Thirteen

Kelley Armstrong
Thirteen
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Publisher
Plume
Release Date
August 2013
ISBN
9780142196748
Series
Book 13 of The Otherworld Series
Genre
Urban Fantasy

SUMMARY
It's been more than ten years, a dozen installments, and hundreds of thousands of copies since Kelley Armstrong introduced readers to the all-too-real denizens of the Otherworld: witches, werewolves, necromancers, vampires, and half-demons, among others. And it's all been leading to Thirteen, the final installment, the novel that brings all of these stories to a stunning conclusion.

A war is brewing—the first battle has been waged and Savannah Levine is left standing, albeit battered and bruised. She has rescued her half brother from supernatural medical testing, but he's fighting to stay alive. The Supernatural Liberation Movement took him hostage, and they have a maniacal plan to expose the supernatural world to the unknowing.

Savannah has called upon her inner energy to summon spells with frightening strength, a strength she never knew she had, as she fights to keep her world from shattering. But it's more than a matter of supernaturals against one another—both heaven and hell have entered the war; hellhounds, genetically modified werewolves, and all forces of good and evil have joined the fray.

Uniting Savannah with Adam, Paige, Lucas, Jaime, Hope, and other lost-but-notforgotten characters in one epic battle, Thirteen is a grand, crowd-pleasing closer for Armstrong's legions of fans.

Book Review by Bridget (reviewer)
Sep 16, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
100 people found the following review helpful
Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld has been one of the seminal urban fantasy series of the past decade, and this concluding book does an admirable job wrapping up various plots and resolving relationships, and reminding readers that this is a world without beginning or an end. Fans looking for a pat ending might be disappointed in this installment, but those who know Ms Armstrong's knack for defying expectations will find a fast-paced, action-packed adventure here that will keep pages flipping feverishly.

Savannah Levine has managed to save her half-brother from the testing facility where supernatural creatures have been trapped as experiments, but her struggles seem to have only just begun. The war that has been brewing in the Otherworld seems to have finally been unleashed, as the Supernatural Liberation Movement continues its plans to reveal the supernatural to the unsuspecting mortals.

Without warning, Savannah finds herself at the center of a fight to save her very world from destruction, both from without and within. Together with the vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, necromancers and hell hounds of the Otherworld, this battle might very well determine the course of their future—or if they indeed have a future at all. With Ms Armstrong's penchant for shocking and occasionally torturing readers, be advised that there are some stunning, unexpected twists in this story, ensuring that even seasoned fans will be glued to each pulse-pounding scene.

It took me a little time to grow used to Savannah as a narrator, but since the series has changed perspectives before, it wasn't too difficult to learn to see the world through her eyes. She has become a remarkably strong, determined and compassionate heroine and I, for one, would not complain if more of her adventures were to be released in the future. Especially following the evolution of her relationship in this book with Adam, it seems that their adventures have only just begun. It seemed fitting, in a way, as well, since she has quite literally grown up along with this series, and now that she is old enough and strong enough to choose her own future, it seems fitting that she describe the actions of this final book. We do get to see parts of this novel through other characters' points of view, providing potent reminders how wide-reaching this series truly is.

It was also a wonderful treat to see most all of the other characters that I came to love reappear in the course of this story. Eve, Kristoff, Elena, Clay, even a few who left the world some time ago…each character was worked into the plot with skill, but their appearance also serves as potent reminders of the many turns and twists this series has taken, from the thrilling to the heart-rending.

What made this book such a success for me was the obvious consciousness that Kelley Armstrong had when crafting this book. The ending isn't the neat, tied-with-string conclusion that readers might expect, but it seemed wonderfully fitting for a series that has been so changeable and action-packed. There's also the open-ended offer that readers will encounter some of these characters in spin-off stories or novellas sometime in the future. I have had my issues with this series and many of the choices Kelley Armstrong has made in the course of it, but her introduction to this book was a beautiful explanation of the way her writing developed, and convinced me that this book is a credit to a series that will not soon be forgotten. I will be among those eagerly awaiting the new characters and engrossing worlds that she will create in future books, hopefully including some of the beautiful, eccentric and intricately crafted characters who have graced the pages of this exceedingly exciting read.
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