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Crimes Against Magic

(Hellequin Chronicles #1)

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How do you keep the people you care about safe from enemies you can’t remember?

Ten years ago, Nate Garrett awoke on a cold warehouse floor with no memory of his past—a gun, a sword, and a piece of paper with his name on it the only clues to his identity. Since then, he’s discovered he’s a powerful sorcerer and has used his magical abilities to become a successful thief for
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Kindle Edition, Second Edition, 415 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by 47North (first published April 27th 2012)
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Miriam I would say definitely adult. The Hero is an assasin an he is often not to prudish about his methods and has no qualms about killing people in cold…moreI would say definitely adult. The Hero is an assasin an he is often not to prudish about his methods and has no qualms about killing people in cold bood. There also is a certain level of blood and gore and swearing, too.

While I enjoyed this series tremendously I certainly would not give them to my 12 year old son. (less)

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Mike (the Paladin)
My paternal grandmother used to tell a story. When my dad was a small boy late one night in the dark house (out in the country, no lights "on" in the house so when I say dark it was dark) my grandparents were awakened by a loud thump.

Thump!

Then they heard, "well huh. I fell out of bed."

Well huh, I've found a good UF series.

The first UF novel/series I got interested in was the Harry Dresden series by Jim Butcher. I'm a huge fan of the Dresden books and they started me "off on a search" for other
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Pre-review rating: 3.75 stars. I must have been somewhat inebriated when I first rated this book.
Post-review rating: 4.258 stars. Yeah, that's more like it.


Why the Murderous Crustaceans strongly urge you to read this book, or else… think the Little Barnacles might find some moderate enjoyment in this reasonably entertaining book:

It's UF written by a male author, aka one of the scarcest resources in this estrogen-ruled genre.



This is such a rare occurrence that even Helga, my marginally ruthless
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Choko
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*** 4.258 ***

This rating represents my complete agreement with my favorite crustaceans wielding overlord, Sarah!

"...“Everyone hates fractions. That’s why they make you do them. It’s character building.” ..."

So, Nathan Garret, the very enigmatic thief and sorcerer is a very naughty boy. He is lovable and chicks dig him, so he is free with his affections, but some ladies might have a more sinister agenda than just getting in his pants. After being paid for a job stealing an antique book, flashb
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Nimrod Daniel
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's about time I write a review for A Crime Against Magic, so here we go!

To be honest, I was a bit surprised with this book. Basically it's an UF, but an UF on a high octane that has a super-fast pacing that feels almost like a thriller. Plus, The book tells the story of two timelines - one is the present, and the second timeline occurs about 600 years in the past. Both timelines have a fast pacing and are very enjoyable. The different timelines are very distinct, as the present timeline feels
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Montzalee Wittmann
Crimes Against Magic
The Hellequin Chronicles, Book 1
By: Steve McHugh
Narrated by: James Langton
This is an outstanding book! Read these books in order! This starts this great series in which Nate can't remember his past. He knows he has powers but he just doesn't know how powerful he really is or who he really is... it is so exciting. The characters are awesome and as more is revealed, the better it gets! All of these characters are so awesome. The author is telling two tales at once, one in the p
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Emma
Sep 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magic, urban-fantasy
3.5 stars. I enjoyed this book. It had a lot of action and I liked the magic of the world and the urban fantasy setting. But I did feel like there was something missing for me. Nate, the main character and sorcerer seemed a bit 2 dimensional, a kind of stud/007 sorcerer. I kept visualising a Jason Stratham type. Do I like it enough to continue the series? The jury's out..
Elena
Jul 21, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uf-male-lead, dnf
Throwing in the towel with this one. Crimes Against Magic has a stellar rating and a couple of friends with excellent book taste loved it so obviously I read it all wrong, because to me this felt like a 13 years old's attempt to fictionalise his wet dreams.

Crimes Against Magic tells the wondrous tale of some Gary Stu who can't catch a break from luscious-looking women throwing themselves at him - incidentally, I think it's worth mentioning how every single female character is a blonde (well, the
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Mr. Matt
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, fantasy-urban
After some deliberation, two stars. I wanted to like this book more than I did. I really did. It had an interesting premise - a sorcerer wakes up with amnesia. He doesn't truly know who he is or what exactly is going on. All he knows is that people close to him are threatened. He has to discover who he is to protect those he cares about. Good stuff.

That was pretty much where my troubles with this book began. First, the main character, Nathan. It felt like every time I turned the page a drop dead
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Jacob Proffitt
I wanted to like this, but found my discontent growing with each new chapter. I finally quit about three quarters in and can't help feeling relieved to just let it go.

The writing is solid and the protagonist is interesting and I definitely wanted more of the world, but I just couldn't buy the plot. It doesn't help that the story jumps between modern day and fifteenth century France. That breaks up the narrative flow as much as you'd expect, but more, it provides the reader information that Natha
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Ami
I bought this book solely by chance -- it was one of the "Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought" books that was listed at Amazon.com when I browsed a couple of UF series. Since it was only $2.99, I thought okay, why not. I've always wanted to find more good UF series with male protagonist anyway.

The protagonist is Nathan Garrett. Ten years ago, he woke up in a warehouse without memory what-so-ever. But over a decade he learned that he was a sorcerer. He works as a thief, that is how he gets
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This is a very good start to a male-lead urban fantasy series. The concepts were familiar, but the author gives them all his own distinct spin. McHugh touches on some very recognizable figures in fantasy and folk legends and mythology and in a way that made me go "Hmm!". It's pretty gritty and quite violent. I'm not sure I was in love with the sexuality expressed in the story though. However, this book definitely keeps your eyes glued to the pages, and the magic was fascinating and darkly alluri ...more
Reg
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Take a Sam Spade / Harry Dresden first person gumshoe vantage point and the twist the story around to have a James Bondian love of women, cars and guns, a Jason Bournian loss of memory of learning to kick ass (and why), a Bruce Leesque love of Kung Fu, a parallel story line in 15th Century France and a cast of mashed up characters from myth and legend.

The author tries to do an awful lot and, probably because of that, the more I read the more I kept saying 'No, you're not going there... oh god, y
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Experiment BL626
CAUTION: major spoilers

+ the protag

Nathan was a Gary Stu. Most of the female characters he met wanted to bed him. All of the female characters wanted to be saved by him. It didn't matter if the ladies had powers of their own or that Nathan was amnesic and dazed, they wanted him on that fucking white horse riding to their rescue (figuratively speaking). I expected a Gary Stu, but I didn't expect Nathan to be a James Bond type. I was annoyed how practically all the ladies were made damsels in dist
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Marielle
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it... again! 4 stars because the books will get better and better and I want to be able to give them more stars!
Scott  Hitchcock
Cheesy in a CW kind of way but entertaining. I actually liked this better than Dresden. There's definitely a lot of cliche action one liners and over simplified story line but overall a fun read. I'll continue the series.
Mihir
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Full Review originally at Fantasy Book Critic

OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: Crimes Against Magic is Steve McHugh’s debut novel and is a dual story feature. I was very much interested in this story because of its Jason Bourne-like origin. I approached the author and he graciously agreed. I wanted to see how the book would hold up since it promised lots of action, magic & intrigue.

Nathan Garrett is a sorcerer who is living currently as a thief in London, he however remembers his life only ten years past
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Verity Brown
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Undemanding fans of magic/action/adventure
Recommended to Verity by: Amazon reviewers

This book is a really good example of why self-publishing (or publishing through a very small press, can't tell for sure which this is) shouldn't be an author's first choice (as opposed to actually submitting it to several major publishers). There's a genuinely interesting story here. But it's undercut by small-but-persistent grammatical errors and the author's inability to resist turning his "hero" into a Gary Stu. A good editor's discipline could have turned this into a good book instead of a
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Dan
Aug 26, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didnt-finish, signal
Mindless badassery. Dude runs around London punching people out and rescuing women. I got most of the way through this but wasn't interested enough to finish it.
Kitvaria Sarene
A really fun read, with lots of action, humor, magic, friendships and a good amount of fighting and blood. ;) I had a great time reading it - and the series will help tide me over until the next Harry Dresden book will be out. Really good urban fantasy with a thieving wizzard whonhasnto find out who he is, after 10 years without his memories.
Veronica
3.5 stars
So, I Read This Book Today
Testosterone laden thrill ride between past and present Magic! "I know what you are. You’re the thing the monsters fear.” – Ivy, The Hellequin Chronicles
 
“If you believe, as the Greeks did, that man is at the mercy of the gods, then you write tragedy. The end is inevitable from the beginning. But if you believe that man can solve his own problems and is at nobody’s mercy, then you will probably write melodrama.” – Lillian Hellman
 
“So, Nate, I’ve heard rumours that you’re actually alive.” It woul
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Gary
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
really enjoyed this book 5 stars all the way I would say to anyone to read this if they like the magical side of things thank you to a friend that recommended it to me I will be reading the rest of the series
Mark
Nov 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable start to a new series for me,
Veronica Rosa
If there were any issues with this book, I couldn't find them. The main character, Nathan, was fantastic. A little psychotic, powerful, and willing to protect those who needed it. In short, my favourite kind of guy. ;) Yeah, yeah, we all know I have issues. I'm cool with that.

A friend recommended I read this book and I both hate and love her for it. Hate because I stayed up late reading and have ignored responsibilities. Sorry, work, we both knew you'd be the one to suffer. And love because, hol
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Liz Barnsley
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
During my quest to find any and all examples of good Urban Fantasy novels, started by my love of the Felix Castor stories, I have found many strange and wonderful worlds - That of Jack Nightingale, Constable Grant and Matthew Swift to name but a few. And now to my utter joy, here is Nathan "Nate" Garrett, who awoke in a warehouse ten years ago with no knowledge of who he is. His only clues - A gun, a Sword and a piece of paper with his name on it, along with a tendency to practice magic. And the ...more
Mandapanda
3.5 stars. Liked it but didn't love it. It's action-packed urban fantasy with an interesting premise although I didn't connect with the MC and I couldn't see an overarching theme or storyline that would keep me invested in the whole series. (view spoiler) There ...more
Sana Zameer
This was an interesting urban fantasy involving Legends, Sorcerers, Gargoyl, Werewolves and Myths. Nathan Garret wokeup, a decade ago, with no memories of his past. He learns that he's a highly skilled sorcerer and use his talents to work as a thief. He is a bit of an anti-hero, with a sense of humor. The plot is fast paced and told in flash backs from fifteenth century France and alternating to present day London. During a case which involves his sixteen years old neighbor he is confronted by h ...more
Bart
Apr 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read, fantasy
Actual rating: 3.50
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Synopsis:

How do you keep the people you care about safe from enemies you can’t remember?

Ten years ago, Nate Garrett awoke on a cold warehouse floor with no memory of his past—a gun, a sword, and a piece of paper with his name on it the only clues to his identity. Since then, he’s discovered he’s a powerful sorcerer and has used his magical abilities to become a successful thief for hire.

But those who stole his memories aren’t done with him yet: when they cause a job to go bad and threaten a six
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Steve is a bestselling author of Urban Fantasy. His book, Scorched Shadows, was shortlisted for a Gemmell Award for best novel.

Steve was born in a small village called Mexborough, South Yorkshire, but now lives with his wife and three young daughters in Southampton

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Hellequin Chronicles (7 books)
  • Born of Hatred (Hellequin Chronicles, #2)
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