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The Thirteenth Gate

(Gaslamp Gothic #2)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  292 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Winter 1888. At a private 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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 350 pages
Published June 26th 2017 by Acorn
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Lonna | FLYLēF
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
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A WEEKEND SET aside to enjoy some quality time with one of my favorite authors, Kat Ross, and her new release The Thirteenth Gate, has, as I'd hoped, been very enjoyable.

As a huge fan of The Fourth Element series going through a bit of withdrawal, The Thirteenth Gate is the perfect genre, mash-up remedy. Many characters from The Fourth Element intersect in this book, including Lady Vivienne (Tijah) and Alec Lawrence (Achaemenes), and
There are two story lines that are happening simultaneously in The Thirteenth Gate but there is also a point where they intersect. The investigation of partners Lady Vivienne Cumberland and Alec Lawrence take place in London. They are after a man that Lady Vivienne suspected as being Jack the Ripper but lacked enough proof to bring him to trial. Without enough proof, the suspect was placed in a private mental hospital for close observation to determine his mental stability. Although Lady ...more
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**The Thirteenth Gate is the first book in the Dominion Mystery series by Kat Ross. I have previously read The Daemoniac by her, which I thought was going to be the first book in the series, but really ended up being more of a prequel. I have also real the first book in her Fourth Element series, and I while I enjoyed that one was well, the Dominion series is really shaping up to be my favorite! But, what is cool about ...more
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
“We are the light against the darkness. And now we’ve failed in our duty. Clarence is gone,” she said bitterly. “Escaped. He murdered an orderly. There’s no doubt it’s the same creature that ran loose in New York. None at all.”

Kat Ross, you have created a fan for life! I absolutely loved this, for many of the same reasons I loved The Daemoniac (the first book in the series) last year.

The Thirteenth Gate is:

Well paced. I can't say this enough...Kat Ross just gets pacing.
Full of familiar and new
Laura P.
4.20 stars

Review to come later on (closer to release date ;) )
Jessica Therrien
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of all Kat Ross books, so when I heard The Thirteenth Gate had characters from The Fourth Element series AND was a sequel to The Daemoniac I nearly fell off my chair.

Not only was the book a complex and page-turning mystery, but the historical tone drew me into a different time. She painted such vivid and realistic pictures of both New York and London that I felt I could navigate the streets. The villains were terrifying, the characters as familiar as old friends, and the story
I really enjoyed the first book in the series, but was initially thrown when this sequel started with a different cast of characters. However the two storylines did then merge and became a very interesting story. Vivienne and Alec were cool new characters and we also meet a necromancer. John also seems to have some Skills. Recommended light hearted read.
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I have to be honest and say I wasn't quite sure about this book the first 75 pages or so. I have been greatly anticipating this book's release in part because I loved Harry and John from The Daemoniac and couldn't wait to see what they've been up to. However, this book opens up with all new characters - at least all new to me. I later found out it brings forward some main characters from Ross' Fourth Element Series. Having not read them (but now I want to) I was somewhat let down and confused. ...more
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Thirteenth Gate is the first proper book of the Dominion Mysteries series, since The Daemoniac was more of a prequel, and in this one we get to meet so old friends from the Fourth Element series!

I was so very excited to read more on the adventures of Harry and John and since there was a bit of a chance of pace with the re-introduction of Alex and Vivienne and magic into the more detective story that the prequel was... I felt a bit disconnected from the story till I connected again with Alex
Angi Plant
Jul 27, 2017 rated it liked it
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I enjoyed the thirteenth gate , second part of the dominion series. I had read the first book previously but it's possible to read this without any previous knowledge of how the characters are connected. The series is what I'd call helpful, but not essential.

The new dynamics of Vivienne and Alec are explored in this book in addition to the characters of the first book. I found that I warmed immensely to these two characters
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2017
Fresh off 'The Daemoniac', this one felt - like two totally different books put together. I really felt confused at the way that it went from no supernatural (or hints) to all the supernatural, all the time. I felt like I had missed a book, or even a short story, between the first and second one.

And I really missed having Harry be the focus.

I did enjoy it and I look forward to more in the series. It probably did not help that I immediately read this after the first one - the changes in style and
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have waited for this baby and the minute I got it, I dropped pretty much everything I was doing and dove in!

Man oh man…

One word: Perfect!

Alright so we continue on from The Daemoniac where we met Harry and John and we continue on with their adventures as Harry is now a slightly more experienced investigator. We also have the introduction of 2 new characters Lady Vivienne Cumberland and her companion Alec Lawrence.

We were warned at the end of Queen of Chaos that we were going to see familiar
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
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‘In the universe…there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between, there are doors.’

What do you get if you take an intricately plotted, suspenseful historical mystery set in 19th century London and New York and add ghouls and daemons? An enthralling, wonderfully entertaining read, that’s what! I’m not much into paranormal or
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it

When books in a series claim to be a stand-alone read, I'm wary to the idea and feel the need to start the series from the first book; however, I couldn't help but feel drawn to check this one out. I yearn for the time of the 19th century - pre-technology days - a more simple, yet enthralling time period that held a lot of secrets. The heroine, Lady Vivienne has a fiery side that I instantly felt a kinship with as I read through her fight against evil powers.

I thought the mystical/fantasy
Lindsay from TrulyBooked
[I received a copy of this book in return for my honest review from Xpresso Book Tours.]

I started reading the Thirteenth Gate right after I finished the Daemoniac (which was fantastic). The writing is just as solid as before, the characters are interesting, and this time there's a fascinating lore behind the world that I want to pick apart.

What disappointed me was the sudden supernatural element whereas the Daemoniac, for all its spookiness, always felt more rooted in reality. From what I've
Nov 21, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was a little disappointed by The Daemoniac, the first book in the new series by Kat Ross. I mean just a teeny-tiny bit disappointed, afterall it’s still Kat Ross and she’s amazing. But……… after reading the Forth Element series I was expecting more fantasy, more super natural. In the Daemoniac almost everything “super natural” ends up with an explanation. It’s much more like a Sherlock Holmes novel.

But my disappointment ended with The Thirteenth Gate. Which brings in characters and lore from
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Demons, Mayhem and Murder!

The problem, for me, with reading a book that is fast-paced, well-written and exciting, with characters I care about, oohs that I always read it too fast, and then it's over, and I'm sad. The Thirteenth Gate moves at a good clip, its paired mysteries, with their paired sleuths, skillfully woven together. And there's just a tiny hint of romance, or rather unspoken love, between each pair--just enough to make the reader want more! Altogether a highly satisfying read, and
Christa Yelich-Koth
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic. Breathtaking descriptions, thickening plots, and intriguing characters. Kat Ross has done it again.

13th Gate is a great detective novel, mixing the supernatural with late 19th century flavor.
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-lit, fantasy
I came to this somewhat reluctantly. I had greatly enjoyed the Persian suite, but this one is reviewed as yet another Jack the Ripper book, and this alone was enough to put me off. Jack is a hackneyed theme, a perennial of the would-be gothic, and interest in him is often prurient and misogynistic - see .

On the other hand, I did want to follow up on what the future held in store for Tija and her daeva friends. So, after having gone through the first in
Lelia Taylor
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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When Dr. William Clarence escapes from the Greymoor Lunatic Asylum, two people are very alarmed if not especially surprised because only they suspect the doctor's true nature. Lady Vivienne Cumberland and her companion, Alec Lawrence, have a long history with secrets, the kind of secrets that are held because most people wouldn't believe them anyway, and Lady Vivienne's warnings about the doctor had not been heeded. One of those secrets is that Clarence, a New York Police Department surgeon, may ...more
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**I received a copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and not influenced by my source.**

Like it's predecessor, this one has a slower build to it. But once everything comes together, it's rather exciting to see everything come into play.

I adore Harry and John as characters and I wish they were featured a touch more here. Vivienne and Alec were definitely intriguing, but I'm unfamiliar with their origin series The Midnight Sea (The
S.K. Gregory
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Harry and John are back and this time there's no denying the supernatural. More murder and mayhem and the introduction of characters Vivienne and Alec who share an unusual bond. I really enjoyed the sequel and look forward to more from this author.
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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Elena Love
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own!*

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
Lori Murray
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Tour Review that I am Involved with.

Before getting started I am so sorry to the author and Xpresso Book Tours for being late in posting my part of the book tour. Now onto the fun part.

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The book started out really slow
While this is my first exposure to this author's writing (even though it's the second novel in the series), I appreciated that it read well as a stand-alone novel, all things considered. I did feel at a bit of a loss regarding some of the mythology, but it was primarily a foundational element to the series that eluded me, so I would expect that this material was previously covered. Even so, I did manage to pick up enough information not to feel terrifically lost.

The story was very well-paced.
Lisa Lenox
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Unlike most most of the Fourth Element series, the Dominion series is written in third person past tense. Since parts of Element were written in third person past tense, this isn't as jarring as it could be.
Back are Tijah and Archemenedes, only now they're Vivienne and Alec, a wealthy married woman and her secretary. That's a nice little twist of roles for you.
Introduced are Harry and John, a woman/man detective duo who work for the Psychic agency. Harry-the woman- has a sort of sibling rivalry
W O W. This had absolutely everything I love all wrapped up into a well-written and completely engaging package. By 20% I knew I was going to love it (that start!!) and went to go buy all of Ross' other works, which I have already started reading. The elements all work so well together here: the creepiness of the daemon, the mystery of the deaths, the mythos worked into the main cast - it was brilliant. I hope Ross returns to this world quickly, as the mystery element combined with the ...more
Di Worley
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Supernatural Thriller

This was the first book I have read in this series and loved it! The characters are interesting and engaging. The story is fast paced and involving. I love the idea of a special branch of Scotland Yard, that deals with the intrusion of ghouls and much worse into our world and the efforts of the SPR to protect our world and to return these spirits to the Dominion or to despatch them where they cannot hurt mortals anymore. Will definitely be reading more by this author! Would
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