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The Thirteen Hallows (Thirteen Hallows #1)

3.36  ·  Rating Details ·  2,265 Ratings  ·  383 Reviews
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
Paperback, 431 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by Tor Books (first published December 2011)
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I have to admit, the cover got me. The cool looking sword, the hazy Big Ben in the background, the shades of blue, it's just a great cover. I'm sorry to say the rest of the book didn't quite live up to it.

For some reason I thought this would be YA, but that's far from the truth. It's probably because Scott wrote the Alchemyst series (Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel). Lots of bloody rituals, sex, and more bloody rituals.

Thirteen people, the keepers, charged with watching over the thirteen
Robb Terranova (aka Robb Michael G)
Ever read a book ad wonder why you bothered to finish it. This was one of those books for me. It has been one of the most disappointing books I have ever read !!

I've read the previous four books of Michael Scott's fantasy series, "The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel," which have been decently written, plotted, accurate enough (in their use of real places and characters), and enjoyable.

This thing co-authored with playwright Colette Friedman is however, comparatively speaking, a piece of t
Feb 27, 2012 Vanessa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well written, entertaining read

I was actually blown away by this book. It’s incredibly well written for a horror book and the pacing is probably the best I’ve ever enjoyed. I sat down to read one chapter and the next thing I realized, eleven chapters had flown by. I am not a fast reader; however, I finished this book in three days.

I’ve actually enjoyed reading the various reviews on the book and find it amusing that people are so vociferous in their distaste for the gore. This is a horror/fant
Starting off the review, with a note from the author, found at the end of the book:
"Most of the Hallows mentioned in this novel still exist, as do the group of people known as the Hallowed Keepers."

Wow, I was surprised by the overtone of darkness and the grisly nature of this novel. I wasn't expecting it since Michael Scott last wrote "The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel" which is a kids series. This is definitely an adult novel in such contrast, with the magical rites using sex, torturo
Dec 30, 2011 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Sarah Miller saves an elderly woman from a brutal attack and robbery she soon learns that there was more to saving Judith Walker than the impulse to help an old lady hold onto her bag. Sarah is inexplicably pulled into an ancient struggle that dates back thousands of years as a mysterious enemy seeks to destroy everything around her in his attempt to claim the rusted piece of metal that Judith entrusted her to guard. The action in The Thirteen Hallows burns across every page from start to f ...more
Kitty Honeycutt
Dec 16, 2011 Kitty Honeycutt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 13, 2011 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclosure: I received an advance reader's copy of this book from the Amazon Vine Program in exchange for an honest review.

The Thirteen Hallows by Michael Scott and Colette Freedman

From the back of the book:

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 t
In a world separated from the one we inhabit, live a race of demons who love eating human flesh. Two thousand years ago, their entryway into our world was sealed off with thirteen locks, which can be opened only by their thirteen corresponding "Hallows". Each of these objects, once ordinary but now imbued with fearsome power, is strong enough in its own right, but should the thirteen ever be reunited, the demons will triumph and engulf us forever. When Sarah Miller rescues an elderly woman from ...more
Nikdy jsem nevěřil, že narazím na knihu, která by se dala přečíst za tak krátkou dobu. Krátké kapitoly byly výstižné, oba autoři zbytečně nic nerozpitvávali a tak by to mělo být! Styl Michaela Scotta byl v celém díle poměrně hodně znát a jde vidět, že folklór a historii Anglie mají opravdu v malíčku, protože spojit tolik témat do jednoho, okořenit to starodávnou magii a náboženskými událostmi je opravdu geniální! Konec sice nebyl nějak nečekaný, ale jsem opravdu zvědavý, jaký bude druhý díl. :)
Jun 25, 2012 Kathleen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pissed-me-off
Those who love the children's series "The secrets of the immortal Nicholas Flamel" by Michael Scott need to realize that this new series of his is NOT, repeat NOT, for children. This book contains the violent torture and murders of elderly men and women, multiple beheadings and too many boringly gratuitous sex scenes. By the end of chapter 1, two women have been filleted. The beginning of chapter 3 has the evil characters, Ahriman and his psychic wife, Vyvienne, coupling upon a church alter.

Dec 10, 2011 Koni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 disbe ...more
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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Sarah Miller is having a really, really bad day. After helping an elderly woman during an apparent mugging, the woman convinces Sarah to take an artifact of hers (a piece of a broken sword) and keep it safe. Sarah’s not quite sure why she agrees to do it, but feels that it’s somehow her duty, and agrees. Turns out this artifact is part of a broken sword with ancient and deadly powers, and it’s also one of 13 Hallows that i
Dec 25, 2011 drey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Thirteen Hallows combines mystery and folklore with romance and destiny in an age-old good-vs-evil story.

drey’s thoughts:

The Thirteen Hallows has everything you’d look for in a murder-mystery with magical objects at its heart – action, plot, and history. The magical objects number thirteen in all, and perform a function in keeping the demons locked away from humanity. The Guardians number thirteen as well – although they’re being systematically destroyed, so the count’s a few short. And one
Dec 14, 2011 Marleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Jud
Thirteen Hallows is the start of a new dark urban fantasy series. While it did have problems, there is plenty here for readers to enjoy. Thirteen Hallows is filled with plenty of history, a unique English setting, two protagonists who are easy to follow through their adventures. The plot is breakneck and absolutely relentless and will probably leave readers on the edge of their seat gasping for breath. For readers who are more plot focused and not afraid of incredibly dark books, Thirteen Hallow ...more
Meghan Tracy
I’ve never been to one of Colette Freedman’s plays, but I really want to now. (Because with titles like If Nietzsche Dated and Serial Killer Barbie, how could I not?) This book is everything that I love about Michael Scott’s works distilled down into oak aged perfection. The tension that is held through the story was pitch perfect. I literally just read the last half of the book in the last few hours because I needed to know. The characterization in this story is stunning. The leading characters ...more
Jan 31, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast, fun and thrilling

I'm a big Ann Patchett and Jodi Picoult fan, so I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up this book...and I was pleasantly surprised. Although it's filled with violence, the writing is superb: fast paced, thrilling and completely engaging. Scott and Freedman know how to take an audience on a journey; I felt like I was with Sarah and Owen on their race against time and I loved the mythology woven into the fabric of the story. The writers did not disappoint with their hu
Kelli Lee
Where The Librarian meets The Davinci Code meets Saw. This is a great escape novel but boy oh boy does it have plenty of gore. And why are many classifying this novel as YA? It isn't even in the realm of YA. I had fun with this one and will continue on with the series. Oh, I should mention that this novel is light on characterization, only skims the surface, relying on lots of action.
Jun 13, 2016 Marla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Very dark and scary book. A lot of action happening throughout.
Feb 06, 2012 Chibineko rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amazon-vine
It took me a really long time to read this book, partially due to schoolwork and partially because it just wasn't really gripping me. It was entertaining, but not enough so to where I agonized over not being able to sit down and read it.

The general idea of the book is good and I like that the historical aspect of the book is one that I've never heard of before: the thirteen treasures of Britain. It's good to see something new out there, as there's only so many times you can rehash the same thin
I bought it because I loved the cover. That's it. It was a paintul book to me (to finish)!
Před dávnými časy chlapec jménem Ješua ze třinácti obyčejných předmětů vytvořil magické relikvie. Relikviemi zapečetil bránu do jiného světa a zabránil tak krvelačným démonům před dobytím toho našeho. Každá relikvie má svého strážce, který ji má chránit a opatrovat. Jenže co se stane, když někdo začne strážce nemilosrdně vraždit a relikvie sbírat? Relikvie totiž nesmí být spojeny, protože jinak by bránu otevřely a do našeho světa by se dostali démoni a byl by s námi konec.
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Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
In compliance with FTC guidelines, I received this book from Macmillan Audio in exchange for an honest review.

First I want to start with how fantastic Kate Reading is. She not only has a rather soothing voice but she's fabulous at providing the different voices, with different accents. I think it was an awesome move on Macmillan Audio's part to get her to read this, since it's set in the UK it only makes sense to have someone with the proper accent. I've heard other audio books that were not so
Dec 17, 2011 Aubrey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is no YA book, that's for darn sure! When I first saw this book I was receiving books for our library and the cover stood out to me. The single sword, the blue shimmering color, the dark surrounding, the power, all of which embodied the cover. I started reading this book, after it went through the library process, and glanced at the call number we gave to the book. We gave it a YA label. I was really shocked by this, until I realized that nearly all of what Michael Scott wrote was YA fictio ...more
Oct 20, 2012 Jon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
What a load of crap. I'm not really sure why this book exists. It sounded like it might be a fun, silly read: ancient objects, murder, mysterious powers. However, it was poorly executed, horribly researched, and the only way to propel the plot forward was to give the bad guys psychic powers (that were powered by sex?). After reading the book, I'm not even clear on what all the 13 Hallows were, the majority of them were only even named once with no explanation or clarification of what they actual ...more
Ik weet niet goed wat ik met dit boek moet aanvangen... Het is net als de Flamel serie redelijk vlot geschreven, er gebeurt veel en meneer Dee wordt zelfs even genoemd. :P Ook zijn de hoofdstukken weer erg kort waardoor je snel door blijft lezen. 'Nog 1 hoofdstukje!' De schrijver is ook niet bang voor wat bloederig geweld. (al wordt de beschrijving 'the smell of burning meat' wel wat oud op het laatste)

Maar nergens weet het verhaal me echt te pakken. Er zit dus vaart in, maar soms iets té veel v
Jessica at Book Sake
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 c ...more
Jan 12, 2012 Scott rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fangoria fans
Recommended to Scott by: On the shelves at Barnes and Noble
Shelves: fantasy
Wow! what a ride! Except instead of feeling exhilarating like I just stepped off good rollercoaster, I am feeling queezy like I just stumbled out of a cheep carnival tilt-a-whirl.

Though, I did find the book eminently readable and fast paced, the story was not at all what I was expecting. Reading the dust cover lead me to believe that this would be a story chuck full of archaic knowledge and old magic woven into the tapestry of a narrative that would give both history and mystery pertaining to th
Ben Babcock
I probably shouldn’t have read this, considering how little time I had left to get through these library books. I probably should have skipped in favour of a book I was more confident I could enjoy. But I think I needed this—I needed something that’s just so bad I could sit back and bask in its badness for a bit. The Thirteen Hallows certainly satisfied me in that regard.

All the warning signs are clearly there. There’s the cover—and no, one shouldn’t judge a book solely by the cover, but the cov
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Irish-born Michael Scott began writing over thirty years ago, and is one of Ireland's most successful and prolific authors, with over one hundred titles to his credit, spanning a
variety of genres, including Fantasy, Science Fiction and Folklore.

He writes for both adults and young adults and is published in thirty-seven countries, in over twenty languages.

Praised for his “unparalleled contribution
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