Crimes Against Magic

Crimes Against Magic It s been almost ten years since Nathan Garrett woke on a cold warehouse floor with nothing but a gun a sword and no idea of who he was or how he got there His only clue a piece of paper with his na

  • Title: Crimes Against Magic
  • Author: Steve McHugh
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  • It s been almost ten years since Nathan Garrett woke on a cold warehouse floor with nothing but a gun, a sword, and no idea of who he was or how he got there His only clue a piece of paper with his name on it Since then, he s discovered he s a powerful sorcerer and has used his abilities to work as a thief for hire But he s never stopped hunting for his true identity,It s been almost ten years since Nathan Garrett woke on a cold warehouse floor with nothing but a gun, a sword, and no idea of who he was or how he got there His only clue a piece of paper with his name on it Since then, he s discovered he s a powerful sorcerer and has used his abilities to work as a thief for hire But he s never stopped hunting for his true identity, and those who erased his memory have never stopped hunting for him When the barrier holding his past captive begins to crumble, Nathan swears to protect a young girl who is key to his enemy s plans But with his enemies closing in, and everyone he cares about becoming a target for their wrath, Nathan is forced to choose between the life he s built for himself and the one buried deep inside him.Crimes Against Magic is an Urban Fantasy set in modern day London with Historical flashbacks to early fifteenth century France It s book one of the Hellequin Chronicles, a series about Nathan Nate Garrett, a centuries old sorcerer.

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    1. Steve McHugh

      Steve s been writing from an early age, his first completed story was done in an English lesson Unfortunately, after the teacher read it, he had to have a chat with the head of the year about the violent content and bad language The follow up One boy and his frog was less concerning to his teachers and got him an A.It wasn t for another decade that he would start work on a full length novel, the result of which Crimes Against Magic is now available from.He was born in a small village called Mexborough, South Yorkshire, but now lives with his wife and three young daughters in Southampton.

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    1. My paternal grandmother used to tell a story. When my dad was a small boy late one night in the dark house (out in the country, no lights "on" in the house so when I say dark it was dark) my grandparents were awakened by a loud thump.Thump!Then they heard, "well huh. I fell out of bed."Well huh, I've found a good UF series.The first UF novel/series I got interested in was the Harry Dresden series by Jim Butcher. I'm a huge fan of the Dresden books and they started me "off on a search" for other [...]

    2. Pre-review rating: 3.75 stars. I must have been somewhat inebriated when I first rated this book.Post-review rating: 4.258 stars. Yeah, that's more like it.Why the Murderous Crustaceans strongly urge you to read this book, or else… think the Little Barnacles might find some moderate enjoyment in this reasonably entertaining book:① It's UF written by a male author, aka one of the scarcest resources in this estrogen-ruled genre. This is such a rare occurrence that even Helga, my marginally rut [...]

    3. It's about time I write a review for A Crime Against Magic, so here we go!To be honest, I was a bit surprised with this book. Basically it's an UF, but an UF on a high octane that has a super-fast pacing that feels almost like a thriller. Plus, The book tells the story of two timelines - one is the present, and the second timeline occurs about 600 years in the past. Both timelines have a fast pacing and are very enjoyable. The different timelines are very distinct, as the present timeline feels [...]

    4. 3.5 stars. I enjoyed this book. It had a lot of action and I liked the magic of the world and the urban fantasy setting. But I did feel like there was something missing for me. Nate, the main character and sorcerer seemed a bit 2 dimensional, a kind of stud/007 sorcerer. I kept visualising a Jason Stratham type. Do I like it enough to continue the series? The jury's out

    5. After some deliberation, two stars. I wanted to like this book more than I did. I really did. It had an interesting premise - a sorcerer wakes up with amnesia. He doesn't truly know who he is or what exactly is going on. All he knows is that people close to him are threatened. He has to discover who he is to protect those he cares about. Good stuff.That was pretty much where my troubles with this book began. First, the main character, Nathan. It felt like every time I turned the page a drop dead [...]

    6. I wanted to like this, but found my discontent growing with each new chapter. I finally quit about three quarters in and can't help feeling relieved to just let it go.The writing is solid and the protagonist is interesting and I definitely wanted more of the world, but I just couldn't buy the plot. It doesn't help that the story jumps between modern day and fifteenth century France. That breaks up the narrative flow as much as you'd expect, but more, it provides the reader information that Natha [...]

    7. CAUTION: major spoilers+ the protagNathan was a Gary Stu. Most of the female characters he met wanted to bed him. All of the female characters wanted to be saved by him. It didn't matter if the ladies had powers of their own or that Nathan was amnesic and dazed, they wanted him on that fucking white horse riding to their rescue (figuratively speaking). I expected a Gary Stu, but I didn't expect Nathan to be a James Bond type. I was annoyed how practically all the ladies were made damsels in dist [...]

    8. I bought this book solely by chance -- it was one of the "Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought" books that was listed at when I browsed a couple of UF series. Since it was only $2.99, I thought okay, why not. I've always wanted to find more good UF series with male protagonist anyway.The protagonist is Nathan Garrett. Ten years ago, he woke up in a warehouse without memory what-so-ever. But over a decade he learned that he was a sorcerer. He works as a thief, that is how he gets paid. Unt [...]

    9. Take a Sam Spade / Harry Dresden first person gumshoe vantage point and the twist the story around to have a James Bondian love of women, cars and guns, a Jason Bournian loss of memory of learning to kick ass (and why), a Bruce Leesque love of Kung Fu, a parallel story line in 15th Century France and a cast of mashed up characters from myth and legend.The author tries to do an awful lot and, probably because of that, the more I read the more I kept saying 'No, you're not going there oh god, you [...]

    10. This is a very good start to a male-lead urban fantasy series. The concepts were familiar, but the author gives them all his own distinct spin. McHugh touches on some very recognizable figures in fantasy and folk legends and mythology and in a way that made me go "Hmm!". It's pretty gritty and quite violent. I'm not sure I was in love with the sexuality expressed in the story though. However, this book definitely keeps your eyes glued to the pages, and the magic was fascinating and darkly alluri [...]

    11. It was hard to rate this book. It was my very first audio book and it turns out I quite enjoy listening to a book.I'm just not sure about the story. I liked the main character (Nate) but I just did not get hooked. Is that because of the storyline and characters or is it because it's an audiobook? I'm just not sureI loved the two timelines, the main character and the action! I bought the second book (as an audiobook) so I obviously liked Nate enough to give it another go. :)

    12. Full Review originally at Fantasy Book Critic OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: Crimes Against Magic is Steve McHugh’s debut novel and is a dual story feature. I was very much interested in this story because of its Jason Bourne-like origin. I approached the author and he graciously agreed. I wanted to see how the book would hold up since it promised lots of action, magic & intrigue.Nathan Garrett is a sorcerer who is living currently as a thief in London, he however remembers his life only ten years pas [...]

    13. This book is a really good example of why self-publishing (or publishing through a very small press, can't tell for sure which this is) shouldn't be an author's first choice (as opposed to actually submitting it to several major publishers). 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. A good editor's discipline could have turned this into a good book instead of a [...]

    14. A really fun read, with lots of action, humor, magic, friendships and a good amount of fighting and blood. ;) I had a great time reading it - and the series will help tide me over until the next Harry Dresden book will be out. Really good urban fantasy with a thieving wizzard whonhasnto find out who he is, after 10 years without his memories.

    15. really enjoyed this book 5 stars all the way I would say to anyone to read this if they like the magical side of things thank you to a friend that recommended it to me I will be reading the rest of the series

    16. Mindless badassery. Dude runs around London punching people out and rescuing women. I got most of the way through this but wasn't interested enough to finish it.

    17. If there were any issues with this book, I couldn't find them. The main character, Nathan, was fantastic. A little psychotic, powerful, and willing to protect those who needed it. In short, my favourite kind of guy. ;) Yeah, yeah, we all know I have issues. I'm cool with that.A friend recommended I read this book and I both hate and love her for it. Hate because I stayed up late reading and have ignored responsibilities. Sorry, work, we both knew you'd be the one to suffer. And love because, hol [...]

    18. Testosterone laden thrill ride between past and present Magic! "I know what you are. You’re the thing the monsters fear.” – Ivy, The Hellequin Chronicles “If you believe, as the Greeks did, that man is at the mercy of the gods, then you write tragedy. The end is inevitable from the beginning. But if you believe that man can solve his own problems and is at nobody’s mercy, then you will probably write melodrama.” – Lillian Hellman “So, Nate, I’ve heard rumours that you’re ac [...]

    19. During my quest to find any and all examples of good Urban Fantasy novels, started by my love of the Felix Castor stories, I have found many strange and wonderful worlds - That of Jack Nightingale, Constable Grant and Matthew Swift to name but a few. And now to my utter joy, here is Nathan "Nate" Garrett, who awoke in a warehouse ten years ago with no knowledge of who he is. His only clues - A gun, a Sword and a piece of paper with his name on it, along with a tendency to practice magic. And the [...]

    20. This was an interesting urban fantasy involving Legends, Sorcerers, Gargoyl, Werewolves and Myths. Nathan Garret wokeup, a decade ago, with no memories of his past. He learns that he's a highly skilled sorcerer and use his talents to work as a thief. He is a bit of an anti-hero, with a sense of humor. The plot is fast paced and told in flash backs from fifteenth century France and alternating to present day London. During a case which involves his sixteen years old neighbor he is confronted by h [...]

    21. 3.5stars. Didn't think I liked urban fantasy but it seems much more palatable via audio. Listened to this after lots of recommendations and found it entertaining and interesting enough to pick up the 2nd in the series. Fun and an easy read/listen

    22. Synopsis: 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 thre [...]

    23. 3.5 stars. Liked it but didn't love it. It's action-packed urban fantasy with an interesting premise although I didn't connect with the MC and I couldn't see an overarching theme or storyline that would keep me invested in the whole series. (view spoiler)[The question of Nate's memories and his vendetta against Mordred were surprisingly resolved by the end of this book. I would have thought the whole regaining his memories things would be the long-term plot point. Oh well. (hide spoiler)] There [...]

    24. 3.5 stars. Immersive dark urban fantasy about a thief who woke up tabula rasa ten years ago. As he takes jobs that are not at all what they seem, his memory begins to return but it might not return fast enough to save him and those he must protect.

    25. Nathan Garrett has had his memory taken from him and has therefore spent the last ten years knowing nothing about himself but his first and last name. He's spent the intermittent years working as a thief, using magic when necessary to get by. When a chance meeting leads little droplets of memory returning, Nathan has no idea just how complicated the life he left behind was. If that were not enough, an old enemy has surfaced and is determined to take make the people Nathan cares about pay to brin [...]

    26. 'Crimes Against Magic' is one of the first debut novels I have had the pleasure of being asked to review. It's author Steve McHugh had 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 [...]

    27. So a guy wakes up on an old warehouse floor, not knowing who or what he is. Laying next to him are a gun, a sword, and a piece of paper with a single name written on itThis book begins ten years later. He has slowly learned that he is a sorcerer of some kind, but knows nothing of his background or identity. He is making a living as a thief for hire to get by. These are the kinds of stories that I really enjoy. The book slowly reveals details about this guys identity, and you learn it as he is le [...]

    28. Too Simon Greenish for me. Some people love his writing - I don't. If that's your bag - read this, you'll like it. While it is Urban Fantasy (which I love), it's missing something and I was tired of the protagonist by Chapter 4. I get turned off by characters that are so perfect. His main character shoots people right between the eyes, is stronger than ten men and has a son that is smarter than your honor student. OK I made that last part up but after a while, I just get the feeling the author i [...]

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