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Crimes Against Magic

(Hellequin Chronicles #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  12,536 ratings  ·  728 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, Second Edition, 415 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by 47North (first published April 27th 2012)
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Anbu Jey It depends. There are no detailed romantic scenes(read 'porn'). There are fight scenes with details where stabbing, burning with magic and beheading. …moreIt depends. There are no detailed romantic scenes(read 'porn'). There are fight scenes with details where stabbing, burning with magic and beheading. If you let your son watch Justice League, 300 , war movies, you can let him read this. (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.


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
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
And the moral of this reread is: If I listened to my Acute Book Slumpitis-stricken little self, I'd lower my original rating for this book most dramatically. But I won't, so I won't. Because I'm full of fish like that.


[July 2017]

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
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, flas
Jul 21, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 at fictionalizing his wet dreams. A noble endeavor I'm sure, simply one I have zero interest in.

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 me
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
Nimrod Daniel
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fantasy_uf
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
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.. ...more
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
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
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
I bought this book solely by chance -- it was one of the "Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought" books that was listed at 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
 Danielle The Book Huntress
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
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!
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
"“You’re going to let me go.”
(he) laughed so hard, he had to put one hand on the nearest wall to steady himself. “And why would I do that?”
“Because killing me like this gets you nothing. You’ve wanted me dead for over a thousand years. I know you. I know how your twisted little mind works. You want to beat me, to look me directly in the eyes and know you’re my better.”

The first time I encountered the plot of a powerful mage who is afflicted with amnesia, must have been in Roger Zelazny’s Nine
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 as
Verity Brown

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
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. ...more
Aug 26, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: signal, didnt-finish
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. ...more
3.5 stars
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now that was fun. Crimes Against Magic kicked off an urban fantasy series that I’m excited to keep reading.

Nate Garrett woke up 10 years ago with no memory of his past. He still doesn’t know who he is, but he discovered that he is a sorcerer, able to manipulate air and fire. Making is living as a thief, everything is good until he comes across a young woman in need of protection. Nate puts his life in danger to protect her and in the process comes up against people who know who he is and what h
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
Jason Luu
Jan 11, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Crimes Against Magic by Steve McHugh is urban fantasy with a sprinkle of secret history.

Before writing this review, I spent a few minutes considering whether or not the following statement was accurate: “Crimes Against Magic is the worst book I’ve ever read.”

To be fair, I’ve stopped reading books before because of prose, story, and character, but I did manage to at least finish CaM. There are two reasons for this. First, I won a copy from a Goodreads contest and felt obligated to give it a pro
Fangs for the Fantasy
Nathan Garrett has had his memory taken from him and has therefore spent the last ten years knowing nothing about himself but his first and last name. He's spent the intermittent years working as a thief, using magic when necessary to get by. When a chance meeting leads little droplets of memory returning, Nathan has no idea just how complicated the life he left behind was. If that were not enough, an old enemy has surfaced and is determined to take make the people Nathan cares about pay to brin ...more
1.5 stars rounded up.

The author can write a nice turn of phrase, which is why this gets rounded up instead of down.

However, the story contained - within its first three chapters already - half a dozen McGuffins and dei ex machina, with a dime a dozen main character (Philip Marlowe with a huge dollop of Harry Dresden), and gave away several fabulous potential ideas, pursuing a trite plot line instead, so that I ended up cutting short the loss of time and abandoned this.

What is it about recently w
Julia 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.
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
Nov 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable start to a new series for me,
Steve Naylor
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating 3.0 stars

For the first 1/4 of the book I was having a good time listening to the story, so much so that I thought for sure that I would be giving this at least 4 stars and moving on to the next one in the series. Unfortunately, a couple of my pet-peeves were triggered which really dropped my enjoyment by the end.

The story follows Nathan who is working as thief trying to steal a book when we first meet him. He uses a situation with a women to get access to the wall safe to get to the bo
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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 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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