days ahead.

Throw into the mix an extremely flirty human bartender I can’t get out of my head, along with a fellow hellhound setting my pulse racing, and the chances of ever getting my elf wizard to level 50 are slipping away.

Hellspawn is the first volume in an Urban Fantasy series packed with action, adventure, and a slow-burn MM Ménage Romance. Get ready to meet a buff and geeky hellhound shifter, a delicious human barman, and a tempting hellhound colleague with muscles for days. There’s a whole host of nasties causing drama, and not enough gaming going on.

This book is not a standalone.

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Review

This new series is off to a great start with interesting characters, fabulous worldbuilding, and a mystery threaded through the intriguing plot. I’m enjoying the setting of the UK, yet not, with humans existing with paranormals including hellhounds, clairvoyants, other shifters and hellspawn.

I’m happy that Draven isn’t going to have to choose between the two men he’s interested in, but I’m curious to see how it’s going to pan out. I like slow burn romance, and this one feels like it’s going to take several books for that part of the story to be resolved. I liked all of the MCs, and how different they are. I’m still trying to figure out Micah’s long game, although he does strike me as very much one of the good guys. I loved the quirky details like hellhounds smelling fear as their favourite food which in Draven’s case is apricot jam on toast. Lyle’s ability being glitchy is a nice touch.

I also liked how the triplets have very different personalities, and hope they get a HEA from this series too. Although with this author’s penchant for each book ending in a cliffhanger, and not everyone surviving to the end of the series, I’m not that sure that’s going to happen. I love Simon, Lyle’s flatmate and best friend, and hope he gets to the end of the series mostly intact too. His ex sounds like a self absorbed idiot.

The magical driven technology is great, and very inventive. I like the addition of alchemy in the mix. I’m now wondering how much of what the hellhounds have been told is the truth, and who is really behind everything going on. The plot pulled me in and kept me guessing long after I finished reading. It’s a good set up for the characters and series, yet left me with more questions than answers, so looking forward to reading book 2 ASAP.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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