ARC Review: The Thirteen Hallows by Michael Scott and Colette Freedman

13 Oct
Thirteen Hallows

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 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 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.

Michael Scott is one of my all time favorite authors. I was very excited to learn about his latest book. However, I must warn you that this book is very different from his The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series.  This is more of an adult book than one for young adults. The story is woven out of a mixture of Christianity and British mythology.  It is very dark and rather gory.  If that’s not your cup of tea, then you shouldn’t even bother opening the book.  Conservative readers might also have issues with the intermingling of Christianity with mythological elements. Again, if this is something that bothers you, this is not the book for you.

Having said that, I truly enjoyed the book.  I’m not a big fan of gore, but I was intrigued by the plot and the mystery surrounding The Hallows.

What I liked about the book: The setting. I love books with a tie to Great Britain, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.  The chapters are short, seldom longer than a page or two. This keeps the pace fast – great for readers with a short attention span.   As one reviewer said there is no filler in this book. It’s all action. Scott and Freedman have done an awesome job at world building and making the reader “think.”

What I didn’t like about the book: As I said I’m not a big fan of gore and there is a lot of it in this book.  Yet somehow it goes with the story. Evil is not pretty.  The fight between good and evil isn’t always as simple as waving a magic wand.

This book is not for the feint of heart, but it’s an excellent read for those who like dark stories about good versus evil.  I believe this is going to be a series and I’m already looking forward to the next book.

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