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Crimes Against Magic (The Hellequin Chronicles) [Kindle Edition]

Steve McHugh
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Book Description

Book 1 in the Hellequin Chronicles.

How do you keep the people you care about safe from enemies you can’t remember?

Ten years ago, Nate Garrett awoke on a cold warehouse floor with no memory of his past—a gun, a sword, and a piece of paper with his name on it the only clues to his identity. Since then, he’s discovered he’s a powerful sorcerer and has used his magical abilities to become a successful thief for hire.

But those who stole his memories aren’t done with him yet: when they cause a job to go bad and threaten a sixteen-year-old girl, Nate swears to protect her. With his enemies closing in and everyone he cares about now a target for their wrath, he must choose between the comfortable life he’s built for himself and his elusive past.

As the barrier holding his memories captive begins to crumble, Nate moves between modern-day London and fifteenth-century France, forced to confront his forgotten life in the hope of stopping an enemy he can’t remember.


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    About the Author

    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. Crimes Against Magic is his first novel, and the first novel in the Hellequin Chronicles.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 2672 KB
    • Print Length: 415 pages
    • Publisher: 47North; Reprint edition (17 Sept. 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00CX5BYCI
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #260 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    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, the result of which is Crimes Against Magic.

    He was born in a small village called Mexborough, South Yorkshire, but now lives with his wife and three young daughters in Southampton.

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    19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Top quality fantasy debut novel 10 Feb. 2013
    By TBB
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Found my way to this book on the recommendations page at the end of the previous book I read on my Kindle. Read the sample, then jumped in with the massive investment of £1.92. Really excellent value.

    I am a huge Jim Butcher fan & these books have a similar flavour, personally I could not give a stronger recommendation. Rather than me waffling on anymore & giving spoliers I would suggest Kindle owners give the sample a go.
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Briilant start to a promising new series 14 Mar. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I enjoy Urban Fantasy novels; the blend of ancient and modern, arcane and everyday. Crimes Against Magic is everything good about this genre. There's monsters new and old, and Magic. Lots of magic.

    Nate has lost his memory, but the reader gets flashbacks into his past even while he's starting to unlock his long-lost memories. The mix of past and present is dealt with cleanly and easily, so there's not even the slightest feeling of not knowing what's going on. Meanwhile, the story fair rockets along at a breathless pace, with a cast of characters you can't help but like - even when you probably shouldn't.

    I bought the second book before I'd finished the first, because I knew I'd want to go straight on. And I hope book three is out soon, because one thing I'm not is patient! Especially when the writing is this good.

    The details are meticulous - the fight scenes are clearly drawn and easy to follow; the action is non-stop; and the details about weaponry is enough to be interesting without sounding like it's cut and paste from Wiki.

    Bring on book number 3. And 4... and 5....
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    19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Mayhem. 29 Mar. 2013
    By Liz Wilkins TOP 500 REVIEWER
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    During my quest to find any and all examples of good Urban Fantasy novels, started by my love of the Felix Castor stories, I have found many strange and wonderful worlds - That of Jack Nightingale, Constable Grant and Matthew Swift to name but a few. And now to my utter joy, here is Nathan "Nate" Garrett, who awoke in a warehouse ten years ago with no knowledge of who he is. His only clues - A gun, a Sword and a piece of paper with his name on it, along with a tendency to practice magic. And there is the backdrop for a magnificent tale of magic, mayem and general delightful madness. Set in two time periods, we slowly learn more about Nate, his true identity and what has brought him to where he is today. Using his skills as a thief, one particular job puts him on the path to this knowledge and also sets in motion a series of events that throw him right into the deep end of all things strange and magical. This was a great novel to read - I especially liked how the author has woven a mystical tale around his protagonist, taking on such great legends as Arthur and Merlin, Helen of Troy, amongst others. Nate as a character is both honourable and frightening in his actions, you will certainly root for him all the way, whilst at the same time feeling a vague need to give him a good talking too! The supporting cast of characters are all just as good - you will meet Vampires and Werewolves, Gargoyles and Psychics, all of whom add depth and heart to the tale. If you like Urban Fantasy you will love this. If you love Thrillers and Mystery but have not yet dipped your toe into the world of UF, then this is for you - you will get the best of all worlds. I don't think I have ever been so pleased to see the great words "Book 1" in the title! "Born of Hatred" Book 2 is now sitting on my Kindle and I will be heading back to see what Nate is up too very very soon. You should come too...
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars British wizardry 1 May 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    It's great to read British novels in this genre. There are far too few. This has hints of Butcher's Dresden but Nate Garret is much more confident. I would definitely recommend and I am now looking for more by this author.
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    21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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    Set in modern day London but with a host of historical and fantasy characters, the story creates a world in which the ancient and the modern don't seem so far removed. Magic still exists and there are things that haunt the dark places of the world.

    Ten years ago, Nate Garrett woke up in an alley with no memory of his past life. In building himself a new life as a contract thief, he has discovered a lot about himself, including his abilities as a sorcerer, but the truth about his past eludes him.

    Hired to steal a laptop full of corporate secrets, he approaches the job like any other, but a nasty surprise is waiting for him. The secrets locked away in his mind interest a lot of people and some of the secrets are very dark indeed.

    Nate has to rely on his instincts and the friendships he has formed in the ten years since his memory was obliterated. As things spiral out of control, he ends up in a race against time to figure out who he really is, in the hope that it's someone who knows how to win what looks like an impossible fight.

    When I first started reading Crimes Against Magic, the use of amnesia set off warning bells but McHugh handles the concept thoughtfully. It defines Nate's character through both his unwillingness to form strong connections to the people around him and a ubiquitous sense of hiatus and expectation. Rather than a weak cliché plot device, it is a central shadow which touches and informs every element of the story.

    While it takes a little while to get to the meat of the story, there is plenty of action to hold the reader's interest right from the get go. While I didn't hit that point of not being able to put it down until somewhere around the last third, I certainly never felt like I wanted to put it down for good.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
    A mixture of light humour, sarcasm and a possible touch of mockery and satire. I enjoyed this, and it's a worthy read!
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    1.0 out of 5 stars One dimensional noir failure.
    A spectacularly awful book. Yes the premise was quite interesting but the characters were so thin that I really couldn't care less what happened to them. Read more
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    5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book and found myself wanting more
    I really enjoyed this book and found myself wanting more. Lucky for me the sequels are just as good. Would recommend.
    Published 6 days ago by MRS RE HONOUR
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad actually .
    All I can say is "I will be buying the next one" you can't say fairer than that eh ?
    Published 20 days ago by Matthew J. Holder
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    Published 1 month ago by John price
    5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and in fact went on to read the whole series so far. Can't wait until August until the next one comes out
    Published 1 month ago by amanda m grant
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Enjoyable, very action oriented and I immediately bought the next book when I finished this one.
    Published 1 month ago by JOHNC
    5.0 out of 5 stars ... books are great- a bit bloodthirsty but still a great read!
    These Hellequin books are great- a bit bloodthirsty but still a great read!
    Published 1 month ago by Lynnich
    3.0 out of 5 stars A short review
    The overall story was interesting
    although the use of flash backs weren't always well placed, which staggered the natural flow of the story and became a bit of a turn off.
    Published 1 month ago by Richard
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great series, must have!
    Love these books, great story telling and well written, was hooked from the start
    Published 1 month ago by Melanie
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