Saturday, 5 August 2017

Blog Tour - The Thirteenth Gate {Dominion Mysteries #2} By Kat Ross {Review & Giveaway!}

Title: The Thirteenth Gate 

{Dominion Mysteries #2}

Author: Kat Ross

Publication Date: June 26th, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Mystery
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?

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I started reading The Thirteenth Gate as soon as I finished reading The Daemoniac because I was so into the story that, I just had to know what would happen! Since this is a sequel, I'd advice you to read my review on the first book in the series, because I really don't want to get too much into the story in this review and spoil the plot and the direction it takes! You can find it here.

I'm going to start with the only thing that didn't sit well with me in this book and kind of disappointed me. I really would have preferred it if the author had continued using first person point of view. As opposed to The Daemoniac, the story was told in a third person POV and I had to read a couple of chapters in order to get my bearings because, truth be told, the sudden change in writing had me a bit disoriented. This, of course, did not take anything away from the magic of this books and its predecessor! Just wanted to mention it because, as a reader, I prefer books written in first person and the transition was a bit abrupt!

The second book in the series starts where the first one left off and Harry is now an experienced investigator who has gained quite the reputation after the events of the first book ! New characters are introduced and they join forces with Harry and John, in order to get to the bottom of a mystery that is quite intricate and at the same time, fascinating. That made things more interesting than I could've hoped and I could not stop reading folks!

As for the mystery itself, I can't really talk about it in great detail since that's what makes the book so special. I'll just leave that for you to discover as you start reading and find it difficult to stop because of all the twists and turns that are hidden somewhere, in between pages and chapters!

The characters were so likable and their development more than impressive! The author did a great job at creating characters that are easy to connect with and relate to. (I would give anything to live an adventure like this so, to me, Harry is more than relatable. In another universe, I probably would've been a detective myself and that's exactly where the ''relatable'' part comes in!) They're just so familiar and I love the fact that their development continues in the second book as well!

Overall, because I really don't want to repeat myself or reveal information that I shouldn't, I immensely enjoyed the direction Kat Ross chose for the Dominion Mysteries and I couldn't have been happier with the way things turned out! The pictures she paints in your mind are so vivid and you can't get enough of...everything that happens throughout the book, really. The plot itself was as enjoyable as the first book in the series and really had my full attention from the beginning 'til the end. 

Bottom line is, I can't recommend this series enough! I definitely feel like The Daemoniac just opened the door for a truly fascinating world that I personally cannot get enough of! I really hope the author will keep adding to the magic of it with her writing as the story goes on! There's definitely more to follow so, I'm desperately waiting for what will come next!
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.

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