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Blood Challenge

(World of the Lupi #7)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  4,824 ratings  ·  183 reviews
Lily Yu and Rule Turner’s engagement announcement is stirring up ugly passions in the Humans First camp. There’s hate mail. Death threats. Lily’s car is vandalized. But professionally, things are going smoothly...until a lupus in Tennessee goes on a killing spree.

Then Rule's brother, Benedict, catches a lovely intruder--twice. The first time she's sneaking around the home
Paperback, 443 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Berkley
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Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of UF, the Others
Another surprisingly solid entry in the Lily Yu series. I say 'surprising,' not because Wilks a bad writer--she's definitely not--but because my expectations for UF series have been so consistently lowered that I've abandoned almost all (Kate Daniels is the exception, natch).

My library system didn't have Blood Challenge, which lead to the purchase of a dead tree copy. Now my indecision is do I help them complete their collection? Or save it for myself? There's a solid degree of re-readability to
The ending of this book is a tease!! She threw-down a big ol' bomb on the very last line of the book.

Must read next book immediately!!

Okay, so in this book we have the jerk-dude from a previous half-book stirring up all kinds of trouble. He wants all the werewolves dead. Their families - dead. Their friends - dead. He's basically a mob-boss, or me when it comes to insects in my home.

no, not at all. This is a perfectly legitimate response.

Also, people are being jerks about Lily marrying a werewol
*** 4.44 ***

Another great addition to this series! As I have said before, every book deeper in the series becomes better than the previous! I know this binging of werewolf and witches books is my way of preparing for the Halloween Holiday, but I seem not to be able to get enough of them right now. It does not hurt that most of the series I have chosen to indulge with are very well crafted, have characters whom it is easy to root for, and are told in a very engaging manner. I love Special Agent o
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Things are getting more interesting! Other clans are distrustful of Nokolai and Rule, hate groups are getting powerful, world is changing. And everything is getting more complex!

Lupi and everyone who is of the blood has a new enemy *actually we were introduced to him at the novella, Human Nature*.
And Benedict has a second chance *she was mentioned in the very same novella in passing. that must be where Wilks was stretching the plot in her mind. hamfisted but not bad*.
Benedict and Arjenie's relat
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
Dec 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Tim Mercer
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Actually really enjoyable 4.25 stars. Looking forward to reading the next one!
Jan 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Favorite Quote:
“Giving me a chance to object is not the same as asking permission. Your used to telling people what to do. That’s works with those guards your in charge of. You’re not in charge of me. You have to ask.”

“It’s more efficient my way.”

“If your primary goal in life is efficiency, you should just die."

When Lily Yu and Rule Turner announced their engagement, there were some that were not wishing the couple congratulations. Na
Jen Davis
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Tanya Davis
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blood Challenge by Eileen Wilks has Rule and Lily's relationship as a major issue all over the country. But the one we don't speak of has other plans for the two-natured and Gifted.

At first I thought it was the human group that was after the shifters and Gifted but Nokolai soon figures out there is more at play than just a hate group. Blood Challenge was exciting as it seemed like we were seeing new stuff happening all the time. We also had an incident that could take Lily a long time to heal f
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Great installment to the series—I loved this one. I was as happy reading Benedict and Arjenie’s story as I was following Lily and Rule’s. (view spoiler) Looking forward to the next. What an exciting twist in the end with Cynna and Cullen’s baby!
Pamela / SpazP
Apr 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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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, Arjenie F ...more
Jun 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Kathy Davie
Jan 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
The seventh in the paranormal series, World of the Lupi, Blood Challenge takes a major step forward in the uipcoing war against She, a major (and unwelcome) insight for Lily, and even more unwelcome news for Benedict.

Impossible events are occurring to the lupi and some of it because Rule insists on marrying Lily. But all of it are the opening salvos in an undeclared war stirring up humans against the lupi with the intention of destroying them.

Wilks writes so very believably in her dialog and wit
Feb 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Such an amazing ending. I am moving on to the next one right away.
Another book. Another late night staying up to finish it! How does Wilks do it?!

Surprisingly, I was more afraid while reading this, than Blood Magic. It seems to me humans are capable of greater damage, more deceit, hurt and pain than another alien being/creature. (view spoiler)
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Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blood Challenge is by far my favorite in this series so far. At just halfway through this 12 book (and counting) series, I love that the momentum isn’t slowing and that I’m still surprised by what’s happening and enjoying every second of each book.

This installment started off similar to the previous six books and I thought that it was going to be another run of the mill World of Lupi book. One where something crazy and magical happens just as Rule and Lily feel relaxed enough to actually relax,

Trina Lore
Apr 27, 2011 rated it liked it
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Jan 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Blood Challenge by Eileen Wilks
Paranormal Romance – Jan 4th, 2010
4 ½ 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 ack
Sep 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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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“I need to check your ankle.”
“If you object, I—”
“Giving me a chance to object is not the same as asking permission. You’re used to telling people what to do. That works with those guards you’re in charge of. You aren’t in charge of me. You have to ask.”
One corner of his mouth turned up. “It’s more efficient my way.”
“If your primary goal in life is efficiency, you should just die.”
That startled him. His head actually jerked back. “What?”
“The most efficient way to live a life is to die a couple seconds after you’re born. Pfft. Done.” She dusted her hands to demonstrate that. “It’s too late for you to achieve optimal efficiency, but you could still . . .”
“Nice to know a few things aren't in the government's files,' he said, opening the front door and stepping out ahead of her. The human courtesy of waiting for the woman to go through a door was all flourish, no sense. If any danger waited on the other side of a door, he'd rather meet it himself, not send her into it.” 6 likes
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