The Thirteenth House (Twelve Houses Series #2) [NOOK Book]

Overview

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA
Read More Show Less
... See more details below
The Thirteenth House (Twelve Houses Series #2)

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$8.99
BN.com price

Overview

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Restless shape-shifter Kirra, having just fallen for a married man and been disowned by her otherwise loving family, needs a break at the start of bestseller Shinn's outstanding second novel in her Twelve Houses series (after 2004's Mystic and Rider). Kirra's younger sister, Casserah, provides her one. The newly titled Casserah is supposed to appear at the summer parties thrown by major lords of Gillengaria, but she could care less. Assuming Casserah's form, Kirra sets out on the social circuit in her stead to learn more about the nobles plotting to overthrow the king. Instead of taking the side of the ostensibly oppressed, Shinn dares to be a royalist, though not without sympathy to the underclasses. She brings back Kirra's companions from Mystic and Rider, adds several enjoyable new characters and paints their journey with a lyrical grace and deep appreciation of camaraderie reminiscent of Diane Duane at her best. Only the one-dimensional villain (always Shinn's weakest point) and the forehead-slapping stupidity of the infatuated lovers mar this superior fantasy series. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
The shiftling Kirra aids in the rescue of Lord Romar Brendyn, kidnapped by the minor lords before she returns to her home where she learns that her sister Casserah has been appointed heir to House Danalustrous. When Casserah proves reluctant to attend affairs outside the house, Kirra, shifting into her sister's shape, attends in her stead only to find herself falling in love with the already married Lord Romar. In the meantime, the Twelve Houses of Gillengaria continue their political maneuverings, watched by the ever-ambitious lords of the Thirteenth House. Set in a world of noble houses, shapeshifting mystics, and dexterous swordsmen, the sequel to Mystic and Rider further develops Shinn's new series characters and introduces new plot elements. Shinn (the "Archangel" trilogy) provides a wealth of action and a balanced cast of genuinely heroic and admirable characters. For most fantasy collections. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Lyrical and entertaining fantasy, second in The Twelve Houses series begun with Mystic and Rider (2005). Shapeshifter and mystic healer Kirra is sent on a mission to rescue Romar Brendyn, the abducted regent of Gillengaria. Successful, Kirra returns home to Danalustrous, where she learns that she has been passed over as heir in favor of her non-shiftling half-sister, Casserah. When Casserah refuses to leave Danalustrous to pay a social visit to each of the Twelve Houses, Kirra offers to assume her shape and go in her place. While visiting the other houses, she runs again into Regent Romar, and an attack on the regent's life forces Kirra to reveal herself to him in order to save his life. They must find the cause of this unrest among the houses if they are to keep Princess Amalie and the regent alive and prevent mystic-fearing factions from taking control. Peopled by well-drawn characters that readers can really bond with, Shinn's tale of a land divided among those who wield magic and those who do not trust it abounds with subtle romance and high-spirited adventure. Ideal for readers who like a little romance with their fantasy.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440684784
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/27/2007
  • Series: Twelve Houses Series , #2
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 122,833
  • File size: 725 KB

Meet the Author

Sharon Shinn is a journalist who works for a trade magazine. Her first novel, The Shapechanger's Wife, was selected by  Locus as the best first fantasy novel of 1995. She has won the William C. Crawford Award for Outstanding New Fantasy Writer, and was twice nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has lived in the Midwest most of her life.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 46 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(23)

4 Star

(10)

3 Star

(10)

2 Star

(2)

1 Star

(1)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 46 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2006

    Great Book

    This book was so good I couldn't put it down. I brought it to work and school with me so when I had a spare moment I could read it. It was just as good as the first book, but in a different way. I know this one just came out, but I can't wait for the third!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2006

    Dissapointed...

    After reading the first book, 'Mystic and Rider' I started into this one with great enthusiasm. Unfortunately, this one was a big sleeper. Very little adventure, and a big bore of a romance. If a third one comes along, I will give it a go. But only becuase of the strong performance of the first in this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted September 29, 2012

    Somewhat Annoying But Still Worth Reading

    I began reading this series on the recommendation of a friend and have read all of them now. Of the five, this one is the book I liked the least. The character of Kirra and her complete lack of self control and respect bothered me a lot. But, to counterbalance that, the other characters in the book were marvelous and we had our first good look at the Queen and the Princess and I liked both of them very much. I was a bit relieved at the end, though, to be moving on to the next book of the series.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Great!

    As with the previous book, I simply could not put it Down.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted December 21, 2009

    Continuation of a good read

    This is a continuation of "Mystic and Rider" with the same ejoyable cast of characters. This book continues with a tour of the great houses of Gillengaria, and an illicit romance between one of them and a noble. While the plot will hold your attention, I felt that the romance was almost cliche. I won't go into details because I don't want to spoil anything. Still, I enjoy the grand tour and the growing politicial entanglements. Overall, this is a good read.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 12, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Genius!

    Coming from Sharon Shinn, of course it has to be good. but this plot is at the same level of the rest of this tale. I would recommend this saga a 100% to anyone.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted February 16, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    If I could but fly....

    I'm grateful for being able to share in Kiara's adventures and her ups and downs. Sharon Shinn weaves a beautiful tale and brings to life a very rich world full of magic I wish I never had to leave.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2007

    Great! Spectacular!

    I could not put it down. I desperately wanted to pick up another book to see how the story paned out. This left me wanting more...much more!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2007

    High expectations not totally met

    I too had high expectations for this installment of the Twelve Houses series, especially because the first one was awesome and I liked Kirra's character in it. But this book not only spent way too much time on the 'doomed romance' angle, it also did not develop the REAL storyline- impending war- enough for me. I kept waiting for the pace to pick up a bit. But I absolutely love Sharon Shinn as an author and have read every book she's ever written. I will still read Dark Moon Defender to give this series another chance.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2006

    A great book

    i loved this book as much as the first one. This book is great and i would tell anyone who likes fantasy to read it. Its a great story and i cant wait for the next one

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2006

    Great! Just like all the rest.

    This book was as great as all the other books written by Sharon Shinn. It was a compeling book from the first paragraph to the last line. If you love Sharon Shinn's work you will love this book.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted December 9, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    Stupendous story

    On Lord Tilt¿s land, shape-shifter Kirra Danalustrous with the help of her odd companions successfully stop three nobles from either killing or bartering Lord Romar Brendyn the Regent. Following that escapade she returns home only to learn that her family disowned her ¿title¿ for coveting a married man, Lord Romar, but also lovingly welcome her back. Her younger half-sister Casserah has the title mantle, but does not want it as she does not wish to attend the summer parties hosted by Gillengaria¿s Twelve Houses to not attend is a nasty insult.------ Kirra and Casserah ¿switch¿ places as the former shape shifts to look exactly like her younger sibling. Kirra disguised as her sister attends the Twelve Houses¿ galas though her motive besides helping Casserah is to learn more about the nobles¿ plot to overthrow King Baryn and to protect the Queen and her daughter also on the circuit. Kirra never anticipated that she and her beloved would end up as ¿guests¿ of the occupants of THE THIRTEENTH HOUSE.------ The second Twelve Houses fantasy (see MYSTIC AND RIDER) is a delightful tale that grips fans from the moment that Kirra forces an invitation to stay at Tilt¿s home and never slows down even when the lovers berate themselves for their unacceptable feelings. The action-packed story line is fast-paced starting with the rescue and never slows down as the royalist supporter Kirra shapeshifted into Casserah makes the rounds of the festivities. Though the villains seems underdeveloped especially in comparison to the lovebirds, epic fantasy readers will appreciate Sharon Shinn¿ stupendous story.----- Harriet Klausner

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 46 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)