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Hallow Point

(Mick Oberon #2)

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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  456 ratings  ·  41 reviews
The Spear of Lugh, one of the four Kingly Hallows of Ireland is in Chicago. And everyone, everyone wants it, for it is said that he who carries the spear into battle cannot be defeated. Among those who seek it are an agent of the infamous Wild Hunt; a mobster who knows far more about these things than he should; and of course both the Seelie and Unseelie Courts – the last  ...more
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published May 12th 2015 by Titan Books
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Wanda
Hard-boiled Fae detective Mick Oberon has quite the situation on his hands! The Spear of Lugh is somewhere in 1930s Chicago and every Fae faction (and a few in-the-know wise guys) want to get their meat hooks on it!

Mick uses his brain-box a little more in this mystery (when he isn’t getting pounded by some palooka that is), although he still has problems with his thought processes when he’s around a certain dame. Good action, good complications, excellent title! I am particularly fond of Fast Fr
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Imjussayin
Hallow Point: Mick Oberon Book Two
It is not necessary to read the books thus far in chronological order.

The Protagonist:Mick Oberon is not just another private eye, he is fae. He is a Seelie Court Prince and Es Sidhe. He is also a hard-boiled detective living in 1920's Chicago. He packs a wand. His magical powers are limited, but he knows how to use them.

The Plot: There has been a break-in at the Museum Of Natural History and the alarms did not trip. The Spear of Lugh, a powerful artefact, whic
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L.E. Doggett
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmm, not sure I may actually place this at 3.80.

Very well done noir fantasy story. The plot was intriguing, going along with the Noir--PI, gumshoe-- plot lines. Neat idea of having what is basically a thousand year old elf as a Private Detective. So you get the good qualities of both genre. Descriptions were good, characters stayed in character, action well described. The plot was carried out and he didn't forget one or two plot points as you might think at the end when all parties are gathered
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Seregil of Rhiminee
Originally published at Risingshadow.

Ari Marmell's Hallow Point is the second novel in the Mick Oberon series. Although it's a sequel to Hold Lead, Cold Iron, it can be read as a standalone novel. I haven't personally had a chance to read the first novel yet, so this review is based solely on this novel.

Before I write more about this novel and its contents, I'll mention that I'm not a big fan of contemporary urban fantasy novels, because I've often been more or less disappointed with their quali
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Nancy D   Miz-Firefly aka Sparky
This was a very fun read. His vocabulary sometimes irritates me, but I LOVE Mick Oberon.
Tsacha
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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Stephanie Fachiol
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this second installment of Mick Oberon’s cases in two parallel Chicagos, one mundane and one mystical, the eponymous snarky narrator returns with a darker tone. After his last job, Mick is tired, in both the body and mind, and he’s not keeping it a secret. The book’s atmosphere reflects this change in mood; it contains more gore, more language, and more despair than the first novel.

However, it isn’t a disheartening read; while it’s not as jaunty as its predecessor, it’s entertaining and compe
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Viccy
Jan 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
Mick Oberon is a gumshoe in 1930s Chicago. Little do the humans know the Fae live in their own version of Chicago, just a few short blocks from reality, but Mick, who packs a wand and a rapier, has moved into the human world to get away from the Seelie Court. Now, he is on the trail of the Spear of Lugh, one of the four great relics from the era when the Fae ruled the world and humans and iron were just a passing thought. The Spear has come to Chicago, or has it? Both the Seelie and the Unseelie ...more
Justin Robinson
In the second installment, the patois gets thicker and shakier. While occasionally, the writer manages a great turn of phrase, it's unfortunately far too precious to really enjoy. I think I'm done with this series.
Jasper
originally posted at; http://thebookplank.blogspot.com/2015...

Last year Titan books unexpectedly published the first book, Hot Lead, Cold Iron in Ari Marmell's latest series, Mick Oberon. Before this I read Ari Marmell's Widdershins adventures. A young adult sword and sorcery and thiefing series. Which compared to this Mick Oberon series is quite something different. If you read my review of Hot Lead, Cold Iron, you know I liked the book and when I was offered to read Hallow Point. How could I s
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M
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you liked the first one, you will likely like the second one. I've seen some comments that complain about the patois in this one and I can understand the complaint. It does feel a bit more pronounced, and maybe a little forced in places, but it doesn't really seem out of character so it didn't bug me. I mean the main character isn't /really/ a noir detective, he's a fae being /playing/ a noir detective so him being a bit over the top actually feels really appropriate.
Cheryl Bess
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was even better than the first, which is saying a lot since I really enjoyed the first one. It's gritty, thrilling, intriguing and has lots of twists and turns that had me guessing. I'd think I'd figured out what was going on and then another swerve was added so I was completely baffled. Great fun!
Coby Heitz
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5. . . I enjoyel the diction in this series. I don't know how closely it actually is to the language of the 1930's but it keeps me entertained. There were several twists towards the end that kept the plot interesting. The last chapter was action packed and I liked where this on ended. I will be reading the next one.
Scott
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable read. A lot like Butchers series, but set in a different time period.

Cool use of magic and entertaining. Like how the endings are a bit of a surprise and the characters are well developed as is the world building.
3sm3
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
for some reason i really like this protagonist
Jason
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun read, although everyone threatening everyone else every page got kinda tedious. The ending was drawn out. But fun.
Ward McMillan
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mick Oberon gets better and better... as much as i liked the first book, this one grows the character and the world by leaps and bounds


Hesione
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hm. Wasn't into the whole Ramona thing at first, but it turned out fine. adalinaaaaaaa
Chris
Good mystery/urban fantasy series set in 1930s Chicago about private investigator (and member of the Fae) Mick Oberon.
Samuel Tyler
The first person perspective is not an easy one to pull off in fiction. Despite this, it has been a favourite of the gumshoe genre as getting behind the eyes of a grizzled Private Investigator as they solve crimes and fall for femme fatales is incredibly satisfying if done well. All this is achievable, but what if you throw urban fantasy in too? Now you have a book that has to explain crime in the first person, but also magic and in the case of ‘‘Hallow Point’’, 1930s Chicago slang.

Mick Oberon
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Dan
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick! Name an urban fantasy series set in Chicago with a wisecracking, hard-boiled protagonist who solves mysteries while fending off coercive, seductive, and/or violent attacks from various magical factions. The Dresden Files, you say? Wrong! But if you enjoy the Dresden Files, then you are very likely to explode with pure delight over Mick Oberon. The two books in the series so far have been, in my opinion, miles better in terms of style, story, and authenticity than anything Jim Butcher has ...more
Mike
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
As with the first book in the series, I very much enjoyed this combination of noir and urban fantasy. The plot is clever, the opponents are appropriately dislikeable, and all the noir elements are there (including a dangerous dame). Mick Oberon continues to be the principled, but pragmatic hero, setting out to protect everyone he can, at cost to himself.

I noted, for the first book, how excellent the editing was. In this book, it isn't quite so good. There are some basic homonym errors that have
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Dr susan
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-again
I realized too late that reading a Mick Oberon book while suffering a migraine is a mistake. One needs a clear head and full faculties to follow the vernacular and the sneaky, snarky, twisted plot. Mick has made the mistake of thinking he is mostly safe and forgotten in human Chicago, but a lot of far from human loving Fae are chasing an ancient artifact that has appeared in Mick's town. The body count rises as Mick struggles to find out who is his competition in a deadly game of hide and seek. ...more
James
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What did I like about this book?
I loved the main character Mick Oberon. Also loved setting: the weaving of celtic mythology and 1930's Chicago was very unique. Loved the slang and the lingo; it really contributed to making this a fun read.
What did I not like?
Although things got resolved there was a lot of set up for future books. I will have to wait awhile to see what comes of some plot threads.

But, all things considered I loved it. I won't bother with a summary, but I will say that I am very m
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Ruth
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spec-fic
c2015: FWFTB: 1930s, wand, mobster, Unseelie, spear. It took me a while to get into the dialogue but I solved this by reading to myself as it was printed which solved the problem fairly quickly. Inventive plot with all sorts of dangling info- so I can't wait to get my hands on the next one. There is a lot of room for a lot more background on Mr Oberon and I really want to know about it. Hooked or what? Such a twist on the old thirties PI - think Mike Hammer with the obligatory 'moll' who is not ...more
Richard
This book is basically a continuation, of events that happened in the last book, Iron, but the story is intriguing in itself. Oberon marker for the Unselie has been called in, he as to find the spear of Lugh, but as it happens it all a "double blind". New characters are introduced, One Ramona, that is bound to spell trouble later on in the third book. Hints are dropped about a central character from the first book, overall this was a good hard-boiled detective story, with a touch of the supernat ...more
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I started by reading the second book in a series. This is never a great plan.

It was about sidhe. Yes, elves, however you want to spell/pronounce bastid Gaelic.

Actually, it was about one elf in particular, living in Chicago in 1932. I kept reading. Why?
Because the author seemed to be having -so much fun- with the language. It moved at a rapid clip, interesting things, people, and things that looked like people kept happening, sometimes quite messily on the floor.

Ending wrapped up the current prob
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Joel
Jan 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This guy abandons metaphors midway through the first chapter and moves on to meta-fives. He spits similes like bullets from a tommygun on amphetamines. The first book was intriguing but this is a little overbearing. Only on chapter two....

A long time later.... finally done. It ended well enough for me to give it three stars but just barely and, at least for me, it was a series killer.

Richardkyser
Hallow point was basically a set up for Book 3. Oberon's marker from "Queen Mob" is called in, he has to find the spear of Lugh, but as it turns out it's a double blind. New characters are introduced, notable Ramona, and her mysterious boss. Good story, but a basically a set up for the big event in book 3.
Jeremy
Jun 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The mashup of 20s/30s noir and supernatural fantasy continues to work fairly well. The story continues without much summary from the first book; I would have enjoyed this more had I re-read the debut and refreshed my knowledge of the characters. But an enjoyable read nonetheless.
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When Ari Marmell has free time left over between feeding cats and posting on social media, he writes a little bit. His work includes novels, short stories, role-playing games, and video games, all of which he enjoyed in lieu of school work when growing up. He’s the author of the Mick Oberon gangland/urban fantasy series, the Widdershins YA fantasy series, and many others, with publishers such as D ...more

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