I’m going to shamelessly borrow a technique from my friend and buddy-reader, Mimi, and shorthand this as:
‘The one where Lily becomes two people, visits Dis with Rule and an annoying demon, and meets Cynna. Also, dragons.’
First read in somewhen between published date of 2005 and 2010, when I entered a trial break-up with urban fantasy. There was much that I didn’t remember, but I did recall the journey to another realm and dragons. Interestingly, the part about dragons that I thought I remembered, however, is probably in the next book. My memory for these things is so non-specific. At any rate, Mortal Danger is faster paced, having relied on the initial book, Tempting Danger, for most of the political world-building. Never fear, however–there’s more to learn for all of us, including the main characters.
It opens with Lily at her sister’s infamous wedding, where Lily is discovered unconscious in the bathroom, likely as the result of some kind of demon contact. Rule and Lily meet up with the witch from the FBI Special Ops and are introduced to Cynna, a ‘Finder,’ who just happens to have had a fling with Rule a few years back. This is also when Lily realizes Rule is much older than her, the lupi having longer lifespans. Relationship drama is a touch-and-go plot device for me, heavy on the ‘go,’ so it’s almost a relief when the team confronts the staff and staff-holder and Rule disappears.
“But she wasn’t asking questions. Questions were Lily’s way of sorting the world into shapes she could deal with, and she’d been tossed some pretty odd curves in the past few hours.”
It gets a little odd at that point, and safe to say that it’s definitely not your average paranormal at that point. In fact, this one barely qualifies as ‘paranormal’ in my book, primarily only because the relationship between Lily and Rule is quite central to the plot(s). I did enjoy the dragons, but I felt Wilks was a bit weak in her plotting of external events happening over in Dis. Specifically (general spoilers),<spoiler> the demon-dragon politics and the intention of the dragons are with the little refuge group, especially when it seems there is dissension in the dragon ranks.</spoiler> This book ends up giving a solid and needful push forward in Lily and Rule’s relationship that should help minimize some of the basic insecurity and independence issues Lily has. That’s what I hope, at least.
“As gracefully as dandelion fluff, that great body drifted to the ground near the cliff ’s edge.”
I thought the writing quite good, with rarely a phrasing or process that tripped me up mentally. In fact, I’d say there were moments that shone. Verdict? If you still enjoy reading urban fantasy with an ‘out’ supernatural approach and paranormal elements, you could do far worse than this series. Yes, the next one is on the way from the library.
Thanks to Mimi for the kick-in-the-pants buddy read. My vague memories might have won out otherwise 🙂