Reading Level: Adult
Length: 320 pages
Release Date: October 5, 2004
Stand Alone or Series: 1st book in the World of the Lupi series
Source: Swapped through Paperbackswap.com
Rating: 4/5 stars
“Lily Yu is a San Diego police detective investigating a series of grisly murders that appear to be the work of a werewolf. To hunt down the killer, she must infiltrate the clans. Only one man can help her–a were named Rule Turner, a prince of the lupi, whose charismatic presence disturbs Lily. Rule has his own reasons for helping the investigation–reasons he doesn’t want to share with Lily. Logic and honor demand she keep her distance, but the attraction between them is immediate and devastating-and beyond human reason. Now, in a race to fend off evil, Lily finds herself in uncharted territory, tested as never before, and at her back a man who she’s not sure she can trust.”
This is the first book in the rather large World of the Lupi series. I have had this book on my TBR pile for awhile and was excited to finally read it. This started out as a solid investigative urban fantasy with overtones of paranormal romance. As the story continued though it got much more interesting; involving magic and other dimensions. I ended up enjoying it quite a bit.
Lily is a woman detective fighting to make her way in a predominantly male career. She has the added complication of being a sensitive, which means she can “read” items and people. This is an ability that is looked down upon but the department finds this skill useful so they kind of look the other way.
I enjoyed Lily and Rule as characters; they were fun to read about and have good chemistry together. The side characters were also well done. The writing is easy to read and flows nicely. All in all I was impressed and plan on continuing the series.
As I mentioned this starts out as a pretty typical paranormal read but then as the story continues higher magic and godlike beings enter the story making it incredibly interesting and a bit different from other reads out there.
Overall this was a fun read and I enjoyed it. This is an engaging and interesting first book in this series and I plan on continuing. I would recommend to readers who enjoy urban fantasy and don’t mind some crossover into the paranormal romance territory.
This book goes towards the following reading challenges:
– Mount TBR Reading Challenge
– You Read How Many Books? Reading Challenge
– Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge
– Paranormal Reading Challenge