A gruesome murder in modern London reveals a sinister plot to uncover a two-thousand-year-old secret, in this spellbinding thriller by New York Times bestselling author Michael Scott (The Alchemyst) and award-winning playwright Colette Freedman.
They are the Hallows of Britain—thirteen ancient and mysterious treasures imbued with the potential for great good...or absolute evil. For centuries, these Hallows have been kept hidden and apart from each other by hereditary Keepers, who can trace their lineage back to the age of Arthur and beyond. But now the Keepers are being brutally murdered, their prizes stolen, and the ancient objects bathed in their blood.
Now, only a few remain.
With her dying breath, a Keeper convinces Sarah Miller, a total stranger, to deliver her Hallow—a broken sword with devastating powers—to her American nephew, Owen. 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 harrowing 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 an ancient horror beyond imagining.
Hardcover Book : 352 pages
Publisher: Tor Books ( December 01, 2011 )
Item #: 13-481255
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 inches
Product Weight: 14.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Good book,A little slow in some areas and has a tendancy to get bogged down in details at times, but for an overall plot and attention holder, it is well worth the time to read.It is graphic in violence and sexuality, but then most books now are. I like the fact that when you expect something to happen it doesn't, but something else does. This book is on a par with the old Hitchcock films.This book is definately NOt for the under adulty ages.
I have never read a book so quickly, what a page turner. I was blown away with the authors ability to draw me in so completely!! Yes, there is alot of brutality and it is a book for ADULTS ONLY. Can't wait for book 2.
Reviewer: M. K
I was not aware of the fact that this book was very graphic in it's display of violence and sex and felt the reader should havve been alerted. I felt that extreme liberties were taken in using the Bible and Christianity to embellish this book. I for one will not buy another by the author.
Very nice plot and flow with the story. You really get swept up in everything only to get hit a plot twist and get dashed against a rock before continuing on down the stream, which I really like in a book. If an author can throw me for a loop, I'm happy. I also really enjoyed how Michael Scott really painted pictures for us in his writing style. Sometimes I felt like I was standing there inside the book.
However, you may be disappointed with the crime-solving portion of it. These characters seem to be more an annoyance and don't add any urgency or spirit to push the plot along. I recommend getting and reading "Thirteen Hallows." You may get frustrated at how little work was put into some side characters, but the main characters in the story made for a very pleasant read.
Reviewer: Brendan O
The Thirteen Hallows is a well crafted tale that easily keeps the reader intrigued and turning the pages. The story is well thought out and the writing style, although somewhat choppy, is clear and fast paced. The extreme brutality and significant sexual content was a bit more than I expected. If this were a move, it would earn a hard "R" rating. A good read for adults.