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Crimes Against Magic by Steve McHugh

Crimes Against Magic (2012)

by Steve McHugh

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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 and the only clues to his identity a piece of paper with his name on it and a propensity toward magic. Now he's a powerful sorcerer and a successful thief for hire, but it turns out that those who stole his memories aren't done with him yet. When they cause a job to go bad, threatening a sixteen-year-old girl, Nate swears to protect her. But with his enemies closing in and the barrier holding back his memories beginning to crumble, Nate is forced to confront his forgotten life in the hope of stopping an enemy he can't remember. Crimes Against Magic is a dark, fast-paced urban fantasy torn between modern-day London and fifteenth-century France.… (more)
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I enjoyed this book. It's not groundbreaking or anything, but there is an interesting story here. A powerful wizard who lost his memory and is being hunted by other powerful beings has a lot of potential to be a really good series, and this one was entertaining enough that I'm looking forward to the next one. ( )
  jrg1316 | Jun 20, 2019 |
good read. unique characters ( )
  stormy50 | Dec 5, 2018 |
Crimes Against Magic
The Hellequin Chronicles, Book 1
By: Steve McHugh
Narrated by: James Langton
This is an outstanding book! Read these books in order! This starts this great series in which Nate can't remember his past. He knows he has powers but he just doesn't know how powerful he really is or who he really is... it is so exciting. The characters are awesome and as more is revealed, the better it gets! All of these characters are so awesome. The author is telling two tales at once, one in the past and one now. It is for a reason later... The plot is so good and all weaves with later books. Great fantasy, characters, lots of action, fantasy, and the freshness is so thrilling! I am absorbing it all! I am trying to squeeze as much Hellequin Chronicles time in as possible!
The narrator is sooooo perfect for these books. I have listened to them so much, I almost start to talk British, lol. For this midwest American gal that would be something! ( )
  MontzaleeW | Apr 13, 2018 |
for urban fantasy, most pieces pull together fairly well - on the down side - the main character sleeps with most of the female characters - the principle is super powerful, but has amnesia - the primary strategy appears to be brute force (little intelligent planning or scheming)
probably won't read more by author ( )
  jason9292 | Mar 9, 2018 |
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 bring about and end to their centuries old feud.

Crimes Against Magic floats between 15th century France and the present day. I normally don't have a problem with flashbacks if they add something significant to the story but found that they kept pulling me away from the exciting action that was happening in the present. Furthermore, any tension in 15 century France was impossible to maintain for the simple fact that we know that hundreds of years later, Nathan would be facing the antagonist once again. If anything, the time in the 15th century was used for a blatant info dump about who Nathan is. It certainly didn't add anything to the current days meta.

In what should have been an interesting twist, McHugh created an extremely magically diverse world. Picture a world in which werewolves, vampires, King Arthur and his court, Mordred, gargoyles, The Fates and Achilles are real and have a role to play. It should have been epic but at times it really just felt like supernatural name dropping. For instance, what is the point of invoking a wizard as powerful as Merlin but then not utilizing him as a character whatsoever? Even Achilles was a fake.

There are several familiar themes running through Crimes Against Magic. It's best described as Harry Dresden meets Jason Bourne meets James Bond. I must admit to being excited by the premise; however, it quickly became clear that Nathan Garrett is little more than an epic Gary Stu. Nathan is so perfect that women either want to play the damsel for him, sacrifice themselves for him, or fuck his brains out. What they all have in common is that they are all gorgeous. This means that none of the female characters, even those who are powerful, really get the development that they deserve. Instead, we got the pleasure of having a woman beaten near to death for Nathan's pain. Sure Nathan feels bad but once he figures out who he really is, he's got better things to do than stick around.

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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.

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