Shadows of Hell by Duncan Thompson is the sequel Shadows of the Woods and the second in the Shadows series.
Shadows of Hell follows on from the events of Shadows of the Woods. It’s two years later, and Linda Williams is still struggling to come to terms with the death of her fiancé, Joe Costello. Her best friend Jessica persuades Linda to go out to their local pub, which is hosting a psychic night. Layla brings Linda a message from Joe — he’s still alive, but trapped in Hell. To get out, Joe must battle through the nine circles of Hell and face his own personal demons.
I read Shadows of the Woods last year and really enjoyed it (read my review here), so it was great to come back to the world and the characters in Shadows of Hell!
If Shadows of the Woods was like Evil Dead 2, then Shadows of Hell is like Evil Dead 3. Rather than lots of horror and gore, it’s an action-adventure with some humour. Inspired by Dante’s The Divine Comedy, in Shadows of Hell we follow Joe’s journey through the Underworld.
I really enjoyed learning more about Joe in this book. We find out more about his childhood as well as his darkest fears. I thought that the levels of Hell were really well-written and well conceived. My favourite was during the Lust level when Joe remembers aspects of his fiancé like her cold hands, and knows that the version of Linda in front of him is not his love.
The new characters we meet, especially Layla, were great too, and if there is a third book in the series, I do hope we get to know them better too. Layla’s relationship with Chris was definitely interesting!
This was such a great read — I finished it in one sitting! It’s fast-paced, and easy to follow along as we switch between Joe’s journey in Hell and his fiancé’s point of view. This book is only 109 pages too, so you can expect non-stop action along the way!
The blurb for Shadows of Hell
When a man of heavenly worth sins in Hell, darkness shall reign upon the earth
A message from the other side – an omen of the impending apocalypse. A message intended for one man, the only man who can prevent Armageddon, saving the soul of every man, woman and child on Earth. That man is Joe Costello.
But, not only is Joe trapped in the underworld, he is also the same man who has the power to unleash the shadows of hell upon the world.
Inspired by Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy, Joe must battle his way through the nine circles of Hell – his escape being the key to salvation. Not only will he face all manner of Hell’s demons, he’ll also face his own.
However, Joe is not alone on his journey, as he is guided through each level of Hell by medium and psychic, Layla Thorne. Shadows of Hell is the epic follow-up to Shadows of the Woods.
‘Shadows of Hell thunders along at a breakneck pace, not giving the reader chance to draw breath.’ – Lee Mountford, author of The Demonic
About the author, Duncan Thompson
Duncan has spent most of his life in a small market town in West Yorkshire — the same town in which most of his stories are set under the guise of Ravenfield. Duncan has been writing works of fiction since the age of seven. In those early days, his stories often involved himself and his friends being transported to fantasy worlds. However, as a teenager, Duncan fell in love with horror movies and his writing took a whole new direction.
Duncan still lives in West Yorkshire with his partner and their two young children. He also has slight obsession with Spider-Man and the actor Bruce Campbell, as well as having an addiction to vinyl records, coffee and Lego.
About the blog tour
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