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Thursday, March 25, 2010
Review - Blood Magic by Eileen Wilks
Title: Blood Magic
Author: Eileen Wilks
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
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Rating: You Gotta Read
Reviewed by: Mickey
Lily Yu’s world changed when she met Rule Turner, known to the human world as “that werewolf prince.” It’s been eight months since everyone else’s world changed, too—when the Turning hit. That shifting of the realms has magic seeping back into the world in quantities unseen since the hot news story concerned a pair of human babes raised by wolves who went on to found a new city: Rome.
Lily is a homicide cop turned FBI agent. She works for a special Unit within the MCD—that’s the Bureau’s Magical Crimes Division. Lily became a cop to stop the monsters , though it was human monsters she had in mind at the time. These days, the perps she tracks may be a lot more—or a lot less--than human.
In Blood Magic, Lily and Rule are faced with their most dangerous opponent yet, one the law can’t touch. One who can’t be killed. One whose like hasn’t been seen in our world since long before those wolves fostered Romulus and Remus.
Oh, one more thing about Blood Magic: Grandmother is back.
Not to refine too much upon authors who write ongoing series, but Eileen Wilks' Lupi novels are a set that should not be missed. The newest book, Blood Magic, is truly spectacular, clearly one of her best efforts. This novel is action-packed, with a substantial plot that allows it to standalone without its predecessors for reference. Perhaps this is due to Ms. Wilks' gift for dialogue, one of the best and wittiest I have ever read; it appears to flow across the page and seems so natural to her characters. And the characters themselves are amazing: she instills her wolves (Lupi) and dragons with human characteristics, describing both in great detail.
While this story is a segue from the last book, it does stand alone as a separate entity, never leaving the reader feeling lost at the beginning of the story. The plot is intricate, yet not so complex that one is completely lost; I love the touches of mid Eastern mysticism inter-spliced throughout that tie-in with Lily's heritage and her connection to the dragons. The depth and character development devoted to the secondary characters is extraordinary and one of the reasons why this author's books are so successful and why these characters are capable of being converted to heroes and heroines with their own books later. Added to to the action and suspense, murder and mayhem, and magic and mysticism is the intense passion leaping off the page whenever Lily and Rule connect. Could there be a better recipe for a book available, if so I have not read it yet.