Unexpected family ties are used as leverage in the next wave of the war between the forces of Old Ones. Over the course of this amazing series, Wilks has advanced her themes of family, sacrifice and the true meaning of leadership. Her protagonists’ continued growth makes the complex plots and riveting action all the more absorbing.
A daring theft at the Nokolai Clanhome where they live sets off major alarm bells for FBI agent Lily Yu and her fiancé, Rule Turner. With unhinged zealot Robert Friar still on the loose, Lily, Rule and Cullen Seaborne are very concerned when a prototype of a magical device Cullen has been working on is stolen. But is the thief someone closer to home? Possible betrayal within the clan alliances is putting pressure on Rule in his dual roles as the Rho of the Leidolf and Lu Nuncio of the Nokolai. And an attempt to grab Lily’s sister, Beth, is another sign that an elaborate plot may be in motion. Figuring out all the players is critical to recovering the missing invention and taking on the dangerous acolytes of the Old One. (BERKLEY, Oct., 416 pp., $7.99)