Review: Dragon Spawn by Eileen Wilks

Reviewed by Jen

I enjoyed this 13th installment of the Lupi Books. It wasn’t quite as strong as Mind Magic, but it still was a solid Lily and Rune book. The biggest problem I had was that the ending wasn’t really an ending it all. I couldn’t even honestly call it a cliffhanger. The book just stopped. And that’s not cool.

The story picks up right on the heels of the last one. Lily and Rune are finally back home, but they don’t have much of an opportunity to relax. Her old nemesis, Tom Weng, is back and he is working for the Lupi’s great enemy. She Who Shall Not Be Named has a new plan and it involves targeting the valuable children of various clans. Including Toby. [Read more…]

Review: Mind Magic by Eileen Wilks

mind magicReviewed by Jen

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. [Read more…]

Review: Unbinding by Eileen Wilks

unbindingReviewed by Jen

I have wanted more time with Kai and Nathan since they were introduced back in “Inhuman,” so I was actually pretty excited about the chance to get some quality time with them as lead characters.  I wasn’t disappointed. This book has a different feel than the others, to be sure, but I think it was smart for Eileen Wilks to take a break from Lily and Rule. After all, they got their big moment at the end of the last book. It was the culmination of their romance. Anything that happened with them was going to be small potatoes after that. So Wilks sent them on their honeymoon, and switched her focus. [Read more…]

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. [Read more…]

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. [Read more…]

Review: Human Error by Eileen Wilks

human errorReviewed by Jen

Finally! I have been waiting for more Benedict and Arjenie since they first got together. And while I would have loved to get a full length book for them, this novella does the job quite nicely. These two are such a great pair. I love the way they compliment each other, they way they understand one another, and just… fit.

Here Benedict is accompanying his mate back home to visit her family for the holidays. It’s sweet to see this strong, stoic man, nervous to meet the people who matter to her. I really felt connected to him as he tried to make a good impression and to please the woman he loves so much. [Read more…]

Review: Death Magic by Eileen Wilks

death magicReviewed by Jen

I struggled a little with this installment. It’s not bad. There is a lot happening to advance the main story arc. The problem I had was with a noticable lack of feels. The last few books really struck a fantastic balance between action and its character focus. This time around, I really missed the character and emotional elements. I missed the romance. And I felt the pacing was uneven. But the ending is big, so no way you can skip it. [Read more…]

Review: Blood Challenge by Eileen Wilks

blood challengeReviewed by Jen

I know it’s bad form to talk about the ending of a book first, but WOW what at ending this one has. It’s really the ultimate culmination of a fantastic book that builds and builds to a climax that is emotional, intense, and pretty much everything you could want. Not sold yet? Let me back up.

This book really gets back to the basics in what the series is about, and it picks up some dangling threads that have just been waiting to be pulled. The focus is on the lupi, specifically Nokolai, but not just them. Rule is trying to gather all the clans together to talk about the growing threat from their ancient enemy. It’s not easy, since his decision to become Rho of Leidolf while remaining heir to Nokolai has left the other clans on edge. [Read more…]

Review: Blood Magic by Eileen Wilks

blood magicReviewed by Jen

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. [Read more…]

Review: Mortal Sins by Eileen Wilks

mortal sinsReviewed by Jen

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. [Read more…]