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Mortal Sins (World of the Lupi #5)

4.19  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,916 Ratings  ·  116 Reviews
FBI agent Lily Yu is in North Carolina with her lover and mate, Rule Turner, Lu Nuncio of the Nokolai werewolf clan. He is there to take custody of his son from the boy's grandmother. It's a purely personal trip until Rule, in wolf form, finds three bodies in a shallow grave. They carry the stench of death magic, which makes the murders a federal crime. Lily takes charge o ...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 by Berkley (first published January 3rd 2009)
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I was very glad to get back to Lily and Rule as the main characters. I think that switching to a different set of lead characters for a book or two was a great idea to keep the series fresh, and I was really excited to read about Cynna and Cullen originally, but I ended up not really enjoying their storyline that much. So, getting back to Lily and Rule was something of a relief.

This isn't a series that I feel you can pick up in the middle. Each book builds on each other and I think you'll lose
Julie (jjmachshev)
Jan 31, 2009 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009-reads
I just adore Eileen Wilks' Lupi series. "Mortal Sins" is book five and heroine Lily Yu is the best. She's a take-charge, don't take crap, stand up for what's right regardless of the cost kinda gal...and she has one of the sexiest four-to-two-legged wolf guys you'll ever read about. This is one series that just keeps getting bigger and better.

Lily and Rule are in North Carolina on a personal vacation. Rule is about to finally get custody of his son--a son who will likely one day become the Rho of
Jen (Red Hot Books)
May 09, 2016 Jen (Red Hot Books) rated it it was amazing
I’ll admit, I haven’t been 100% sold on the Rune and Lily relationship. One of the reason I liked Night Season so much is because I enjoyed watching the romance evolve between Cynna and Cullen. Theirs isn’t a mate bond; they’re together because they want to be… because they love each other. In this book, I finally felt the love that ties together Lily and Rune as something more than a physical connection. It’s real. It would exist even without bond. And it made such a difference.

The story picks
Finally back to this series. I love World of the Lupi and got distracted from it, but it is my goal to get caught up on the series this year.

So yes, this is an engaging urban fantasy series that focuses on the author's intricate and fabulous werewolf world, but isn't limited to weres. All other forms of supernatural drop in for the series which is an exciting blend of paranormal, suspense, action, and romance.

It is an ongoing story that really needs to be read in order to get the full, wondrous
Laura (Kyahgirl)
4/5; 4 stars; A-

There is a lot going on in this book, both on a personal front for Lily and Rule, and in the clans. I think that Wilks did a great job of balancing out the storyline of Toby's custody with the progression,of Rule's role in Leidolf and the "Lady's" overall agenda.

Jan 30, 2012 Mitabird rated it really liked it
Mortal Sins was excellent and this series just keeps getting better and better. I was happy that Lily and Rule were the main focus in this book. They are in North Carolina to get full custody of his son, when Rule finds some bodies in the woods. These bodies have a trace of death magic and Lily starts the investigation of what killed them and why. This story was suspenseful and kept me on the edge of my seat. I enjoyed every aspect of this book and I cannot wait to read the next one.
Not bad, but the tone felt almost academic and therefore slow. I put it down several times. The author fills the pages with analytical discussions and thoughts about the precise nature of the double mantle, the soul, analysis of blood magic, lupine cancer, the mate bond, religion, and police procedures. Plus, there's the issues of child custody.

I did like the characters, including some new secondary characters. And the setting in North Carolina felt real.

But this could be a book to skip.

(4.75 Stars Actually)

In my new favorite for the series, Lily and Rule are in South Carolina to complete arrangements so they will be sole guardians to Rule's son Toby's and stumble into a Death Magic Case.

Lily's case introduces a new entity for her that requires the expertise of favorites Cynna & Cullen take a field trip to South Carolina. The elusive culprit twines into the introduction of Toby's mother and Toby's growing into his role as a lupus approaching first change and as Rule's son.
Shannon C.
4.5 stars: Great paranormal romance mixed with a good amount of mystery and adventure

FBI agent Lily Yu is on vacation with her werewolf mate Rule Turner. They are in NC awaiting a court case to gain custody of his son. While running as a wolf, Rule comes across several bodies. Since its determined that they were killed due to magical means, Lily's boss asks her to take the case. With her gift as a Sensitive she is one of the few who is immune to Death Magic. There are lots of twists and turns to
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Dec 27, 2011 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: UF or PNR fans
Grade: A+ and/or strong 5 Stars

Mortal Sins has action, mystery, a strong story, convincing dialogue, a little bit of horror and romance. The storytelling is focused and fast-paced. What’s not to love?

The Story
Lily and Rule are in North Carolina for personal and clan reasons. Rule is seeking custody of his son Toby, who has long been kept from him by his former lover and her mother. Carrying partial Leidolf mantle, he will also perform the gens compleo, a ceremony accepting young wolves as full
Fangs for the Fantasy
Dec 28, 2015 Fangs for the Fantasy rated it really liked it
Lily Yu and her mate, Rule Turner are completing the legal procedure to get Rule full custody of his son. It’d be nice if the could do it interrupted- but the looming politics of the press attention for the “lupi prince” and the complication of Rule now carrying the magical Mantle of the Leidolf clan despite them being his ancestral enemies

Then people start dying – and in the post-Turning world with wild magic and long gone creatures now emerging, this is far from a simple murder. And unsimple m
Shari Kay
Nov 11, 2015 Shari Kay rated it really liked it
Shelves: pnr-uf
This was pretty good. I always prefer reading about Lily and Rule than any of the side characters. But this series is not about the romance... not totally. Doesn't mean the romantic relationship isn't strong... because it is. Rule and Lily have the mate bond, but neither take their love for granted, each giving and taking equally. They are truly partners. Neither has any limits about what they would do for the other.

I thought this one set a pretty good pace. The main plot had enough mystery to i
Sep 05, 2011 Katyana rated it it was amazing
I loved getting back to Lily and Rule. I loved seeing them both learn to make room for the other in their lives, learn to incorporate the other as their friend, their confidante, their advisor. Honestly, this is one of the best, most real relationships that I have seen in a novel, and I am really loving it.

I don't have any complaints about this one, honestly... I gobbled it up. It was great getting this in-depth look at Rule's family, and I hope this isn't the last we'll see of Louise.
Jun 25, 2016 Daisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another success. As long as these books continue to be well written, interesting and full of twists and turns that I can never figure out, I’ll continue to read them. Its kind of crazy, because I haven’t really stuck with a series this diligently in a while. Usually i’ll read one or two books and then go off and read 5 or 10 other books, come back to the series, rinse and repeat. But for the past three months, I’ve been for the most part reading World of Lupi books. I love them!

Mortal Sins takes

Nov 22, 2014 Julie rated it it was amazing
wonderful addition to the series. Love Lily and Rule :)
Mar 12, 2013 Sandra rated it it was amazing
Book 5 and we are back to Lily Yu and Rule Turner, after our brief aside with Cynna & Cullen in Book 4.

Rule & Lily have gone to Halo, to gain custody of Rule's son, Toby. It's supposed to be a straightforward case in front of the Judge, so we know something is about to go wrong.

To unwind from the stress, Rule goes for a run and discovers bodies in the woods, covered in death magic. He notifies Lily, who is an FBI Special Agent with the magic division. Turns out the local law enforcement
Amy A
Feb 22, 2012 Amy A rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-of-lupi
I was a little hesitant to start this book, the premise just didn't seem too interesting, but honestly after reading it, this book has been the strongest in the series so far to me. It goes back to simplicity. It's a crime solving book with a paranormal twist to it. The series started out this way but beginning with the second book they all started getting very much steeped in mythology of demons, lupi, and other species. While I know that all these things are a part of the world that Wilks has ...more
Aug 25, 2010 Kt rated it it was amazing
Lily and Rule are back in the forefront in this book. What started out as a trip to pick up Rule's son, Toby, quickly turns into a huge mess when Rule stumbles upon three bodies stinking of death magic. Of course Lily is assigned the case, but she quickly learns things are not as they seem. To complicate things further, Toby's mother is now trying to contest Rule gaining custody. Adding into the trouble is the mess with Rule holding both the Leidolf and Nokolai mantles, and all the politics that ...more
Aug 24, 2013 Chachic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
It's good that the focus is back to Lily and Rule. We see their relationship develop further, here's a passage that I really liked:

"She didn't speak. She just held him.

And undid him. A slow tsunami shuddered up his spine, all the crammed feelings unwinding in a mudslide of fear and fury, razors and sludge. All, all at once, rolling up through him so that all he could do was hold on. Hold on.

He wrapped himself around her and inhaled hard, bringing the citrus of her shampoo inside him, the musk of
Raquel (Rocki)
To me this one wasn't as exciting as the last one or some of the others but it did pick up speed at the end and got all exciting. Lily and Rule get a lot closer in this one and I think that is one of the things that was bothering me in their relationship so I am glad that it was addressed. So now I am coming to like them a bit more than I previously did and of course Cullen and Cynna's relationship are still as hilarious to read about as ever. I can't wait to see how they will be being parents.
Amanda Croley
Aug 24, 2010 Amanda Croley rated it liked it
Lilly and Rule are in North Carolina to complete the process of getting full custody of Rule's son Toby. I think the reason I like these books so much is b/c they are about adults. Adults with kids, lives, families, jobs etc. Not a teenage high school drama mixed with the paranormal and the omg hottest new guy at school. While out for a run Rule finds the bodies of a woman and 2 kids, covered in death magic. Of course it is Lilly's job to find out who and what caused the deaths. The ending was a ...more
Chinny okonkwo
Feb 15, 2016 Chinny okonkwo rated it really liked it
It was just there for me with the action happening towards the end as usual for this author. Still love the characters, lily and cynna. It's OK I guess
Jan 06, 2014 ~Leslie~ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book-nook
I think this is my favorite in this absolutely wonderful series. I've been calling this Urban Fantasy for grownups and this was the most grown up book yet. We are back with Rule and Lily, who are in North Carolina to finish up the custody hearing for Toby. Lily then becomes involved in a murder mystery that eventually involves Rule and Toby. Through all of this, their relationship matures and grows even stronger. From the first page I was completely wrapped up in what was going on in this world. ...more
Mortal Sins was my favorite installment of World of the Lupi so far. I enjoyed trying to ID the mysterious murderer Lily was tracking in North Carolina. And, Toby, Rule's son, is absolutely adorable. I really liked that he had a larger part in this installment; I look forward to seeing more of him in the future.

With each installment, my enthusiasm about this series grows. The character growth continues to impress. I highly recommend this series to all fans of UF.

Zel Polev
Dec 31, 2015 Zel Polev rated it really liked it
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May 14, 2011 Sho rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I think the more I read the series, the more I like them. The first 2books were interesting but kind of confusing. But by this book I am familier with the world and the people in it. I was glad that we got to see Lily and Rule working together. They make a pretty good team, if Rule can keep his wolf under control. I also find the lupi culture the author developed different and interesting.

Looking forward to reading more! Do i get to read more about dragons soon? I hope.
Oct 17, 2014 Lara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
One of the things I like about this series is reading about the Earth's re-introduction to magic. Similar to Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series, Wilks' world had magic long ago, lost it for a number of years, and now discovers that magic is back ... with a vengence! However, unlike Andrews, Wilks shows how ordinary (for a lupus and cop) people deal with the un-ordinary - and demons, and dragons! - in a brand new world.

There are a few nit-picky things that knocked me out of the story, but they ne
Oct 27, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it
Wow lots going on... I like to think of this book as invisibly titled Extreme Mothering... lol. We finally getting to the introduction of Alicia... which we all know was coming to a boil - am I right? Well it only goes to show ovaries to do not a mother make. Funny how some people can love but only with conditional ties. Where I only see that as unloving someone. If you only do something a percentage - you will only get a percentage back, as the saying goes you only get what you put in. But yet ...more
Invested Ivana
Oct 10, 2015 Invested Ivana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, 2015
Mortal Sins feels, to me, like a really good ghost story. It’s a great installment to the series.

With Rule and Lily firmly a couple, Cullen and Cynna married and pregnant, and Lily on personal leave, things seem to be going as well as our group can ever expect. But, of course, wherever they go, so does trouble.

In North Carolina, Lily and Rule get pulled into a ghost story that has some big implications for Rule in his dual-mantled state, so we get to learn a little more about the Leidolf clan an
Mar 16, 2016 Theresa rated it it was amazing
While Lily & Rule are in North Carolina for a hearing on Rule’s custody of his son Toby they fall into the middle of a dark magic multiple murder investigation. Before long Lily is heading a group of FBI and local law enforcement trying to figure out what kind of magical being is involved and how to stop/kill it, while Rule is coping with both the arrival of ‘s mother and problems involving his new position with the Leidolf wolves.

I’m glad Toby is going to be part of this storyline. He gives
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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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