Mind Magic was one of those books that slowly drew me in and had me pondering what the various plot threads were leading toward as this story built speed and intensity to that amazing suspenseful ending. Government conspiracy, a new team of gifteds, dragon mystery and magic, and adorable, but shouldn’t be under-estimated brownies surround Lily, Rule, and the Lupi as they seek to get answers and stop a new and dangerous plot.
Mind Magic is the twelfth installment to the World of the Lupi series. This Urban Fantasy series must be read in order. There is the strong tie to the ongoing story, but also an assumption that the reader is very familiar with the world of the series by now even if each book colors in a few more details and surprises to enjoy.
Sam the black dragon has been training Lily to fully utilize her mindspeak gift. The training has seemed futile until recently. She is temporarily on leave from investigative work because Sam has explained that the hallucinations she is experiencing is her mind in the final stages of adjustment that will allow her to use her gift. This makes working cases for the FBI Magical Crimes Unit problematic. Taking advantage of her leave of absence, she and Rule return to DC so he can do some Shadow Unit work with Ruben and also so they can spend some time with Rule’s Leidolf Clan of Lupi.
But before Lily has much time to get bored and antsy, things start happening fast. There are whisperings that the DC dragon, Mika, has gone missing. Sam inexplicably sends Lily to Ohio where she finds a dead body and is brought back on active duty to investigate since magic was used to do the murder. Rule and Ruben are suddenly arrested for crimes they didn’t do. A mysterious girl who has been on the run has quite the story to tell and someone wants her dead. None of them believe in coincidences, but now they have to figure out how all the pieces fit together and quickly before the persons behind it all complete their dark agenda.
There was a whole lot going on in this one and the pieces don’t make sense at first. I love how this author does that with her stories. There is an obvious path to the story and then there is an undercurrent that hides beneath the surface waiting for the right time to come into play.
The narration is shared by multiple people so that the reader is getting all sides of the equation, but while this helps build the tension and allows the reader to see what is going on with all parties concerned; this doesn’t mean there aren’t surprises and big reveals throughout. Lily and Rule along with a newly introduced character get the spotlight, but also there is the perspective of one of the villains.
I found the dragon part of the story just riveting. And there is dragon cuteness. I know, I know, Eileen Wilks’ dragons are NOT cute and they are alien and deadly, but there’s this moment. Loved that and loved the new reveals about this mysterious race.
But if the dragons had a cute moment, the brownies are the ones that had me chuckling. They are incorrigible, but pull their tricks in such a way that they have to be forgiven. And oh how I enjoyed watching them prove that they are not to be underestimated by the big baddies with the guns.
I always love a Lily and Rule adventure and this is no exception, but Demi was a nice new addition. Demi is a touch sensitive like Lily. Unlike Lily, Demi has had a hard road between losing her family, taken in by one who used her for her gift, hiding because she knows too much, and always living with Asperger’s. I loved the way Rule swept into Demi’s life and was her hero. He protected her, he cared, and he made her feel valued for the first time.
This was an action-packed intense story, but I still had one little niggle. I was somewhat hazy on motive for some of the villainy. I felt like I missed something or needed more clarification during the resolve. And maybe more will come out in the next book as there was one thread that didn’t get tied up.
All in all, this was another fantastic read. I jokingly have pointed out that this is the urban fantasy series for the analytical thinker because of the way the world building is laid out methodically as are the actions and motives of the cast of characters. It’s not a matter or knowing magic is done or something paranormal exists, but how and why. But I also need to add that the action is fast-paced, intense, and breathtaking. The situations are dire by the time they are fully revealed and these characters are all impressive. Highly recommend this book and the whole series.
My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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