The Thirteen Hallows

The Thirteen Hallows

by Michael Scott, Colette Freedman
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The Thirteen Hallows by Michael Scott, Colette Freedman

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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429984492
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 12/06/2011
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 407,580
File size: 819 KB

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.

MICHAEL SCOTT is one of Ireland's most prolific authors. His young adult bestseller THE ALCHEMYST, published in May 2007, spent sixteen weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.
Colette Freedman has won over 60 awards for her commercial writing and directing, and was recently named one of the Dramatist Guild's "50 to Watch." She is the co-author of The Thirteen Hallows and The Hallowed Keepers.

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voraciousreader24 More than 1 year ago
I just raced through an ARC of The Thirteen Hallows. I was fascinated by the mythology and enjoyed the roller coaster ride the authors took me on. I had heard of the hallows from Harry Potter; however, Scott and Freedman's Hallows were far more comprehensive and made me want to discover even more. I loved how Sarah and Owen raced through London to try to stop the killers...and were always just one step ahead of the police and the evil Vyvienne and Saurin. As the book went on, the chapters got shorter and shorter... almost propelling me towards the end. This is a fast and furious read with terrific villains and a 'unique' portrayal of a young Jesus. I highly recommend this cross of horror and fantasy.
CannonballSH More than 1 year ago
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.
Ravenswood_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Book Title: "The Thirteen Hallows" Author: Michael Scott & Colette Freedman Published By: Tor Forge Age Recommended: 18 + Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard Raven Rating: 5 Review: This book completely knocked me for a loop. By far one of the best modern fantasy books for adults I have ever read. The story revolves around the Keepers of the Thirteen Hallows, all of which are elderly having guarded these Hallows for generations after they were passed down from son to son and daughter to daughter, and so on. The Hallows are the most prized possessions of Great Britain and have seen much history in various fashion. They are potent and if brought together could cause untold damage to the world. There is just enough history mixed in with the modern world in this book to keep you interested in finding out exactly how these Hallows were used and how they came to be. The background of these objects is astounding and are linked to some of history's most notable people and you'll never believe just how far back the history of the Hallows goes. This book may sound like something a child could read, but do NOT be fooled. This book is for adults and has scenes in it that should not be read by the faint of heart. The adventure to keep these Hallows safe and not allow them to fall into the wrong hands is one you will not soon forget. Murder is the hub of this novel and it's not what you'd expect at all. If this book is destined to become a series, I'm in all the way. The collaboration of Michael Scott and Colette Freedman is astonishing and amazing, nothing short of perfection. Get this book! You will not regret it and if you enjoy it even half as much as I did you'll be clamoring for more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read other books by Michael Scott, I came to this book expecting the world of mythology to collide with the modern world...and I wasn't disappointed. Although this is a fast paced thriller full of plot twists and turns, it is also a cleverly crafted fantasy, creating a view into a world that lurks just beneath the surface of our every day existence. When the heroine of the story, Sarah, who is a work-a-day bank clerk, is pulled unwillingly into this fantastic world, I understood her disbelief and felt her pain and frustration as she watched this murky world encroach on her well ordered life. When she discovered the meaning of the Hallows and sought to keep them safe I was pulled into the fantastic world with her, and couldn't put the book down until I finished it in the wee hours of the morning. This is not a book for the faint of heart, and definitely not a book for children. However, I would highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys a thriller where things are not always black and white, but where good is vindicated in the end.
KadyWinter More than 1 year ago
I'm a mythology junkie and loved the depth of historical references in this fast-paced thriller. I may be forgetting some obvious examples, but I feel like Scott & Freedman have developed a new genre here - R-rated YA fiction. All the fantasy elements we love in Percy Jackson mixed with gory violence and hot sex. Definitely adult fiction. I sped through the book so fast I was relieved to find the set-up for a sequel in the well-crafted finale to this fun read.
Proudmama More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one night as I could not put it down. Now I only did not have to put it down but have to wait patiently for the sequel. It is very tightly written by two masterful writers and it is also very suspenseful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Initially, I expected a slower novel with a more complex story line. What we get is quite the opposite. The story is fast paced and easy to follow. The authors slowly reveal character details and the meaning of the "hallows" and the "keepers" as the heroes are constantly chased for the objects they posess. The protagonists (Sarah and Owen) keep one step ahead of the villains (Vyvienne and Ahriman) and the police. Will definitely purchase the follow-up. Enjoyable read.
BookSakeBlogspot More than 1 year ago
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.
Thoughtsstainedwithink More than 1 year ago
If you like a book that is fast-paced and a page-turner, filled with gruesome murders, sex, magic and mystery, then “The Thirteen Hallows” by Michael Scott and Colette Freedman is the book for you. Without giving anything away, I have to say that this book was killer (both literally and figuratively). When the starting sentence introduces a murder, you know you’re in for a book that is going to take you on an awesome thrill ride, and “The Thirteen Hallows” doesn’t disappoint. As a fan of Scott’s young adult series, I was very interested to see what a novel targeted for adults would read like. I was very pleasantly surprised, despite how drastically different the two proved to be. I enjoyed the fact that I could find small threads that reminded me of “The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel” series – for example, his short chapters – yet it also read as something new.  This book’s foundation is built on death and details. It’s the kind of novel that makes you want to scream at the characters for missing the obvious clue in figuring out the mystery behind the hallows of Britain, yet at the same time, catches you off guard and surprises you, leaving you wondering what exactly is going to happen next.  Not only are the details within the mystery itself interesting, but the details that describe the events of the book are just as brilliant. I could always picture what was happening and I’d be lying if I said that some of those mental images were better left unseen. I flinched multiple times whilst reading at just the pure goriness of what was being done to some of the characters, which made the book that much more exciting. The way it was written is both a blessing and a curse: chapters that average around 3-5 pages in length, creating over 100 chapters within this 350+ page book, are a blessing because the pace is quick and very easily to follow, even with the multiple-character perspectives (sometimes switching perspectives within the same chapter). Yet it also a curse because you find yourself saying, “Just one more chapter…” as you’re curled up in bed, and it isn’t until you’ve read another 50 pages that you finally force yourself to stop.  I loved the way the novel threaded between the past and the present. It appeared effortless. The mythology was brilliant (although I wouldn’t have minded a little more). To be honest, my only true critique is that the ending felt a bit rushed. We spent a lot of time building up to the end – and it wasn’t disappointing – but because of the greatness of the rest of the novel, I expected just a bit more from the ending. But that didn’t cause me to dislike the book any less and it won’t dissuade me from reading the next installment of the series (because regardless of the pacing of the ending, the events that happened in the end leave plenty of room for another book, along with a burning desire to read it).  Overall, I thought this was a joy to read, if you’re into a dark plot with gruesome details and a death-toll that would have George R.R. Martin clapping in applause. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is a lover of fantasy, particularly if you love the real world blending with fantastic ideas and events that cannot normally happen within our world. 
PenguinQueen More than 1 year ago
The graphic description of torture caused me to throw the book in the trash 1/3 of the way through. The story still intrigues me and I would love to read a cleaner copy.
arocee More than 1 year ago
I picked up on "fantasy" and the Michael Scott who wrote the Alchemyst series, and had high hopes. I should paid more attention to the Kirkus review and read others here. This is HORROR first and foremost, and after about the 4th brutal, sickening murder I renewed my determination not to read horror. There is way too much of this in the real world, and it is no escape for me to read "inventive variations" on the same.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read th Nicholas Flamel series and was expecting another mythical adventure...not an unecessary graphic depiction of sex throughout the novel that almost made it literary pornography. It really took away from the story for me because i don't like that sort of thing, and I wasn' t expecting it from this author.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite The Horn of Bran, the Mantle of Arthur, the Chessboard of Gwenddolau, the Knife of the Horseman, The Crimson Cloak of Feathers, and Dyrnwyn, the Sword That is Broken are, at story's ending, the only ones remaining of the original Thirteen Hallows, ancient powerful artifacts that go back two thousand years and must be kept separate from each other. At the beginning of "Thirteen Hallows", a group of children evacuated to Madoc, Wales, from England during World War II are elderly, not expecting the horrific deaths they begin to suffer, one by one, as the individual Hallows each one has possessed since that time in Madoc are stolen from them. The old man with the long white beard had entranced them back then with his folklore and he had given them each a particular Hallow to keep. One of those "Keepers", Judith Walker, is rescued on the streets of London by twenty-two year old Sarah Miller and before dying, gives Sarah a bag containing Dyrnwyd with instructions to get the ancient broken sword to her American nephew, Owen, now living in England. And so begins this tale of otherworldly powers of both evil and protection from evil. "The Thirteen Hallows" is an extremely well-written and fascinating fantasy that creates effects and forces outside normal human experience as well as totally believable scenes of gore and dismemberment. Ambrose,the Dark Man, and his sidekick Vyvienne,Robert Elliot and his druggie skin-heads are memorable characters, to say the least. Main characters Sarah Miller and Owen Walker will carry the reader through this novel's pages and beyond, to the next book in this series that should not be missed.
lilwhitemaltese More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Not one to read this genre often, I was so engrossed. The fast pace, mythology and juicy characters kept me turning page after page. Totally satisfying! I am ready for the next one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just raced through my ARC of 13 Hallows ¿ what a fast, fun read!!!! I¿m getting so tired of long books which don¿t hold my attention, and the authors of this horror never disappointed me. The book starts off with a gruesome murder and never lets up. The characters, especially Robert Elliot and his lackeys are fantastic and I felt like I was with Sarah and Owen the entire ¿race against time¿. Sarah is a great, strong female protagonist and I enjoyed her harrowing journey. Definitely recommend.
Anonymous 10 months ago
I love Scott's Nicholas Flames series, even as a 25 year old woman with two children!I was very much looking forward to this book.It was hard to get into at first but, past a certain point, I started to enjoy it.However, I feel like his character development as well as his plot conclusion lacked in this novel.I was thoroughly disappointed with the ending.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not trying to be insulting or anything but this is the second time micheal scott used an idea simalar to sometjing in j.k.r.'s harry potter books he must beva fan
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excessively violent, gory and sickening. Too much graphic violence mixed with sex...I felt as though I needed a shower after I read it. The biggest flaw however, was the alleged "main character". She was boring, flat and unremarkable and her partner in this drama was nearly as bad. Ugh. What a waste of an interesting plotline.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was surprised that free Friday Nook Book would be such a great book. The characters became real and I pictured their faces as I read. I don't like spoiler alerts, but if you like syfi mystery with characters who really come to life, READ THIS BOOK. If you don't, but still like intrigue and adventure, READ THIS BOOK.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok, so many killed this book. Of course, people would be shocked by the use of the sex and violence. However, you have to understand what is being unleashed here, demons which are fueled by the energy of pain and misery. The energy that helps them to connect into the realm of the Astral has to be highly charged. Sex and violence are too highly emotional states which could sensibly bring them to this plane. Only thing which bothered me is the relationship between Sarah and Owen. I did not feel as if they were connected via emotionally. Sure they had sex but it seemed as casual as having breakfast or going for a walk. I will probably read the next book but I won't be eagerly awaiting as if I couldn't wait for the next installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago