Jul 31, 2017

The Thirteenth Gate by Kat Ross || Blog Tour Review with Giveaway

Hello and welcome to my stop on the blog tour!

SERIES
A Dominion Mystery 2
PAGES
346, paperback
GENRE
Historical, Mystery, Young Adult
PUBLISHER
Acorn Publishing
PUBLISHED
June 26th 2017

 

 

  SUMMARY  

Winter 1888. At a private asylum in the English countryside, a man suspected of being Jack the Ripper kills an orderly and flees into the rain-soaked night. His distraught keepers summon the Lady Vivienne Cumberland—who's interviewed their patient and isn't sure he's a man at all. An enigmatic woman who guards her own secrets closely, Lady Vivienne knows a creature from the underworld when she sees one. And he’s the most dangerous she's ever encountered.

As Jack rampages through London, this time targeting rare book collectors, Lady Vivienne begins to suspect what he's looking for. And if he finds it, the doors to purgatory will be thrown wide open...

Across the Atlantic, an archaeologist is brutally murdered after a Christmas Eve gala at the American Museum of Natural History. Certain peculiar aspects of the crime attract the interest of the Society for Psychical Research and its newest investigator, Harrison Fearing Pell. Is Dr. Julius Sabelline's death related to his recent dig in Alexandria? Or is the motive something darker?

As Harry uncovers troubling connections to a serial murder case she’d believed was definitively solved, two mysteries converge amid the grit and glamor of Gilded Age New York. Harry and Lady Vivienne must join forces to stop an ancient evil. The key is something called the Thirteenth Gate. But where is it? And more importantly, who will find it first?

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  REVIEW  

book review rating 4 out of 5

A WEEKEND SET aside to enjoy some quality time with one of my favorite authors, Kat Ross, and her new release The Thirteenth Gate, has, as I'd hoped, been very enjoyable.

As a huge fan of The Fourth Element series going through a bit of withdrawal, The Thirteenth Gate is the perfect genre, mash-up remedy. Many characters from The Fourth Element intersect in this book, including Lady Vivienne (Tijah) and Alec Lawrence (Achaemenes), and a few other unsavory creatures from the Dominion. To see Achaemenes transform from a bonded daēvas (still is) to Alec–a dapper, Victorian gentleman with a wicked cane sword– makes my heart sing. Vivienne and Alec don't simply make an appearance. I was so happy that they had a fully developed story arc that eventually converge with investigators, Harrison Pell and John Weston, as they solve the mystery of a man suspected of being Jack the Ripper amid the glamor of Gilded Age New York.

I thought Ms. Ross marries the world of science and paranormal seamlessly, applying well-researched, scientific principles to an intricately detailed investigation where the clues unfold to reveal a wholly plausible, yet deeply sinister case of supernatural phenomena.

The mastery of The Thirteenth Gate is that it is a story propelled by the thrill of suspense, yet beautifully centered on emotions that tug at my heart. I couldn't help feeling melancholic for bonded heroes, Lady Vivienne and Alec, whose complex relationship and deep connection redefines the meaning of desire and sacrifice. I have always enjoyed Ms. Ross’ unique style of romance-to love quietly, secretly; to sacrifice deeply, unconditionally. It was beautiful and complex. But, my feelings for Harry were more mixed this time around. She seemed more youthful and prideful. Fortunately, Harry is an astute character who recovers well. Ms. Ross was exceptionally strategic in exploiting Harry’s flaw to deliver a gripping climax.

I really enjoyed The Thirteenth Gate. Ms. Ross leaves few leaves unturned, delivering a balanced conclusion of revelations, resolutions, and the hallmarks of more mysteries from the Dominion in future installments.

{Thank you to the Kat Ross and Acorn Publishing for kindly giving me this book free of charge, which does not influence my review.}

 

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  AUTHOR BIO  

Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She lives in Westchester with her kid and a few sleepy cats. Kat is also the author of the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day (Skyscape, 2014), about a world where the sea levels have risen sixty meters. She loves magic, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Preferably with mutants.

Find Kat Ross: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

 

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