Wednesday, May 6, 2015

*Book Review* Unbinding by Eileen Wilks (UF)

Series: World of the Lupi # 11
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Released: October 7, 2014
Source: Library
Format: Paperback, 390 pages
Genre: Urban Fantasy

After questing through the sidhe realms with her ex-hellhound lover, Nathan, Kai Tallman Michalski has finally returned home. But she knows Nathan will eventually be called back to serve his queen—and Kai will have to decide whether to enter her majesty’s service as well. Sure, the job comes with great bennies, but there’s one big downside: she would have to swear absolute fealty to the Queen of Winter.

For now, though, Kai is glad to be home, and glad that Nathan completed his mission for his queen with surprising ease. But what seemed to be a quick conclusion turns out to be anything but. The two of them helped thwart the sidhe god of chaos—and he is not happy about that. He’s got plans for them. Plans, too, for the sidhe who killed him some three millennia ago. Nor has he abandoned his plans for Earth, as they learn when chaos begins bursting out all over..

Unbinding is the Eleventh novel in the World of the Lupi series. With Lily Yu and Rule Tanner off on their honeymoon, Kai Tallman Michalski and Nathan, her hellhound partner and lover, take over the spotlight. If you are a fan of this series, and have read everything, including the novellas, you know that Nathan appeared in Inhuman, and at the end of Ritual Magic where he destroyed a key artifact.

Nathan works for the Queen of Winter, and has shed his hellhound persona to take up a more human one in order to do the Queen's work on Earth. Nathan and Kai, who is able to see thoughts by colors and patterns, is a mind healer, and carries a special knife she calls "Teacher," are sent back to Earth to finish off the God of chaos who is once again causing problems. Not much has changed in that area. There is always a POWER willing to set the world on fire in order to create chaos and mass hysteria and it is up to the Lupi and their allies to save the day.

Kai and Nathan are joined by Benedict Jones, Arjenie Fox, Cullen Seabourne and wife Cynna Weaver to take on a God who had previously set his sites on Lily. On top of all this, Kai has to make up her mind whether or not to swear fealty to the Queen of Winter because of her abilities as a mindhealer. Wilks splits her perspectives between Kai and Nathan, sometimes more than once in a chapter. Kai is an interesting character, and perhaps gives Lily a run for her money in actually having a kickass gift she can use. I loved the connection between Kai and Arjenie who both have a bit of sidhe in their blood.

Unbinding isn't much on the romance side, which to me isn't all that depressing. It is a story that has more conversational moments, than action and kickass fighting. It is a novel that slowly gathers steam, and then kind of ends quietly without fanfare. I think one of the more interesting aspects of Wilks world is that she isn't afraid to dive into a variety of different mythologies. Unbinding has a definite Navajo twist with the idea of an Upper World and the always devilish Coyote.

If you love werewolves, dragons, fae, and much more, you should be reading this series. If you haven't read this series yet, each book is a whole story with a beginning and an ending. The plot of each book relies heavily on the prior books in the series which means that you SHOULD read the books as they are released so you don't miss the introduction to new characters, or the return of secondary characters who have a tendency of remaining in the background.

Apparently, the series will once again revert back to Lily's perspective in Mind Magic which releases November 3, 2015.

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