I’ll admit, I haven’t been 100% sold on the Rune and Lily relationship. One of the reason I liked Night Season so much is because I enjoyed watching the romance evolve between Cynna and Cullen. Theirs isn’t a mate bond; they’re together because they want to be… because they love each other. In this book, I finally felt the love that ties together Lily and Rune as something more than a physical connection. It’s real. It would exist even without bond. And it made such a difference.
The story picks up with Lily and Rune ready to finally take custody of Rune’s son, Toby. But nothing is simple for these two. Not only is there trouble on that front, but a major case pops up in town and only Lily can take point. Someone is using death magic to kill people, but in no way that anyone has seen before. She must split her focus on figuring out the mystery and supporting her mate as Toby’s mom blows back into town.
This is my favorite book by far featuring this couple. I enjoyed it every bit as much as I did Night Season. The author has shaken off the uneven plotting. The story flows well. It’s engaging. And she ties in all the elements in a very organic way. There is a lot of action, but also a lot of character development, just the right blend, in fact.
Another thing I liked? More exploration into the two clans Rule is now linked to. I was really interested in seeing what those two mantles mean for him and for his family. And I loved the way it plays out here. It feels like this was something Eileen Wilks always had planned, which makes me all the more excited to see what she has in store next.
I’m a little sad we didn’t get to see Lily’s grandmother, but there are plenty of secondary characters who get to shine, especially Toby. I was a bit surprised at how much I liked his Grammy too. I would like to get to know Alex a bit better. And of course, there is Cullen, who I just adore. Marriage isn’t slowing him down one bit. (Which reminds me, make sure you read “Cyncerely Yours” to catch his wedding ceremony, or you will feel the lack.)
I’m finally feeling the excitement about these books that so many of my fellow readers seem to have. And the ending here… such a lovely surprise. You don’t want to miss it.
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by Eileen Wilks
Release Date: February 3, 2009