January 27, 2012

Braine Reviews: The Thirteen Hallows by Michael Scott and Collette Freedman

Series: Stand-alone
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Publisher: Tor Books
Release Date: December 6, 2011
Genre: Fantasy

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 apart from each other. But now the Keepers are being brutally murdered, their prizes stolen, the ancient objects bathed in their blood.

Now, only a few remain.

With her dying breath, one of the Keepers convinces Sarah Miller, a practical stranger, to deliver her Hallow—a broken sword with devastating powers—to her American nephew, Owen.

The duo quickly become suspects in a series of murders as they are chased by both the police and the sadistic Dark Man and his nubile mistress.

As Sarah and Owen search for the surviving Keepers, they unravel the deadly secret the Keepers were charged to protect. The mystery leads Sarah and Owen on a cat-and-mouse chase through England and Wales, and history itself, as they discover that the sword may be the only thing standing between the world… and a horror beyond imagining.

The Thirteen Hallows is the beginning of a spellbinding new saga, a thrilling tale of ancient magic and modern times by a New York Timesbestselling author and an award-winning playwright.

I have always been a fan of Michael Scott and his Nicolas Flamel series and his style of writing captured my imagination and the world that he writes about is so vivid and so real. But most importantly, I love MScott because he LOVES mythology in fact he is considered as a Myth Authority. And the best part is, it's well researched unlike some fantasy books whose myth is only as deep as Wikipedia.

THIRTEEN HALLOWS is a fantasy book that melded Celtic, Anglo Saxon and Christian myth seamlessly. The images are vivid, gory and if you're a delicate reader, you might find it disturbing. Decapitated, disemboweled and decaying bodies, human sacrifices, different sorts of desecration and violent sex. It actually reminded me of the Da Vinci Code with more magic.

THIRTEEN HALLOWS are basically sacred objects that Jesua blessed to lock out the demons from pillaging the Earth. The last transfer of these items to their human guardians happened before WWI and after 70 years, someone is after the Hallows. Their septuagenarian Keepers are dropping like flies, gruesomely murdered for the sacred artifacts. Now it's up to Sarah Miller and Owen Walker to stop the Dark Man from gathering all the Hallows and unlocking the Otherworld to unleash their demon prisoners, ushering them back to Earth.

I utterly love this book. Scott and Freedman employed their screenplay writing skills to make the story as vivid a possible and I felt like I was running away with Sophie in the streets of London, gasping on those heartless murders and torture. The flashbacks and back stories are interspersed with the main plot which added another layer to the novel.

So if you like fantasy laced with mythology, then by all means, go ahead and get THIRTEEN HALLOWS  I promise it'll be one of the most riveting 350 pages you ever got your hands on.


  1. great review! "Riveting" is the EXACT word I would use to describe the feeling I had when reading this thriller.

  2. Their backgrounds on writing screenplay really helped shape the story. I feel like I was reading a "movie".

  3. I've not heard of this one. Sounds fascinating. I am currently reading Legacy Of Blood by Alex Connor ( lady author) and it's a bit like I could see this as a movie. Something I wouldn't normally read.Bad Ass thick book. The Thirteen Hallows sounds like something I would enjoy.

    Thanks for sharing:D


  4. Michelle - yeah I'm a selective follower of the fantasy genre because epic is synonymous to numerous books and *bad ass thick books*. This one is short compared to its contemporaries. It's more like a guy novel if you know what I mean, it doesn't really glean on the emotions behind the events, they just keep on killing each other. LOL


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