Series: World of the Lupi #11
Also in this series: Ritual Magic, Mind Magic, Dragon Spawn, Dragon Blood
Published by Berkley Publishing Group on 2014-09-18
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Urban
Source: Personally Purchased
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In the newest Novel of the Lupi, the human and elven worlds are both about to come under attack…
After questing through the sidhe realms with her ex-hellhound lover, Nathan, Kai Tallman Michalski has finally returned home. But she knows Nathan will eventually be called back to serve his queen—and Kai will have to decide whether to enter her majesty’s service as well. Sure, the job comes with great bennies, but there’s one big downside: she would have to swear absolute fealty to the Queen of Winter. For now, though, Kai is glad to be home, and glad that Nathan completed his mission for his queen with surprising ease. But what seemed to be a quick conclusion turns out to be anything but. The two of them helped thwart the sidhe god of chaos—and he is not happy about that. He’s got plans for them. Plans, too, for the sidhe who killed him some three millennia ago. Nor has he abandoned his plans for Earth, as they learn when chaos begins bursting out all over...
Unbinding by Eileen Wilks is the 11th book in her World of the Lupi series. I am a long time follower of this series and Unbinding didn’t disappoint.
One aspect about the World of the Lupi series that stands out as unique, is the authors ability to shift the story to other characters while maintaining a fluid story line. It doesn’t happen regularly, as most of this series does focus on the Lilly and Rule, but when she does it, it is done beautifully. It creates a new depth and allows us to break away from Lilly and Rule’s individual feelings and see bits of the world from others perspectives.
Unbinding is told from Kai Tallman Michalski’s point of view. Kai is not a new character and Nathan, although not as well-known was not a complete stranger either. Kai and Nathan individually had such beautiful and intriquing back stories. Especially since Nathan was…or is…a hellhound. What to do when your love is honor bound to serve the Queen of Winter? Kai has no idea either. I truly enjoyed their story and all it added to the overall world story in the series.
Wilks also did a very tricky thing in this book. (DAMN HER) She created the uber evil bad guy, but then managed to make your heart and soul weep for his past and what had led him on the path to be what he is now. HOW DID SHE DO THIS. One should not become emotionally vested in the evil god of chaos! It creates conflicting emotions that I honestly didn’t want to evaluate, but she forced me to. Again..DAMN HER. Wilks is beyond brilliant and this is an Urban Fantasy that is easily a series re-read for me. This is one I proudly display on my shelf and I surely hope one day I can stalk her down so they can be signed.
I would not recommend reading this book as a stand-alone. I think Kai and Nathan’s story would probably stand somewhat on its own, but there is soooo much to the world and history that the information alone has a high potential of becoming information overload, if you had not read the previous books. (My review for Mind Magic (World of the Lupi #12) will be posted a little later this week!)
I rate Unbinding 4.5 out of 5 Bullets!
I received this title directly from the publisher. All opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.