The Thirteen Hallows (novel)

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The Thirteen Hallows
Author Michael Scott,
Colette Freedman
Country Ireland
Language English
Genre Fantasy, Thriller, Fiction, Mythology
Publisher Tor Books
Publication date
6 December 2011 (US) (UK)
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 349 p. (US hardback)
ISBN ISBN 0-7653-2852-6 (US) (UK)
Followed by The Hallowed Keepers

The Thirteen Hallows is the first novel in a fantasy fiction series that focuses on the thirteen treasures of the Island of Britain. The book was written by author Michael Scott and Colette Freedman. It was published in December 2011 in both the United Kingdom and the United States. The book shares a similar plot line as one of Scott's earlier novels, The Hallows. Scott has announced that he and Freedman are currently working on a sequel to The Thirteen Hallows, with plans for a third book in the series.[citation needed]


From the bookjacket

"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."


Critical reception to The Thirteen Hallows has been mixed, with Kirkus Reviews saying that the book was "manufactured" but "could have been a lot worse".[1] Blogcritics also reviewed the film, writing that the book was "most violent and bloody urban fantasy I have ever read" but that "where the violence put me off a few times, the story kept pulling me back in."[2] The AV Club gave the book a "C-", saying that the book was "flat and unnecessary". [3] Publishers Weekly positively reviewed the book, stating that The Thirteen Hallows had "relentless pacing and a richly detailed story".[4]


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