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In Rivals and Retribution, the fifth book in the 13 to Life series by Shannon Delany, Pietr and Jessie will find themselves caught in a pack war with a new breed of werewolves.
Jessie Gillmansen is in trouble again and she’s in for the fight of her life–and Pietr’s! With Marlaena’s dangerous wolf pack putting more pressure on the Rusakova family, change is inevitable and when it comes, it brings a heavy price that forces Alexi into action to save his youngest brother’s heart, head, and life. In the stunning conclusion of this celebrated paranormal series two werewolf families fight for control of the small town of Junction, control of each other and–most elusive of all–control of themselves.
All good things must come to an end, so does the 13 to Life series by Shannon Delany. This one of those series I followed right from the start and even though I have never been a big fan of werewolves, this series captured me with a wonderful set of characters and a thrilling fast paced story.
Wrap Me Up!
What is most important for me when finishing a series is that all storylines come to a closure and that I feel satisfied with the ending. Rivals and Retributions managed to wrap all the important events up in a nice satisfying ending. Even smaller stories were neatly tied up to leave the reader in a happy place, ready to let go of this story. As much as I hate endings of a good series, I do appreciate when I can actually feel good about moving on.
Get us back our Pietr
One of my main complain about the Destiny and Deception (Book ) was the incredible change of Pietr, who became a geeky nerd instead of this fierce alpha wolf male I loved so much in the first books! However, Pietr is forced to shift back and finally we all had Alpha-Pietr back. Thank.Goodness! However, it wouldn’t be the 13 to Life series when everything would be happily ever after now! Nope, Jessi still has to fear that they ever can be together and I found this additional storyline perfectly fitting! I liked that Shannon Delany, gave us not just an ending, but also a story line to focus on in this last installment!
Different POV and a rich cast of characters
The 13 to Life series was definitely more character than plot driven, even though Shannon Delany did a great job in focusing on both part. However, I was mostly invested in the characters. Apart from the main characters we had a phenomenal set of secondary characters that managed to slowly crawled deeply into my heart. Especially, Pietr’s brothers Alexis and Max were complex and alluring characters.
Even more, Shannon Delany managed with the addition of several POV’s to bring us closer to those additional characters, which I highly enjoyed. However, I would have wished for Pietr’s and Max’s POV… ( I should get to ask Shannon Delany at some point about why she denied me this pleasure 🙂
Great Series – Great Ending. The13 to Life series was one of those series that came with an action packed storyline that never could be considered boring. The lure of strong characters, lush and action packed stories wrapped in a nice paranormal environment made this series a great addition for everyone’s shelves.
Bewitched Post about the 13 to Life series
- 13 to Life Book 1
- Secrets and Shadows – Book 2
- Bargains and Betrayels – Book 3
- Destiny and Deception – Book 4
- Interview with Shannon Delany