Lily and Rule are back and returning to center stage after a strategic absence in the last book. I know some people didn’t like the series detour into Kai and Nathan’s story in the last installment, but this book had no trouble at all putting our original couple back into the driver’s seat. There are so many things I liked here, I am excited about the series all over again.
The story kicks off with the introduction of a new character named Demi. She is a touch sensitive teen with Asperger’s, who is now on the run from a government group that has been collecting gifted children. It takes a little while for her storyline to intersect with Lily and Rule’s, but ultimately, they find themselves on the same side of a battle against a common enemy. Mr. Smith wants Demi for his own gains, but he also wants to topple Unit 12 so can amass greater power.
I really liked Demi. It took me a little while to understand her voice, but once I did, she shined like a beacon. I loved her honesty and guilelessness… Her simple needs and strength despite her vulnerabilities. She gave a real human element to Smith’s nefarious deeds.
Another thing I liked? The Rule focus. Yes, Lily has important stuff happening. Dragon stuff. But I felt like Rule’s perspective was the one that really carried the story more than hers this time, and I enjoyed it a lot. I liked the focus on the wolves, which is always a winner for me in this series. I liked seeing the events through his lens.
I missed Cullen and Cynna. And I felt like their absence was just a tool to further the plot. After all, their skills can surmount most problems. Between them and the mate sense, it’s got to be hard to come up with a dangerous situation that keeps Rule and Lily apart. So the author has to eliminate those elements to up the ante. The nature of Cullen’s disappearance isn’t even exactly explained, so much as alluded to. I didn’t love that, but I get it.
That small niggle aside, it’s good stuff. Lots of action. Nothing that felt old or recycled. We’ve got a new villain to explore. And the world just keeps growing. Plenty of time with the brownies and the dragons. And it all ties in with the bigger picture.
Another winner from Eileen Wilks. This series is as strong as ever.
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by Eileen Wilks
Release Date: November 3, 2015