Review: Mortal Ties by Eileen Wilks

mortal tiesReviewed by Jen

I’m still enjoying The World of the Lupi, but I’m starting to feel like it’s past its prime. The procedural elements of this ninth installment work pretty well. Once again, Lily and her gang have to solve a mystery, which in this case, centers on the theft of a magic device created by Cullen. The worldbuilding is great and even continues to expand somewhat as we delve more into the sidhe and the workings of their culture. With all of these things going for it, despite a somewhat slow start, I liked the book. But I didn’t love it. And I think that’s because we’re losing some of the great character focus in the novels, in lieu of an action driven storyline.

Cullen’s device was stolen from Clanhome, so we get to spend some time there, and we explore some of the dynamics with Rule becoming more fully the Leidolf Rho. At the same time, we learn he has a human half-brother who is tied to the theft. Lily, meanwhile, is struggling with the ghost of Al Drummond and his purpose in her life. Plus the fae. And our old bad guy Robert Friar. It’s interesting, and it picks up the pace with some good action in the second half.

But there is very little in the way of an emotional component. I felt like there was nothing new with the Lily/ Rule dynamic. Cynna makes only a minor appearance, as do frankly, most of our other secondary characters, and I felt the lack. The lack of Benedict. The lack of Ruben. There is no romance, but beyond that, there is very little feeling of any kind.

I like the continuing evolution of Rule’s two mantles and the exploration of how they fit in his heart and in his life. I also liked the new characters we met, like Rule’s brother Jasper. Like Tony Romano, the new Laban Rho. And the fae Alycethin. I hope we see more of them in future books. But what I hope even more is that Eileen Wilks builds on these characters –or even builds on the ones we’ve already grown to love. Develop them, instead of just using them to further the action. I know this series is capable of it, but it’s fallen along the wayside a little (except maybe in the novellas.) I’m ready for the feels to come back.

Rating: B/B-

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Mortal Ties
by Eileen WilksRelease Date: October 2, 2012
Publisher: Berkley

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