I give it a 4.5 It's a great start to a new series and I can't wait for the next one. Gargoyles and an interesting blurb in what caused me to buy thisI give it a 4.5 It's a great start to a new series and I can't wait for the next one. Gargoyles and an interesting blurb in what caused me to buy this one and I'm very glad I did. The world building is top-notch, there's vivid details, a fast pace, interesting characters and a plot line that kept me guessing. Yes, I had some unanswered questions about the world in which it occurs, but I could tell an ongoing plot line was in the works, so I figured I'd get more of my answers in the next one. It should be exciting to find out....more
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 forwardPlease 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 introduces an interesting new individual that plays an important role in the current plot. I appreciate that she constantly surprises me with her plot twists and turns.
Mortal Ties is a great addition to the series and takes up shortly after the last book left off. As you can guess, these books are all part of an ongoing story arc and are meant to be read in order or you'll be totally lost. If you've never read any of these well written and plotted books before don't worry, you have plenty of time to catch up before Ritual Magic is released next August. From reading the excerpt at the back of this book I'm expecting it to be another good one.
As with the other books in the series, there's a lot going on and this time Lily and Rule don't get to spend as much time together as I'd have liked. That doesn't mean they don't love each other and while some have complained about their 'lack of passion', you much remember that this isn't a romance. It's a complicated urban fantasy with a romance component between two strong-willed individuals. Ms. Wilks does a good job with Rule and Lily, and balancing all the components of their relationship, Lily's FBI job, their mate bond and Rule's pack life with multiple pack members and friends. And you can't forget Lily's family either--this book has her sister Beth. Then Ms. Wilks adds in all the other problems Lily and Rule have to deal with--danger, action, betrayal, near death experiences and other races that want to hurt them. It's a well thought out juggling act that introduces conflicts, warring racial factions and in Mortal Ties even a ghost.
So as you can see there's a little bit of everything going on and Ms. Wilks handles it all well. If you're a fan of shapeshifter books--werewolves in particular or urban fantasy's then I recommend that you give this action packed series a try. I love it and will be sad when it eventually comes to an end....more