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?
Praise for The Thirteenth Gate
"What do you get if you take an intricately plotted, suspenseful historical mystery set in 19th century London and New York and add ghouls and daemons? An enthralling, wonderfully entertaining read, that’s what!" –What Cathy Read Next blog
"Amazing, thrilling and heart-pounding…The Thirteenth Gate is a real treat, especially if you - like me - are a fan of paranormal mysteries, even more so if you have a penchant for Victorian London." –Field of Bookish Dreams
"A perfect blend of historical reality and dark fantasy. As a continuation of both her Dominion Mystery series and her Fourth Element series, The Thirteenth Gate has a wealth of familiar characters that you’ve already grown to love, or love to hate." –Bibliobibuli YA
"I did not put it down until the last page, and even then I wanted more! Now I wonder how long it will take to the next book; I am addicted, what can I say?" –Kinda Busy Reading
"Fast paced, well-written, with characters that you care about... It's historical, with mysteries, and a tiny hint of romance, but not overwhelming so the main focus is on the plot. Although that little hint leaves you wanting more…" -Reading for the Stars and Moon
"Danger rises with the turn of every page…A thrilling tale of murder, mystery and the demonic set amongst a sharp and gritty Victorian London background that will captivate readers with its beguiling storyline." –The Rest Is Still Unwritten
"You really need to pick up this series! It’s beyond amazing and I’ve been recommending it to everyone I know. As soon as I received my copy, I put aside everything else and absolutely devoured it. I can’t wait for the next installment because Ms. Ross’ books just keep on getting better and better!" –Rattle the Stars
"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." –FlyLef Reviews
About the Author
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's the author of the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day, the Fourth Element fantasy series (The Midnight Sea, Blood of the Prophet, Queen of Chaos), and the new Dominion Mysteries. She loves myths, monsters and doomsday scenarios.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When Dr. William Clarence escapes from the Greymoor Lunatic Asylum, two people are very alarmed if not especially surprised because only they suspect the doctor's true nature. Lady Vivienne Cumberland and her companion, Alec Lawrence, have a long history with secrets, the kind of secrets that are held because most people wouldn't believe them anyway, and Lady Vivienne's warnings about the doctor had not been heeded. One of those secrets is that Clarence, a New York Police Department surgeon, may possibly be Jack the Ripper but not the expected kind of criminal. The Thirteenth Gate is the second book in the Dominion Mysteries but also brings in characters and storylines from Ms. Ross's Fourth Element series. I haven't read that series so it took me a little while to get up to speed with Vivienne and Alec but I had already met Harry Pell and John Weston and was delighted to be back in their world. Harry is Arthur Conan Doyle's goddaughter and, although not a blood relative, shows a lot of Doyle's intelligence and curiosity about things that are not precisely rational. Those qualities stand her in good stead when they team up with the London contingent and, when Harry and Vivienne work together, they're a force of nature all by themselves. One other character that I really like is Detective Inspector Richard Blackwood, the most open-minded police detective one could ever hope to meet. This is a most formidable group, well-suited to discover the truth behind the killings and the nature of the beast, so to speak. Ms. Ross kept me flipping page after page with all the twists and convolutions and an ever-changing aspect of time. If I have any quibble at all, it's that I wish I had realized reading the Fourth Element books first might be a good thing. Still, I never felt the urge to put this one down so I could go do that but they're on my radar now ;-)
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.