Review ~ Death Magic by Eileen Wilks

Posted January 15, 2020 by Tanya in Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 0 Comments

Review ~ Death Magic by Eileen WilksDeath Magic by Eileen Wilks
Series: World Of The Lupi #8
Published by Berkley on November 1, 2011
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 377
4 Stars
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DEATH MAGIC opens with Special Agent Lily Yu in Washington, D.C. with her fiancé--lupi prince Rule Turner—to testify before a Senate subcommittee about her role in the magical collapse of a mountain last month. She is not there to tell them about the strange legacy she carries from that event—or about the arcane bond between her and Rule--or what her boss in Unit Twelve of the FBI’s Magical Crimes Division is really up to. She sure won’t tell them that the lupi are at war with an Old One who wants to remake humanity in her own image.

Lily is managing the conflict between her duty as an officer of the law and the need for secrecy pretty well . . . until the rabidly anti-magic senator who chairs that committee is murdered. The line between right and wrong, always so clear to her, becomes hopelessly blurred as events catapult them all towards disaster, and prophecies of a cataclysmic end to the country she loves and serves--and to the entire race of lupi--seem well on their way to being fulfilled.

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The World of the Lupi series is building up to a war with the Great Bitch. Role shuffling is going on so that the defenses to any upcoming magical attacks can be dealt with without restraints from the normal government lines. This puts Lily in an uncomfortable position, but it does not take long for the corruption in the formal government to sway her. It is surprising to see what this new unit consists of.

As with the previous books, we get hit with shock after shock. There are also multiple issues that are mixed in that need to be dealt with. The Lady’s interference causes some conflict with Rule, but she is working towards the good of the Lupi and the world. The adrenaline stays strong throughout the story. Each character faces many trials and there are definitely going to be losses. I don’t think Eileen Wilks is afraid to kill off characters. It always leaves our main characters grieving.

I’m wondering what kind of wedding we are going to get with Rule and Lily. There is so much going on that has to be dealt with I can’t see when they are going to get this wedding Lily’s mother dreams of.

The world and setting gets more intricate the further into the series you go. However, there are little reminders of what happened previously to jump start the memory to understand the significance of what is currently happening. Death Magic is action packed and intense read.

About Eileen Wilks

Eileen Wilks’ first book, a Silhouette Desire published in 1996, hit the USA Today Bestseller List and was nominated for Romantic Times’ Best First Short Contemporary award. Since then, her books have appeared consistently on national bestseller lists. With thirty two books in print and novellas in nine anthologies, she has been a finalist in the prestigious Rita Awards three times, as well as receiving several nominations from Romantic Times, including one for Career Achievement in Series Romantic Suspense.

Each book in her World of the Lupi series gains a larger audience. It was originally sold in the Romance section of bookstores, but more and more you will be able to find copies cross-shelved under Sci-Fi and Fantasy as the popularity of the series grows!

Eileen has lived in the West Texas town of Midland, TX for over 30 years–three years as a young teen, and the remaining years since she moved back here as an adult. When she first started writing over 10 years ago, it hit her like the first drink for an alcoholic . . . or the first kiss for Romeo and Juliet.

She came to writing romance in a roundabout way. Having read and loved science fiction for years, that’s where she first tried her hand when the writing bug bit. Somehow her stories always ended up having a strong romantic subplot, but she hadn’t read a romance since the early 80’s and didn’t think “those little books” were her kind of stories. But when a friend in her critique group began working on a romance novel, Wilks decided she needed to give the genre another try. She asked her friend to recommend some titles–and quicker than you can say “Jayne Ann Krentz,” she fell in love. The genre had been busy growing up while she wasn’t watching. These days, with romances comprising over 50% of the mass market books published in the U.S., there are romances to appeal to almost every taste–historicals, paranormals and contemporaries that range from romantic suspense to romantic comedy, from inspirational to sizzling.

Eileen covered a lot of territory before coming home to Midland, having lived in Canada and Venezuela as well as twelve U.S. cities in five states.