Thirteen Rising by Romina Russell

Thirteen Rising

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...

Title:Thirteen Rising
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ISBN:0448493551
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:350 pages

Thirteen Rising Reviews

  • Eddie

    So...........I need my copy of this. Like ASAP. Zodiac was such an amazing book and this series cannot end.

  • Alyssa

    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

    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 author/publisher took more time with this one and published it in December like the other books have been.

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    Thirteen Rising by Romina Russell

    Book Four of the Zodiac series

    Publisher: Razorbill

    Publication Date: August 29, 2017

    Rating: 2 stars

    Source: Review copy sent by the publisher

    Summary (from Goodreads):

    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 whose ambition to rule knows no limits?

    What I Liked:

    ***SPOILER-FREE REVIEW***

    (At least in terms of Thirteen Rising. Spoilers for Zodiac, Wandering Star, and/or Black Moon are possible.)

    I'd been looking forward to reading Thirteen Rising since I found out that there would be a fourth book in the series. I'd found this out before Black Moon was published last year, and while I didn't love the idea of more waiting, I was on board with it after reading Black Moon. Black Moon was incredible and definitely my favorite of the series, but the ending was extremely cliffhanger-y. Thirteen Rising picks up fairly quickly after Black Moon ends, and the story takes off from there. I so wanted to love Thirteen Rising but sadly, I didn't. I didn't absolutely hate it either though.

    In this final novel, Rho must face her fears, brave her grief, and fight to save the Zodiac from the master, who has been unmasked. Her loved ones are dead, in trouble, or pushed away by her decisions, and Rho is desperate, too desperate, hold on to something to fight for. Will she rise and fight, or will she bow and fall?

    My liking of this book rose and fell like the sun rising and setting. In the very beginning, I was hooked and cheering for Rho. And then she pissed me off and I was frustrated. And then I felt like I could cheer her on again. And then she pissed me off some more. I had a love-hate relationship with the book, I suppose.

    I have to respect Rho for being consistent - she has been consistently impulsive and reckless in this series, and it gets her into all kinds of ridiculous trouble. Her mistakes cost her, but also cost her friends and family. She never learns, never listens, but she also finds her way, amid her mistakes. While I was frustrated with Rho, I could see her growing up in this book. And in the series in general.

    I adored Hysan and his incredible brain. He is easily the most intelligent and clever character of this series. He doesn't trust anyone and holds so many secrets, but it's hard to fault him for that. He has a good heart and he is entirely too selfless, especially when it comes to Rho. I honestly think he deserved better, someone who didn't play with his emotions back and forth like a seesaw.

    I wasn't pleased with the romance but I was happy to see that there was no love triangle in this book. The only ship is Hysan and Rho, and I liked them theoretically, but Rho kept not giving them a chance. I wanted their relationship to be so much healthier, but it wasn't.

    The story, for the most part, was interesting kept my attention. I couldn't wait to get to the end to see how things shook out. I admit, I was a little confused, as the climax drew closer and things started to pick up. But overall, the story was well-paced. The science-y aspect of the story is incredibly important in this book, with the central conflict of this book dealing with portals and Psy energy and taking down a powerful force. There is a lot going in this book!

    The ending is very positive and tidy! It ends well for almost everyone. I love HEAs and many characters got theirs. I actually could see the author continuing the series, though I believe four books is the extent of Rho's story. Thirteen Rising wrapped up the series very well, and it is definitely a satisfying conclusion to the quartet.

    What I Did Not Like:

    I don't want to spoil anything, so I'm going to be vague, which might not be very helpful. Apologies in advance. I fully believe that if you've come this far (i.e. you've read Black Moon and those before), you should read Thirteen Rising. I had issues with the book, but that doesn't mean everyone will.

    I honestly couldn't stand Rho, for most of the book. Sometimes, I wanted to stand and applaud and cheer her on. Most of the time, I wanted to shake her and possible slap her. I'm not a violent person! But Rho had me feeling irritated. She is stuck in her grief and shuts everyone out. But what's worse is that she pushes Hysan away, and hurts Hysan in many ways - specifically Hysan. Everyone else, she is distant with. But with Hysan, she lashes out. Hysan deserves none of her cruelty. She lies to him, tricks him, deceives him, and she knows she is wrong to do so, but she convinces herself that she is doing this for everyone's good. (Spoiler alert: she isn't doing it for everyone's good, and she ends up making a huuuuge miscalculation every time she lies to him or does something that he warns her not to do.) Rho doesn't like being told what to do, especially by Hysan, and yet, every time she does something that he asks or advises her not to do, SHE MAKES SOME BIG MISTAKES. The idea is to show that Rho is a strong female, right? And yet, she is wrong. Every time.

    Rho emotionally manipulates Hysan, and it is wrong. She acts like she loves him, and then she tells herself that she doesn't. She tells him that she doesn't. She pushes him away. She tells him she no longer feels the same way. But she wants his help, she wants his leadership, she wants his brilliant mind. This is so wrong because (1) she is lying to him, and to herself, (2) she is using him, and (3) she keeps changing her mind about needing him or not needing him. It's so wrong. Rho loves him but doesn't want to, she loves him but convinces herself that he doesn't trust her, she convinces herself that some other girl is trying to steal him... Rho needs to grow up. And she does, by the end of the book. But you'd think, after three books, she would be better than this by now.

    I hated how Hysan forgave her and stuck with her. I really wanted to see Rho suffer for making him suffer. I never like unhealthy relationships and Rho poisons this one. Hysan is nothing but supportive and understanding, even when she lashes out and hurts him. He is always still be her side. But Rho is so bad for him. This relationship is so abusive and toxic and I hated what Rho made it. I hated how Hysan seemed like he was her pet, on a leash. Hysan is so much more than that, and I felt like he needed to break himself free and move on.

    I also hated how Rho never really feels accountable for any of the hurt she causes him. She feels an ounce of guilt here and there, but I wanted to see her suffer and hurt like she hurt him. Or, at the very least, apologize and grovel. Hysan barely got angry with her! This isn't healthy! She never apologizes! What, does she think she's too good for that? Look, guys. I'm all for female and empowerment and whatnot (which is very obviously what this author is going for - trying too hard, by the way). But part of being a strong and capable female is knowing when you've hurt someone (male or female), and owning up to it. Acknowledging and apologizing. Rho should have been groveling to that selfless boy who couldn't see past her, who was so patient with her. Honestly, if they were two people in real life, I would beg Hysan to get himself out of an abusive relationship. Emotional manipulation is just as abusive as physical abuse.

    So I didn't enjoy the romance. The idea of Hysan and Rho together was awesome and I shipped them so much in Black Moon, but I didn't really want to ship them in this book. I kind of really wanted to see Hysan get himself out of the relationship and maybe starting something new with someone else. He deserved so much better - he deserved someone who didn't constantly question his feelings or trust, who didn't treat him like s**t but still expect him to be waiting for her.

    Besides that, I felt a little disconnected from the story. Not engaged, maybe. I reread the ending of Black Moon to get myself back into the story, and I was so excited to start Thirteen Rising. Black Moon was my favorite book of the series - it was excellent. So I had high hopes for this conclusion novel. But somehow it felt underwhelming and not impressive. I wouldn't say I was bored, but perhaps just incredibly disengaged and not amused. I barely understood what was happening, in the final chapters. What were they trying to do? Ophiucus was relevant how?

    And then the very ending - I loved the ending, don't get me wrong. But what next? What comes after? It just seemed like the story ended with the final "battle" scene, but nothing was addressed in terms of the state of affairs. The Zodiac? The leaders? The titles? I have so many questions about the structure of the Houses and what happens next. This is why I made the statement about there being more books in this series (but maybe not Rho's story), because the ending doesn't seem all there. Or maybe a nice epilogue would answer some of my questions.

    Would I Recommend It:

    Like I said before, if you've come this far, and read all of the previous books, you have to read Thirteen Rising. If you haven't read any of the books in the series, or have only read Zodiac, I wouldn't bother with the series. There is a love triangle in the first two books, and this final book is disappointing. Black Moon was awesome but definitely not enough for me to recommend reading the entire series. Try Kaufman and Spooner's Starbound series if you're looking for space-related books. Or The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid, or Starflight by Melissa Landers, or the Avalon duology by Mindee Arnett. This series gets maybe a 2.5/3-star rating overall.

    Rating:

    2 stars. I'm disappointed that I'm rating this book with a poor rating, but it definitely could have been worse. It's a fair ending to the series. I'm disappointed about the romance and Rho's behavior, but I'm sure other readers who are fans of the series might look past all of that and love the book. Overall, the series was only okay for me. I don't know if I'll read anything new by the author in the future, but I'm glad I stuck it out with this series and gave it a a fair shot.

    2.5 stars. I don't know if I want to rate up or down, so I'll rate down for now. This book was pretty somewhat okay but also, underwhelming? I wasn't impressed by all of the wallowing Rho did. On the other hand, I understood why she was wallowing. But she was so pathetic. And it was so frustrating to see her hurt Hysan over and over, and he forgave her every time. Emotionally abusive relationship, anyone? *sigh*

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    Also, THIS COVER! Wow!

  • Matías Racedo

    Opinión SIN spoilers: La última entrega de la saga Zodíaco está plagada de acción, escenas conmovedoras, y mucho sufrimiento (preparen sus corazones).

    Tengo los primeros tres ejemplares en español, pero no pude resistir comprar el ebook en inglés para saber la conclusión de esta saga. Voy a esperar hasta el próximo año para comprar mi copia en físico 💜

    Volviendo al libro, ya en e

    Opinión SIN spoilers: La última entrega de la saga Zodíaco está plagada de acción, escenas conmovedoras, y mucho sufrimiento (preparen sus corazones).

    Tengo los primeros tres ejemplares en español, pero no pude resistir comprar el ebook en inglés para saber la conclusión de esta saga. Voy a esperar hasta el próximo año para comprar mi copia en físico 💜

    Volviendo al libro, ya en el inicio tenemos unos capítulos excitantes que no puedes dejar de leer, siguiendo a nuestra querida Rho. Nos encontramos con un personaje distinto al que hemos visto en los libros anteriores, una Rho determinada, fría y calculadora, endurecida por el dolor y las traiciones que ha sufrido a lo largo de la saga. Debo admitir que disfruté mucho esta faceta de la protagonista, si bien se notaba que esta forma de pensar y actuar la hacían sentir miserable y distante, emocionalmente entumecida.

    Como les advertí arriba, el sufrimiento de Rho no ha acabado, si creen que el final de Luna Negra los destruyó, no se imaginan lo que deberá enfrentar Rho en esta última entrega 🙈 es increíble todo lo que sucede en 350 páginas, es un torbellino de emociones, de triunfos y derrotas, de risas y llantos, donde finalmente toda la verdad es revelada.

    ¿Pensaron que habíamos descubierto todos rincones del Zodíaco en los libros anteriores? Pués no, Romina nos sorprende una vez más con un world-building increíble, y un desarrollo increíble del sistema de magia de esta novela combina ciencia ficción con fantasía.

    Este fue, junto con Zodíaco, mi favorito de la saga. Como siempre, la autora aporta su visión sobre la importancia de la unidad, reflejando los problemas de nuestro mundo tales como la segregación, la guerra y la desconfianza que enfrentan nuestros líderes, quienes están más concentrados en conservar el poder, que en el pueblo al que representan, porque creen saber lo que es mejor para todos.


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