REVIEW: Blood Lines by Eileen Wilks
Dear Ms. Wilks:
I opened your book and read the introductory letter to the reader with some glee. It suggested that whatever had happened in the second book, Mortal Danger, was maybe just a fantasy and outside of the world realm that you had created with the fantastic introduction to the series, Tempting Danger. Alas, I was wrong.
Bloodlines is a hodgepodge of science fiction, western mythology and eastern mythology. It has everything from precognitives and the Gifted to werewolves and dragons to demons and sorcerers to faeries and dryads. There seems to be no myth, no paranormal aspect that is left untouched by your pen. I like fusion cuisine as much as the next girl, but many times I felt you were putting spaghetti and kimchee* together and it just didn’t taste right.
As Cullen noted
Demons, demonic poison, and the Great Bitch indulging in cross-realms assassination– the Lady speaking to an outclan know-it-all– a top secret task force investigating a mysterious power surge, and a top-notch pre-cog who thought that was just the beginning.
I’m not sure if I even know what the plot is, but I’ll try to piece it together. Lily Yu is an FBI agent who is also a sensitive, impervious to magic but knows who has it and what kind. Rule Turner is the heir and Lu Nuncio of a the Nikolai Werewolf clan. Lily and Rule are bondmates. Their story began with Tempting Danger (a recommended read). Lily and Rule have come to Washington, D.C. for Lily’s work to find a demon and Rule’s to do some lobbying. Major magical disturbances begin to occur requiring investigation.
Cynna Weaver is a Finder and an Enspeller. She is a former lover of Rule’s and also works as a consultant for the FBI with Lily’s team. She is called to Find a demon who may be responsible for attacking Rule, infecting him, and killing the heir to a southern werewolf clan, the Leidolf. Cullen Seaborne is an adopted member of the Nikolai clan. He is hunting for the dragons in Mexico when he encounters a demon. Rule asks him to return to help hunt this other demon. Cullen, Cynna, Rule, and Lily are working together to find the demon, heal Rule, prevent the Leidolf clan from trying to kill Rule and to save the world.
There is a decent thread in this book and that is Rule’s infection by the demon, the fact that he might be overtaken by it, what control he has over his own destiny. If the story had been about the werewolf politics – the Leidolf clan versus the Nikolai clan – it would have been much tighter and interesting read.
Unfortunately, all the different threads that sometimes ran together but mostly parallel never quite jelled for me. The ending, in particular, left me with a hollow feeling. Further, to say that this is Cynna and Cullen’s story is a mistake. They have a total of about four scenes together and at what point it is determined that they have feelings for each other greater than sexual attraction is lost to me, if it ever happens.
The hardest part for me is that I love Lily and Rule. I love them even in this book, but the story that swirls around them is so distracting that I can barely see the lights of the house through the blizzard of snow. C-
*Kimchee is a traditional Corean dish made out of various ingredients, but primarily bok choy and white radish. Tres delish. Okay, maybe fermented cabbage is an acquired taste.