Ritual Magic by Eileen Wilks
“Feelings are not always a guide to truth, and guilt is an indulgence you cannot afford. It clouds the mind.”
Author: Eileen Wilks
In Eileen Wilks’s new Novel of the Lupi, FBI agent Lily Yu is about to confront a power even darker than magic…On her 57th birthday, Lily’s mother suddenly loses all memory beyond the age of twelve. Lily knows her mother was attacked by something more than magic. More . . . and darker.
When Lily and Rule discover that others suffered the same, mysterious loss—at the same time on the same night—their investigation into the darkness begins. Joining them is someone Lily never thought she’d see again: Al Drummond, who once tried to destroy her. He also happens to be dead. But the mysterious attacks were caused by a power strong enough to affect matters beyond the world of the living.
With some victims losing years of memory and others their lives, Lily must discover what on earth—or beyond—connects them.
Thoughts: To be honest, I dragged my heels when it came to getting this book….and then dragged them some more when it came to actually reading it. I absolutely loved this series in the beginning, but it has become one of those series that has started to lose its spark for me. Part of me feverently hoped that this would be the book that sets it back on track….and yet another dreaded it because I feared it would be the final straw for me with the series. Unfortunately, it seems to be the latter for me.
With most other series, it usually comes down to just the whole plotline/story just not living up to the spectacular standards set by the previous books. What makes this series a bit odd for me is instead it seems to be a loss of the integral part of the characters – now, in the tenth book, I honestly have forgotten why I loved these characters so much. It doesn’t even seem like I am even reading about the same people anymore. And that is truly a sad state of affairs since the characters used to be so vibrant. The story is still a good one – but I miss the connection that used to exist for these characters – for example, Lily and Rule could almost be strangers they seem so different from who they used to be. Not to mention their real, true interactions are few and far between. It’s almost like now that they are together romantically, the author doesn’t know how to write them anymore.
I doubt I can handle reading another book in this series – it just reminds me of what is missing from those amazing books in the beginning.