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The Thirteenth House

(Twelve Houses #2)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  5,019 ratings  ·  340 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
ebook, 496 pages
Published February 27th 2007 by Ace Books (first published March 7th 2006)
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Melindam
Highly recommended to fans of the sword & sorcery / romantic fantasy genres.

4.5 stars

After reading the summary of the book & the reviews on goodreads, I thought I was not going to like this book much, but I am so glad to find I was wrong.

It was a great reading or rather an audiobook listening experince & Jennifer van Dyck does a fantastic job, again. Her voice is particularly suited to Sharonn Shinn’s world.

I liked Kirra in the first book, ”Mystic and Rider”, though she was far from being my fa
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Christine PNW
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.
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Melindam
Highly recommended to fans of the sword & sorcery / romantic fantasy genres.

4.5 stars

After reading the summary of the book & the reviews on goodreads, I thought I was not going to like this book much, but I am so glad to find I was wrong.

It was a great reading or rather an audiobook listening experince & Jennifer van Dyck does a fantastic job, again. Her voice is particularly suited to Sharonn Shinn’s world.

I liked Kirra in the first book, ”Mystic and Rider”, though she was far from being my fa
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Shana
Apr 22, 2008 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
Miss Clark
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❀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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Charlotte
Sep 07, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Kirra is my GIRL. Can't wait to read about her being an icon and charmingly making terrible decisions. ...more
Tina
Nov 27, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 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 11, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 21c, american, fantasy
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Melissa
A great series! These are Adult fantasy, adventure, romance books that are fun, fast passed and an all around great read! You can not help but love the characters in this series.
Reread- 2/28/2017- This is my least favorite book in this series. Not because of the writing or the characters but the story line is one I personally have trouble with. The story is set around Kira one of the highest born ladys of the land, who is a little spoiled and selfish and trys hard not to be, but somethings can't
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Barbara Dubravec
Wow. I love this series so much! I think this has become one of my top fantasy series, and I'm only two books in. I just want to throw all the other ones to the side and be like "READ THESE!" Not that I would do that, but that's how I feel, because darn it this gang is the best. ...more
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
Mary
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gosh, I just love Kirra! I love these characters and the love that they have for each other! I cannot wait to read the next one in the series! I don’t want it to end ♥️
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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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Katey Moore
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I was both pleasantly surprised and blown to bits by the second installment of the Twelve Houses series. I had heard mixed reviews about this particular book, but I have to say I loved it and loved Kirra more and more as the story evolved. These six characters are just too perfect, and I have already snatched up book three.
Ameaka
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Emma Rose Ribbons
Reread in June 2020 - I love you, Kirra.

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Reread in January 2020 - Kirra is easily the most fun-loving character in the Twelve Houses series so naturally you'd expect a light and cheerful novel for her. This book is a hard sell - Kirra makes a lot of wrong choices in this book, she doesn't travel as herself for most of it, she loses someone close to her, and it's got truly heartbreaking moments by the end. However, it was an important book for character growth and as much as I loved other books
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Ann
Apr 12, 2007 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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Kathy
Apr 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy
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
Michelle
Jan 26, 2009 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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Erin
Jan 19, 2011 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... ...more
Sasha
Dec 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, quotes
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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Olga Godim
DNF
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Attention: spoilers ahead!
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I tried reading this book several times. This time, I got almost to the middle, then skimmed ahead and read the last few chapters. I know how the story goes, so I feel entitled to write a review.
I disliked this book. Intensely. I have to admit that in general, I love this author. I read all her books, and re-read many of them more than once, but this novel just didn’t work for me.
The protagonist Kirra Danalustrous appeared in ot
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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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Eric Linnell
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adore these characters! This book heightens the tensions around the kingdom while giving us even more time with our favorite Mystics and Riders!
Josie
Apr 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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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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Maia
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't put this down!

I've read 2 books so far, but they both felt unfinished. The end of the books are about the "resolution" of the romantic intrigue whether positively or not, but even then it feels uncertain and leaves me kind of unsatisfied.

All that said, I really enjoy reading this serie. We found ourselves at the beginning of a war, different people with different motivations are making alliances to get rid of the king.
In the first book, the group investigated where the unrest was coming
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waltzy
May 31, 2015 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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