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The Thirteenth Hour

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  18 reviews
“The ancient clock in the Land of Dreams struck thirteen, and the dreams, now free, soared back to Earth under first vesper’s light …”

And so begins “The Thirteenth Hour,” a tale about dreams and wishes, wild hearts and childhood promises, and the quest to find the unsung hero that lies in all of us.

When a young boy falls asleep during school one day, he is transported
Paperback, 3, 336 pages
Published January 13th 2015 by Joshua Blum
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Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love books where there are underdogs as the focal character. Reading "The Thirteenth Hour," by Joshua Blum was like falling love with those classic storybooks I used to read as a child, this is the type of book I'd read to my eight year old son. Blum's well written story is right up there with "Robin Hood," "King Arthur", "Camelot," "The Neverending Story" and all those characters reminiscent of childhood now revisited in Blum's awesome creation. The illustrations were absolutely striking, eng ...more
C.P. Cabaniss
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

This book was a lot of fun. There really is no other way to describe it. A majority of the story is told as a dream. Albert, a young daydreamer, falls to sleep in class and a man and woman visit his dreams. The story they tell him becomes the majority of the novel.

Logan is an orphan who grew up in a small town at an orphanage where he met his best friend Aurora. At 18 Logan is sent to become an Imperial Soldier.
Esther Chan
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful adventure story that takes your mind off the challenges of everyday life and brings you back to that dreamland you once were, when you were a child, when everything dreamy seemed to be real and accessible. Blum is especially good at creating such mood - An air of nostalgia flows through the book.

The characters feel like friends thanks to the colloquial language, but it could get slightly lengthy at times. Excellent structure & flow, love how the "secret to immortality" turns out.

Kelly Clare
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Thirteenth Hour by Joshua Blum

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Joshua Blum has imagination. I am stating it as a fact, because you can’t read this book without seeing it. This is one of those books that straddles the gap between young teen and young adult, but which is still enjoyable for adult readers.

It is packed with adventure and action of the like I haven’t seen before. If I had to use something else to describe it, I would say somewhat along the line
Edward Davies
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story clearly takes a lot from fairytales through the ages, from ultimate classics, to The Wizard Of Oz, to more modern tales like The Princess Bride and Stardust. Fans of the fairy tale genre will instantly get a feel for this book, and will enjoy the journey of the main characters, although some elements are pleasantly predictable. The structure is a little unusual, with narrative voice changing sometimes between sentences, but the author does point this out at the start of the book, and ...more
A.E. Albert
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Thirteenth Hour is is a fantastical adventure with a little bit of attitude. I think that is the book's most interesting aspect. It mixes medieval fantasy with modern dialogue. This makes the characters fun and just a little mischievous. It also gives the dialogue a natural flow and believability. I greatly enjoyed the characters; especially, the protagonist. I loved seeing this character grow and become the unlikely hero he was destined to be. The story is filled with myths, wizards, dragon ...more
Mehreen Ahmed
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Shadow in the Moonlight: a Thirteenth Hour Prequel and The Thirteenth Hour by Joshua Blum are both formidable, well crafted books with many mysterious musings. As one reads through the book, s/he will get a distinct eerie feeling of the romantic past of castles, knights and mires in the forest. The superb description of nature will take your breath away. These books are a must read. If one hasn't traversed through them, one would never know what they have missed. I don't want to give too much ...more
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Thirteenth Hour is another perfect book written by Joshua Blum. written very uniquely and a very thought out story. This book should be on everyone's TBR list! Great Story that left me completely satisfied. Color coding each characters POV helped keep me keep track of who's POV is who's, which made this book even more fun to read! ...more
Jeremy Blum
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Thirteenth Hour is a great story that evokes feelings of classical adventure and reminds me a lot of the works of Peter S. Beagle and Neil Gaiman. Upon first glance, it's basically a fantasy story about a young hero named Logan and his female companion Aurora, who travel to the four corners of the world to discover the secret of eternal life for a crazed ruler. The book is narrated from both of their perspectives, making the two of them seem very much like old, relatable friends.

There's a l
Esther Jones
I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

In a lot of ways, this book is cool and different, taking overused fantasy tropes and turning them on their heads. However, it is also quite tell-y. Some of that could just be the style, but it always rubs me the wrong way while reading something that tells me instead of showing me. The spelling and grammar are mostly smooth and well-done, with a few typos scattered throughout, however the characters don’t talk like real pe
J.S. Burke
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: For anyone who enjoys fantasy, including young people.
The Thirteenth Hour by Joshua Blum is one terrific book! This science fantasy has a detailed, creative, fast-paced adventure with a quest for immortality and well-considered musings on life. The tongue-in-cheek humor is just wonderful. Darien IV is a king mortally afraid of dying. His father was “the king of all things stingy, prejudiced, and cruel…and he lived long enough to instill some of these fine characteristics in his son.” The clever illustrations capture the essence of the story and add ...more
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A flamboyant and adventurous tale of fantasy at its best and for everyone who dares to dream of all things wondrous in all its glory. An interesting mix of old style and modern elements that surround majestic wizardry, dark sorcery, fairies, and, yes - even a flying ironing board.

The story begins with Logan and his long time childhood friend, Aurora. When Logan turns 18 years old, it's time for him to leave his old life behind and live as a soldier in the Kings army. He and an elite few are pic
Joannes Rhino
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Thirteenth Hour is a fairy tale story full of adventure. All I can say when reading this book by Joshua Blum is that the author has a great imagination. I always amaze for those who create fictional story like this. The Thirteenth Hour has an interesting plot and characters are realistic. It wasn't hard for me to get sucked into the book. I felt like I was playing video game with tons of excitements. Thumbs up to the author for creating this piece. ...more
Terry F Osborne II
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A heartwarming tale

This is fantasy in a time that doesnt exist. Archetypes abound, elements, gods, and introspection as magic. For all ages.

This is the story for everyone who has been told to get their head out of the clouds and stop daydreaming.
When a young boy falls asleep during school one day, he is transported to another world, where he witnesses the tale of Logan, a young man, and a Aurora, his childhood friend, as they journey to the four corners of the Earth and encounter many exotic creatures, situations, and perils in a quest to find the secret to eternal life for a self-centered
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*I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review*

The Thirteenth Hour by Joshua Blum can be described as nothing less than imaginative; the characters are all well developed and easily relatable, the poetry is well thought out and purposeful, and the well-placed illustrations helped to visualize scenes that were important to the characters.

That being said, I had a difficult time getting and staying engrossed in the book. I found the color-coding more distracting than helpful and o
Melissa DiCaro
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Cute fantasy book!

This was a pretty cool book, easy to read and funny. There are some drawings done by the author, and I really appreciated them because I could see exactly what he was envisioning. There were a few spelling errors here and there, but nothing to take me out of the story. I really enjoyed going on the journey with Logan and Aurora and I'm curious to see what happens next with those two! All in all, a good read :)

-I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest and unbiase
Jan 10, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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In 1998, Joshua Blum wrote and illustrated an early draft of his first novel, "The Thirteenth Hour," inspired by his love of 1980s fantasy and science fiction movies, fairy tales, archery, and martial arts. He finally had the time to publish it sixteen years later. In the interim, he graduated from Princeton and Penn State Universities. He is grateful to his parents for instilling in him a love of ...more

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