"a fantastic new world, wonderfully blending romance, mystery, and non-stop action"
When FBI agent Lily Yu goes off to North Caroline with,
Rule Turner -- her Lupi mate and Lu Nuncio of the Nokolai
werewolf clan -- to finally take custody of his son, they
run into more than they bargained for. What starts out as
mostly family and clan business quickly escalates into a
case involving death magic, wraiths, and possessions.
What at first seems to be a cut-and-dry case of Rule
assuming custody of his son, Toby, soon turns into a family
drama when his mostly absent mother returns and decides to
fight to keep her guardianship. In addition to Rule's
family problems, he must also deal with lingering effects
of assuming the mantle of the rival Leidolf werewolf clan.
In the previous book, the mantle is forced upon Rule by
Leidolf's Rho in an attempt to kill him. Fortunately for
Rule, that ploy backfires, but Rule is now left in the
unheard of position of being the heir to not one, but two
clans. With the Leidolf Rho on his death bed, Rule agrees
to come to Leidolf's territory to help take care of clan
As if Lupi politics and family drama wasn't enough to deal
with, Lily soon finds herself knee-deep in homicides and
death magic. After several locals are murdered, Lily soon
discovers that there is more to the cases than what is on
the surface. A deadly and confused wraith is on the loose
and Lily, with the help of her friends, must find out how
to stop it before it strikes again.
Mortal Sins is the fifth book in Eileen Wilks'
bestselling series, World of the Lupi. I've followed this
series from its inception with the first World of the Lupi
novella back in 1993 and I have never failed to love
immersing myself in Rule and Lily's world. Wilks has
managed to create a fantastic new world, wonderfully
blending romance, mystery, and non-stop action. Mortal
Sins is a masterfully told story that fans of the
paranormal genre will not want to miss.
Even though the publisher markets these books as paranormal
romance, I'd say they fall more under the urban fantasy
category since the series centers mostly on the lives of
Rule and Lily. Aside from Night Season, which
focused more on the romance of two other prominent
characters; Rule and Lily seem to be the overall leading
characters. I'd highly recommend reading the books in
order. There are a lot of cause and effects from previous
books that influence the story line in Mortal Sins
and first time readers of the series might be left with a
lot of questions regarding previous events.
Reviewed by Mippy Carlson
Posted May 6, 2009
**PNR STAFF TOP PICK**
Welcome to Eileen Wilks’s world of the lupi, of “strange magic [and] fantastic realms,”* where some sins are so dark and unlikely, no one thought to forbid them…
FBI agent Lily Yu is in North Carolina with her lover and mate Rule Turner, lu nuncio of the Nokolai werewolf clan, where he is to take custody of his son from the boy’s grandmother. It’s a purely personal trip until Rule, in wolf form, finds three bodies in a shallow grave. They carry the stench of death magic, which makes the murders a federal crime. Lily takes charge of the investigation, and soon realizes that nothing adds up—not the motives, not even the accused killer, who’s behind bars when death strikes again.
But murder, however bizarre, is an everyday affair for Lily, who was a homicide cop before being recruited into the FBI’s Magical Crimes Division. A more personal shock arrives in the person of Rule’s son’s mother. Why is she challenging Rule’s long standing plan to bring his son to live among the Nokolai?
But family must take a back seat when the violence escalates, and there’s no rhyme or reason for the killer’s next strike—a killer who may not even be of this world... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Children of the Lupi reading order::
- Tempting Danger - October 2004
- Mortal Danger - November 2005
- Blood Lines - January 2007
- Night Season - January 2008
- Mortal Sins - February 2009