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The Thirteen Hallows

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

A fast fun ride reminiscent of The DaVinci Code

This review is from an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) I received. I loved this book. It is a wonderfully paced, interesting story filled with compelling mythology. Yes, there is a great deal of violence in this book, but it's a horror/fantasy book so there is bound to be vi...
This review is from an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) I received. I loved this book. It is a wonderfully paced, interesting story filled with compelling mythology. Yes, there is a great deal of violence in this book, but it's a horror/fantasy book so there is bound to be violence. Frankly, I really appreciate how the authors didn't sugar coat the murders. This is clearly not a YA book as the sex and violence put it in an adult category. I particularly liked the elements of dark magic and thought it was a nice layer, which played against the plight of the protagonists Sarah and Owen as they tried to find the mystery behind the Thirteen Hallows. It's definitely a cat and mouse chase and, despite the somewhat inept cops, who were always 'just' minutes behind, I was riveted. This book reminded me a little of The DaVinci Code as the combination of nonstop action and unraveling the mystery of the ancients secrets leaves little 'down time'. The entire time I was reading, I thought this would make a cool film. A fast, fun, engaging read. Definite page-turner.

posted by CannonballSH on November 1, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Fantasy Comes to Life

When I received this book for review I started by showing it to my son and making the ooohing and aaahing sounds he detests. Come one, this is Michael Scott, author of one of his favorite series (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel), he was bound to be jealous. ...
When I received this book for review I started by showing it to my son and making the ooohing and aaahing sounds he detests. Come one, this is Michael Scott, author of one of his favorite series (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel), he was bound to be jealous. Then I read the first 20 pages and felt bad for my actions because this is NOT a kid¿s book. So, no, my son won¿t be picking this one up. I¿m not familiar with Freedman (the other author), but Scott has a way with making fantasy come to life in our own world. This was no exception. While the book steered into violence, sometimes mixed with sex, I felt that it was too much and unnecessary, particularly the sex portion. I¿m all for the character having a good romp in the sack, but it has to be justified. The sex in this book was mostly done for a specific reason (no¿not the ones you are thinking of), but it¿s never explained why it was so ¿ which made it feel gratuitous to me. The violence was often harsh as well and again, over the top.

Having read the synopsis of the book I was unaware that this book was based around demons and religion. The religion aspect isn¿t a huge part and doesn¿t come full frontal until the end, but the demons are a big aspect of the story. Still, the story didn¿t seem far fetched, so long as you let it take you with it. There are a number of characters that enter the story, both bad and good, and all of them fit their niches perfectly. My favorite character wasn¿t around nearly enough and I hope that in the continuation of the series he will get to shine a bit more.

Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.

posted by BookSakeBlogspot on December 9, 2011

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  • Posted June 4, 2013

    Not what I was expecting. I bought the name Michael Scott after

    Not what I was expecting. I bought the name Michael Scott after reading the Nicholas Flammel series. I too tossed this out about a third of the way through. And I almost never stop reading a book. The graphic description of brutal murders and sex games just isn't my idea of an enjoyable read. Although there are those out there that like sex and graphic horrid details.
    I also found the plot as far a I read much more predictable than his usual fare.
    The sex and brutality added nothing to the story line.
    Lesson learned: read all the reviews. I would not have wasted my money if I had. I won't go looking for Michael Scott books again. This was a

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    This book would never have been published 5 years ago

    If it weren't for surge in popularity of urban fantasy, this book would not have been published.

    Poor character development for the protagonist. By the half way point of the book, I feel no connection to the protagonist.

    Uninspired antagonists, then main antagonist takes little action, instead sending flunkies that are carbon copies of each other to do the ditry work. All of them seem to be into S&M.

    Fractured story telling that tries and fails to imitate the works of better writers. The POV jumps around, some times more than rwice within a chapter, preventing any depth of story from being developed.

    In short there are many, many better books out there, you can skip this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

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