Thursday, October 3, 2013

Book Review: Ritual Magic by Eileen Wilks

Ritual Magic
Author: Eileen Wilks
Publication: Berkley (September 3, 2013)

Description: In Eileen Wilks’s new Novel of the Lupi, FBI agent Lily Yu is about to confront a power even darker than magic…

On her 57th birthday, Lily’s mother suddenly loses all memory beyond the age of twelve. Lily knows her mother was attacked by something more than magic. More . . . and darker.

When Lily and Rule discover that others suffered the same, mysterious loss—at the same time on the same night—their investigation into the darkness begins. Joining them is someone Lily never thought she’d see again: Al Drummond, who once tried to destroy her. He also happens to be dead. But the mysterious attacks were caused by a power strong enough to affect matters beyond the world of the living.

With some victims losing years of memory and others their lives, Lily must discover what on earth—or beyond—connects them.

My Thoughts: This tenth novel in the World of the Lupi series has all the action, suspense, danger and romance the fans of the series have come to expect.

The story begins at Julia Wu's fifty-seventh birthday party which goes quickly off course when Julia loses all memories of her life past the age of twelve.  Lily and Rule know that magic had to be involved. So Lily calls in her FBI colleagues to investigate. She is the agent in charge and manages to keep holding it together despite the fact that it was her mother who was the first victim - but not the last. Strange cases of memory loss are showing up all around San Diego which has Lily rushing from hospital to hospital to confirm that the losses were magically induced. 

Lily feels certain that Robert Friar, an old enemy and disciple of the old god who wants to take over Earth, is involved somehow. Rule's people - the Lupi - have been fighting against Friar's goddess since before written history. This latest attack may mean that the humans are going to find out about this long-fought war too. It turns out that Friar's goddess is not the only one who wants to bring chaos to Earth. We get to meet a demon, a saint, and a fey artifact that has some degree of sentience before the story ends. 

This book reunites many of my favorite characters from earlier books in this series. We get to see Cullen and Cynna, Grandmother and Sam, and spend time with Rule's son Toby. Al Drummond, the ghost, makes appearances that are helpful to Lily as she investigates too. 

I wasn't able to put this one down before I knew how the story would end. 

Favorite Quote:
He was so damned tired of this. Tired of hurt and fear and handling himself. Tire of war and people he loved being damaged, endangered, killed...and Lily wasn't taking his had the way she always did in elevators. She wasn't thinking about his fear because she was tired, too, exhausted by worry and fear and people she loved being damaged and endangered and...

A warm hand slipped into his.
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

1 comment:

  1. I still need to pick this one up. Is there any Benedict and Arjenie? I could easily read a full length book about them :-)

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