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The Thirteen Hallows

(Thirteen Hallows #1)

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  2,608 ratings  ·  418 reviews
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, keping them safe, hidden, and apart from one another. But now the Keepers are being brutally
Hardcover, First Edition, 349 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by Tor Books (first published December 2011)
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Tracy Dishman Upper teens/adult. Has a lot of blood and gore and is very graphic.

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Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
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 Geweniger
Jan 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
Ever read a book and 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
Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was amazing
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 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 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Feb 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Very dark and scary book. A lot of action happening throughout.
Dec 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Kathleen (QueenKatieMae)
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.

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 rated it liked it
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
Oct 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
I bought it because I loved the cover. That's it. It was a paintul book to me (to finish)!
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was browsing my local library's online digital offerings for a horror or thriller book, and the cover of this book really jumped out at me. Then I saw the authors' names, and thought I'd like to give adult fiction by Michael Scott a try. I chose the audiobook format for The Thirteen Hallows, narrated by Kate Redding.

The Basics: 2000 years ago 13 objects were endowed with the power to protect the world from demons. The Hallows were guarded by keepers through the centuries and last handed to 13
Sep 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
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
Wow. Uhm… wow.
This was bad. Like really, really bad. …Not one star bad, but still bad. I was expecting something better from Michael Scott, given that I really liked The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series (Except for the ending. We do not talk about the ending.)
Let’s not talk about how I was expecting this book to be Middle Grade or YA at most. The potential of the story was unexploited, the main romance absolutely awfull (Did you really fall in love with each other after one day? ON
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
Holly Burroughs
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

This was a good book and I enjoyed it. I enjoyed Michael Scott's other books as well. I look forward to reading more of this works.
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What I liked: A story for a reader and anyone who loves mythology. It's fast paced and mysterious, and an adventure all the way through. The lead female, Sarah, becomes a lot stronger than she thinks she is. She might seem afraid to do something, but she goes and does it and becomes quite the amazing woman, saving lead male, Owen (and the world).

I think the authors are borderline obsessed with the concept of virginity - it's mentioned too many times in my opinion (it's not a thing, or something
Dec 02, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: set-aside
I got this audiobook to review from the publisher, MacMillan Audio, they thought I would enjoy it since I have enjoyed fantasy audiobooks in the past. Well this was more of a horror than a fantasy and I stopped listening to it 50% of the way through because I just didn't understand the point and had had my fill of blood soaked carpets, putrid air, and torture in general. Definitely an adults only book.

There are Thirteen Hallows sent out into the world with thirteen children to be protected. Now
Dec 07, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Michelle (Crazy Cat Lady)
Dec 23, 2011 marked it as abandoned-dnf
Recommends it for: My worst enemy, or at least people who have never read Michael Scott's other books.

I'm throwing in the towel at 134 pages. I can't do this to myself.

I bought this book years ago right after it came out because of Michael Scott's The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series. That was such an addictive series, and I loved how Michael Scott mixed mythology. I've seen the Greek gods in every medium since I was a kid in the '90s and watched Hercules and Xena every Sunday. I progressed to reading books like the Percy Jackson series and The Iliad. Other mythologies don't quite
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
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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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