The Thirteenth Gate (Dominion Mysteries #2)
By: Kat Ross
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Publication Date: June 26th, 2017
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?
The Thirteenth Gate proves that Kat Ross hasn’t lost her touch for her 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.
Kat paints a stunningly beautiful historical setting, as usual, and the mystery she weaves in to the historical fact is delicious. The supernatural aspects were brilliant, as was the transition of her previous series into the Victorian era. The only drawback with having her two series now blended together was that I missed having just Harry and John. While having an extended cast of characters brings a lot to the table, I loved The Daemoniac and have to admit I was slightly disappointed that the series wouldn’t be following Harry and John’s exploits exclusively as I wouldn’t have minded simply having a continuation of their story. I can’t complain with how everything turned out, though, as the historical fiction, supernatural action, and a hint of romance made The Thirteenth Gate a perfect read.
The only fault with The Thirteenth Gate, or any of Kat’s books, really, is that its fast paced action, painstakingly crafted characters, and elaborately developed plot means that the book is over before you know it; leaving a sore spot that will ache until you get the sequel.
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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