This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Xpresso Book Tours. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.The Thirteenth Gate by Kat Ross
Series: Dominion Mysteries #2
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: June 26, 2017
Format: ARC, E-book
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
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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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There are two story lines that are happening simultaneously in The Thirteenth Gate but there is also a point where they intersect. The investigation of partners Lady Vivienne Cumberland and Alec Lawrence take place in London. They are after a man that Lady Vivienne suspected as being Jack the Ripper but lacked enough proof to bring him to trial. Without enough proof, the suspect was placed in a private mental hospital for close observation to determine his mental stability. Although Lady Vivienne had insisted that he was a dangerous criminal and that he should be dealt with as such, her pleas were ignored. Now an orderly has been killed and the man suspected as being Jack the Ripper is once again on the loose. Except he is truly not a man at all. More like a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
The other storyline in this book involves the investigation of partners Harrison “Harry” Fearing Pell and John Weston. Harry and John were introduced in the prequel to this story, The Daemoniac. Harry has been working as consulting detective and John is a med student who has been friends with Harry for a long time. Together they had brought closure to the case of the Mr. Hyde murders and now Harry has finally achieved one of her dreams, to be an investigator for the S.P.R., Society for Psychical Research. Now Harry is under pressure to prove that she is more than a one hit wonder. Both Harry and John are still recovering from the horrors of the Mr. Hyde murders and when they were brought in to investigate the grisly murder of an archeologist, they quickly realized that there was more at play here.
As the teams follow the clues it quickly becomes clear that there is a supernatural force that has been manipulating events with a larger masterplan in mind. I was kept on the edge of my seat as the characters kept being beset by misfortune and at each encounter were literally fighting for their lives. This story was definitely full of twists and turns. Even when there was a great reveal there was still more story left to play out. Nothing is certain as the story slowly unfolds and all I can say is that by the end you will want the story to continue.
If you have not read any of this Author’s previous books you might feel a bit confused at the start of the story as there is no big info dump. There is already a history between the main characters and you will feel like you are “walking” into a story already in play. With that said, do not worry, the information will come gradually and by the end all will be explained. If you are interested in reading the books with these characters beforehand then I would recommend reading The Daemoniac for Harry and John’s adventures. For Lady Vivienne and Alec, you would read The Fourth Element series.
I found this story quite enjoyable without having read The Fourth Element series. After having read The Thirteenth Gate, I would highly recommend reading all of Author Kat Ross’s books. Her characters really come to life, her plots and sub-plots tie together nicely, and the writing itself is very vivid, a most enjoyable read. I enjoyed the magic, gore, mystery, and gritty feel that I experienced while reading this book. I encourage you to pick up a copy of The Thirteenth Gate and give it a read, you will love reading this amazing story.
*Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours and Author Kat Ross for this complimentary copy of The Thirteenth Gate*