Thirteen (Review)

Book cover for "Thirteen" by Kelley Armstrong.Title: Thirteen

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Publication Year: 2012

Pages: 480

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy

Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library

From the cover:

A war is brewing and the first battle has already been waged. After rescuing her half brother from supernatural medical testing, Savannah Levine — a young witch of remarkable power and a dangerous pedigree — is battered, but still standing. The Supernatural Liberation Movement took him hostage, and they have a maniacal plan to expose the supernatural world to the unknowing.

Savannah is fighting to save her world as witches, werewolves, necromancers, vampires, half-demons, and all the forces of good and evil — including the genetically modified werewolves known as hell hounds — enter the fray. Uniting Savannah with Adam, Elena, Clay, Paige, Lucas, Jaime, Hope, and other denizens of the Otherworld, Thirteen is a thrilling conclusion to this blockbuster series.

(This is the thirteenth and final book in the Women of the Otherworld series, after Bitten, Stolen, Dime Store Magic, Industrial Magic, Haunted, Chaotic (novella), Broken, No Humans Involved, Personal Demon, Living With the Dead, Angelic (novella), Frostbitten, Counterfeit Magic (novella), Waking the WitchHidden (novella), and Spell Bound.)

I feel like this was probably the best ending this series could have had.

First of all, at some point in the book, all of the major characters play a part. Nobody’s left out for too long, even including a lot of the more minor players. I loved the focus on magic and the fight to be on the “right side”, and I thought Armstrong did a really great job in designing the lead-up to the final big conflict.

Thirteen is exciting, fun, heartwarming, and heartbreaking, all in one. Some of the things that go on between the characters – for example, Eve, Kristoff, and the Nast higher-ups – almost made my jaw drop completely.

I also liked the way that things were left a bit open at the end. Yes, the “big” problem is resolved, but it’s never implied that everyone lives happily and peacefully ever after. Rather, it’s an ending and a projection for the future that I think is more realistic, and leaves the way open for future adventures. This is something that I’ve had a bit of a problem with when reading fantasy series in the past, and I’m glad that Women of the Otherworld has avoided it.


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