I’m happy Steve listened to her, because her story is an infectious one. When we meet Layla, she is leaving her past behind for a blank slate at university. Like any memorable hero, Layla possesses personal demons; the problem is that one such demon is real and bestows supernatural powers to Layla. Against the dark allure of her new strength, she must not only persevere but unravel the terrible history of her family. Also, she may have to save the world. Welcome to college, Layla.
Sure, this is fantasy, but the cast of characters around Layla feels real: Chloe and Jared are her two closest friends and yet they harbour secrets. Layla’s parents are out of the picture—but wait: to say more would be to incur Layla’s wrath, and in this book she must learn to control her anger and use her powers to battle mythical creatures like ogres and werewolves. It turns out there is another realm of magic beyond our world (so vast that it crosses over into Steve’s Hellequin Chronicles), and Layla is just the hero it needs. Now all you have to do is meet her.
- Alex Carr, Editor