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Mind Magic

by Eileen Wilks

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Series: The World of the Lupi (12)

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Lily’s bond with Rule is as stretched and confused as it’s ever been – thanks to the lessons she is having in Mind Speech. This is the worst time for her to disappear when she cannot be found

But Lily vanishes following up on a favour she cannot deny – while at the same time a conspiracy strikes against the Shadow Unit. The whole apparatus designed to fight The Enemy, Ruben the head of the unit, Rule the head of two Lupi clans are all targeted in a devastating co-ordinated attack.

It’s the worst time for Lily to be out of touch as everything they’ve built begins to crumble.

Back to Lily as a protagonist! I always love this focus, because Lily Yu is an awesome protagonist and one of my favourites

And, of course, I love the world building. I love the massively creative world building. I love that such a lot of originality has gone into not only designing the world with this crash of magic into the technological world, the various magical societies from the Brownies to the Lupi who all have their own cultures and magic and language all really well done together. And then we have the dragons with their completely unique biology coupled with their own culture and traditions and opinions and beliefs. It’s excellent. It’s really original and well developed and nuanced.

And I love Lily. I do love lily. I love that she’s so sensible. I love that even when worried and angry and outraged and upset and emotional she’s still logical and capable and empathetic enough to see from a different point of view. I love how she can be angry with various supernatural beings while also acknowledging that from their point of view they’re a very different beings with vastly different values. She can acknowledge that, understand that, respect that – but not by being a complete door mat to them. The fact they have a dramatically different culture doesn’t mean they’re allowed to treat her in ways that she finds unacceptable because of it.

I also like how, when discussing the history of magic on this world we’re not assuming a global constant and acknowledging that just because something happened in the west didn’t mean it happened the same everywhere

Lily’s awesome. The world is awesome.

And I really like Demi; she’s a character with Aspergers who appears to have been well represented because of it. Her need for patterns and social difficulties along with her thought patterns seem very well presented while at no point being used to make her either this alien super hero (too often autism is created a some kind of weird origin story for some kind of mental super power). Her courage, drive, knowledge, determination, moral compass and navigating around the lupi and more powerful magical beings around her.

I also quite like the concept of the sinister government org – or some sinister human org. I mean we have repeatedly see various supernatural threats menacing humanity – but magic suddenly becomes real, there are plenty of bad people and bad organisations who are going to exploit that. Part of Lily’s worry about joining the Shadow Unit was her fear over what a unit like this could do with so little oversight. So common human greed and corruption needed to be flagged.

We continue to have excellent portrayal of POC as well – Lily Yu is Asian and informed by her culture and language. It’s more than just a description of her. The Lupi continue to be racially diverse (a leader of Rule’s guard is Jose) as do members of other organisations, the Shadow Unit, et al. Even in a book that doesn’t have that many humans, we still have some POC. We also continue to have awesome female characters – including both the awesome Lily and the Brownie’s, hilarious matriarchal culture.

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  FangsfortheFantasy | Feb 20, 2017 |
This was a really neat book! It was nice to have the attention focused back on Lily and Rule again, although I adore the brownies! Finding out what was really going on with Lily was a fabulous twist, too. This is my new favorite in the series! ( )
  Becky_McKenna | Mar 10, 2016 |
Lilly is having hallucinations because her ability to mindspeak needs to grow and its her brain's way of getting her used to that new ability. Kind of weird, but she and Rule go to Washington D.C to get her away from Sam's mind so she can have her brain get used to this faster. She's hardly there and Sam is sending her off to Whistle Ohio to check things out. New character added - Demi/Danny who is also a touch sensitive, but a teen girl with asperger's hiding out from the NSA. Lily ends up helping Mika rather unwillingly at first. The last book I kind of felt drug through, this one I enjoyed much more. Not sure where else she's going but willing to still take the ride along with her. ( )
  pnwbookgirl | Feb 16, 2016 |
Lily Yu is on sick leave because she is learning to mindspeak and is currently plagued with hallucinations until her brain makes some adjustments. Most troubling to both her and Rule is that she is also having trouble with her mate sense. Neither one can pinpoint the other's location which is especially troubling to Rule. However, before she can make her adjustments, Ruben sends her to a small Ohio town because of a premonition.

Rule is forced to stay in Washington, DC, because of another premonition. Thus when he is arrested on suspicion of having child porn, Lily isn't there. And, by the time his lawyer gets him out of jail, Lily has disappeared. Despite being under house arrest with a monitor on his ankle, Rule is determined to get to Ohio and find his missing mate.

Meanwhile, Lily and the dying werewolf who insisted on going with her are being kept under a magically induced sleep which Lily had thought was impossible since she's generally immune to magic. She had been kidnapped by brownies to help the dragon who is missing from Washington, DC, with a major problem.

A good part of this story is told by Demi who is seventeen, has Asperger's. and is a hacker genius. We learn that she is an orphan who was taken in by Mr. Smith and placed in his home for Gifted children. Demi is also a touch sensitive who identified other Gifted children for Mr. Smith. However, she went away to college at sixteen and, when she returned to the home, she learned that Mr. Smith had been lying to her about his purpose.

Mr. Smith has now launched a campaign to discredit Ruben and his Unit 12. He is the one who is behind the false accusation against Rule since he also wants the werewolves discredited, hunted, and destroyed. Mr. Smith considers himself a patriot who has the best interests of the country in his mind and feels that he is the only one who can serve those best interests. His plan puts the Dragon Accord in danger and he simply doesn't realize how powerful the dragons are and how necessary they are to the smooth running of the world.

This was a very good episode in the series. We learned lots of interesting new things about dragons. We also saw Lily learn a new skill. I especially enjoyed the portions told from Rule's point of view because they showed the world as werewolves see it. The brownies were a fun new species that I don't recall from earlier books.

Fans of the series won't want to miss this great new episode. ( )
  kmartin802 | Nov 14, 2015 |
We’re back to being focused on Lily and Rule, but also with the point of view of an interesting new character—a touch sensitive—that not only sets the stage but fills in a great deal of information regarding a high-ranking conspiracy. This one is set on the East Coast. Mika, the dragon that sucks up the excess magic in the Washington DC area has gone missing. Sam, the black dragon close to the Nokolai territory that has been teaching Lily mindspeak, has her go to Whisper, OH without telling her why; and Rule must stay behind with Rueben. And that’s when the conspiracy starts to unfold.

Once again the world building, as well as the twists and intricate details of this mystery and how things work are incredible. This type of thing with the theory on magic has blown me away since the first book. This takes magical theory in a new direction. Plenty of action, tension and emotion along with a lot of details on not only magical theory and the conspiracy, but on the investigative process that pulls it all together. Ok, sometimes all of these details can get pretty deep, but the author is good at changing the course of the conversation or thoughts enough to prevent those details from becoming overwhelming.

If you've been reading this series, you'll find this one difficult to set aside for a time; sleeping, going to work, etc. ( )
  dearheart | Nov 7, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425263878, Mass Market Paperback)

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.

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"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..." --… (more)

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