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Blood Challenge

Tekijä: Eileen Wilks

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Sarjat: The World of the Lupi (7)

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"Lily Yu and Rule Turner{u2019}s engagement announcement is stirring up ugly passions in the Humans First camp. There{u2019}s hate mail. Death threats. Lily{u2019}s car is vandalized. But professionally, things are going smoothly . . . until a lupus in Tennessee goes on a killing spree. Then Rule's brother, Benedict, catches a lovely intruder--twice. The first time she's sneaking around the home of the leader of Humans First. The second time, she sneaks into Nokolai Clanhome with a mysterious potion. It may not be possible to deal with the rapidly escalating situation the way Lily always has: through the law. Especially when she{u2019}s pulled off the case due to an alleged conflict of interest. Lily{u2019}s loyalties will be stretched to the breaking point when she discovers that the deaths in Tennessee were only the opening skirmish in an all-out war."--Author's website.… (lisätietoja)
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 13) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
I really love this book, because it has Arjenie in it. She talks like me and it is very cool to read about someone who is a bit like yourself. And Benedict...mjum! ( )
  weaver-of-dreams | Aug 1, 2023 |
2021 reread: So fun to revisit Benedict and Arjenie’s story! I had forgotten all the other important plot points in this one, so it was a good reread for that too. ( )
  Harks | Dec 17, 2022 |
Lily’s engagement to Rule has put her on the hit list of many hate groups – but when there’s a campaign against her, the people she cares for her boss and even a werewolf going on the rampage it’s clear she’s dealing with something far worse than the vandals who sabotaged her care or the people sending her hate mail.

Meanwhile Benedict has found something impossible – Arjennie… a second Chosen

This series has had some ups and downs – and this book is definitely continuing the direction upwards after all of this huge and dazzling world setting has now been absorbed and we’re now keeping the focus on what is relevant. This book takes this wonderful, wide world and makes sure we don’t drown in it while we also don’t ignore it. It’s a lovely balance – this wide world isn’t ignored but nor are we left flailing to try and understand what is relevant in the vastness

And against this backdrop we have some very intriguing characters; the new character being Arjenie. And I love her. Oh how I love her. She’s hilarious, she’s aware yet almost niave in how easily distracted she is. I love her geeky adoration of facts. I love her courage without it being flashy or violent. I love the fact she’s not physically dangerous – and her disability definitely does case her physical limitations – but that doesn’t make her less active or courageous.

There’s also Rule with his fascinating conflict over the Mantels and his relationship with the Leidolf – making good decisions but not emotionally connected ones, feeling duty bound but not emotionally bound is something else that will be good to see.

Other nice gems for me was seeing more of Isen, the Rho of the Nikolai pack. He’s always there as a distant figure and we’d already had excellent moments when he made a distinction between speaking to his sons as both his father and their leader. It makes him both a skilled leader AND a loving and caring father. And, in this book, we increasingly see him as an effective ruler. But better than that – he’s an effective ruler because he likes people. He’s interested in people. He studies people and he uses this knowledge to actually reduce conflict in his Pack

The protagonist – or co-protagonist – is Lily who is always a favourite character of mine. Capable with woo-woo without having super powers. She’s strong without being Spunky, she makes good decisions and has some excellent moments of emotional conflict when faced with her own mortality in this book. I also love how she continually applies logic and cold fact to the faith and woo woo of everyone around her.

Throw in some politics and, yes, the Lupi not being all united and being very human in their objections and I really like how these characters and this storyline come together

One thing I really like is further analysis of the mating bond of the Chosen. I’ve made it no secret in many many many book reviews that I loathe the idea of magically compelled love. I think it’s extremely lazy writing and I think it’s a horrifying violation of consent. I think it’s terrible to basically replace attraction, affection and conscious choice by having some magic smoosh two people – and their genitals – together. I can’t express how much I hate it and generally forcing people into relationships

So why do I love this? I love this because Benedict’s past horrendous relationship shows how terribly it can go. It sounds terrible to say “I love how a character was driven to possible suicide to try and escape the unchosen relationship she is being forced into”, but I do like that the bond is not considered automatically perfect. I like the analysis that says that, no, the bond doesn’t guarantee a happily ever after. No the bond doesn’t guarantee happiness. No the bond doesn’t mean they will accept it. It doesn’t mean it won’t be smothering. It doesn’t mean it won’t end badly. It doesn’t mean that she won’t furiously resist this relationship that is being forced on her and won’t be so very miserable in that situation

Yes some of it is played in Benedict angst, but it’s also used to examine his acknowledgement that Arjenie adamantly protects her own autonomy and privacy. Arjenie greatly values her personal space and Benedict, rightly, is deeply concerned to how she will react to the bond. He doesn’t expect the bond to automatically fix all of this

Of course there’s a happily ever after – but I like that there wasn’t always and there’s a strong indication that it COULD go terribly wrong and magical forced love doesn’t cure all.

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  FangsfortheFantasy | Jul 27, 2016 |
We meet Arjenie who is Benedict's Chosen. Lily gets shot. Isen is almost killed. Cynna has her baby. ( )
  pnwbookgirl | Feb 7, 2016 |
The Lady’s enemy is once again at work in the world. Lily, Rule, and everyone else is hoping they can thwart her plans one more time.

Okay, let me get my minor complaints out of the way before I talk about what I liked. First, the actor playing Rule’s voice changed. I KNOW there are a myriad of good reasons for changing voice actors, and with as good as GraphicAudio is, I’m guessing the situation was something outside their control. But I STILL hate it.

Second, this is the first GraphicAudio book where I felt like I could tell the story was abridged. There were just some things that felt incomplete, like the explanation had been cut. Now, I’m willing to admit this could be psychological, since I just recently realized GA books ARE abridged somewhat. So take that for what it’s worth. Thankfully, I also own the ebook so I can go back and figure out if I really DID miss anything.

Aside from those minor gripes, Blood Challenge is another good installment in the series. We continue to learn more about the Lupi culture, about the characters, and about they world they inhabit. Again, the world feels real because each book is dealing somewhat with the consequences of what happened in past stories.

I absolutely LOVE Arjenie Fox. Her character is fantastically fun. And we get to learn more about Benedict as well. Though the entire story doesn’t focus on them, their story is a great addition and keeps the romance level up for the romance readers.

***I’m going to get a bit spoilery.***

Readers who get upset with the “Mary Jane” syndrome may start to get annoyed with the series, if they haven’t by now. Everything seems to happen to Rule and Lily. Rule has two mantles, now Lilly has one. The Nokolai now have two Chosen and will soon have two (or three) sets of married couples when married Lupi are unheard of. No matter where they go in the country, something big and tragic happens to Rule and Lily.

The Mary Jane syndrome doesn’t bother me very much, personally; I like sticking with the same characters over time, and to keep a story interesting, THINGS have to happen to them. I see the characters as the vehicle through which we explore whatever it is we’re exploring in the series. But I know some people find it frustrating.

Overall, I’m really glad I stuck with this series. I’m enjoying the complexity of the world, the personality of all the characters, and the voice acting of Graphic Audio. Even if they did have to change an actor. ;) ( )
  InvestedIvana | Nov 3, 2015 |
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"Lily Yu and Rule Turner{u2019}s engagement announcement is stirring up ugly passions in the Humans First camp. There{u2019}s hate mail. Death threats. Lily{u2019}s car is vandalized. But professionally, things are going smoothly . . . until a lupus in Tennessee goes on a killing spree. Then Rule's brother, Benedict, catches a lovely intruder--twice. The first time she's sneaking around the home of the leader of Humans First. The second time, she sneaks into Nokolai Clanhome with a mysterious potion. It may not be possible to deal with the rapidly escalating situation the way Lily always has: through the law. Especially when she{u2019}s pulled off the case due to an alleged conflict of interest. Lily{u2019}s loyalties will be stretched to the breaking point when she discovers that the deaths in Tennessee were only the opening skirmish in an all-out war."--Author's website.

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