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[Review] 13 by Kelley Armstrong

13 (THIRTEEN)
Kelley Armstrong

Cover Copy: War is coming to the Otherworld. A sinister cult known as The Supernatural Liberation Movement is hell-bent on exposing the truth about supernaturals to the rest of the world. Their violent, ruthless plan has put everyone at risk: from werewolves to vampires, from witches to half-demons.

Savannah Levine – fiery and unpredictable – stands at the heart of the maelstrom. There is a new, dark magic inside her, granting her the power to summon spells of terrifying strength. But whether this magic is a gift or a curse, no one knows.

On the eve of battle, all the major players must come together in a last, desperate fight for survival – Elena and Clay; Adam and Savannah; Paige and Lucas; Jeremy and Jaime; Hope, Eve and more…They are fighting for lives.

They are fighting for their loved ones.

They are fighting for the Otherworld.

My Thoughts: Oh my. What a fabulous ending to a fabulous series! Where do I begin? How do I begin without giving away spoilers?!

Multiple narrators: In 13, Armstrong gives us the story from several of our favourite characters: Savannah, Elena, Jaime, Eve, Hope, and Paige. I think Elena and Eve are still my favourite characters, but Savannah has grown on me. She might be a close third.

Lots of danger and action. What I liked about the last three books in the series is how well Armstrong built up and presented the Otherworld as being on the brink of war. When compared to other series where the worlds are “on the brink of war”, we saw very little action that would constitute a large scale battle such as war– typically we saw a murder or two and the characters extrapolated “this is an act of war” and suddenly there is war. Whereas Armstrong is not afraid of blowing up buildings, killing large groups of people, large scale threats against innocents. The same sort of acts that might be cause for war in real life. And she puts the main characters right into the thick of it. The threat of war seems far greater.

Savannah’s character development ends in a wonderful scene of high action and tension. I wonder if Adam gets that top for his Jeep or that ski vacation.

The women of the Otherworld are strong, and I love that the men aren’t Beta males, but they allow the women to be strong and don’t swoop in to save their women. There’s a great fight scene for Elena in 13.

Once again, Armstrong has delivered a high-octane, adrenaline-rush of a story with lots of action, hot guys and ruthless villains. I sure will miss the Otherworld series.

Rating: A
Series: Women of the Otherworld, #13
Publisher: Random House Canada
Acquired: purchased

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Sara Walker is the founder of Urban Fantasy Land, a website established in 2008 that specializes in promoting urban fantasy and speculative fiction through book reviews, author interviews and more. An author and a librarian by day, Sara loves to read and promote authors. Sara's articles and fiction have been published in print and online. She is also the founder of Kawartha Lakes Authors & Writers Network, a resource for writers & authors in the City of Kawartha Lakes. Find out more about Sara at SaraWalker.net.