Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Berkley
Released on February 3, 2009
Finally back to this series. I love World of the Lupi and got distracted from it, but it is my goal to get caught up on the series this year.
So yes, this is an engaging urban fantasy series that focuses on the author’s intricate and fabulous werewolf world, but isn’t limited to weres. All other forms of supernatural drop in for the series which is an exciting blend of paranormal, suspense, action, and romance.
It is an ongoing story that really needs to be read in order to get the full, wondrous effect and backstory for the main characters and their world. This is book five of the series and I think I can avoid major spoilerage though minor spoilers will seep through. Can’t be helped.
The story opens with Lily and Rule arriving in North Carolina on business of a personal kind- Rule is there to attend the court hearing that will finally relinquish his son into his care. As Lupi, Toby will soon need to be with his clan as he goes into his First Change and Rule is eager to have Toby with him after all the years of Toby living with his maternal grandmother.
But then Rule discovers the bodies while out running in his wolf form. They are coated with death magic. Instead of Lily being there to support Rule and Toby, she is now presented with a new case for the FBI’s magic division. Hostile local law enforcement, a mysterious killer, tension with the local werewolf clan, Rule’s ex suddenly taking an interest in Toby and the court hearing, and difficult no win choices make this trip one that will make or break Lily and Rule.
As I said, it has been some time since I read the last installment of the series, but it was easy to slip back into the incredible magical world that Eileen Wilks has created. I was so excited to see the large portions of Rule and Toby’s narration along with Lily’s in this book. Rule and Lily’s mate bond is so unique, but the telling up to this point has been balanced more toward Lily. The equal time with Rule was a gift.
This book had the usual paranormal suspense case for Lily to solve with the help of Rule and the gang, but I also like that it gave equal time to some threads that have intrigued me from the beginning. Finally, I got to encounter Toby’s mother up close and personal and in scenes with Rule and Lily. Sparks flew of course and she made it interesting for the situation of Toby’s legal custody. Then there was the time spent for Lily and Rule to truly consider what they have together apart from the mate bond that forced them. What are they as a couple if that bond wasn’t there? They get to find out and I loved getting that part of their story.
Then there was Rule and Lily- particularly Rule- having to transition from being a parent at a distance to being an everyday parent for Toby. And naturally, there is more to it than that since he is a Lupi with special issues.
Toby gets a lot of page time and I liked that since the whole custody thing and some other startling reveals revolve around him. I thought the author got his feelings and actions just right for a kid who is confused by all that he feels and is confronted by big changes ahead.
And of course, for those who adore the sexy wolf Cullen, he and Cyanna are around to keep it fun and real.
The case is a twisty one and has some shocking and disturbing aspects. I love how the author can create that atmosphere of danger and mystery and present a case that isn’t easily figured out.
All in all, this was an abso-fab reunion with the World of the Lupi for me and I can’t wait to continue. I highly recommend this series for those who enjoy their Urban Fantasy blended with a mystery and an intriguing werewolf culture.
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