The Thirteenth House (Twelve Houses Series #2)

The Thirteenth House (Twelve Houses Series #2)

by Sharon Shinn

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The first book of The Twelve Houses, Mystic & Rider, was hailed as “spellbinding” (Publishers Weekly), and introduced readers to the troubled land of Gillengaria. Now, national bestselling and award-winning author Sharon Shinn continues her epic tale, as a beautiful shapeshifter finds that intrigue and danger can be found even in the safest of havens…
After joining an unlikely band of soldiers and sorcerers to rescue the regent Romar Brendan from a cabal of rebellious minor lords, the shiftling Kirra returns to her home of Danalustrous—and learns that her half-sister, Casserah, has been proclaimed heir to the land.
Though Casserah is obligated to attend a circuit of social events held by the great Houses of Gillengaria, she obstinately refuses to go. So Kirra shapeshifts into her sister’s form and makes the rounds for her. In the royal city of Ghosenhall, she unexpectedly joins up with her steadfast compatriots from her previous adventures, and together they embark on a tour of the Twelve Houses acting as guardians for the enigmatic queen of Gillengaria and her alluring daughter.
The motley group of mystics and warriors faces many dangers in their travels. But Kirra places herself willingly in peril when she falls in love with the irresistible—but already married—Lord Romar. Revealing her true identity to him, Kirra begins a tempestuous affair that places them both in mortal danger, and leads them both into the stronghold of the devious lords of the Thirteenth House…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780441014149
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/27/2007
Series: Twelve Houses Series , #2
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 448,522
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sharon Shinn is the national bestselling author of the Elemental Blessings novels, as well as the Shifting Circle novels. Her first novel, The Shape-Changer’s Wife, was a nominee for Locus’s Best First Fantasy Novel of 1995. She has won the William L. Crawford Award for Outstanding New Fantasy Writer, and was twice nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. She has also received an RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award and won RT Book Reviews’s 2010 Career Achievement Award in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy category.

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Thirteenth House (Twelve Houses Series #2) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
janemarieprice on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The second book in the series brings some interesting plot points to the fore which I assume will be resolved in later books. I liked the resolution of the love story.
MuseofIre on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the things I most admire about Shinn is her ability to write about love in a way that makes each set of lovers unique, and this book is no exception. But although the sequel to Mystic and Rider, somehow the canvas feels smaller and the stakes lower, with a disappointingly limited climax. I sure hope some fireworks are coming up in the next book, because they've been in relatively short supply so far.
mmillet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book two after 'Mystic and Rider' in the 12 Houses series was a definite surprise to me. A wonderful, good and edge of my seat surprise. Kirra has returned home from her travels in book one, to discover that her father has decided to name her younger sister heir. But her sister Casserah is a bit of a homebody and so sends Kirra (who is a shape shifter) as Casserah to go on a tour of the different Houses to do a kind of meet and greet. Rumors of war still abound as Kirra tries to determine just who is still loyal to the King. She is joined on her journey by the Princess Amalie and her other companions from book one: the mystics Senneth, Donnal, and Cammon and the Riders Justin and Tayse. This small band has some interesting relationships and Kirra finds herself deep in an ill-fated relationship that just had me wringing my hands for most of the book. To be honest, I kept playing various scenarios in my head on how Shinn would resolve the conflict between them but when she finally did I was totally blown away. I think Kirra finally understood what it was to love someone competely and unselfishly -- which made it that much more heart breaking. Great second book in this wonderful series. I love all the characters and the new discoveries and Shinn has a wonderful knack for introducing conflict that brings out each person's strengths and weaknesses perfectly. I truly am looking forward to reading the rest.
Aspiringprofessor on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So this book was good but a little unfulfilling.I ike the series and I like the character of Kirra but I feel like there should be another book about her after this one. (spoiler alert). In this book Kirra falls in love with a married man she then makes the choice to erase his memory of his love for her and leave him for her current best friend Donnal. But things are kind of left hanging with Donnal. He follows her everywhere as always but it doesn't say if they get together, if she heals from the ordeal of loving and loosing etc. I like the choice she makes with Romar. I like the way she chooses to save his wife and heal her but I feel like it could have used a few extra chapters.
gwendolenau on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't enjoy this one nearly as much as the first one in the Twelve Houses series. Unfortunately, the plot managed to make use of three of the narrative tropes I most dislike: one character impersonating another (deliberate deception); a character torn between two suitors (the dreaded love triangle); a character sacrificing love by lying to her lover (deciding "what's best" for them both without consultation, via manipulation and more deception). This is a pity as the underlying story of the camaraderie of a group loyal to the crown ferreting out treachery in a feudal society is a good one with interesting characters.
Tiffmeister on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really am enjoying this series. Sharon Shinn got her character in real trouble this time. She's picked the wrong man to fall in love with; he's already taken. Of course, this doesn't stop one of my favorite characters, Kirra, from making him her man.All the other characters, Senneth, Justin, Cammeron, and Tayse, are all there giving advice, helping guard with the new problem of intrigue. They've all gotten invited to protect the princess from getting killed by the King's enemies as she makes her rounds of parties during the summer social circuit.I have to admit, I liked all the details, shape-changing, and love triangle that happened in this book. I plowed through it so I could just see what was going to happen. If you enjoy fantasy and romance novels, this is for you. Couldn't put it down until I found out the ending. And I've already started on book 3. I recommend for Adult Fantasy readers that enjoy a lot of romance in their books.
b00ksonthebeach on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time at first with the adultery subplot in this book, but I really appreciated how Sharon Shinn had her character (Kirra) make the hard choice and do the right thing in the end. In other words--excellent character development in this second book of the series!
amf0001 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Disappointing for me. I liked the first one (Mystic and Rider) but couldn't get into this one. I read 100 pages and then started skimming. It seemed that the characters from the original book were somehow cartoonish in this one, and everything was a bit too jolly and rushed, if that makes any sense. Shinn can be such a great writer, the Archangel series is amazing. This is no where near that standard.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this series the first time, it is even better the second. Sharon Shinn is in my top 20!
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BooksRMyFood More than 1 year ago
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.
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As with the previous book, I simply could not put it Down.
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