Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Book Review and Giveaway: Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong

Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publication: Dutton Adult; First Edition edition (July 24, 2012)

Description: The #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong delivers the novel her fans have been clamoring for: Thirteen, the epic finale of the Otherworld series.

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.

My Thoughts: This was a lovely, satisfying conclusion to one of my favorite series. It had all the danger, excitement, and wonderful characters of the novels that came before it. I was also really glad to see that most of the characters from the earlier novels had a role in this one. 

I don't want to provide spoilers for anyone who might be sensitive to those. But I can say that the battle to defeat Giles De Rais was hard and took all the courage and intelligence that the characters have developed over the course of this long series. This story also saw Savannah come into her own as a full-fledged and grown up Woman of the Otherworld.

I liked the way that the story began with and ended with Elena so that we could see how far she had come through a number of hard fought battles. We could also see where she was now and breathe a sigh of relief for the way things turned out for her. 

The final note from Kelley also gives us some hope that we might someday see more from the Otherworld. I liked that the story didn't really end. We can feel confident that there is still more love and more adventure in store for the characters we have come to love which is their version of "and they lived happily ever after."

I recommend this one highly to lovers of urban fantasy. But don't start with this one. Start with Bitten and get to know all the men and women of the Otherworld.

Favorite Quote:
"All right then," Mom said. "You and I can take showers, and then we'll hit the road. Jamie? You just keep on resting. You don't need to wash that blood out of your hair. It's red anyway. And I'm pretty sure that isn't puke--

Jamie was in the bathroom, slamming the door, before she finished.
The lovely folks at Dutton sent me a finished copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I had already pre-ordered (and received) my own copy. This means that I will be giving away my second copy to one of my followers who lives in the United States. Fill out the form below for your chance to get a copy for yourself.

This contest will end at midnight August 21 and the winner will be chosen using on Aug. 22.

1 comment:

  1. I'm sorry to say that I haven't checked out this series yet. It sounds amazing.


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