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The Thirteen Hallows [Mass Market Paperback]

Michael Scott , Colette Freedman
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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14 Jan 2013
A new adult novel from Michael Scott and Colette Freedman... The Hallows. Ancient artifacts imbued with a primal and deadly power. But are they protectors of this world, or the keys to its destruction? A gruesome murder in London reveals a sinister plot to uncover a two-thousand-year-old secret. For decades, the Keepers guarded these Hallows, keeping them safe and hidden and apart from each other. But now the Keepers are being brutally murdered, their prizes stolen, the ancient objects bathed in their blood. Now, only a few remain. With her dying breath, one of the Keepers convinces Sarah Miller, a practical stranger, to deliver her Hallow--a broken sword with devastating powers--to her American nephew, Owen. The duo quickly become suspects in a series of murders as they are chased by both the police and the sadistic Dark Man and his nubile mistress. As Sarah and Owen search for the surviving Keepers, they unravel the deadly secret the Keepers were charged to protect. The mystery leads Sarah and Owen on a cat-and-mouse chase through England and Wales, and history itself, as they discover that the sword may be the only thing standing between the world... and a horror beyond imagining. "The Thirteen Hallows "is the beginning of a spellbinding new saga, a thrilling tale of ancient magic and modern times by a "New York Times" bestselling author and an award-winning playwright.


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 427 pages
  • Publisher: Starscape; Reprint edition (14 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780765366993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765366993
  • ASIN: 0765366991
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 10.7 x 16.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 470,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Relentless pacing and a richly detailed story line replete with historical references and bombshell revelations give this fantasy tremendous mainstream crossover potential." --"Publishers Weekly""This tale is fast-paced... Filled with twists and a vile villain, readers will enjoy touring London with Sarah and Owen as their guides." --"Baryon Magazine"

About the Author

MICHAEL SCOTT is an authority on mythology and folklore, and the author of the "New York Times "bestselling series The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. He lives in Dublin, Ireland. COLETTE FREEDMAN is an award-winning, internationally produced playwright.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unhallowed 21 Feb 2012
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
It's surprising to me that the legendary Thirteen Hallows aren't used more often in fantasy novels.

So at first I was excited to hear that Michael Scott (NOT the one on "The Office") had produced an urban-fantasy thriller that revolved around these legendary items. Unfortunately, the actual novel is less than impressive -- Scott pelts us with torture-porn gore and repetitive confrontations with the sadistically evil villains. The whole bloody mess ends up being boring and depressing instead of exciting.

In World War I, thirteen children were entrusted with the Thirteen Hallows of Britain, ancient artifacts of power. Now someone is hunting them down, murdering them, and taking the Hallows. Sarah Miller becomes involved when she rescues an old lady from a mugger, allows her to stay the night, and comes home the next day to find that her family has been cruelly murdered. The police suspect that Sarah herself snapped and killed them.

And soon Sarah finds herself in possession of Dyrnwyn, a legendary sword that craves blood. And with both the police and these mysterious bloodthirsty foes pursuing her, she must find the old woman's nephew Owen, and give the broken sword to him. But soon both they discover that something more horrifying than they can imagine is threatening the world.

"The Thirteen Hallows" is a very bipolar book -- sometimes we have a classic British fantasy, only for it to suddenly swing into oceans of gore and bloody body parts. Kids get murdered. Old people are carved to bits. It's a very disturbing read, but that could have tied in nicely with the ancient, darker tone of the Hallows. It could have been awesome.

Unfortunately, Scott just pelts us with an unending stream of SHOCKING!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Darkness descends 14 Dec 2011
By Marleen TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Sarah Miller is an unremarkable young woman, working a job she doesn't like and continuously held back by her domineering mother.
When she sees an elderly woman being attacked by two junkies she does the unthinkable and intervenes. For reasons she doesn't quite understand herself Sarah accompanies the woman, Judith Walker to her home and when they find the place ransacked, Sarah offers Judith a bed for the night in her own house. An offer which has devastating consequences for both Sarah and Judith.
With her dying breath, Judith asks Sarah to deliver a bag containing a broken sword and papers to her cousin, Owen.
For Sarah the nightmare has only begun though. People are desperate to get their hands on the sword, and will do anything to get it, and soon Sarah finds herself having to kill just to stay alive.
Because what Sarah has been asked to look after is one of the Thirteen Hallows, ancient artifacts which protect the human world from demons who would destroy it.
For centuries the Hallows have been kept and protected by keepers whose duty it was to always keep them separate from each other. Now somebody is determined to reunite the Hallows and unleash devastation on the earth, and he's getting close. He has killed nearly all the keepers, has collected nearly all the Hallows and will stop at nothing to complete his deadly collection.
Sarah and Owen find themselves in charge of a power they don't understand and can't quite believe in and facing an enemy far stronger and more ruthless than they are.
As they slowly learn more about the Hallows, about their heritage and their destinies it becomes clear that their lives will never again be what they used to be or what they expected.

This is a thrilling story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brillaint!!! 27 Jun 2012
Format:Hardcover
This is truly a great great book! Kept me captivated from start to finish, such a great read. I've in fact brought a few copies to give as gifts as I know that it will be much appreciated. What a find!!!
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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I call Shenanigans. This should be in the horror section. 6 Oct 2011
By G. Uhl - Published on Amazon.com
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I do not think The Thirteen Hallows deserves the thrashing it is taking here in the review section.

However it needs to be said that when I ordered this book it was because it was written by Michael Scott and my son loves the The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series which is a series for young readers. Note that The Thirteen Hallows is NOT a book for young readers AT ALL. Teenagers would enjoy it, but it does have some sexual content and with the overflow of violence i'd feel wierd recommending it to a teen.

I would say it makes more sense for it to be in the horror genre than the fantasy genre. You get alot of blood in this book. I mean a lot. As a matter of fact the characters are forever stepping in puddles of blood. You can smell the blood and the body fluids before you're halfway through with the book. Torture to the maximum level. The book is not for the faint of heart. Senior citizens having their skin flayed off is not everyone's cup of tea.

It's got a smidge of Warehouse 13 with the artifacts having powers. It's got a smidge of dark magic. More than a smidge of an action movie.

What it does really well, is the same thing that the Da Vinci Code did really well. There is no filler. It's all action. The chapters are no longer than 2 pages each. It's like the book is written for our short attention spans. I completely enjoyed reading the book. I hope it does well. If I had more money than God I'd buy the movie rights to it today.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and enjoyable roller-coaster 12 Oct 2011
By scot16897 - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this book, and it really held my attention. It was the kind of book you want to keep reading, because the story kept moving forward at a great pace.

When she helps save an old lady from some street thugs, Sarah Miller is doing more than stepping out from the horrified bystander role she played her whole life, and finds herself involved in a whirlwind of mystery, magic, and danger. Joined by the old woman's nephew, she is chased by police as well as the thugs, who are guided by an evil figure with dark powers. Sarah must come to understand the power of the relic passed into her possession, and must stop the evil plot.

This is a dark fantasy with lots of violence and death, but no more violence than you would get from many thrillers, like the Preston and Child novels, and while there is sex, none of it is terribly explicit. It's not for kids, but its really not terribly objectionable, and it is all fairly integral to the plot or used to effectively bring a sense of the danger that awaits if our protagonists are not careful and lucky.

This is the start to a series, apparently, and I, for one, am interested in following along. I found the ideas interesting, and the storytelling compelling.

Recommended.
35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Very Dark Novel 28 Sep 2011
By Nancy Famolari - Published on Amazon.com
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The Thirteen Hallows are ancient artifacts. Apart they have power, but when brought together the power is heightened and can become deadly. The demons have been waiting for the chance to reassemble the hallows and gain the power. For many years, the hallows have been guarded by thirteen children of the blood of the original keepers. They received the hallows at the end of WWII. Now the keepers are being killed. One of the keepers convinces Sarah to take the the broken sword and keep it out of the grasp of the dark man and his mistress. By taking the sword, Sarah puts herself in the sights of the demons and is suspectd of their horrible murders. The police decide she is a serial killer and the book becomes a chase scene through Wales, Britain and history.

I was fascinated by the book because I love history and fantasy. The authors do a good job of entwining the legends of the Thirteen Hallows with the story. I found that fascinating.

However, the book is filled with grisly murders and sex. Although the hallows were formed in a culture of blood sacrifice, I found the murders in the opening of the novel unwarrentely explicit. I felt the authors were looking for sensationalism instead of telling the story. The number of characters was also disturbing since their only contribution to the story was to die in a horrible fashion.

The police officers and the investigation was another area of disappointment. The officers didn't do any of the things you would expect from and investigation. They decided that Sarah was a serial killer and the chase began. I found this unbelieveable.

I can't recommend this book. The material on the Hallows of Britain is interesting, but unless you like chase scenes filled with gruesome murders this is not a book for you.
23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't judge a book by it's cover. Really! 15 Oct 2011
By J. Lesley - Published on Amazon.com
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The cover of this book is what first caught my attention. It is quite well done. Then the description of the story inside enticed me into making the decision that this was a novel I wanted to read. From seeing the sword I thought I would probably be encountering some fantasy aspects regarding swords and sorcery and I was all ready for that. A sword I got, some mystical elements I got, a good book I did not get.

It appears to me that these two writers decided that their collaboration for this novel would be based on shock and repetition. One of the elements of repetition was shown in the trite ending sentences of most of the chapters. I rolled my eyes and soldiered on. The problem for me regarding shock tactics was that once the element providing the shock had been revealed the repetition of that element kept me from being shocked any longer. Decapitation? Sure, if once is a shock why not repeat it many more times. Blood and gore present in such large quantities that the carpet squishes when it is stepped on? Sure, only after that first time repetitions become completely anti-climactic. Have a character who can only be transported to the astral world by holding back the ultimate moment of sexual pleasure? Sure, just have The Dark Man (Ahriman) and his wife, psychic and witch (Vyvienne) engage in sex so often that it becomes a totally meaningless exercise. Was it simply laziness on the part of the authors which kept them from finding other methods for Vyvienne to use to travel out into the astral world? Because that is how she continued to pinpoint where the objects, the Hallows, and the horrible henchmen were located at that moment.

This is the story of thirteen common objects which became imbued with magical properties when they were used to seal a portal which bound demons from reentering our world and feasting on human flesh and blood. These Hallows had been protected through thousands of years by Keepers originally chosen specifically for that task and then the Keeper passed down the protection of their object within their own blood line. For some reason which I didn't quite get all thirteen objects had to have new Keepers at the same time and the chief keeper found a group of thirteen children who had been evacuated from London during World War II to the Welsh town of Madoc. Seventy years have now passed. One of the Keepers, Judith Walker, has been noticing that the Keepers are dying violent, unnatural deaths and she knows someone is trying to gather all the Hallows together to use the power they contain to make themselves ruler of the demons. After her home is burglarized in an effort to kill her and take the Hallow she has been guarding Judith entrusts her story to the young woman who came to her rescue on a London city street.

Does that sound interesting to you? Well, perhaps it might have been if there had been any character development whatsoever. Add to that the almost constant bombardment to the senses with torture, blood, gore, evil, decapitation, disembowelment, and let's not forget the sex. And the use of the word *naked*. I truly wish I had kept a count of how many times that word appears in this novel. Could the authors not have changed it up a little? Nude, disrobed, unclothed, bare? Every once in a while changed *naked* to something else? I will give them credit for one aspect of the story though, when the final body count was totaled, they did resist using the number 666. Instead we get 622 plus the bad guys, plus the good guys, but still it doesn't reach that 666 total. Oh, and don't even let me get started on the poor police officers these authors constructed or why they thought it was a good idea to have thirteen victims who were all between seventy five and seventy eight years old.

Because I read so many books I'm often asked, not which is the best book I've ever read, no, because I've just been talking to that person about a really good book I think they might enjoy. Instead I am most often asked what is the worst book I've ever read. I don't normally have an answer for that. From now on I will. I have given some books a one star rating in my reviews on Amazon. I feel now that I should go back and raise those to two stars because for me this is, without a doubt, the worst book I have ever read.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I could not put this book down!! 24 Dec 2011
By A. Steinberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I literally read this book cover to cover in 3 days (which is extraordinarily fast for me) as I am a very slow reader. While the subject matter is completely different, it reminded me of when I picked up "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and could not put that down. It's definitely dark.... but the fantasy lightens it up. This book's combination of wit, sex, violence and intrigue are the perfect cocktail for any voracious reader. So if you like a deep, dark and spicy novel this is a MUST READ!
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