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Friday, January 26, 2007

Blood Lines

***** Blood Lines by Eileen Wilks. Contemporary paranormal romance.

I had to go to Eileen Wilks's website to find a cover with her name spelled correctly (as it is on the actual book)--all the online booksellers have it spelled "Wilkes," though it's only on the cover. Speaking of the cover, this is not even remotely how I imagined Cynna's tattoo-spells, but it's a cool-looking cover anyway.

One more thing. I'm calling this "paranormal romance" because that's what it says on the spine, but in my little world, it's contemporary fantasy. With romantic elements, to be sure, but the emphasis in this series is more on the fantasy than on the romance.

At 2:52 a.m., Greenwich mean time, on my birthday, there's a magical surge that's felt all over the world, with different effects. FBI agent Lily and werewolf prince Rule from the previous books in the series are attending a performance of Handel's Messiah at the time, and the surge causes a werewolf onstage to change. Rule is able to keep from changing, and helps the out-of-control werewolf, who turns out to be from a rival clan, which sets into motion a deadly chain of events.

Lily and fellow agent Cynna Weaver is tasked with finding the source of the surge, because Cynna was a former follower and apprentice to Jiri, a sorceror who calls demons.

They also call in sorceror and former lone wolf Cullen to help when Rule is dying from a spell that keeps him from healing and his son is kidnapped.

There were sparks between Cullen and Cynna in the previous book, but there are more sparks now that these two very independent individuals are forced to work together.

Blood Lines is definitely a page-turner. There's so much going on, from werewolf politics to an overall increase in the level of magic in the world that there are no slow spots; no places in the story where you feel comfortable just setting the book down and leaving it to finish the next day. And it's not just the action--all the action has an emotional content: Cynna facing her past, Rule's fears for his son and Lily's for Rule, and of course Cynna and Cullen's growing feelings for each other.

Unlike the usual paranormal romance series, the couple from the previous books doesn't fade into the background. Lily and Rule are still very much front and center here, and at least this far in the series, it feels more like J. D. Robb's In Death series, which has other romance stories in it, but Eve and Roarke are still the stars. Whether Lily and Rule will continue in this role in subsequent books, I don't know, but I'm pretty sure this entire series will end up on my keeper shelves. I hope it'll be a long one.


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Darla - I notice that too, about the online bookstore spelled Eileen Wilks name wrong. I typed it in every different spelling for Wilks and finally decided to check up her website. And had problme with that too, until I finally got it *sigh*

These series sound like good book to read, since I like werewolves story. Can't wait to get the first book *grin* :) Thanks!
How could they make such mistake?

Anyway, I have this book in my TBR pile. Didn't know this is part of the series, will have to look out for the others!
Yes, you'll want to read the other books in the series first. I think you can probably understand it okay without having read them, but it would be better in order--like most series. :)
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