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…]

Review: Human Nature by Eileen Wilks

human natureReviewed by Jen

This novella gives us a look at what was happening with Lily and Rule while Cynna and Cullen were trapped in another realm. It starts with what should have been a celebration of Lily’s birthday, and instead lands them across the country, investigating the death of an old friend of Rune’s.

This is a good mystery. Lily’s investigation delves into a magic circle, a dirty cop, and a hate group targeting lupi. The cool thing is, the answer isn’t an obvious one. I enjoyed watching Lily track the killer and it’s made even more interesting by how Rule deals with it all. These two are still finding their legs in their relationship –and though they care for and respect one another– it’s hard to balance that with Rule’s need for justice for his friend. [Read more…]

Review: Night Season by Eileen Wilks

night seasonReviewed by Jen

It’s interesting to me that so many people liked this book a little less than the first three, because it features Cynna and Cullen instead of Lily and Rule. I think that’s actually why I liked it more. It’s not that I dislike the original lead characters; it’s just that their romance was a bit lacking –at least for me. They’re mates. They really have no choice but to be together. It’s different with Cynna and Cullen. There is no physical imperative for them to be a couple. Their relationship isn’t a given, it’s a journey. And what a ride it is. [Read more…]

Review: Inhuman by Eileen Wilks

inhumanReviewed by Jen

This is the second novella I’ve read in this series, and I really like the fact that both seem to stand alone very well, yet tie in to the larger series. Just as with the first one, Lily and Rune don’t make any appearances. It focuses on an entirely new couple, Kai and Nathan, who I understand will be featured in the fourth novel, Night Season. I’m already excited. [Read more…]

Review: Blood Lines by Eileen Wilks

blood linesReviewed by Jen

I felt a bit lukewarm about the previous book in this series, and I was looking at this installment as a kind of make-or-break for the series. I’m happy to say that I definitely enjoyed this one more. Maybe it was because the characters have returned to earth, with the focus feeling decidedly more on the lupi. Maybe it’s because I felt more harmony in the different elements in the story. Maybe it was the return of Grandmother. More than likely, it was all of that and more that drew me back in, and will bring me back again for the next book. [Read more…]

Series Reading Order: World of the Lupi

eileenThis is the reading order for the World of the Lupi series by Eileen Wilks:

*Denotes short story/ novella

Review: Mortal Danger by Eileen Wilks

mortal dangerReviewed by Jen

This series has not quite found its legs yet. At least, not for me. There are definitely some good things going on, but this book feels disjointed, not only in relation to Tempting Danger, but within itself. The first half and the second half feel almost like two separate stories. And there is no trace of the police procedural feel from book 1.

We start the story with Lily’s sister’s wedding. I was excited about that, because I am interested in her family dynamic and where Rule will fit in. But it was really just a prop to kick off the next storyline. Harlowe, our surviving bad guy from the last book is conspiring with an agent of hell to have Lily possessed. A demon snatches her at the wedding and steals a taste of her blood. We follow Lily and her people as they try to figure out who attacked her and why, while we get cutaways of Harlowe and his new demon sidekick, Gan. [Read more…]

Review: Originally Human by Eileen Wilks

originally humanReviewed by Jen

When I first started this story, I thought it was a standalone, but I was quite excited when I realized the story intersected with events of Tempting Danger. In the first World of the Lupi book, one of the werewolves –Cullen– was captured by the bad guys after he was knocked out in a chain of events, off page. The story here is about the characters who he interacted with in those missing hours. But if you didn’t read that book, don’t worry. This holds up just fine as a standalone. [Read more…]

Review: Tempting Danger by Eileen Wilks

tempting dangerReviewed by Jen

I’ve been meaning to get around to this series for years. When it occurred to me that I hadn’t found a good werewolf Urban Fantasy series in a while, I figured it was well past time to give the World of the Lupi a try. It was a little more police procedural than I expected. It felt similar in some ways to the early Anita Blake books (without all the polyamorous sex-a-thons that appeared in the later books) or maybe the Kara Gillian series before its sharp left turn. The heroine is someone with a special gift of her own which helps her navigate a supernatural world where humans fear those who are different. The thing is, I liked those books, so it’s no big surprise that I liked this one too. [Read more…]