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The Thirteenth House (Twelve Houses #2)

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,784 Ratings  ·  228 Reviews
After joining an unlikely band of soldiers and sorcerers to rescue the kidnapped regent Romar Brendan, the shiftling Kirra returns home to learn that her half-sister, Casserah, has been proclaimed heir to the land. But when Casserah refuses to go on a social tour of great Houses, Kirra shifts into her sister's form and makes the rounds-during which she unexpectedly meets u ...more
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Published February 27th 2007 by Ace Books (first published March 7th 2006)
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Miss Clark
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Shana
May 19, 2008 Shana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I only read this in the sense that I desperately skipped to the end and skimmed enough middle bits that I will be able to pick up the plot when and if I choose to continue on with the third book in the series. Kirra Danalustrous, the main character of this book, wasn't even close to my favorite of the six originally introduced in Mystic and Rider, the first book in the series. However, I never expected the author to so butcher her character and make her completely repulsive to me. The entire boo ...more
Moonlight Reader
29/2014

Preferred book 1.

I have a problem with married men who cheat. Even if the main character is absolutely wondrously beautiful and awesome in every way, and so much more amazing that the man's wife.

Because: commitment. Integrity. Honor.
❀angela
I was prepared to give this two stars, considered giving it one star when my resentment for Kirra peaked. But I'm not going to condemn this book for featuring adultery, when the author doesn't even promote it.

As King Baryn said, "Most trouble in this world is caused by people wanting something not currently in their possession." Kirra's affair with a married man wasn't about their irresistible attraction to each other and how they "just couldn't help it"; it was about Kirra overcoming her selfi
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Tina
Dec 09, 2007 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff-fantasy
The Thirteenth House is the second book in the Twelve Houses series following the excellent Mystic and Rider.

Halchon Gisseltess, Marlord of one of the twelve houses, is fomenting rebellion in the south having pretty much admitted to Senneth that he wants to be king and, oh by the way, he wants to kill his wife and make Senenth his queen. His Sister Coralinda has named herself Lestra (a kind of Mother Superior) of the Daughters of the Pale Moon a Convent/cult that reveres the Moon Goddess and des
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Opemi
Feb 05, 2010 Opemi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
so the more i read the more distressed i get because i can already tell what is going to happen. I liked kirra in book one not as much as senneth but still she seemed so much more mature in book one.

When i realized that book two was going to be about her and not continuing with senneth or staring with cammon i was disappointed. I pretty much hate Kirra for the duration of the book she doesnt seem as smart or as mature, she seems silly and acts like a child. And her so called prince charming is a
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Joy
Apr 26, 2011 Joy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, american, 21c
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Alyssa
Contrary to many of the other reviews... I actually loved this book. Did Kirra make poor decisions? Yes. Did Kirra act selfishly? Yes. Do I love Kirra anyway? Yes. Did she pay the consequences of her poor decisions? Yes. We all make the unwise, selfish decisions sometime in our life. We all overlook and underestimate something priceless that is right in front of us. (Ok, maybe not ALL of us, but some of us are definitely not saints and never claim to be. Mwah) And hell, she's 25. I think that wa ...more
Sasha
Dec 30, 2010 Sasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
But he would be back soon. He always returned to her. 88


Maybe the respite, though brief, was bountiful. Maybe it would ease the whole family through one week, or two, give them back a measure of peace, remind them that love could be free of pain. / Maybe not. Maybe the gift would be unbearably bitter as it broke in their hands, as the illness returned with redoubled force, choking the child’s lungs, twisted his limbs. Maybe magic was a bright sparkling lure that drew the unwary deep into haunted
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jD
In this second installment of the Twelve Houses series, Ms. Sharon Shinn writes a lovely, though ill-advised love story. The heroine, Kira won my interest in book one so I was happy to jump into the pages of her story.

Kira is a shape-shifter and healer but most importantly, she is a daughter of one of the Twelve Houses. She is viewed by others as beautiful and restless. But for me, her intelligence and courage are what makes Kirra's such a natural heroine. Kirra is very loyal to her family, frie
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Michelle
Apr 03, 2009 Michelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2009
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 w
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Kelcey
Apr 14, 2015 Kelcey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to say that this one was a pleasant surprise. Still high off the re-read of the first book, I dived into this book and while I didn't expect to like Kirra as much as Senneth, I ended up liking her a lot. While Kirra is not overly complex, there is a depth to her character that I did not expect to find. She struggles with true moral issues and holds herself accountable for her own actions, a very refreshing trait in a character. The premise of the novel, Kirra visits the noble houses masqu ...more
Erin
Jan 19, 2011 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-romance
I've never hated being the perspective of a main character more. And I read Twilight. Terribly vain and insensitive, I only read this one to better understand the next books better. But it was a great effort because I hate her so. Started off with a mild dislike, and ended it wanting to take a metallic bat to her face. But I digress...
Lark
Sep 26, 2015 Lark rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Reread on May 30, 2015.

I'm actually a little embarrassed I said I read this a while ago because I think I never actually finished the book. I'm pretty sure I read 70% and then dropped it. Only picked it back up because I wanted to finish out this series.

Regardless, this book is a continuation of Senneth's merry ragtag band o' misfits, focusing mostly on Kirra. She is roped into playing undercover spy for her sister to discover suspicious plots from the Thirteenth House. But along the way, she
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E.
Dec 09, 2008 E. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The land of Gillengaria is experiencing increasing levels of unrest among the minor nobility who don't belong to the 12 great Houses. Kirra, the eldest daughter of the House of Danalustrous is one of the very visible mystics who can shape-shift and, unlike many of her persecuted colleagues, she has the wholehearted support of her family. Appearances are deceiving and Kirra's younger sister Casserah is named heir to their House (to Kirra's great relief) which lends credence to those who think tha ...more
Lady Jaye
Beautiful.
The simple beauty of this book has struck me more forcefully now, 12 or so hours after reading the book, than it did immediately I had finished. Simply beautiful. But then again, I wouldn't expect much less from Ms. Shinn.

So.....The Thirteenth House is book 2 in the loosely-connected Twelve Houses series. This time around, it's mostly centered around Kirra. In the doing of errands for the king, Kirra meets and falls in love with Lord Romar, Princess Amalie's uncle and regent elect. Th
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Misti
May 06, 2013 Misti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure I would like this book as much as the first since it was about Kirra, and she wasn't my favorite character in the first book. But happily, the whole gang is also back and it was good to have them all together. There's lots of political entrigue, balls, and some assassination attempts. And by the end I was completely, emotionally involved in the story. Kirra did some growing even though her basic nature didn't change, which I was glad for.

I just wanted to yell at Kirra and her choi
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LiteraryLover
I'm really enjoying a lot of Sharon Shinn's work. So far this series has been my favorite of hers though. If you haven't read the first book in the series a summary of this one would be very confusing, so I'm not going to bother. In general though I fell in love with the book within the first few pages. Sharon is really good about sucking you into the world, even a world as complicated and somewhat political as this. It's certainly not as complicated as a lot of other fantasy series I've read, b ...more
Josie
May 10, 2011 Josie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Chachic
Originally posted here.

The Thirteenth House is the second book in the Twelve Houses series by Sharon Shinn. Reading order: Mystic and Rider, The Thirteenth House, Dark Moon Defender, Reader and Raelynx, Fortune and Fate. Should the books be read in order? Yes. Also, don't read any of the synopses of the latter books if you haven't read the earlier ones. Don't even read the summary for this book because it contains spoilers. I made the mistake of doing that and I think I would have had a better r
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Kate
Apr 26, 2012 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second in the Twelve Houses series, of which Mystic and Rider is the first. This is a series that is definitely best read in order. While Shinn explains enough of the backstory that it would probably make sense, it is much better when you already know the characters and have more of an interest in what happens. This is certainly as good as Mystic and Rider, although I found it less pleasurable. It is basically the story of Kirra. (view spoiler) ...more
Kathy ~ Bookworm Nation
Book Two in the Twelve House series was pretty enjoyable…for the most part. This book has a similar format, in that the six main characters (and a few extras) are again traveling through Gillengaria. Only this time they are escorting the Princess to some of the Twelve Houses to attend the summer balls. It did get a little old as they traveled from house to house, but it was still entertaining and the political intrigue kept my attention. Kirra takes on the appearance of her sister, Casserah, for ...more
Rhyson
Sep 26, 2013 Rhyson rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Ann
Apr 25, 2007 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Thirteenth House is the second book from Sharon Shinn in her Twelve Houses series. It focuses on the shapeshifter noblewoman Kira Danalustrous as she takes the form of her recluse sister and travels the court circuit as part of the entourage of recluse Princess Amalie. Also in tow are her friends from the last novel Mystic and Rider. Along the way, she discoverers forbidden love and heaps of betrayal.

From the reviews at Amazon, people either loved or hated this book. After reading those re
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Erin
Jul 23, 2013 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would have given it 4 stars, but there is an affair in there - though not as prominent as the cover description would have you believe. I liked the fact that you get to see all of the characters that you fell in love with in the first book and saw the progression of the evil ones and were left wondering what some of the secrets were. Shinn often leaves you wanting more from the characters in her books only to start the next of the series with a whole different set of characters and brief menti ...more
Jared Paddick
Jul 11, 2014 Jared Paddick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, but not great.

A solid entry into the series, laying important ground work for the books to come.

As always, top notch mechanics and style, fleshing out characters I already enjoy and dropping tantalizing hints about my favorites.

I had two main problems with this book.

1. Some of the characters just seemed wooden to me. I was never really able to forget I was reading a novel about fictional people.

2. It took a loooong time for me to glean any type of plot. I just felt like the relationships c
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waltzy
May 31, 2015 waltzy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. The whole book is about Kirra's affair with a married man, which everyone tells her is a bad idea. Surprise: it's a bad idea. It got to the point where I was just skimming faster to see if it was over yet, which it isn't until the very end of the book.

The way it's resolved, with (view spoiler) And then after spending the entire book on this doomed affair, there isn't really a lot of buildup or development of Kirr
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David Johnston
Enjoyable fantasy novel of court intrigue.
Lorena
Oct 27, 2015 Lorena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
More eventful than the first book in the series, with a rapid whirl of settings and new characters and action. Kirra makes for a nicely complex central character.
Kayt
Apr 11, 2016 Kayt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Thirteenth House is a book where the main character enthusiastically participates in adultery and I still didn't hate her at the end, so clearly Sharon Shinn is a talented writer.

Let's get that out of the way first: shapeshifter Kirra enters a passionate affair with Romar, a married and very politically-high man. They spend most of their time together flirting (public) or having sex (private), and trying to forget what they'll do when they're off their road trip and back to where his wife ex
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Twelve Houses (5 books)
  • Mystic and Rider (Twelve Houses, #1)
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  • Reader and Raelynx (Twelve Houses, #4)
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