This is one of my very favorite paranormal romance series, both because of the characters and the remarkably creative events that are described in the stories. What amazes me is that there are so many unexpected twists that make one look at these beings in a new light, which is fascinating considering how extreme some of the powers already revealed are. This particular volume gives one a closer look at brownies, reminds us that dragons are definitely not to be messed with—although stubbornness is vividly demonstrated as not being limited to humans like Lily, and still evokes sighs at the intense connection between Lily and Rule.
I love the demonstration of the various bonds that have formed between very different types of creatures even as I mourn at the price that is paid when evil finds a way to stir up bigotry and violence. The blend of contemporary realism and fantastical paranormal concepts (e.g. brownie cams, lol) aptly demonstrate this author’s facility at world-building and made me both anxious to finish the story and disappointed when I did. I immediately had to go back and revisit certain sections, just because I was so enthralled by the occurrences, and each time I did, I was caught up in the story again.
I think it would be very difficult to join the series with this story and attempt to read this as a stand-alone, as there are concepts tangentially alluded to which have been gradually developed over the course of the series, so one would be advised to read the earlier books. Sadly, some of my favorite characters were not featured in this particular tale, but I am sure that they will have their own adventures to share in future books, so I will exercise relative patience and savor this story again and again while I wait for the next exciting chapter in the saga of the Lupi so vividly penned by Ms. Wilks.
“Mind Magic” by Eileen Wilks is part of the ‘Novel of the Lupi’ series that features FBI agent Lily Yu and her partner and husband Rule, who is Rho of Leidolf Clan, Lu Nuncio of Nokolai Clan, and second-in-command of the Shadow Unit. Their honeymoon glow is being a little disrupted by the hallucinations that Lily is experiencing, which Sam the black dragon terms unpredictable with a “highly idiosyncratic” adjustment period. Even worse, their mate sense is scrambled, which really complicates things when they are compelled to separate and end up in a series of situations which threaten to destroy any progress made in the world thus far, particularly with respect to the alliances that have been forged, and resolution may depend on learning secrets which the dragons have assiduously guarded, regardless of the cost.
FBI agent Lily Yu’s mind is a dangerous place to be in the latest Novel of the Lupi…
Thanks to the mindspeech lessons she’s receiving from the black dragon, Lily is temporarily benched from Unit Twelve—until her brain acclimates and the risk of total burnout passes. At least she has her new husband, lupi Rule Turner, to keep her occupied.
But when her mentor calls in a favor and sends Lily to a murder scene, she’s suddenly back on active status—despite the hallucinations she can’t keep at bay. With one touch, Lily knows the man was killed by magic, but her senses don’t warn her how far the conspiracy goes…
A shadowy force within the government wants to take Unit Twelve down, and they don't mind killing to achieve their goal. With none of her usual resources, Lily is up against impossible odds--because with her mind in disarray, she can’t trust anything she sees.