Unbinding (World of the Lupi #11)
Berkley / October 7, 2014 / $7.99, print / digital
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 queen—and Kai will have to decide whether to enter her majesty’s service as well. Sure, the job comes with great bennies, but there’s 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 chaos—and he is not happy about that. He’s 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.
At the end of the previous book in Eileen Wilks’s Lupi series, Ritual Magic, major changes spun out—not just Lily and Rule’s long-awaited wedding, but a plot twist that could change the entire course of the Lupi’s magical war against the evil goddess they oppose. However, in book eleven, Unbinding, branches off, expanding the world of the Lupi yet again to explore the plots of a crazed Sidhe god of chaos, the complex balance between the elven Queens of Winter and Summer, and a strange pocket universe where normal physics don’t really apply. It’s a little frustrating, since I was hoping for a direct continuation from Ritual Magic, but at the same time I know from previous side trips in the series that events in Unbinding will likely become very, very important later on.