Series: World of the Lupi #10
Also in this series: Unbinding, Mind Magic, Dragon Spawn, Dragon Blood
Published by Berkley on September 3, 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Personally Purchased
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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.
Ritual Magic by Eileen Wilks is the 10th book in the World of the Lupi series. Ritual Magic adds to this series deep and intricate storyline and character building, but doesn’t stop there.
Ritual Magic just seems to make it clear how much smarter some people are than others. (I am talking about me here….) Wilks’ ability to layer absolutely amazingly complicated world rules is beyond my level of understanding, when talking about the creation of them. However, Wilks allows her characters to show you as they teach each other about these unknown magics and rules with various gods. If you are looking for a light read, you should pass this one up. It is not hard to understand, but it is also makes you think continuously as you absorb the information. You might also find yourself analysing and thinking about this book long after the last page, if you are anything like me at least.
Rule and Lilly are in the middle of the stink. Lilly’s mother has fallen to mind woo-woo and has lost all of her memory, reverting her back to a 12 year old. I expected this aspect to be a bit bla, but I was shocked at how much it added to the characters. Getting such a unique insight into such a rigid character really makes you think. You start to understand her reasoning and behaviours in a way you didn’t think would be possible. So many times in our own lives we only see the person in front of us and fail to understand the why and how of the final product.
One thing that truly stands out in this series (and I can only think of one other that truly does this as well) is that Lilly and Rule are in real relationship. This is not romance. They have personal struggles and relationship struggles and I think it makes for a beautiful read. Life is not perfect. They are not perfect. Everyday is a struggle and a fight to keep those they love safe and still remain whole. What happens when you start to question your motivation because of outside influences? Could you tell if your soul was corrupted?
If you love fascinating stories with diverse characters, I would certainly recommend this series! I would say..start at the beginning! It is totally worth it!
I rate Ritual Magic 4.5 out of 5 Bullets!
I personally purchased Ritual Magic. All opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.
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