I loved, loved, LOVED this book! As an Otherworld fan and groupie, it is my personal opinion that Kelley could not have ended the series any better...
All the leading characters that we've fallen in love with throughout the series were there, the action was insane, the revelations incredible, the 'closure' on some issues exactly what I would have wished for, and yet she left little tendrils to give us a few extra stories that she stated in the 'Note From the Author' would come in a few anthologies staring in 2014.
In short, it was a fabulous conclusion novel and I would highly recommend it and the entire WOMEN OF THE OTHERWORLD/OTHERWORLD STORIES series. If you're looking for a high-octane thrill-ride, then Thirteen is for you. And if you like your Urban Fantasy with lots of diversity, then most definitely check out THE WOMEN OF THE OTHERWORLD and the OTHERWORLD STORIES!
I am desperately going to miss this series, but am definitely looking forward to Kelley's tie up novellas next year!
Oleofox, February 5, 2013 (view all comments by Oleofox)
Epic conclusion to an amazing series. I have been with this series from the start and have loved every minute of it. The world and characters are so engaging and entertaining. This book truly is one of the best endings I have read for a series. Kelley Armstrong has spectacularly woven a story that blends various narrators seamlessly together to tell an action packed story. While old characters make reappearances to great effect. The only question I'm still left with is in regards to the pendant on the cover of the book. I do not see how that ties in with the series at all (and I was one of the lucky 13 who won a limited edition replica of it via a release contest via Penguin). Despite that one lingering question I completely loved this book and the short story involving Elena. I am definitely looking forward to other shorts that the author has mentioned publishing in the future. I'd really like a final story about Cassandra and Aaron. So in a way, the supernatural world that she created, is not totally gone forever.
MelHay, September 9, 2012 (view all comments by MelHay)
Heaven and Hell are just as divided as the supernaturals in the human world. Lots of fighting on supernaturals coming out to the humans and Lord Balaam has decided to Rule in the human world. Savannah has to find a way to get through the paranormal world on her minimal magic now, and has picked up quickly and is a major piece in the war to come, fighting rogue drugged werewolves, hellhounds, and a sorcerer, along with demons. All to be surprised with someone's visit. The Supernatural Liberation Movement is fighting to show the world who the supernatural are, and change it for them, along with the vaccine of 'immortality' as well.
We start exactly where Spell Bound ended with Savannah, Bryce and Adam walking away from the lab that just blew up and fell down around them. The vaccine...do you remember the virus from Spell Bound? Yeap, it's back. Hot and heavy mess with it here. We are reminded of this that will grant immortality with a mix of supernatural DNA in it. We learn more about this vaccine, which is a virus.
Savannah's mom is found to be more special than suspected and coveted by others. Putting Savannah and Jaime Vegas on the radar for trouble. Then we have Hope, who comes to the foreground due to who her father is. All our characters in the Underworld series are in teams working on this huge issue of breakouts and the SLAM (the Supernatural Liberation Movement, as Savannah has branded them) group.
Savannah gets some treasured time with someone special. She has also learned to handle being weak in the magic area, learning to adapt in other ways, making her a stronger person.
Some references back to Waking the Witch and Spell Bound in the case we are working through. I'm sure more references are made to the other ten books as well, with the characters showing up, but shame on me for not reading them yet.
The book is from Savannah's point of view. But there is a chapter here and there that are of anothers eyes so we see and know whats happening and getting a bigger story. The characters he hear from briefly: Jaime, Elena, Paige, Hope, and Eve.
Oh, and if you are curious about Savannah and Adam. Well, you'll have to read the book. ;)
This story I think YA readers could easily follow through with from the previous two books. I will mention there is sexual content, not that you get details while happening, but you know it's happened. So safe it's to read.
I will say I do love Savannah and hope to see her in a few short stories in the future. It would be nice to see these characters, the ones that make it out, again. And there are a few stories here to be told.
I really enjoy this vast world of demons, witches, werewolves, vampires, and so much more supernatural. Definitely a series to visit with so much available in it. Well done Kelley. I do want more, and will have to pick up the beginning books to get it, and hope for future tales as well.
From Russia, with Love
This is a short story at the end of the book that I think many long time series followers will love. Where the series started, it should end as well. Very nice touch by Kelley. I don't want to give anything away as it's full from the start, and might also give you something about the ending of Thirteen as well.
I even enjoyed reading this short story and getting to see the twins, and more action with the characters. I think it would be wonderful if Kelley could pick up with the twins in the future, for short stories and such.
SuzG, August 6, 2012 (view all comments by SuzG)
This is the final installment in Armstrong's excellent supernatural series. The conflict in the story is carried over from previous books so I think it is important to be very familiar with the world Armstrong has created and its characters. The action is exciting and fast-paced and it seems as if every character from all the previous books is here in the finale. And although I appreciate her attempt to give her fans once last chance to spend time with their favorite characters, I kept being distracted in the second half of the book by the "head hopping" of the narration between all these people. I do not mind seeing the drama unfold in a story from multiple people's perspectives, but it felt forced and sometimes confusing to me.
Rare and never-before published short stories featuring fan favorites from the New York Times bestselling series
Its been more than ten years since Kelley Armstrong began the Otherworld series and drew legions of fans to a realm roamed by witches, werewolves, necromancers, vampires, and half-demons. Many of the novels have become bestselling favorites, but not all of the Otherworld adventures have been easy to find. At last, Otherworld Nights shares short stories that have previously been available only online or in obscure collections. Fans have long been clamoring for this anthology and they wont be disappointed—theyll find plenty of surprises are in store.
The gripping, epic finale to the bestselling Otherworld series
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.
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