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The Thirteenth Gate
(Dominion Mysteries #2)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: June 26th 2017
Genres: Historical, Mystery, Young Adult
Winter 1888. At an 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, Lady Vivienne begins to suspect what he’s searching 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. 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?
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.
When books in a series claim to be a stand-alone read, I’m wary to the idea and feel the need to start the series from the first book; however, I couldn’t help but feel drawn to check this one out. I yearn for the time of the 19th century – pre-technology days – a more simple, yet enthralling time period that held a lot of secrets. The heroine, Lady Vivienne has a fiery side that I instantly felt a kinship with as I read through her fight against evil powers.
I thought the mystical/fantasy element would destroy the historical placement of the story but it only enhanced the read! The fantasy elements wrapped everything in a hug, softly infusing into the story by giving us a heroine who faces her own fears to protect others. Add in a secondary characters with Alec, John, and Harry and the force that they push back against the depths of hell is unstoppable….or will they meet a fate too dark?
There were moments where I felt the story was a bit drawn out — although, I think my lack of patience for “being in the know” was the culprit for this feeling of needing to rush to the point. I literally had chills, goosebumps, and felt fearful with the illuminating descriptions of each scene. I loved the set of characters (who have lead me back to wanting to read the first!) but it was the villains who gripped me tightly throughout the book. The romance was light and not the focus – which I was grateful for! If you enjoy a darker mystery that will pull you into a fantasy world, this work of devilry writing will hold you tightly from start to finish.