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 this series; as I mentioned, Wilks has a nice sophistication in writing style, with a balance between world-building, action plotting, and romance.
Oh yes; I said it. The ‘R’ word. It’s here and it’s really, really, sweet. From the established couple dynamics between Lily and Rule, to the new discovery of a relationship between an old favorite and a brand new one. If it just seems too… annoying that the magic of the insta-bond Chosen comes up again, rest assured that Wilks has a reason.
I’ll be honest: the main plot felt almost exactly like one of the earlier books–I will spoil which one–(spoiler–one) with substitutions of side characters. But I’ll totally forgive that because it still works.
This book also brings out the idea of an overarching, multi-book plot, with a powerful enemy working against the Lupi. As I mentioned in my review of Magic Triumphs review (Kate Daniels), there’s some good and bad in that, when it comes to series. One consideration is that the mythology of the world has enlarged with each book, with more pieces put into place in each installment. This book in particular makes it clear that there’s a purpose between these seemingly dramatic but individual developments such as Rule’s assuming two mantles.
Overall, an interesting and enjoyable series that’s a bit like a favorite comforter. I’m not really moved to wrap up in it and never leave the couch, but there’s a comforting element of reliability when I’m in the mood.