Thursday, December 18, 2014

Review: Thirteen

Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was the final installment of the Women of the Otherworld series, but read more like the end of a Savannah trilogy. There were parts that felt like a wrap-up, but could just as easily tie into more books. Based on the author’s note at the end, though, it seems like we will just get short stories as follow-ups on our favorite characters. I can deal with that, and I can see where she’s coming from.

Savannah is still mostly powerless, but she has grown in leaps and bounds since the previous books. We have entered some real end of the world type situation now. Hell creatures are manifesting on earth, people who have been long dead are being summoned back into real-life bodies, demon lords are possessing people, and the “SLAM” movement has gotten completely out of control. The council, the pack, and even some Cabals are all working together for the first time in history. Savannah and Adam finally resolve all their issues in wonderful and awesome ways. I love this couple because they are adorable and young. They help balance out all the more mature couples that are still floating around.

Obviously the big story here is the supernatural reveal and the “good guys” attempting to stop it all from going wrong. The minor big bad is the anti-reveal movement folks that end up only screwing things up more than their counterparts. There are a lot of familiar faces in these groups, and it gave nice continuity to know what they were all up to. While some things are nicely tied up, I was left with a lot of “what happened?” for some loose ends along the way. Some storylines got only a short sentence letting us know how things ended up. I guess that was in the interest of time, but I thought at the very least we should see how the big impetus for Bryce’s situation resolved itself.

Overall, this book delivered a nice ending to the three book Savannah story and, thankfully, didn’t create a major bloodbath because it was the last installment. There were the twists and turns I’ve come to expect from this series, with a nice amount of character growth along the way. I’ve apparently got to pick up these short stories to fill in the gaps in my reading history because a lot of time between books is a black hole to me.

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