Thirteen (Women of the Otherworld)
by Kelley Armstrong
Review by Gayle Surrette
Dutton Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780525952831
Date: 24 July 2012 List Price $26.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Kelley Armstrong has announced that Thirteen will be the last Otherworld novel. But don't panic, she did say that she'd be filling in with some short stories and maybe someday if there was a story that needed to be told there might be another book. Meanwhile, this hardcover includes an additional short story that takes place shortly after the events in the book.
Thirteen is just what you expect of an Otherworld novel -- action, adventure, some of your favorite characters in trouble maybe bad enough to get them killed, political backbiting among the cabals, and of course a big baddie looking to become the world leader in badness. Yup, it's got everything to keep you glued to your chair until you turn the last page.
Savannah Levine is front and center for Thirteen or as front and center as you can get in an ensemble piece. This is truly a good-bye ending as just about every character that is still alive plays some part in the story -- even some who will really surprise fans of the series.
Giles de Rais wants all the supernatural creatures to come out and take their rightful place as the rulers of humans. It's up in the air whether he's the real historical madman or just someone who thinks he is or is pretending he is. However, what he does is have a plan and a lot of followers, and it is up to Savannah, Adam, Jeremy Danvers, Jaime Vegas, Hope Adams, and Karl Marston among others to get to the bottom of this plot and stop it before it's too late.
Things get really tense. Armstrong doesn't give the readers much of a breather from the rapid pace of the action, but does provide a few chuckles and aha moments to break the tension here and there.
Things change in Thirteen, not just the people involved but the relationships between various people and their alliances and allegiances. Armstrong pulls together a lot of threads that have been flowing through previous books to bring the characters together for a great end-knot to the series.
If you're a fan of the series, this is a must read. If you haven't yet had the pleasure, start at the beginning and work your way through, getting to know and enjoy the characters and world of Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series.