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Mortal Ties (World of the Lupi #9)

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“Eileen Wilks is a truly gifted writer,” (Romance Junkies)and her Novels of the Lupi have drawn readers into a seductive world of action, suspense, and passion. Now, FBI agent Lily Yu tracks a traitor into the darkest shadows yet…

FBI agent Lily Yu is living at Nokolai Clanhome with her fiancé, lupi Rule Turner, when an intruder penetrates their territory, stealing the prot
Paperback, 386 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Berkley Sensation
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Another fantastic book in Eileen Wilks World of the Lupi series. If you have not yet started this series, what are you waiting for? Mortal Ties is book 9 in the series. These books must be read in order and the first book is Tempting Danger. This is an awesome series with werewolves, magic, dragons, and one of the most kick ass grandmothers ever.

The author builds an intricate world where magic has gone a little crazy. The main character Lily is a touch sensitive; she is able to sense magical pow
4.5 stars - When a magical object is stolen from the Nicolai Clanhome it looks like the Lupi have a traitor in their midst, and the fallout from the hunt for the traitor and the revelation of the identity of the thief both have some personal repercussions for Rule. And as Rule stuggles with those issues, he and Lily attempt to unravel all of the plots and plans surrounding the object's whereabouts in order to recover it before it falls in the hands of an old enemy.

I absolutely love this series
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3/5; 3 stars; B

I enjoyed this book but not as much as some of the others in the series. There isn't anything really wrong with it but I felt like I was chasing my tail for the whole thing and didn't really get anywhere in terms of the overall story arc.

I just wish someone would kill that bastard Robert Friar and then he would stop showing up as the bad guy. I get the impression that he is a crutch rather than a real and developed character.
D.B. Reynolds
Oct 17, 2012 D.B. Reynolds rated it really liked it
I didn't agree with the reviewers who felt there wasn't enough passion between Lily and Rule in the last Lupi book (Death Magic.) But I agree with them on this one. There's a distance between Lily and Rule that is disorienting. I suspect it's because for much of the book Rule is struggling with his identity, conflicted between the Leidolf and Nokolai mantles. Also, Lily and Rule are hardly ever alone in this book. They're living in Isen's house (Rule's father) and when they finally leave Clanhom ...more
Kathy Davie
Nov 19, 2012 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, urban
Ninth in the World of the Lupi urban fantasy series revolving around Lily Yu and Rule Turner outside San Diego, California.

My Take
Nice move, Rule, telling Lily that her guards are her backup. Even the FBI has to call in backup sometimes…

This story is more of an opportunity for Drummond to rehabilitate himself, to look back over the decisions which led him to throw in with the wrong side. It's also an interesting peek into life after death; Wilks has some intriguing ideas about this, from the gho
Please pardon me while I gush. Others may feel differently but let me say upfront that World of the Lupi is one of my favorite series. I look forward to each new release and I couldn't put Mortal Ties down until I'd read every single word. Ms. Wilks has a phenomenal flair for inventive world-building and with each book the Lupi world becomes richer. She's also created some great characters to inhabit it, and with each release I either learn something new about a returning personality or she intr ...more
Invested Ivana
Dec 18, 2015 Invested Ivana rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, 2015
Politics, Intrigue, and Murder… Oh My!

What I Liked: I’ve totally adjusted to the new voice of Rule Turner. Actually, that only took about 30 minutes of listening. :) I also really like three of the new characters: Ghost-Al Drummond, Jasper Machek, and Alycithin. I know from the preview of Ritual Magic that Al will be back; I hope we see more of Jasper and Alycithin, too.

Grandmother puts in an appearance! I love it when Grandmother is involved. I love how she bosses everyone around, too.

I also li
Oct 06, 2012 Bookmom rated it really liked it
A thief makes it not only into Clanhome, but gets past Cullen's wards and from his workshop, steals a magical device he's been working on. The plan had been to sell the device to raise more money for Nokolai, but it isn't ready and causes some pretty serious side effects to nulls. It's an inside job and the perp turns out to be shocking.

The majority of the story takes place in San Francisco and involves another clan new to us, a couple of characters that will probably continue to be important in
Annie Slasher (Booked & Loaded)
This is an original review from Booked & Loaded (
It is rated 4.5 out of 5 Bullets.

First off…I want to say that I know I normally stick to the short & sweet reviews. However, the way I reviewed this book is slightly different. I focused more on the series as a whole and they factors that make this one of my favorite series. It is very hard not to give spoilers with a series of this depth and complexity. That factored into my decision. So. It is a long review (f
Oct 10, 2012 Estara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: you could probably read it as a newbie, but so many of the delicious developments would be lost
Recommended to Estara by: auto-buy series
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2012
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Feb 19, 2013 Swee rated it it was amazing
I have read all the books in the series and each story gets more engrossing and more exciting than the last. After 8 books about the world of the lupi, the story is still fresh although there seem to be less written about the physical relationship between Rule and Lily. Time moves slowly in the books and Rule and Lily have not yet married although in this story, the wedding is two months, one week, and two days away. I have waited and waited for them to be married so maybe in the next book it wi ...more
Jan 17, 2013 Marcia rated it really liked it
Shelves: wilks-eileen
Author Eileen Wilks was once best known for her light romance novels, which she has written in great number, and which have been very popular over the years. But hiding inside this Romance writer was an Urban Fantasy author begging to be released. At least, that’s my take on it. When Wilks created the World of the Lupi in 2004, she unleashed (pardon the pun) a werewolf series of outstanding complexity upon those of us who love things that go bump in the night. Tempting Danger, the first book in ...more
Barbara ★
When the protoytpe is stolen from Cullen and the Clanhome it appears as if the Nokolai have a traitor in their midst. The investigation reveals an interesting person in the identity of the thief which will have repercussions for Rule, the Nokolai and Leidof clans. Once again Robert Friar is at the heart of all the trouble at Clanhome and Lily and Rule (and the newest addition) are at the center of the issue and in danger yet again.

I can't say it enough...this series gets better with each book. T
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
3.5 stars

Despite the slow start, I was able to appreciate the action and intense focus on the world building. However, there is less time spent on Rule and Lily in this installment. A sense of urgency pulls the plot forward so that you don't necessarily find the romance lacking, but I still would have liked to see more time spent on building a connection between Rule and Lily. After all, they will be getting married soon.

Though not always perfect in its pacing, Wilks creates an intriguing ride w
While it is true that the dynamics we have become accustomed to where Lily and Rule are concerned have changed in this book the power of their love for each other still shines through. There is as usual a lot of action taking place, at the heart of which Lily is taken captive. Not to spoil anything but we all know there are more books to come so it was no real surprise when she is finally rescued, a bit battered but still intact.

The book touches a lot on how Rule himself is changing, follows alo
Jun 01, 2013 Li rated it really liked it
As with every new book in Eileen Wilks’ Lupi series, I enjoyed exploring more of her Lupi world - it’s such an intricately-built world, and she manages to get the subtleties across without having to resort to info-dumping. This is not one for new readers IMO - it’s very much a continuation of various plotlines from previous books. Rule’s still coping with the Leidolf mantle and we get yet more complications (of the good kind). I like Wilks’ take on the mate bond and how it doesn’t mean that Lily ...more
Jan 15, 2016 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

**“Eileen Wilks is a truly gifted writer,” (*Romance Junkies*)and her Novels of the Lupi have drawn readers into a seductive world of action, suspense, and passion. Now, FBI agent Lily Yu tracks a traitor into the darkest shadows yet…**

FBI agent Lily Yu is living at Nokolai Clanhome with her fiancé, lupi Rule Turner, when an intruder penetrates their territory, stealing the prototpye of a magical device the clan hopes will be worth a fortune--if a few bugs can be worked out . . .

But the proto

Lynn Aoude
Aug 20, 2015 Lynn Aoude rated it liked it
Another good book in this series. However, it is not as good as the previous ones. The plot was too scattered. There were a lot of strings that were leading to the big finish, but some of them were not as developed as they should have been. (view spoiler) ...more
Dorothea Müller
Lily und Rule kurz davor sich das Ja geben. Lily will mit Rule über die Hochzeit reden. Doch dann kommt es zu einem Zwischenfall auf dem Rudelgelände. Ein Gerät wurde entwendet, das eigentlich nicht richtig geht. Alte Feinde, neue Freunde und Geheimnisse werden gelüftet.
Ich freu mich immer wieder auf ein neues Band von Wolf Shadow. Da freut man sich auf das Wiedersehen von alten Bekannten. Man wird nicht müde über die Lupi zu lesen und dem Kampf gegen die deren Namen man nicht ausspricht. Vor al
4.5stars really
There isn't much new to say about the dynamics of the 9th installment of this series that finds Lily and Rule still dealing with some of the aftermath from Death Magic which includes a move to Clanhome. In an effort to keep the series fresh, the siblings are called upon to play critical roles this time out as a stolen magical artifact that must be found and returned is key to the latest nefarious scheme.
I liked the new spin with input from Lily's sister and Rule's brother, their
Oct 01, 2014 Jer rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Guess what, Elieen Wilks does it again with this continuation of her world of the Lupi series. Does what again? Succeeds in crafting another solid effort that proved thoroughly enjoyable. Her very life like, three dimensional characters continue to evolve while the world they inhabit expands in both depth and complexity. Her straight forward style leaves nothing to be desired, and her strong female characters are a pleasure to follow. If you've been following the series 'til now, you'll probably ...more
Shari Kay
Apr 27, 2016 Shari Kay rated it liked it
Shelves: pnr-uf

Just a couple of thoughts on this installment, not really a proper review.
1.) what's happened to my Rule? His Alpha card is seriously in jeopardy
2.) I liked Al...he did good
3.) Why would Lily and Rule let the elves off the hook? Really???
4.)the (view spoiler)
5.) Too much of the author's politics being pushed and disturbing the flow of the book
6.) Shame on you, Sam
7.) Lily...the Cynna thing...not cool
8.)'re an idiot
9.) Magi
Oct 07, 2012 Katie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favs

Another amazing and touching book. Also, Grandmother FTW!
Apr 05, 2016 Theresa rated it it was amazing
Cullen’s been experimenting on a way to get technology to work with magic, but things get crazy when his prototype gets stolen. Before they know it the guys are mixed up in a kidnap/hostage situation against the fae, Friar and ‘Her’.

I’m having a love/hate relationship with this series. I love the characters and how the connect, but I hate some of what happens to them and their inability to be together. The bad guys just don’t seem to stay killed. Let’s move on to a different set. Okay?

I love Lil
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Becky ♡The Bookworm♡
Well, this wasn't a favorite. The first half was very drawn out due to "magical" explanations and how specific gifts/charms/spells work. It's too much info-dumping and rehashing of things that could be simplified and explained by way of action. I felt like I was reading a textbook after awhile and kept putting the book down. Once I reached 50%, things began to pick up. I don't have any complaints about the action. That was spot on and exciting as always, even if it was a little "toned-down" from ...more
Sheyla ✎
Sep 14, 2014 Sheyla ✎ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new adventure for Lily Yu and Rule Turner begins in Mortal Ties. They are going to San Francisco when a prototype with great potential is stolen from Cullen's workshop at Clanhome. Rule and Lily discovered that the thief's name is Jasper Machek and he has ties to Rule. Beth, Lily's sister finds herself involved with someone who brings danger close to her, and the worst news is that Robert Friar is alive and kicking and the elves seems to be helping him. Cullen, Beth and Lily seem to be a targe ...more
Oct 22, 2012 Marsha rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Adults
"Mortal Ties" is another good installment in the World of the Lupi Series. It is carefully crafted and full of intrigue, action and excitement. So, why do I seem to be losing interest in the series? I've puzzled over this question and have now come to the conclusion that there are a core group of characters that I love (Sam, Grandma, Lily, Rule, Cynna, Cullen, Toby) and when they are all together in one big entanglement, the story line sings for me. Many of these characters had short scenes in t ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
The World of the Lupi is an aptly named series, as every new book reminds me of how vast, complex, and well drawn Wilks’s world is. Though Wilks writes interesting romances and complex family ties, her relationships are often overshadowed by the mythology and action that makes each book barrel forward.

Wilks’s well paced writing makes it easy to follow the action, so easy that new readers might be deceived into thinking they’re following along. This book reminded me of prior books in the series t
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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 rec ...more
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Other Books in the Series

World of the Lupi (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Tempting Danger (World of the Lupi, #1)
  • Mortal Danger (World of the Lupi, #2)
  • Blood Lines (World of the Lupi, #3)
  • Night Season (World of the Lupi, #4)
  • Mortal Sins (World of the Lupi, #5)
  • Blood Magic (World of the Lupi, #6)
  • Blood Challenge (World of the Lupi, #7)
  • Death Magic (World of the Lupi, #8)
  • Ritual Magic (World of the Lupi, #10)
  • Unbinding (World of the Lupi, #11)

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