Review: Ritual Magic by Eileen Wilks

ritual magicReviewed by Jen

Remember when I said this series might have run its course for me? Scratch that. This book was a comeback in a big way. All of the disconnect I had been feeling was gone. All of the character focus I missed, was back again. I was engaged from the very beginning. The pacing was good, the plot moved fast, and I didn’t want to put it down from beginning to end.

One of the things that drew me in was the set-up. Lily’s mom, Julia, has lost her memory. She thinks she is still 12 years old. She can’t remember any of her life since that point, and that includes her husband and her children. Obviously, Lily thinks that whatever has magically targeted her mom, is using Julia to get to her. Then other people start popping up with memory loss all over the city. Something bigger is happening, but that Lily can’t shake the feeling that her mom is ground zero.

I’ve never cared much for Julia Yu one way or another, but this storyline really humanized her for me. And it gave the mystery a very personal dynamic for Lily.  Things only build from there. Because sure enough, it is all tied to something bigger.  It impacts the clan in a major way. It affects all of the people we know and love and allows us quality time with them… from Cullen and Cynna… to Benedict and Arjenie… Isen… even Toby. The stakes are high and I never knew what would happen from one page to the next.

The smaller mystery here ties in with the larger series arc, which really highlights just how well done the worldbuilding is. It also makes it clear that this is no place to start for a new reader. So much of what happens is built on things that have happened before and events that have brought us to where we are. That’s very gratifying for fans because we’re emotionally invested and getting some much needed payoff on some ongoing storylines.

I did get lost once or twice when we got into explanation of spiritual energies versus magical ones. But overall, I found this book to be engaging and satisfying, and it reminded me why I became such a fan to begin with. Bring on the next installment!

Rating: B+/A-

Click to purchase: Amazon

Ritual Magic
by Eileen Wilks
Release Date: September 3, 2013
Publisher: Berkley

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