Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Women of the Otherworld #13
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Dark fantasy, Paranormal fantasy, Strong women
5th sentence, 74th page: Not your mommy.
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 maelstorm. 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 their lives. They are fighting for their loved ones.
They are fighting for the Otherworld.
This was an absolutely AMAZING finale to this series! Although there are a number of short stories and novellas that follow and tell you how the many characters have continued life after the war, this was the final of the actual novels. And it was an epic final battle. I loved that although the majority of this story was told from Savannah’s point of view (like the preceding two books), the main players from the other books also had their own chapters. It’s almost the last section of a three part book – making it impossible to put Waking the Witch, Spellbound OR 13 down.
The Women of the Otherworld storyline felt a little staggered and haphazard (but still awesome) at the beginning of the series. But after a while, there seemed to be a larger storyline at work throughout the different tales. 13 provided a fantastic wrap up of this. Although, as it says at the end, more adventures are awaiting them. But the major points of the story are tied up, and there is an overarching feeling of a happy ending and a bright new future ahead for everyone.
There is something poetic about the fact that a paranormal series has thirteen books, and the final book is called 13. The cover art, the name and the number in the series all work beautifully to add onto the feel and theme that has been created throughout the series. I was actually kind of sad to turn the last page of this story. Only to remember that there are some short stories left to read…