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Blood Magic

(World of the Lupi #6)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  4,672 ratings  ·  155 reviews
View our feature on Eileen Wilks’s Blood Magic.A new World of Lupi novel from "a true master of her craft" (Eternal Night)

Lily Yu and Lupi prince Rule Turner have a bigger problem than their families not accepting their impending human/werewolf mixed marriage. A powerful ancient nemesis of Lily's grandmother has come to San Diego to turn the city into a feeding ground.
Paperback, 353 pages
Published February 2nd 2010 by Berkley
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Another solid entry into the World of the Lupi series. Rule Turner and his fiance Lily Yu have returned to San Diego to catch a breath and see where the political fallout of their engagement leads. Unfortunately, various people in San Diego seem to be experiencing hallucinations centered on monsters, resulting in a lot of busywork for Lily as a member of FBI's team on magical crimes. However, when they host a baby shower at Clanhome, things go very wrong when one of the guests is almost killed.

There's some magical being that can make people see whatever their biggest fear is, so we have people freaking out and thinking that they are being chased by everything from giant snakes to movie-monsters like Frankenstein. Here's what would be chasing me:

eat a banana, they said. It will be good for you, they said....

So, Lily and Rule have to try and figure out how to stop this creature that is unstoppable, which is a pretty common theme in these types of books.

Oh, this creature can't be killed
*** 4.44 ***

This was so much fun! The series is getting better and better and I love the way Lily Yu and Lupi prince Rule Turner's relationship keeps on evolving, more and more including the families and all the trouble that comes with just having families from two different cultures. Thank goodness they have their friends, the wizard Lupi Cullen and his heavily pregnant wife, the lovely magic tracker Cynna. In order to get the Lupi clans used to the idea of married Lupi, which apparently is a
edge of bubble
As far as I can remember, this is my favourite book in the series. *I don't remember what day it is most of the time, so that's not really reassuring I guess*Because, we get to learn about Li Lei's past! Now you may be asking yourselves, what is it so exciting about an old woman... Let me give you the spoiler (view spoiler) ...more
Once again, Eileen Wilks has managed to put out another solid entry in this series. After the development at the end of the last book I expected most of the focus to be on that, but Wilks surprised me and veered toward a series of crimes that hit close to home for Lily and Rule.

I loved getting to learn more about Lily's grandmother and her heritage and her connection with the dragons. Lily's grandmother has a presence that has intrigued me from the start. I was surprised right along with Lily w
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
What's not to love here?
We have many things about dragons revealed! We have a lot of Lily's Grandmother, Li Lei! We have a lot of Lupi! We have Cynna and Cullen! We have even Li Lei's companion (view spoiler)!!! We have a lot of action, a strong villain/ess. Magic too: dragon, human, lupi!! Wowwww!!!!

Jen Davis
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Finally! I have wanted to know more about Grandmother since the beginning of the series, and now we finally get a peek into her backstory and what it means for Lily in the present day. It was worth the wait, and was made even better as it tied into so many other threads we’ve seen woven over the last several books.

So it may seem at first like Rule and Lily’s surprise engagement would be a big deal in this book, and while there is a bit of fallout, it’s really quite a minor element of the story.
Aug 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hardcopy
After the ending of the last book, I expected this book to be mostly about the consequences of Lily and Rule getting engaged since marriage is extremely forbidden to the Lupi. However, while that issue does cause tension, it really takes an extreme back seat when there is an almost successful assassination attempt on Cullen. It happens at his and Cynna's baby party of all times. Lily is the only one who saw the mysterious Asian. Since he was able to slip in and out undetected by anyone but her e ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
4.5/5; 5 stars; A

March 2016 re-read: Really enioyed going through this one again. I picked up on some important details of the backstory that I missed the first time.

February 2011 review:

I think this might be my favorite of the 'world of the Lupi' series after the one where Lily is trapped in Dis and comes back with the dragons. Blood Magic felt like 'closure' on that story in so many ways. I really enjoyed so many aspects of the book, Lily and Rule, Sam, Grandmother, Cynna and Cullen, the Lupi,
Dec 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shifters, magic, uf, 2010
This was a fun book to read because Lily and Rule were back home among her family and Nokolai throwing of all things a baby shower and baby party for Cullen and Cynna. But of course things never go as planned and on the way Lily is called to investigate and accident that may or may not prove to be magic. Turns out this is only the tip of the iceberg as someone very dear to Lily is seriously hurt during the party, the great evil just beginning to be exposed. The more Lily investigates the more he ...more
Mar 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is one of my favorite paranormal series. I love the world that Wilks has built and enjoy following the main characters' adventures. I especially appreciate that Lily and Rule handle the bizarre situations that they're thrown into like mature adults.

That said, this wasn't my favorite book in the series. It lacked momentum. I kept setting it down and forgetting to pick it back up. Also, I'm having trouble feeling the love between Rule and Lily. In theory, I know it's there. But they both see
Jenni Lea

Not my favorite of the series but still very good. On to the next one!
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was nice to be back in the Lupi world after taking a long break to read other things. I love Lily and Rule, and the world expands in interesting ways with every book.
At the beginning, the plot felt too familiar, like I had been there before, except with a different character. I should know by now Wilks had some goodies up her sleeve, and things eventually took off in the wild ride these books typically become. I’m glad Li Lei is being developed more and more. You know something good is comin
"People are seeing movie monsters."
Blood Magic picks up shortly after Mortal Sins with Lily, Rule and Toby returning home from N. Carolina. The clan and Lily's family are gathering for a baby shower and baby party (clan celebration for the baby's father), which doesn't end well. People all over the city are suffering from sudden, yet temporary delusions, which is keeping Lily busy. Grandmother is up to something and has disappeared, which Lily later learns has to do with the appeara
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pnr-uf
Rule and Lily are engaged and have just returned to San Diego with Toby. Lupi don't get married so their decision is not as welcome by all concerned. Lily is ready to scream with her mother charging into the preparations and Lily still reluctant to have it all going forward since she is still processing this decision.

But then an attempted murder by magical means distracts her and Rule. They learn quickly that the attack is an act of revenge by an old powerful being against Lily's family. Her gr
That was awesome! If you haven't heard of this series, I urge you to take a look at it. This is a wonderful urban fantasy series starring Lily Yu, a touch sensitive and FBI agent for the Magical Crimes Division in San Diego and her Lupi mate and overall great looking guy Rule Turner.

I love the world created by Ms. Wilks. There's the werewolf pack and their magic and lore that is passed down through The Lady. Then there be Dragons - yes, huge dragons keeping larger cities safe. There's also Lily'
I could hardly breathe through the last 20% of the book!!

This installment had me at the edge of my seat, couch, bed, even standing... wherever I was while reading.

(view spoiler)
Shannon C.
Feb 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Lily Yu, a touch sensitive and FBI Agent in the magical crimes division, and her fiance Rule Turner, a prince of the werewolves, are dealing with family conflicts over their impending wedding. Lily's family would have preferred a Chinese husband, while Rule's werewolf clan would have preferred no marriage at all. While planning the wedding, they are also working on planning a baby shower for their friends Cynna and Cullen, who we've met in previous books. Cynna is a finder and former agent with ...more
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dragons
This book was solidly crafted from beginning to end. I missed the previous book, but the story did not depend on knowing what happened in order to flow. Well - it did but the story filled in the gaps in a way that made sense and still flowed without seeming patronizing.

I loved the introduction to Grandmother's past and a light touch on her secret love. Her early history was brought out, but not in a negative way. However, that does lead me to one of only 2 points I wish to complain about. The f
Nov 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
I love Lily and Rule and the whole world that Eileen has created. I admit I have a thing for shifters and this series does not disappoint.

In this installment we get to see the consequences of Rule breaking the Lupi rule of never marrying and dealing with people that think him and Lily are doing a terrible mistake.

We also got to learn more about Grandmother and that was pretty awesome! She is my favorite character in the series, she is strong, loyal, hilarious and a complete mystery. We get to so
4.5stars really
Grandmother Yu's ancient enemy the Chimeri have returned, Rule & Lily are dealing with clan repercussions of their almost unheard of engagement in addition to the dual mantle and Cullen is struck down at the baby party. Quite a bit of activity in what could be an overfull installment, but it's just full enough.
I liked the second half of the read so much better than the first. For me it was easy to get bored with the convoluted tale of dragon/chimeri politics but good to have an a
Lynn Calvin
Jan 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
I prefer the Lupi series when it focuses on Rule and Lily and this one does. It ties up a variety of loose ends from prior books but opens up new ideas. Sam the Dragon plays a big part as well when an old enemy of Lily's grandmother decides that it's time to take her revenge. And she starts by trying to eliminate Cullen. But sorcerers who are lupi don't perish that easily. Lily learns more about her heritage and herself. She's fighting against setting a wedding date and she isn't sure why. She a ...more
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
Slight spoilers of this book and previous books.

I don't know why but I feel like Cullen gets crapped on more than the other characters. He loses limbs, gets poisoned, his magic gets used against him, not to mention years of lone wolfdom. Yes, bad things are happening to other characters but I just feel for this kid, maybe because he's not supposed to be one of the MCs. I guess he's got a good life now but still...

Moving on, book 6 and this series is still solid. This is such an odd blend of Chin
Amanda Croley
Aug 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Lilly & Rule are planning their wedding, but it hasn't been announced publicly. Lilly runs into an old boyfriend, and starts to question the reason she is marrying Rule. An age old enemy comes to the U.S. to seek revenge, not only is Lilly endanger, her closest friends and everyone else is too. Cynna is getting closer to having the baby, and Lilly combines the baby shower and the Lupi baby party at clanhome. A lot of unknown was revealed in Blood Magic, so it might be the last. It ended like it ...more
Sep 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book was fantastic and I adore the whole series. I found the twists and turns with this one very intriguing and can't wait to see what happens with Lily in following books. And speaking of Lily, I usually read romance type books for the hero, and I do love Rule. But Lily really shines as a heroine for me. She is just so real and down to earth; while not being that super-heroine ,nothing can hurt me I'm always right and will do what I want and be bitchy while I do it because I'm strong type ...more
Deb B
Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
have read about half of this series previously and now is the time to catch up so back to the start. decided on the audio versions which are really interesting .. graphic audio is very different to a straight narration - background noises and conversations, multiple people speaking, sounds to indication important actions eg pain of the change, plenty of panting and sighing, gunfire, growls et al. love Lily and Rule, Cynna and Cullen and all the gang. well written, highly imaginative and a pleasu ...more
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Our stories are never completely our own. This is illusion. They are also the stories of our fathers and mothers, our children and ancestors, of all those we brush against for one second, or laugh with, or love, or fight, or kill. Mostly we do not see this, but it is so."

One of my favorite characters in this series is Lily's grandmother and I'm glad we got to know more about her in this installment, and about Lily's heritage as well. I haven't been posting reviews of the latter Lupi books becau
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really like Grandmother and Sam. They both have a large presence in this book.
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-reading

Is it wrong that my favorite character is the heroine's grandmother ?
This is one of my favorite books of the series due to her (and Sam's) involvement .
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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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  • Night Season (World of the Lupi, #4)
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