Finally! I have wanted to know more about Grandmother since the beginning of the series, and now we finally get a peek into her backstory and what it means for Lily in the present day. It was worth the wait, and was made even better as it tied into so many other threads we’ve seen woven over the last several books.
So it may seem at first like Rule and Lily’s surprise engagement would be a big deal in this book, and while there is a bit of fallout, it’s really quite a minor element of the story. That’s because someone nearly kills Cullen at his and Cynna’s baby shower and the stakes only go up from there. You see, the attack happens at Clanhome, which gives the Nokolai a major stake in the investigation, and the perpetrator uses magic, which drops the case squarely into Lily’s jurisdiction.
From then on out, it’s an action packed ride, involving a deadly sorcerer and an ancient being from another realm with a centuries-old vendetta against Lily’s grandmother. That prompts some long hidden truths to come out –about the old woman’s history, her magic, and her ties to the dragons. I loved learning all about it, especially since Lily, too, is unraveling the mystery.
We also get to spend some time with Rule’s dad, Isen, who has spent much of the series off-page. I liked watching him interact with Rule, amid the complications of the two mantles, and the very unpopular decision for him to marry Lily. And Benedict! He’s back too, and I’ve missed him. I didn’t realize how much I missed spending time with the pack until they were front and center again. I hope they continue to play a big role in the coming books, because they add so much to the story.
There’s a little blip on the romance radar when an ex-boyfriend of Lily resurfaces, but it didn’t add much to the story for me. I also found the flashbacks of Lily’s grandmother really messed up the flow of the present day story. Not only that, but it was incomplete and I had to google when the Ching dynasty was. I much preferred the other ways we learned her story. But honestly, those were my only complaints.
The emotional connections between Cynna and Cullen –and Lily and Rule– are so strong, they are tangible. I am all in with these couples! And when we really see how much these women mean to the clan, I could feel it in my gut.
I’ve really become such a fan of this series. I can’t wait to see where the story goes next.
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by Eileen Wilks
Release Date: February 2, 2010