Aaru: Halls of Hel by David Meredith

Koren was rescued from his clutches, but Magic Man has bigger plans. Teamed up with Atem, he manages to upload his hybrid creation, Hel, to Aaru’s server, where she proceeds to take control of the quarantined section. Meanwhile, Koren’s life is spinning out of control with her mother probably having an affair and her father drunk most of the time, her boyfriend basically ignoring her and her fans and paparazzi following her everywhere. In the paradise of Aaru, Rose is wondering just who she is, if she’s still the same Rose she was before she arrived, and what her purpose is now.

There is a lot going on in Halls of Hel. The pacing is good and it’s easy to keep track of all the various storylines. There is a Huge Major Event right at the end that I didn’t see coming and after it happened, but was not explained immediately, what it actually was was one of many possibilities I thought of. I highly recommend this book (but read the first in the series first or it will make little sense). Aaru really made me think and Halls of Hel was just as thought-provoking. I look forward to seeing where the author takes the series.

(Note: I previously rated this book 4 stars due to numerous typos and editing issues. The author has addressed these and the re-edited version is now available from Amazon, so I am thrilled to be able to give it the 5 stars it absolutely deserves!)

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 109
Pages Read in 2018: 28,438
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