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Mortal Ties (World of the Lupi #9)

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  2,732 Ratings  ·  156 Reviews
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 protoytpe can be dangerously erratic, discharging a bizarre form of mind magic—and it looks like the thief wants it for
ebook, 416 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Penguin Group (USA)
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You know how formulaic series get after a while. It's like the TV shows where, no matter what happens, you know everything will end up back to normal by the end of the show. One of the worst offenders is the Stephanie Plum series where you can literally predict certain events that must happen in each book, and you know with certainty that Stephanie isn't going to grow as a character at all. It's also the series with the world's longest-running love triangle. They will all be in adult diapers bef ...more
Jan 05, 2017 Mei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
Another great World of Lupi book!
When I start each one I admit that I'm afraid it will be bad, but, until now, I'm happy to say that that didn't happend!

As in all of them many interesting and fascinating ideas are explored. There's a ton of action and never a dull moment!

In this book another cute character is introduced: Jasper. He's Rules' mother's son with a human man, so he's not part of the Lupi. He's not exactly what Lupi consider a brother. He's also gay! And a thief!

I enjoyed very much
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
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 06, 2012 Bookmom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 19, 2016 Sophia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr-uf
I've enjoyed each new installment in this series, but this one had the added element of family complications. Lily's sister Beth has a larger secondary role in this one as does a surprising and startling member of Rule's family.

This is the ninth book in the series and it really is a series that is best read in order. I'm glad I didn't skip the novella because it takes place parallel to this one and is referenced.

The story opens right at the holiday season with Lily and Rule recovered from the tr
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
Katie Michaels
Feb 06, 2016 Katie Michaels rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m still enjoying The World of the Lupi, but I’m starting to feel like it’s past its prime. The procedural elements of this ninth installment work pretty well. Once again, Lily and her gang have to solve a mystery, which in this case, centers on the theft of a magic device created by Cullen. The worldbuilding is great and even continues to expand somewhat as we delve more into the sidhe and the workings of their culture. With all of these things going for it, despite a somewhat slow start, I li ...more
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
(3.5 stars) I really enjoy this series. What I like the most - the characters and their relationships. The world is complex and a fantastic blend of magic and police procedural.

The first half of this installment was slow, for me, but once things got going it was difficult to put the book down. I'm anxious to read on.

These books typically introduce me to at least one new-to-me word. This one : quixotic(ally) = exceedingly idealistic; unrealistic and impractical
Fangs for the Fantasy
Cullen Seaborn, the Nokolai werewolf and sorcerer has created a prototype that could change so much for the world – helping reduce the ongoing problem of the magical turn which is so destructive for technology. Albeit with a few side effects that still need ironing out

Those side effects make it all the more important to track it down when it is stolen. Made even more of a problem when the very existence of that prototype was supposed to be a carefully kept secret only known to Nokolai loyalists.
Jan 17, 2013 Marcia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Annie Slasher (Booked & Loaded)
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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
Dec 11, 2011 Estara rated it it was amazing
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Mar 02, 2012 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars, uf
I had a hard time starting this book. It's been a while since I've read a book from this series and I couldn't remember everything that happened in the last book. I wish I'd re-read book 8, I think would've enjoyed the earlier parts of this book.

In this book, we get to spend more time with the fae. Rule learns more about being Rho of Liedolf and Lu Nuncio for Nokolai. It is harder than he thought. Oh, and he has a brother. One he didn't know about.

There are a lot of twists and turns in this sto
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
Oct 02, 2012 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favs

Another amazing and touching book. Also, Grandmother FTW!
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Raquel (Rocki)
This wasn't the best I found this one wasn't a lot of action it was more about figuring things out and sitting around till things happened. At the end it really picked up, Lily really came into her own and had to rely on herself which may have brought up some dark memories from her past but she pushed through it. She wasn't alone no never alone but she did feel that way when the dragon couldn't help her. I can understand why she would be mad at Sam but can also understand his side of it they wil ...more
FV Angela
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Eileen Wilks’s World of the Lupi series is one of my favorites. What started out as a paranormal romance with the first couple of books has evolved into a wonderful, detailed urban fantasy world. Lily is an awesome heroine as she is smart and capable and is allowed to be those things even while she has navigated through the Lupi world and fallen in love with a powerful man. Rule Turner is simply one of my favorite heroes. I abso
Jan 06, 2012 ALPHAreader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nokolai Clanhome is probably the most secure place in America. It is a safe haven for lupi and their families, where women and children are protected before all others, and the wolves feel free to be themselves away from the media’s glare and human prejudice. So when Clanhome is infiltrated in the dead of night, everyone is on edge and suspicious that a traitor may be in their midst.

But perhaps the most unsettling part of the attack is the fact that it was a distraction – while the lupi scramble
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Mortal Ties ของเอลีน วิคส

เรืองนีเปนเลมทีเกาในชุด Lupi เรืองราวของเหลามนุษยหมาปาซึงไดเผยตัวใหมนุษยธรรมดารูจัก พวกเขาเรียกรองสิทธิของตัวเองจนไดทุกอยางเหมือนมนุษยธรรมดาสามัญ ยกเวนตอนทีพวกเขากลายรางกลับเปนหมาปา เมือนันเขากมีสิทธิไมแตกตางจากหมาตัวนึง ทีสามารถฆาใหไดตายโดยไมผิดกฎหมาย

และเมือหลายเดือนกอน ความเปลียนแปลงครังใหญในโลกเกิดขึน เวทมนตรไหลเขามาครอบคลุมโลกมนุษย ทำใหปลุกความสามารถดานเหนือธรรมชาติของมนุษยหลายคนทีเคยหลบซอนอยูให ตืนขึน ทำใหคนธรรมดาทีเคยมีเพียงลางสังหรณ กลายเปนคนทีมีพลังจิต หรือสิงมีช
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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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World of the Lupi (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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  • 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)
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