- Taschenbuch: 416 Seiten
- Verlag: Berkley (1. November 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0425245128
- ISBN-13: 978-0425245125
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 18 Jahren
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,7 x 2,8 x 17 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 243.817 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Death Magic (A Novel of the Lupi, Band 8) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. November 2011
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Eileen Wilks is a national bestselling author and a three-time RITA Award finalist, and has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by Romantic Times.
Seit über 3000 Jahren führt die Lady, die Göttin der Werwölfe einen Krieg mit der "Great Bitch", einem anderen gott-artigen bösen Wesen. Dieses Miststück missbraucht die Hasser der paranormalen Wesen als Werkzeug beim Versuch, die amerikanische Gesellschaft zu korrumpieren und um einen Umsturz zu planen. Lily's Chef, Ruben Brooks, hat die Gabe in die Zukunft zu sehen und versucht die Situation in den Griff zu bekommen, indem er eine Schattenorganisation gründet. Er möchte Lily dabeihaben. Sie jedoch hat als Polizistin Mühe mit einer im geheimen operierenden Organisation und kann sich nicht dazu entschliessen. Ihre Einstellung änderst sich erst, als die Situation immer schlimmer wird, es gibt Tote und Verschwörungen, ihr ganzes Umfeld bricht zusammen.
Die Geschichte spielt in zwei Wochen, ist wie immer sorgfältig erzählt und meist recht spannend. Die Interaktionen zwischen Rule und Lily sind schön zu lesen, Cullen hat seine Auftritte und auch viele andere. Allerdings ist das Konstrukt der Erklärung der Verbrechen etwas kompliziert und ausufernd, was Spannung wegnimmt. Insgesamt empfehlenswert für Liebhaber der Serie.
Da sich die Ereignisse insgesamt - nicht nur für Lily - stark zuspitzen, gibt es viele Handlungen und Entscheidungen auf engem Raum. Die tiefereren Einblicke in die Welt der Lupi sind zum Teil sehr anrührend (z. B. Isen). Es werden neue Handlungsoptionen eingeführt, die vielversprechend für die Fortsetzung sind. Leider kaum Informationen, was die Bedeutung eines weiblichen Lupus (Ende Teil 7) angeht. Dies spielt hier nur eine Nebenrolle. Ich hoffe daher auf mehr in dieser Richtung, ebenso zum Thema Benedikt und Arjenie, im nächsten Band (Oktober 2012).
Insgesamt ist das Buch auf jeden Fall lesenswert und eine Kaufempfehlung.
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For those familiar with the series, all the usual characters are there, some in major presence, some in the background. And there are some new players as well.
Even though this book was published in 2011, the story that plays out is very much analogous to today's current political scene, where fear of others as different, criminal and untrustworthy (yes, GOP, I'm talking to you and your very far right wing).
The plot centers around the uprising of the "Humans First" movement and their planned use of magic (to which they claim to be opposed), to disrupt rallies in five major cities on the same day, the largest being in Washington, D.C., where Rule, as Rho of Leidolf clan, finds himself along with Lilly, his Chosen.
There is an attempt to frame Ruben, the head of the FBI's special unit for investigating magical crimes and of which Lily is a member. He has also formed a "ghost" unit, very select and secretive, to which Rule belongs, but Lily does not, though invited, because the secret unit may find the need to go around the law at times.
This plot has many twists and turns and Wilks' writing keeps the reader turning pages rapidly. The creativity of the plot and the storyline and the development and transformation of various characters is fascinating.
This book is an edge-of-your-seat thriller/mystery with an ending only EW could imagine. By no means try to read this as a stand-alone, since it will make little sense if you have not read the prior seven books in the series. Highest recommendation.
DEATH MAGIC is the 8th full length novel in Eileen Wilks World of the Lupi series. Eileen's series primarily focuses on the Nokolai Lupi Clan Prince Rule Turner and his Gifted mate Lily Wu. Lily is an agent with the FBI and a touch sensitive with the ability to absorb magic. The World of the Lupi series visits a vast number of Gifted paranormal characters `of The Blood' including elementals, witches, brownies, sorcerers, gnomes, elves, dragons, wolves and a 3,000 year war between the Lupi and The Great Bitch or Old One. There is an FBI Magical Crimes Division as well as various other government divisions including Unit 12, all working to keep the Human's First hate group from obliterating the Gifted. The Gifted, those with magic, supernatural species and those consider `of the Blood' were targeted by the Human's First league and the Great Bitch was using a Gifted as her agent on the earth realm. Death Magic focuses on the use of death magic in rituals to kill and hunt The Gifted.
There are several storylines that merge together at varying points in the novel. Lily is the current caretaker of the Lupi Mantle-a Mantle that holds the power of the Lupi- but the Mantle is causing some side effects in Lily that will force her to reconsider many of her choices. And a new vessel must be found soon before the Mantle further injures or kills its' current host.
Meanwhile a series of ghost sightings put The Gifted on alert and a secret Unit, working outside the law and without the knowledge of the government, has formed to stop the Old One from establishing her rule and worship in this realm.
The Humans First Organization is a hate group that despises those with magic or `of the Blood'. A series of murder investigations will find that a doppleganger has emerged in the war against those `of the Blood', and all too soon, the dragons and the Rheje will leave without explanation. With the impending Humans First rally in DC, the war looked to be gathering steam. But the group of friends would soon discover that the rallies would take place all over the USA.
There is a murdered senator, missing FBI agents, corrupt investigators, nuclear warhead and finger pointing. A firebomb will find two friends injured while researching for information about the use of death magic and the Earth elementals will be called to a rally where their power will be used against those of the Blood. But the biggest discovery will be who and what will be sacrificed in a death magic blood ritual needed to build a powerful weapon against the Blood.
DEATH MAGIC is a very intense and very detailed storyline. Eileen Wilks World of the Lupi is the continuing saga of discrimination, prejudism and hatred directed at those gifted with the power of magic and supernatural abilities. If you are new to the series, I would highly recommend reading from the start, otherwise you will get lost in the copious quantity of detail and number of characters and beings. Death Magic is another amazing instalment in The World of the Lupi
But she changes her mind after Ruben is accused of killing a senator, a vocal member of Human's First who would like to shut down the MCD and wipe out all non-humans and everyone with a Gift. Lily also still carries the Wythe mantle and they've yet to meet someone The Lady wants to pass it along to. It's healing Lily's arm but causing her other serious problems. And they still haven't identified the FBI insider who tried to kill Ruben.
The war has started and the opposing side has a plan to turn the tide with one fell swoop using very dark and devious means to prove to the growing tide of Humans First followers that their thoughts and fears are warranted.
Something happens to a character that shocked me, but I like the idea of it and can't wait to see how it's used in the future. A few questions from prior books get answers and by the end of the story Lily picks up a different type of ally. We also get to meet a troop of brownies--not the Girl Scout type. I hope we get to see more of them as they add a level of lightness to the story.
I've enjoyed each of the books in this series, but it really hit me in the middle of this one just how good the author is at world building. That's not something I think about when reading; things either seem to make sense or they don't. But the detail given in regards to how magic works seems so believable that it's just easy to accept as something real. If you're more interested in seeing the story move along without understanding why something will or won't work or how some conclusions are arrived at, there are a few parts that might drag for you.
It's still five months away from Rule and Lily's wedding. There's barely any time for them to sleep much less make love, so that's not, and hasn't been a big part of the story. Yet their love is evident by their words, looks and touches and that aspect leaves me somewhat with the feel of a Happily Ever After even though his isn't a romance book, nor (thankfully) is it the end.
I'd rate this 4.5 stars.
It's also confusing because the good guys are clueless through 85% of the book and wildly speculate. So it's hard to figure out what's really happening. Some big picture events do happen which were unexpected.
The authors handling of Lilly really took away from the story. I never felt like I had any type of idea as to what was going on. First Lilly is getting better but injured. Then she's much worse. Then she's better, and then better but limited. To me it felt like there was too much just mashed together.