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The Thirteenth House: The Twelve Houses, Book 2 | [Sharon Shinn]

The Thirteenth House: The Twelve Houses, Book 2

Noble-born shape-shifter Kirra Danalustrous has accepted her father's invitation to style herself as her sister - the heir of Danalustrous - and attend all the social events being held by the Twelve Houses. She is accompanied by Donnal, a peasant and shape-shifter who has served her most of her life. She is delighted to learn that Senneth, Tayse, Justin and Cammon will also be making the social circuit as they escort Princess Amalie to the summer balls.
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Noble-born shape-shifter Kirra Danalustrous has accepted her father's invitation to style herself as her sister - the heir of Danalustrous - and attend all the social events being held by the Twelve Houses. She is accompanied by Donnal, a peasant and shape-shifter who has served her most of her life. She is delighted to learn that Senneth, Tayse, Justin and Cammon will also be making the social circuit as they escort Princess Amalie to the summer balls.

But it's soon clear that Amalie is under attack from factions that want to overthrow the throne, and Amalie's uncle Romar, regent of the kingdom, might be in even more danger. Kirra gladly helps protect them both, though it is disastrous when she begins to fall in love with Romar. For Romar is a married man - and half of Kirra's heart already belongs to Donnal.

BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by author Sharon Shinn.

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©2006 Sharon Shinn; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

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"Shinn....paints their journey with a lyrical grace and deep appreciation of camaraderie reminiscent of Diane Duane at her best." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Amazon Customer Tolleson, AZ, United States 03-06-09
    Amazon Customer Tolleson, AZ, United States 03-06-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Little slow at first but..."

    It starts out a little slow at first and is a bit clunkie because it has sooooo many characters but in the end I really enjoyed it. So much so that within a month of buying the first book I had bought the rest of the series and had already finished all of them! Yeah it's a good series. I find my self missing the characters now that I've finished the books.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Monika Longmont, CO, United States 04-26-12
    Monika Longmont, CO, United States 04-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great follow up in the series"

    One of the things I really enjoy about the Twelve Houses series is that the author takes the characters we meet in the first book and expands on them in each of the subsequent books. In this book, we learn more about Kirra Danaloustrus, her life as the shapeshifter/mystic daughter of one Gillangaria's most prominent Serramars and watch her fall in love with a most inappropriate man. There are points that you love Kirra for her love for her friends and there are points where you just want to slap her because of her selfish love for someone she can't have.
    The reader does an awesome job bringing the characters to life and I've listened to each book in the series twice now because they are just wonderful books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 11-13-11
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 11-13-11 Member Since 2009

    Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books

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    "Wow such an awesome series"

    Sharon Shinn certainly has me hooked. This is another excellent book. Captivated from the start to the end. Love the characters and Narrator is excellent once again. Can't wait the read the next addition to the series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mysticalsister San Francisco, CA, United States 12-06-09
    Mysticalsister San Francisco, CA, United States 12-06-09 Member Since 2009
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    "How GREAT is Sharon Shinn? Just read her books!"

    I LOVED this series -- all of the characters were so original and individual, and Jennifer Van Dyck was brilliant as the reader. I really couldn't put my ipod down and stayed up way too late at night "watching" the movie in my head. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to anyone who loved the Sharing Knife series or the Chalion books by LMB. I know I'll listen again and again.

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    kathy Marquard 10-29-11 Listener Since 2007
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    "slow start, but a good story overall,"
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    good enough to go on to the next one. May go back and do the first one too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    William Lindale, TX, United States 03-26-11
    William Lindale, TX, United States 03-26-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Just as good as the first book..."

    I was blown away at how good the first book in this series was. I found the second was just as good. Understand the comment about all the parties, but that's central to their mission in this story. The characters are so enjoyable. The narrator makes them so real that again I was sorry to see this story end. If you liked the first book, I think you'll like this one too.

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    Alexis United States 06-17-12
    Alexis United States 06-17-12 Member Since 2006

    In pursuit of truth, justice, and an end to spoilers!

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    "Not the same old story"

    One of the things I like about this author is that she's not afraid to take her stories in slightly different directions.

    Kirra is a flawed person. Many things in her life came to her easily, but she's left some of her easy life behind and is trying to make a difference in her world. Needless to say, her personal choices tend to be less than perfect, and I like that the author lets her make realistic mistakes and has her face the consequences.

    So yes, this second installment in the Twelve Houses series follows our heroes from the previous book as they protect the king's nearest and dearest and infiltrate elite social circles. And it's about Kirra, her choices and the messes she makes for herself, and the way she deals with them. Watching Kirra make a mess isn't always the most comfortable thing, but overall I very much enjoy this entire series!

    The narrator is one of my favorites, so of course I enjoyed her perfomance as usual!

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    Alexis M Nix Hillsboro, OR United States 09-10-10
    Alexis M Nix Hillsboro, OR United States 09-10-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Another winner!"

    I loved this book! The main character happens to be one of my favorites out of the series and as always, it is written very well. The narrator is wonderful too, a definate must read!

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    DMJ APO, AE, United States 05-09-12
    DMJ APO, AE, United States 05-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "What were they thinking?"
    What disappointed you about The Thirteenth House?

    I was shocked at the stupidity of the main characters. On two seperate occassions, Lestra Coralinda and Halchon Gisseltess show up at these parties without guards. Why didn't the main characters sieze these traitors, take them prisoner, escort them back to Gosenhall and throw the two into the dungeon? The war would have been over, before it ever began. I can't get over this. It is not a constitutional monarchy, even if it was, these people were engaged in treason. How can you not take them prisoner? They had more than enough men for escort, or they could have killed them if they tried to escape. Besides this egregious error in logic, the book was boring.


    What was most disappointing about Sharon Shinn’s story?

    Everything, it was shockingly bad. I actually liked the first book, but then the author must have taken a stupid pill.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I really began to hate the main characters because they were all stupid. This made me root for the evil people. I was disappointed that I wasted a credit on this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I should have learned my lesson, but I started on the next book in the series too. Oh...where to begin, dare I say that it was worse.

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    grannysquare MO USA 12-04-08
    grannysquare MO USA 12-04-08

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    "Another great read"

    Shinn is one of my favorite authors. She keeps getting better and better. I highly recommend this series.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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