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The Thirteen Hallows

by Michael Scott

Tom Doherty Associates | June 6, 2013 | Hardcover

The Thirteen Hallows is rated 3.6667 out of 5 by 3.
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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 9.51 × 6.48 × 1.37 in

Published: June 6, 2013

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0765328526

ISBN - 13: 9780765328526

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good combo of mythology and action! Mythology, religion, magic and action make for an interesting and exciting thriller. When Sarah Miller comes to the aid of an elderly woman who appears to be being mugged, she has no idea that she has just involved herself in a centuries old battle that could lead to the end of the world as we know it. Sarah takes the old woman, Judith Walker, home with her, after seeing her to her own flat and realizing it's been trashed. But once Sarah is seen to have been "with" Judith, the shadowy people who are trying to kill Judith are now on Sarah's trail. Thinking Judith gave an artifact to Sarah, these people - who will stop at absolutely nothing to get it back - murder Sarah's entire family, making it look like Sarah herself is guilty of the horrible crime. Sarah is soon on the run, trying desperately to figure out what is going on, how she's involved, and what to do next. Her only ally is Judith's nephew Owen, to whom, Judith's dying words are directed via Sarah, and whom Judith tells Sarah to take the artifact to. This is a very good story. The author blends mythology, religious history, myth and magic to make for a very intriguing and entertaining story. There is quite a bit of violence in the story, although it is mostly implied rather than being graphic and gory details. You know people are dying, and in gruesome ways, but you aren't subjected to every bloody detail, and can gloss over that if you are not a fan of gore. The story mostly revolves around Sarah and Owen, two ordinary young people who are mystified and terrified to suddenly be dragged into an epic battle between good and evil. They have no idea what to do or whom to trust, and it's the actions they take and how they handle the situation that really makes for an interesting character-driven plot. My only real complaint about the story was the ending. The actual ending itself was fine, and what I wanted to happen, but after the detailed and exhaustive setup the author writes leading up to the ending, the ending itself seemed extremely abrupt and abbreviated when it actually came. It was almost as though the author ran out of steam towards the end and just wanted to get it done. Although it was a bit jarring, this didn't detract too much from the overall story, which I really did enjoy and would recommend as a good read.
Date published: 2012-08-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cool reinterpretation of British mythology *Note, this review is for the audiobook* Pros: fantastic narration, interesting interpretation of British and Christian mythology, good pacing, suitably evil bad guys / Cons: minor character and plot problems, lots of repetition / Judith Walker is aware that the other Keepers of the thirteen Hallows are being killed and her turn is coming. So she's not too surprised when she's accosted one afternoon. She is surprised that a young woman comes to her rescue. / Sarah Miller's life changes forever when she helps an old lady. Her kindness leads shady characters to her home who later threaten her life, asking for what Judith Walker gave her. Sarah must figure out what they want and honour a dying woman's wish to pass on and protect an ancient artifact. / The narrator, Kate Reading, did a fantastic job. Her reading is crisp with different voices for each character, including accents. And you don't understand just how jarring curses can be until you hear a woman playing a man, swear. / The book has good pacing, alternating between chase scenes, attacks and down time where you got to know the characters - both good and bad - as well as, eventually, more about the Hallows themselves. I would have loved to learn more about each individual Hallow, but thought their background blended British mythology and Christian religion together in a fascinating way. Perhaps the next book will explain more about the various holy objects and their powers. / A few things about the characters and the plot bothered me. They weren't inconsistencies per say, but they did come accross as strange. Sarah's actions with the sword for one, and her lack of care concerning the damage she does with it. This is partly explained but I imagine she would still have a stronger reaction, given her character and the seriousness of her actions. Another regarded the Dark Man. He's been searching for the Hallows for years, slowly killing the keepers. And yet, he plans his finale when he still has several Hallows left to acquire. Seemed to me he should have waited a bit and secured the last ones before starting his final plans. / Given how fascinating the mythology of the book was, I was disappointed it took so long to dole out some of that information. While the chases and attacks were interesting, if often gorey, I found the history of the Hallows a lot more compelling with regards to finishing the book. / I probably noticed this more because I listened to an audiobook rather than read the text, but the authors repeated information a lot. It made it easier to pick up the story after a week, but it was also a bit irritating when I listened to long stretches at once to hear basic information repeated several times. / If you liked The Da Vinci Code, this is the book for you.
Date published: 2012-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent ! It is always a good sign when a book leaves you eager and somewhat impatient to read the next installment and this book is one of them.
Date published: 2012-01-24

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The Thirteen Hallows

by Michael Scott

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 9.51 × 6.48 × 1.37 in

Published: June 6, 2013

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0765328526

ISBN - 13: 9780765328526

About the Book

They are the Hallows of Britain. They are 13 ancient treasures: mysterious, magical, infinitely powerful, with the potential for great good . . . or absolute evil. The 13 hallows survive, protected by hereditary Guardians who can trace their lineage back to the age of King Arthur and beyond. And now, someone is gathering them together.

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1  A woman died.She was sixty-six years old, in good health, active, a nonsmoker who rarely drank. She had simply gone to sleep and never woken up. Her family and friends mourned, a funeral was arranged, flowers were ordered, a service organized.Viola Jillian was thrilled.She had never met the woman, never even known of her existence until she had heard of her death. But she was glad she’d died. Viola was vaguely embarrassed by the emotion but selfish enough not to be too embarrassed. After all, the woman’s death presented her with an amazing opportunity. And opportunity, as she kept reminding herself, didn’t come calling too often, and when it did, you had to grasp it with both hands. This was her opportunity. The buxom brunette with the Elizabeth Taylor eyes had spent the last few weeks in the ensemble cast of Drury Lane’s reprisal of Oliver! The woman who had died was the lead’s mother, and now the producers had informed Viola that she was going to play Nancy the following evening.The young woman had immediately gone to sympathize with the distraught Nancy, but only after she had shifted her publicist-almost-boyfriend into high gear to ensure that there would be sufficient press in the audience for her debut. This was her chance, and she was determined to make the most of it.Viola Jillian had always wanted to be a star.Usually on Sundays, Viola would grab a few drinks with some of the other girls in the cast, but she wanted to be well rested for her proper West End star t
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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.

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.