In the war between two Old Ones, humans, lupi and other supernatural races are foot soldiers and puzzle pieces to be manipulated. Wilks’ long-running Lupi series takes some very interesting turns in this most recent entry. This tremendous series is truly a perfect blend of complex worldbuilding, high-stakes action and riveting characterization. Awesome!
Both Lily Yu and her FBI boss Ruben Brooks are still recovering from dual assassination attempts; they know that there is at least one traitor in the FBI. Ruben and Rule Turner, Lily’s lupi fiancé, decide to form a shadow unit comprised of supernaturals and trusted humans, one which will stay outside the standard chain of command — a group Lily’s conscience will not allow her to join. Then a senator with ties to the Humans First group is murdered, and Ruben is the prime suspect. Death magic was used in the murder and as Lily tries to uncover the truth, she too is targeted. Something big is about to go down and unless the shadow unit finds a way to stop it, dire consequences are sure to follow. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Nov., 416 pp., $7.99)