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Crimes Against Magic (The Hellequin Chronicles) [Kindle Edition]

Steve McHugh
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Book 1 in the Hellequin Chronicles.

How do you keep the people you care about safe from enemies you can’t remember?

Ten years ago, Nate Garrett awoke on a cold warehouse floor with no memory of his past—a gun, a sword, and a piece of paper with his name on it the only clues to his identity. Since then, he’s discovered he’s a powerful sorcerer and has used his magical abilities to become a successful thief for hire.

But those who stole his memories aren’t done with him yet: when they cause a job to go bad and threaten a sixteen-year-old girl, Nate swears to protect her. With his enemies closing in and everyone he cares about now a target for their wrath, he must choose between the comfortable life he’s built for himself and his elusive past.

As the barrier holding his memories captive begins to crumble, Nate moves between modern-day London and fifteenth-century France, forced to confront his forgotten life in the hope of stopping an enemy he can’t remember.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Steve McHugh lives in Southampton on the south coast of England with his wife and three young daughters. When not writing or spending time with his kids, he enjoys watching movies, reading books and comics, and playing video games. Crimes Against Magic is his first novel, and the first novel in the Hellequin Chronicles.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Addictive ! Coole Mischung aus Horror + Fantasy 10. März 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Ein toller Serienaftakt mit einer gelungenen Mischung aus rasanter Aktion + Magie + Horror mit klasse Kampfszenen und einer Prise Erotik.

Endlich wieder ein Fantasy-Roman mit neuen Ansichten, der zu ueberraschen weis !
Hat echt alles was mir gefaellt und bleibt bis zum Ende unvohersehbar was in sich schon eine Leistung ist.

Obwohl die Zeit- bzw. Erinnerungsspruenge anfangs fuer etwas Verwirrung sorgen tragen sie doch sehr zur Spannungssteigerung und zum besseren Verstaendnis des sympatischen Hauptcharacters bei (man bekommt praktisch 2 Geschichten zum Preis von einer).

Ist aber nur fuer Erwachsene Leser geeignet und bestimmt nix fuer zarte Gemueter.
Der etwas rauhe Schreibstil passt insgesamt gut zum Gesamtkonzept.

Trotz leichter Schwächen im emotionalen Tiefgang gebe ich gerne 4,5 Sterne !

Ich freue mich schon auf die Fortsetzung - Yeah -
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Fun 15. März 2014
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It was a fun read. Liked the characters. Looking forward to another one. Hope there is one coming up. Jen
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+ gut gewaehlter Titel
+ spannende und actiongeladene Story, die fluessig zu lesen ist
+ Hauptfigur ist Nathan(iel) ein ca. 1600 Jahre alter Sorcerer mit Gedaechtnisverlust, der seinen Lebensunterhalt als Auftrags-Dieb im heutigen London verdient
+ mit gut gewaehlten Zeitspruengen in seine Vergangenheit erfahren sowohl der Leser als auch der Held langsam die Zusammenhaenge und Hintergruende
+ der Held hat eine dunkle(?) Vergangenheit in Avalon, kaempfte im 15. Jahrhundert in Frankreich, und muss sich wieder an alte Gegner und seine Faehigkeiten erinnern
+ gelungene Mischung aus urban Fantasy, Artus Saga (Merlin/Camelot/Avalon/Mordred/...) und Nachfahren von Troja/Illias/Achilles/...
= Werwoelfe und Vampire kommen auch vor, stoeren aber nicht, sondern runden die Story ab
= Erotik ist auch vorhanden (der Held ist beliebt in der Damenwelt), der Humor kommt aber eher etwas zu kurz
+ auf jeden Fall zu empfehlen fuer Urban Fantasy Fans, die Stil von Hearne, Butcher, Hines oder Kadrey (gemischt mit z.B. Sullivan) moegen.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Surprising Debut 5. Mai 2012
Von Jay_Otaku - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
'Crimes Against Magic' is the first debut novel I have had the pleasure of being asked to review. It's author Steve McHugh has obviously spent a massive amount of time building the world of the story. The plot without spoilers, is about a magic user named Nathaniel Garret. An amnesiac thief for hire, whose past comes to catch up with him after a job goes bad.

This is nothing new, most stories you will read are just that, nothing new. With this being said the way, an author handles tropes and used subject matter, is the difference setting apart books and stories being told in this changing world of publication.

Steve McHugh in this debut novel sets himself apart in the urban fantasy genre. The main character to me is like James Bond with magic being directed by John Woo. He takes some very well known creatures of the fantasy genre and makes them savage, brutal, beings putting an edge back onto the fantastical. This makes 'Crimes Against Magic' a hugely exciting journey.

This is not a flawless masterpiece but as I said before this is his debut novel. There are some newbie author habits/mistakes in the novel. One of these I picked out was character diversity, as he uses alot of blond female characters. Another is Nathan himself. He is untouchable, taking out werewolves and other supernatural beings with relative ease. Very Bondish indeed. I must say the MC does take one savage beating at the hands of a well crafted villain.

All in all this is a well written and put together story with well done flashbacks to give you a movie like quality. I typically HATE flashbacks, but McHugh gives you exposition and character development amidst supernatural action. The action is well crafted and choreographed sequences.

This being an urban fantasy story there is magic. The system used to govern magic use in the story is well thought out, and ties directly into the stories plot. I can't go into more detail, because it would spoil rather pivotal scenes and events of the story.

'Crimes Against Magic' is an exciting, fun page turner of a story. An impressive feat from a debut author well worth being picked up.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Needs an Editor 31. Januar 2013
Von Verity Brown - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is a really good example of why self-publishing shouldn't be an author's first choice (as opposed to actually submitting it to a publisher). There's a genuinely interesting story here. But it's undercut by small-but-persistent grammatical errors and the author's inability to resist turning his "hero" into a Gary Stu. An editor's discipline could have turned this into a good book instead of a "meh" book.

What I liked:
The mythos was intriguing, and the author has a nice flair for storytelling. So I didn't feel that my time was utterly wasted. But I'm also glad I borrowed this from the lending library instead of buying it (which I was tempted to do on the basis of the reviews).

What I didn't like:
The grammatical errors (such as changing between past and present tense in the same sentence) and occasional spelling and punctuation errors were jarring. Then there were the "wtf?" errors--little assertions (like having to avoid major cities during a walk that lasted just a few *hours*) that simply made no sense. Again, these are things that any good editor would have fixed. But the most annoying aspect of this book was the tendency of almost every character to be either an implacable enemy or Nate's loyal friend (to the extent of being willing to die for him, within days of meeting him!!!). Women he's never met before can't wait to get into his pants (with the accompanying porn-like descriptions). And of course he's the most amazing fighter ever--he even comes equipped with "cool" Chinese weapons. Some reviewers have compared this to the Harry Dresden books, but while this book has a similar kind of wild magical combat, it lacks Dresden's moral conscience and his essential underdog nature. It's hard to feel worried about whether Nate will succeed when he has amazing "skillz" that have been honed over dozens of centuries and he has only a few semi-buff bad guys standing in his way.

Conclusion:
Why does this book have such high ratings? At first I couldn't help wondering if it was a combination of a lot of friends/acquaintances and good PR. But I suspect that it's more a matter of having a readership that shrugs off (or doesn't even notice) the grammatical errors and that *likes* (instead of being disgusted by) the Mary-Sue-fantasy nature of Nate's life. I'm sure McHugh will have a loyal audience for Nate's adventures. I, however, will not be among them.

BTW, I would have rated this a low 3 instead of a high 2, but the ugly sneers at Americans in the epilogue really offended me. A British guy who writes a book that's full of easily-obtained guns in the hands of British criminals has no business making fun of how easy it is to get guns in America.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Quick and Fun Read! 7. Mai 2012
Von Darcie - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
First of all, I must say, the title is wicked cool. I also have to give hats off to the cover artist because I could not have pictured a better embodiment of Nate than what is on the front cover of Crimes Against Magic.

Second, the novel was a quick and fun read. It has been awhile since I read an Urban Fantasy that didn't focus on werewolves, vampires, and witches. Perhaps that is my own fault, but none the less, reading about badass sorcerer Nate was a pleasure! I especially liked the action scenes. Even though most of the novel is action upon action upon action, it never felt repetitive or drawn out. I was able to see each fighting scene clearly in my head. I dare say, this novel would make a good movie script. *Hint hint to all you screenwriters out there!* :)

Steve also does a good job weaving in Nate's old life with his new life as his memories unfold and the danger to Nate's loved ones heightens as the novel progresses. I was also particularly intrigued by Steve's decision to weave historical France with the ancient Greek legends of mythology. Nate's life of magic relates to each of these time periods effortlessly as he travels the world in search of defeating the the "bad guys". Who shall remain a mystery. Guess you will have to read the book to find out what happens!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great story 13. Oktober 2012
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I tried this book due to its excellent cover, and I really lucked out. This is a great read with well thought out plots, characters, and pacing. I usually read Jim Butcher and Kevin Hearne and this book fits right in with this genre. The Main character is strong but not invincible and has small flaws that are pretty funny. The world creation gives you a sense of the harder parts of modern urban life with hidden spaces and familiar landmarks. I am really looking forward to the sequel to this book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Expensive for a Kindle Book but... 13. Juli 2012
Von Clinton Eldrick Lewis - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
Okay so the story is an old one with a person who loses their memory and has to go through the steps of finding out they were a stone cold killing machine with a lot of enemies who remember them. Given that the story was still fun and had enough action to at least keep you distracted from the lack of plot and several holes in the story.

Good:
- fun characters with enough differences between them to make them fun to read about. The characters are not what I would call fully fleshed out but they are not card board cutouts either. Not the kind of characters you fall in love with but not the kind that you forget as soon as you are done with the book.
- magic system was fun and uncomplicated you got the feeling that you understood it without really understanding it if you get the drift. As the story goes when they use magic you have that feeling of yeah I could see that but when you stop and think about it really you have no idea. A nice bit of illusion that I appreciate.
- I usually hate flashbacks but this was done in an interesting way with you getting good background information about both the world and Nate.

Bad:
- The most irritating part of the book is that he continually has the same situation pop up where the hero cannot do anything else but cooperate with the villain. Or gets pushed into doing something he does not want to do by some third party. This happens so constantly that I becomes the only way that the hero does anything. After reading the book I cannot think of one situation that he was not pushed into doing something never does he come up with the plan that moves the plot forward. I mean come on is he a nimrod or something he never discovers anything.
- The plot itself was highly dependent on a lot of not thinking overall it just did not come together for me as a good plan by anyone.
- Price there are a lot of Kindle books that are both better for less that does not diminish the fact that the book is good but it does limit the audience that this book will have as it was the last book on my list I read a lot and like to go cheap before taking the chance on losing 5 books on a mess.

Overall:
Overall it was fun and enjoyable and I would recommend it to those who want a good action book. Don't think to much about the plot and try not to get irritated that the hero kind of gets pushed around by everyone. But seriously I did enjoy the book and did think it was a fun light read. Will I read the squeal? Yes like I said it had some irritating things about it but more often then not I was ingrossed in the book and enjoyed the world and the characters.
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