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Thirteen Rising

(Zodiac #4)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  2,105 ratings  ·  286 reviews
Romina Russell’s epic sci-fi fantasy series reaches its breathtaking conclusion with this fourth and final novel.

The master has been unmasked. Rho’s world has been turned upside down. With her loved ones in peril and all the stars set against her, can the young Guardian from House Cancer muster the strength to keep fighting? Or has she finally found her match in a master w
Hardcover, 332 pages
Published August 29th 2017 by Razorbill
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Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017-releases
Three words. Emotionally. Abusive. Relationship.

Rho is weak, y'all. And Hysan... Hysan is way too giving and selfless. He deserved better.

Look. I've supported this series from the start. Even with the disgusting love triangle in books 1-2 (and some of 3), I still stuck with the series. But this book... this one was supposed to be the best in the series for me (with Rho having "chosen" a guy -- ew, btw, and the big showdown coming). This book was kind of a mess. It might have been better if the a
Sep 25, 2016 marked it as to-read
So...........I need my copy of this. Like ASAP. Zodiac was such an amazing book and this series cannot end.
Serena (thebookunicorns)
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
This book was so good! It was a great series conclusion: it had lots of action, new character development, a unique story, and best of all a good ending. And by good I don't mean "they all lived happily ever after," I mean more like, "all of the loose ends are ACTUALLY tied up."

Let's start with one of my favorite topics: the villains. One of the reasons I love this series so much is you never know whom to trust. Literally, every single book my perspective was changing. The villain of book one en
Apr 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Actual rating: 3.5/5 stars

The first half of the book was meh. Rho was so annoying in her POV that I sometimes wish the story was switched to someone else's point of view instead (e.g. Hysan or Mathias; They'd be good narrators). She was awfully terrible to Hysan and I really hated her for it. She was just so selfish and she acted as if only her personal problems matter. Like, couldn't she see that galaxy was in danger? Instead, she resented almost everyone she loved and trusted because they 'b
Bailey White
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it
No spoilers, just disappointment.

I wanted my favorite book series to have a better ending. Rho has always been the most relatable character I have ever read about but in this book she was completely lost. I realize that was the point but it made the book hard to get through. I would literally put it down for hours because I was so annoyed.
I wanted the last book to be filled with the characters I've grown to just adore but they were hardly there. I wanted more about her relationship with Hysan b
Jessica {Litnoob}
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such a satisfying end to the series even if it was a super frustrating journey here. To be fair with three books under our belt we should have been prepared for how Rho would try us in her need to be in charge despite doubting herself. It’s a bad combo. But eventually she pulls her head out of her ass and works like an actual leader, being helpful, hopeful and inspiring. She is deep in grief and she doesn’t cope in healthy ways, she lashes out and she’s angry and scared and it’s very re ...more
Bright Star
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

An Ephemeris can show us a million different futures, but the only one that counts is the one we make for ourselves.

This journey has come to an end and I have to say I'm really sad it's over. I loved this series, the characters and all the subtle messages it conveyed. Romina has an excellent writing style and the Zodiac series was an incredible story indeed. Love, friendship, sacrifice, loss, hope, fraternity, unity: these are the keywords of this remarkable series.
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a thoroughly fun twisty turney (not sure if that's a word) action packed ending to Rho's story. I'll be honest it's going to be sad to see these worlds that Ms. Russell created no longer breathe life-- (but perhaps the other side saw something in the skies and may investigate or perhaps there are unknown repercussions to Rho's last encounter with Ochus... when you read it you'll know EXACTLY what I'm talking about.)

Romi, I can't wait for the next adventure, bring it on!
Dejanira Dawn
Sep 24, 2016 marked it as own-not-read
Before reading;
I'm absolutely in love with this cover! I think it might be my favourite out of all of them!
Guillermo Morales
Nov 16, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-need, zodiac
¿Otro? ¿¡OTRO!? ¿¡SAGA!?¡ ¡LO NECESITO!
Celia Buell
Edit: Okay so there is an epilogue, it was just not included in the hardcover version. If you want to find it, check the book on Amazon. I actually love that I first got hooked with this series from reading a few chapters on Epic Reads and I finished it by reading the final piece on Amazon, but my struggle to get the physical books and to finally read them went on for years.


Am I crying because I just finished a heart-wrenching series, and I don't think I can go back from
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Once I've freed Nishi, I'll do whatever it takes to find out if Aquarius truly plans to go through a portal to Helios—and if he does, I won't leave his side until I've stopped him or he's killed me, whichever comes first.

After that the stars can have what's left of me.

What. An. Ending.

Was it perfect? No. Do I have the energy to write a full review of this finale after spending the last three days moving into my new apartment and leaving my body more sore than the average boxing session?

Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Attack Salmon
Aug 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
I really enjoy the ride that is Zodiac until now.

Thirteen Rising's ending is as generic as they come. This whole book could have been scrapped and just end it in Black Moon.

I know it gonna end in a fighting scene and I hate fighting scene. And I really got bored keep reading about Rho's wallowing in self pity and crying , crying over Nishi and everyone try to bring Rho out of her funk.
belle ☆ミ (thisbellereadstoo)
it’s over. i’ve been invested and intrigued by the entire series and how the ending would be ever since i finished the first book years ago. i loved that even though the book started off with the people in this universe to be assigned into one, and only one, zodiac sign, they still inherently possess some characteristics from other Houses.

rho’s character arc is impressive. as the wandering star, rho consistently questions her actions and whether whatever she was doing is the right thing. the de
Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Actual rating - 3.5 Stars. For this review and so much more please visit -

This was the concluding book to the Zodiac series and I was a little nervous to get to it – because I didn’t want it to be over! The first 3 books were so close to perfection and if I put it off then it didn’t have to end. But my curiosity got the best of me and I finished it. Sadly, it was a little underwhelming in comparison to the first three books. It’s going to sound like I hav
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#ThirteenRising is the concluding novel in the Zodiac Saga, a YA mix between sci-fi and fantasy that follows a young heroine trying to save the entire universe from its destruction.
In this series you will found an important message of unity and companionship. And this is extremely important in the course and development of the stor
Krista Dison
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ever feel like you just don't know what to do after you finish an epic series? That's how I feel right now. I don't think I could have asked for a better ending to this series. These books have taught me so much about learning to see things with an open mind.

In world that is filled with hate and intolerance, these books give me hope for a better tomorrow. A world where we can see past skin color and beliefs. I think we could all learn to be more like Rho.

Romina, thank you for writing such an i
Bree | alibraryforone
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This is a shining example of how you wrap up a series. Perfectly ended. Went through it in two days and read the first half in one sitting.
Melinda Farrell
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5* Thirteen Rising was pretty good enough, although the series I feel went on longer than it should have. However, it wrapped up pretty nicely!
⋆☆☽ Kriss ☾☆⋆
I'm 19 hours awake so this review may be revised one day but here goes:

This finale was really good, but also had some points that made it a little weaker. Namely that Rho regresses and then progresses in some of the same ways she did prior to the book; I think the idea was to display that Rho isn't infallible or above mistakes despite growth, but some parts came off as just happening for the sake of squeezing in one last conflict.

Overall, an engaging read that kept my attention locked on the pag
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Okay, now I'm ready to make an in-dept review. I was just out of words earlier.

There will be spoilers, so I'm sorry, but that's the only way I can pour my heart out!!

Anyway, here we go.

First, I honestly loved Rho in all her shattered glory. I know, she hurt people, pushed them away, became a monster, but honestly? I don't judge her for it. The poor girl was exhausted. She's 17 and yet the weight of the universe is on her back. That's not normal for Pete's sake. She just lost her brother, h
Kelly (Struggling Bookaholic)
I can't believe this series is over. I truly enjoyed it all the way up until the end.

Like the first three books in the Zodiac series, this book was packed with exciting twists. I was drawn in from the first page. Halfway through this novel, I felt like there was so much left that could possibly happen and so few pages for everything to happen in. However, Romina Russell really pulled it off. All of my questions were answered by the end and I felt incredibly satisfied. Although I thought this
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
The first two books were good for some YA fun and the third book departed from that slightly. This last book had the main character become the least likable person in the story. Rho was selfish, hypocritical, and the farthest from a competent or inspiring leader. She’s gone through a lot in the series but she devolved completely by the end. Everyone treated her with an inconceivable and unrealistic trust/respect after her betrayal. Also what she did to Hysan (even the way it ended up with him fo ...more
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Three and a half stars

This series excels at world-building and action and the final book in the series doesn't disappoint. There are still new worlds to visit and plot twists that have been a long time coming, but still manage to surprise. It's such a fun series and a true space opera that's relatively rare for YA.

I wasn't thrilled with Rho's emotional journey for this book. Yes, she's been through a LOT in this series, but I didn't love how she dealt with her shock and grief by basically poutin
Abi S.
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Whatever we do, we always end up back here. It's just our nature. He drops my hand, and the warmth in my skin recedes, like the sea's tide pulling away from the shore. And now that it's gone, I identify the feeling. It's closure. " -Thirteen Rising

^Accurately describes how I feel now that the series is done. (sad closure btw, but also good closure knowing I could always go back.)
The world-building in the first book, Zodiac, sealed my interest to continue reading the rest of the series, along
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I finished! This series was AWESOME! It was so imaginative, original, fast paced - especially this last installment.

I really enjoyed it. Rho was angry in this one since the beginning due to the death of someone close to her at the end of the last book. It was uncharacteristic of her but a very believable change after everything she went through and I actually really enjoyed angry Rho because she wasn't taking bs from anyone anymore and I lovveeed it.

I loved her relationship with Nishi in this bo
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't know what to add. I loved the series from the beggining, and how conjugated mythology and the zodiacs signs are in the story, but I do agree that there was something missing in the ending.
But for the story? Yes, Ro had an emotional adventure that wasn't "desirable" for someone we see has a savior, but she's human. She's a story character that isn't perfect, like she says in one part, she is the most flawed of all. When you're hurting so much inside, you can't see other people's pain, onl
The Zodiac series ends in in an explosive way in Thirteen Rising. Rho wakes up in a nightmare world, after her mother was kidnapped and her brother killed by the Marad and the Master. I really don't want to get into too much detail, because honestly you just have to read it yourself. But, Russell wraps up this series in an extremely satisfying way, even though I practically bawled my eyes out at some parts of it. This hits right in the feels, people. So, go forth and read! What an absolutely fan ...more
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Honestly, I couldn’t hope for a better ending for this series. This series was one of the only books to actually evoke emotion from me. Which leads me to my next point, the characters. HYSAN. Hysan is one of my favorite book characters of all time, he’s so charming and I love him so much, he’s my bean. This book started out kinda rough, but I guess that was to set the mood and show the reader the emotional turmoil Rho was going through. Honestly, I loved this entire series. 10/10 would recommend
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Romina Russell (aka Romina Garber) is a Los Angeles based author who originally hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a teen, Romina landed her first writing gig—College She Wrote, a weekly Sunday column for the Miami Herald that was later picked up for national syndication—and she hasn’t stopped writing since. When she’s not working on ZODIAC, Romina can be found producing movie trailers, taking ...more

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