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Tekijä: Eileen Wilks

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Sarjat: The World of the Lupi (11)

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Fantasy. Fiction. Romance. Suspense. HTML:In the newest Novel of the Lupi, the human and elven worlds are both about to come under attack

After questing through the sidhe realms with her ex-hellhound lover, Nathan, Kai Tallman Michalski has finally returned home. But she knows Nathan will eventually be called back to serve his queenand Kai will have to decide whether to enter her majestys service as well. Sure, the job comes with great bennies, but theres one big downside: she would have to swear absolute fealty to the Queen of Winter.

For now, though, Kai is glad to be home, and glad that Nathan completed his mission for his queen with surprising ease. But what seemed to be a quick conclusion turns out to be anything but. The two of them helped thwart the sidhe god of chaosand he is not happy about that. Hes got plans for them. Plans, too, for the sidhe who killed him some three millennia ago. Nor has he abandoned his plans for Earth, as they learn when chaos begins bursting out all over...
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 8) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
I don’t always enjoy when the focus is taken off Lily and Rule, but I really liked this detour in the Lupiverse. Besides getting away from the machinations of the GB and her minions, which was a welcome reprieve, I was happy to see a plot centered on Kai, Dell, and Nathan. Having Benedict and Arjenie in the mix was a nice bonus. I loved the friendships formed between the Lupi and the leads—it seems this might not be the last time we see them.

Two things I like about this series: women and men form friendships with each other instead of viewing everyone as a romantic rival, and the people who are in relationships grow as couples and work on their relationships, changing as their respect and trust in their partners increases. Very refreshing! ( )
  Harks | Dec 17, 2022 |
I have long enjoyed the Lupi books, but this one was a hard one for me to get into -- a return of characters I loved, (yes!), but also so deeply enmeshed in the previous stories that it took me a while to orient. Also I found it to be high in magical theories of the universe it represents -- which is interesting, and importatnt to the plot, but also a bit obscure. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
56 points/100 (3 stars/5).

With Lily and Rule on their honeymoon and chaos magic breaking out across the city, Kai and Nathan are forced to deal with the magic, the feds, and one really pissed off God.

Yikes. Just.. yikes. From the best book in the series straight into the worst one so far. I was bored from literally beginning until end, and by the time I only had an hour and a half left in the book, I wanted nothing more than to not read the book any further. I have actually read Inhuman prior to reading Unbinding, which is in [b:On the Prowl|285212|On the Prowl (Alpha & Omega, #0.5)|Patricia Briggs|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1422192630s/285212.jpg|276710]. Honestly, I imagine anyone who hasn't read it (which is probably a decent amount because not many people read novellas in random anthologies) is probably very, very confused about who the hell these people even are.

I have no idea why this book was written. The only reason I can think of is pure ego on Wilks' part. Unless something in the next books is going to be very, very different than I imagine it is going to be, Unbinding is completely unnecessary to this series entirely. It presents itself as part of the series, but honestly there was no point for it to be anything more than I side novel.

The plot was never ending. Each time I thought I was finally getting close to the end, I would look and still be nowhere near it. While the last book was able to take many threads and combine them all into an intricate story and made it really good, this book tried the same and fell flat on its face. All the threads felt like distractions or entirely unnecessary and just in the way.

While I had met these characters before, I felt no connections to them at all. I didn't care what happened to them, but I've come to understand in this series that nothing of any consequence really happens to any of them anyway. They didn't really act like people anymore in this book. They didn't really make sense in their decisions. They were props the author used to drive the plot. The plot that was unnecessary.

This book is a bad one. I'll decide after the next 3 books to see if this book was 100% unnecessary, or just 70% unnecessary. ( )
  keikii | Jan 23, 2020 |
Kai and Nathan are still in San Diego while Kai tries to heal some of the damage caused by the rampaging magical dagger in the last book

But it’s soon clear that destroying a magical artefact imbued by a god of chaos has ramifications. They may have foiled his plans, but the god of chaos is now out and he may be dead but he is powerful and looking to change that

All the while Kai still has decide what she wants to do with her life. She loves Nathan and she has a unique powerful talent the elves can help develop – but does she want to be the human in the Court of Winter, separated from her friends, divided from her culture and often derided by the oh-so-superior elves?

Hmmmmmmm

Definitely hmmmmmm.

This is my brain on this story:

Brain 1: It’s a book without Lily and Rule. This is going to be interesting because we’re going to get to see this world through a different lens. We’re going to see a different mind set and excellent part of the world setting that Lily would otherwise not notice. This is an excellent way to open up this world when we’ve excellently established Lily is the central protagonist so it isn’t a distraction

Brain 2: But but but, Lily was established as protagonist because she’s super awesome and amazing. And I’ve had several books of back stories to make me not only be invested in Lily but be thoroughly cheering her every move. Who is this Kai and Nathan and why do I care? They’ve had, what, one short story and a couple of cameo appearances? I am not invested enough in this people for them to displace my awesome Lily. They’re far too external to the main plot, the main battle etc to be really relevant to the rest of the series. It feels more like a spin off series – hey an awesome spin off series –but now these people are stood in Lily’s space. I don’t know half of these people We keep getting revelations and shocks about these people that completely miss because I feel like I’m supposed to have read 4 other books to actually know who they are

Brain 1: But this let’s us examine so much of the world building is accessible here! Lily sees the elves as an annoying enemy and is pretty much not that involved or invested in elven culture or world building and her practicality makes her tolerate the need for Cullen’s theorising but definitely not being willing to run with it. Kai is front and centre in elven culture, sidhe realms, dramatis personae who are constantly mentioned actually appear in this book. We meet them and the depiction of elven society is awesome – we have such an awesome building of a completely alien culture, different standards and values and ethics. As well as a really really interesting take on the concept of the Fae Queen of Winter – not just a queen of cold, but a queen of hard truths and a queen of the warm winter hearth. Definitely an original take

Brain 2: but but but Lily isn’t invested in all of this because it’s not relevant. And I love the world expanding, I really do. I love the world setting. I love expanded world setting. I love how Kai brings her own views and conflicts to this huge world setting. But we already had one book where a new big bad muscled in on the whole storyline and now we have another one? Sure there’s more than one thing happening in this world – but while Rule and the werewolves and Lily are dealing with their enemy perhaps undead elven gods of chaos can go get their little party together in a city other than San Diego. What is the enemy and her minions actually doing while we have a hiatus anyway?

So I’m left thinking I loved loved loved this book and would also be a really awesome… but also feel this excellent world has reached a point where branching into spin off series would be better arcs than protagonist shifting when the protagonists have such disparate goals. If Kai and Nathan and Lily and Rule were actually aiming at goals that were closer together then they would work as shifting protagonists. But the only real reason Kai and Nathan are there is because a random occurrence pulled them in and there was a brief coinciding of goals with Lily and Rule

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  FangsfortheFantasy | Jan 3, 2017 |
This turned out to be my least favorite of the series. I love the characters of Kai and Nathan. Dell is an intriguing magical creature, a chameleon who is tightly bonded to Kai and serves as her familiar. The plot dragged so badly I kept putting the book down. It took almost a week to slog through all the descriptive type dialogue and boring explanations of "what to do" and "why this does that." It felt like even the characters were sidetracked and didn't know what to do next since they "talked" about what was happening until I just didn't care anymore. I hope Wilks rallies with the next book as I'm frustrated with this type of writing. She's created an exceptional world and fantastic characters. She just needs to keep it simple sometimes. Can't give this one more than 2 stars. ( )
  Becky_McKenna | Mar 10, 2016 |
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Fantasy. Fiction. Romance. Suspense. HTML:In the newest Novel of the Lupi, the human and elven worlds are both about to come under attack

After questing through the sidhe realms with her ex-hellhound lover, Nathan, Kai Tallman Michalski has finally returned home. But she knows Nathan will eventually be called back to serve his queenand Kai will have to decide whether to enter her majestys service as well. Sure, the job comes with great bennies, but theres one big downside: she would have to swear absolute fealty to the Queen of Winter.

For now, though, Kai is glad to be home, and glad that Nathan completed his mission for his queen with surprising ease. But what seemed to be a quick conclusion turns out to be anything but. The two of them helped thwart the sidhe god of chaosand he is not happy about that. Hes got plans for them. Plans, too, for the sidhe who killed him some three millennia ago. Nor has he abandoned his plans for Earth, as they learn when chaos begins bursting out all over...

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