Review: Mortal Ties (World of the Lupi, #9) by Eileen Wilks

October 9, 2012 Review 0 ★★★


Mortal Ties

(World of the Lupi, #9)
by Eileen Wilks

Genre: Urban Fantasy |
Excerpt: Yes | Book Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Julia | Source: Publisher

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; October 2, 2012
  • ISBN-10: 0425254925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425254929

Rating

Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying.

Sexual Content

Sex scenes.

Description

“Eileen Wilks is a truly gifted writer,” (Romance Junkies) and her Novels of the Lupi have drawn readers into a seductive world of action, suspense, and passion. Now, FBI agent Lily Yu tracks a traitor into the darkest shadows yet…

FBI agent Lily Yu is living at Nokolai Clanhome with her fiancé, lupi Rule Turner, when an intruder penetrates their territory, stealing the prototpye of a magical device the clan hopes will be worth a fortune–if a few bugs can be worked out . . .

But the protoytpe can be dangerously erratic, discharging a bizarre form of mind magic—and it looks like the thief wants it for that very side effect. Worse, whoever stole the device didn’t learn about it by accident. There’s a Nokolai traitor in their midst. Lily and Rule have to find the traitor, the thief, and the prototype. One job proves easy when the thief calls them–and his identity rocks Rule’s world.

As they race to recover their missing property, they find Robert Friar’s sticky footprints all over the place. Robert Friar–killer, madman, and acolyte of the Old One the lupi are at war with–an Old One whose power is almost as vast as her ambition to rock the entire world . . .

Review

The World of the Lupi is an aptly named series, as every new book reminds me of how vast, complex, and well drawn Wilks’s world is. Though Wilks writes interesting romances and complex family ties, her relationships are often overshadowed by the mythology and action that makes each book barrel forward.

Wilks’s well paced writing makes it easy to follow the action, so easy that new readers might be deceived into thinking they’re following along.  This book reminded me of prior books in the series that I wanted to reread and at least twice as many plot points that I had forgotten, and anyone jumping into this series at book nine would be missing an iceberg of character development and backstory.

One of the things that makes MORTAL TIES so readable is Wilks’s rock solid ability to write a procedural.  Lily’s law enforcement pedigree is in full effect, piecing together clues and interrogating witnesses.  Perhaps most impressive is how seamlessly practical police work and magic blend in this world.  But as much as I enjoy a good mystery, I felt like the relationship side of things was lacking.  I love how Wilks continues to explore the romance of her characters, long after the initial meet-cute and hook up, but I felt like even the happily coupled characters in MORTAL TIES didn’t have many memorable moments.

This book moved the plot forward in a few critical ways, but didn’t fundamentally change any of the many relationships that I love in this series (and that keep bringing me back to more).  As much as I enjoyed this refresher, and am glad that I reconnected with the Lupi, MORTAL TIES is a stepping stone for us Lupi fans to get to book ten.

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