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Blood Challenge (World of the Lupi #7)

4.28  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,710 Ratings  ·  154 Reviews
View our feature on Eileen Wilks's "Blood Challenge." Ex-cop Lily Yu and werewolf Rule Turner's engagement announcement is stirring up ugly passions in the Humans First camp. There's hate mail, followed by death threats. And when a lupus in Tennessee goes on a killing spree, Lily realizes that it's only the opening skirmish in an all-out war.
ebook, 480 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Berkley Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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This series is a relatively new discovery to me. I actually only read the first book of the series, Tempting Danger, in October of 2010! But it was love at first sight for me. Right after I closed Tempting Danger I called one bookstore, visited two other used bookstores, and even hit up the library looking for the second book so I could jump into it immediately. Alas, my little town sucks and I had to order it and wait for it to arrive. But finally the rest of the series came in and I got to rea ...more
The series arc in Eileen Wilks' fabulous new World of the Lupi book is heating up: Lupi wolfshifter Rule's plan to break a Lupi taboo (if you read the last book you'll know what I'm trying to avoid spoiling for those who haven't) brings some nasty attention to Lily from hatemongers and the Lupi's public relations take a hit when a Lupi goes inexplicably berserk and kills several humans. I can't really do justice to the book with a simple synopsis, because the story setup is just the tip of the i ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
4/5; 4 stars; A-

There was a lot going on in this book. I really enjoyed watching Benedict get gobsmacked by love, although that wasnt the main plot of the book. The introduction of some evil elves, as well as development of Lily's role and more Lupi politics kept things moving along. Some aspects of Lily's character really chafe but the rest of the cast of characters make up for it.
I don't know how she does it, but each installment of Eileen Wilks' World of the Lupi series gets better and better. I think that what sets this series apart is the intricate world built by the author. The World of the Lupi series includes all sorts of magical creatures and humans with special magical "Gifts." One such human, Lily Yu is a touch sensitive - she is able to identify a magical gift by touch. Her mate, Rule Turner is a werewolf and leader of one of the werewolf clans. Lily and Rule a ...more
Jen (Red Hot Books)
I know it’s bad form to talk about the ending of a book first, but WOW what at ending this one has. It’s really the ultimate culmination of a fantastic book that builds and builds to a climax that is emotional, intense, and pretty much everything you could want. Not sold yet? Let me back up.

This book really gets back to the basics in what the series is about, and it picks up some dangling threads that have just been waiting to be pulled. The focus is on the lupi, specifically Nokolai, but not ju
Shannon C.
Aug 10, 2011 Shannon C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Urban fantasy & paranormal romance fans

*do not read unless you've read through book #6: spoilers for PAST books* Blood Challenge, book seven in the World of Lupi series, picks up shortly after Blood Magic left off. FBI agent and magic sensitive Lily Yu and her Lupi (werewolf) mate Rule Turner are recently engaged. Lily has become the target of anti-Lupi bigots, and receives hate mail and death threats. Meanwhile, she is investigating murders allegedly done by a Leidolf Lupi--hard to believe since he lived in peace
Shari Kay
Nov 15, 2015 Shari Kay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr-uf
Okay, this could be a case of I just read too many of the series in a row; this was the third in less than a week. So my meh factor could be from Lupi overload. The beginning held such promise.

That said, I thought it ended up pretty MEH.

Lily could have been killed... again.
Lily is superduper special and acquires even more superduper...ness.
Rule tries to be Alpha... then isn't.
Magic is explained in excruciating detail... but we are all still confused.
Cullin thinks about sex 24/7
Cyn shares her th
Seven books in and this series still has the power to amaze me. It started off with Benedict getting a shocker, Lily and Rule getting a murder to solve, and something big building on the horizon. Reading in order is a must for these.

I loved the new threat, the intro to new and interesting character, and the intriguing situations that aren't ever black and white and easy. Lily has to adjust to thoughts of what it means to be vulnerable and requiring help and to the possibilities that at any time
If you're this far into the series there isn't a whole lot to say either way. Especially with an accurate synopsis to follow. This installment was more about the Lupi than the others of the series so Rule was more in front than Lily. Rule & Lily's engagement is still pretty big news for both the human and Lupi worlds and causes a few molehills for Lily's investigation into drugged Lupi. Benedict was added to the second male lead rotation giving Cullen a rest along with a new character, Arjen ...more
Jan 09, 2011 Larissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Previously Published on my blog: Welcome to Larissa's Bookish Life

*contains spoilers if you haven’t read the previous books in the series and NO Spoilers for Blood Challenge!

I LOVE this series! I do believe this is one of the most underestimated amazing Urban Fantasy series out there. There I said it! Eileen Wilks has written a brilliant world where The Lupi {werewolves, but don’t call them that} and magic in general have recently come out of the closet and she does an amazing job in keeping the
Oct 18, 2014 Darcy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, uf, shifters, magic
Wow, this book great in so many ways. This time around there wasn't so much of Lily and the FBI stuff, it was more about Rule, and all the Lupi. We really got a great look of how all the clans work and how they work together, the petty conflicts and the political maneuvering.

This book also had a lot of Benedict, who I have always liked. In this book we really got to know a lot more about him and his past. One particular memorable scene was one in which Nettie defended Benedict and what happened
I really love this series. I swear, each book gets better and better, and the overarching plot is really engaging.

I loved the developments in Rule and Lily's relationship. I loved Lily learning what it means to be Chosen in the clans, and coming to terms with the knowledge that people will die for her... and also really coming to know her mortality, and those of the people she loves.

I loved watching Cullen and Cynna. As central characters, they don't really thrill me, but as secondary characters
Such an amazing ending. I am moving on to the next one right away.
Jul 22, 2014 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-reading

I love Arjenie and her Chosen. The plot was a good mix of personal and also contributed to the major story arc of the war against G.B. (thank Cynna for the acronym).
Love plot twist at the end. Highly recommended. **note if you haven't read all of the short stories there will be references to them that will make you hunt them up.
Feb 23, 2011 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I really love this series and this one pulled me in right away.

This is not a series that you can jump into in the middle. It's really best to start at the beginning and work your way through Wilks' meticulous worldbuilding. Her stories are dense but they're magical and I'm really enjoying the ride.
Jan 03, 2011 Bookaholics rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blood Challenge by Eileen Wilks
Paranormal Romance – Jan 4th, 2010
4 stars

Blood Challenge is the 7th in Eileen Wilk’s phenomenal Lupi/shifter series. This series is involving and complex. It does for werewolves what J R Ward’s series does for vampires. Because of this, I feel that reading all of the books in order would be highly advisable but not strictly necessary.

FBI agent Lily Yu and her fiancée, the werewolf leader Rule Turner, will soon be married. However, not all humans are ready to ackn
Oct 19, 2012 Estara rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Meljean Brooks Guardians or Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels
Recommended to Estara by: Love the series, so auto-buy
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Pamela / SpazP
May 07, 2011 Pamela / SpazP rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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Great book, although I'm not sure I have much to say about it. That's what you get sometimes when there are no complaints. It ended too soon, but good books always end too soon. It was actually a pretty thick book. And it ended on a bit of a cliffhanger. Please tell me I don't have to wait till next January for the next book.

Focused heavier on Rule and Lily, as opposed to Cynna and Cullen, although they were all onstage. There is also a new female character (who's not exactly human) who's introd
Trina Lore
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Feb 19, 2011 Li rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Li by: Autobuy author
Definitely one of the stronger installments in this series - while I wouldn't recommend this to someone new to the series, I thought this book built on existing relationships beautifully. More Rule/Lily, more Isen and his sons, and without going into too many details, I loved Arjenie and thought she was a breath of fresh air.

It's funny how you love some books so much that aspects that would usually bother you otherwise don't - here it was the info-dumping. Some scenes were pretty exclusively inf
Evanne Lorraine
Jun 06, 2016 Evanne Lorraine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The World of the Lupi started slow for me, still sulking because the author changes Lily and Rule from the short story that hooked me. Fortunately each book has improved over the last and now I'm thoroughly hooked again.
Aug 23, 2011 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars, uf
I am really enjoying this series more and more with every book that I read. Stories just keep getting better and better. It is also great to get away from the series that have lots and lots of sex in them. It is great to read a book that does not revolve around sex. I read a lot of books with sex, but I have to get away from them time to time. There is sex and romance, but not in the great detail that are in some other series.

I love how the lupi story is written. Their history is great and I lov
Zel Polev
Jan 07, 2016 Zel Polev rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Paige Ellen Stone
What can I say? For me, this is one of the most addictive series I have kept up with in many years. In this episode in the "World of the Lupi" series finds the two main protagonists, Rule Turner and Lily Yu facing tenacious and vicious opposition to their recently announced marriage. Since he is La Nuncio to his werewolf clan, Nokolai, and the Rho (leader/overseer) is Rule's father, Isen, the marriage is known to the general public. Lily faces most of the opposition/hatred of the bigots who oppo ...more
This was an okay read up until page 14. That's when EW jumps on the asshole bandwagon. the assholes who defaced her car were "the predictable demographic.... heterosexual white males between the age of 20 and 60" Really? well, of course it's safe to denigrate this particular demographic, they're the only ones who aren't allowed to defend themselves in the media. So, screw this writer, she's lost me.
Hot damn. The last 10% of this book was SO GOOD. A really solid installment in the series, Eileen Wilks' writing just gets better as the story moves along. More people should read this series so I can discuss it with more friends!
One of my favorites so far. With that ending, I'll not be waiting, gotta start the next book now. (4.5 stars)
Lily Yu
Rule Turner

3 stars

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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)
  • Death Magic (World of the Lupi, #8)
  • Mortal Ties (World of the Lupi, #9)
  • Ritual Magic (World of the Lupi, #10)
  • Unbinding (World of the Lupi, #11)

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