Monday, August 6, 2012

Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong

The #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong delivers the novel her fans have been clamoring for: 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; hell hounds, 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-not forgotten characters in one epic battle, Thirteen is a grand, crowd-pleasing closer for Armstrong’s legions of fans.

The final book in the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong, and I...I just...WOW! I've been in love with this series and the characters since the very first book: Bitten, and I was not disappointed with seeing them again in this final farewell. Kelley always brought out the best in her characters throughout the series. In Thirteen, it was wonderful that a chapter was dedicated to each of the strongest women in the series, really going back to the roots of where this series began.

I could never have envisioned an action-packed, emotional and intense ending like this. I did find the political side, the fighting amongst the Cabals and Savannahs trial, to be slow paced but still very important to the overall story. I would have liked to see more of the Pack, because let's face it; that is where this series began. But at the same time Kelley introduced us to a whole new world, filled with amazing primary and secondary characters. And Savannah might be young yet, but she was one of those characters who really needed their story told. Over the past two books leading to this end, we have seen Savannah grow into a powerful, mature woman with a new-found respect for others.

Personal and underlying relationships are changed forever as they fight to save the world from a supernatural being with an almost unbelievable past. Enemies and allies must work together while trying to prevent losses on both sides, and emotions run high as the danger increases with each turn-of-the-page.

Kelley wrapped up this series with a conclusion that works perfectly for the characters. It's not quite the happy ending you might expect, but Kelley is a gifted writer that gives her all in everything that she does, and Women of the Otherworld fans were given nothig less in this satisfying end to a teriffic series.

1 comment:

  1. Great review Amy, I wish I'd kept up with this series now!


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