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Unbinding ✮ [PDF] ✩ Unbinding By Eileen Wilks ✻ – Polishdarling.co.uk In the newest Novel of the Lupi, the human and elven worlds are both about to come under attackAfter questing through the sidhe realms with her ex hellhound lover, Nathan, Kai Tallman Michalski has fi In the newest Novel of the Lupi, the human and elven worlds are both about to come under attackAfter 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.


10 thoughts on “Unbinding

  1. Jilly Jilly says:

    Gather round, children It is time for Auntie Jilly to tell you a story of the good old days the 1980 s See, the television sit com was a big thing We never heard of some crazy stuff like Netflix, and we had very few channel choices So, we sat around our giant televisions and watched our favorite characters get into madcap adventures and laughed our fanny pack wearing asses off in a vapor of Aquanet and second hand smoke It was a simpler time But, every once in a while, something strang Gather round, children It is time for Auntie Jilly to tell you a story of the good old days the 1980 s See, the television sit com was a big thing We never heard of some crazy stuff like Netflix, and we had very few channel choices So, we sat around our giant televisions and watched our favorite characters get into madcap adventures and laughed our fanny pack wearing asses off in a vapor of Aquanet and second hand smoke It was a simpler time But, every once in a while, something strange would happen We would be watching our favorite show and the episode would focus on some peripheral character and their life It was like mad science gone wrong Where were Richie and Potsey Why is this episode focused on Joannie and Chachi Surely we are going to get back to the main characters, right But,NO We were wrong The whole show was about the lesser known characters Sure, Fonzie made an appearance, but the whole damn episode was Joannie and Chachi Crap It s a spin off show trap hmmm I d watch thatThis book is basically one of those television episodes The whole story is focused on a couple who were introduced in a novella earlier They were okay, but not whole book worthy I just had a hard time caring about them Plus, the biggest support characters in this one were Benedict and Arjenie two of my least favorite characters in the series So, my Give a Shitometer was even lower.On top of all of that, there was a helluva lot of raping going on in this book, and it was treated a little too casually for me In the end, the story gave waysympathy to the rapist than to his victims Not a fan of that.Book Come back, Lily and Rule We neeeed you


  2. AH AH says:

    Initial ThoughtsAnother excellent installment in The World of the Lupi series While it had a slow start and some missing favorite characters, Unbinding was an exciting story that focused on some of the secondary characters of the series In this book a fae god favoring chaos gets a little too big for his britches and Kai, Nathan, Benedict, Cullen, and Arjeni and the rest of the San Diego pack work to bring back normality to the world Oh, kudos to Dell, one of the best familiar characters eve Initial ThoughtsAnother excellent installment in The World of the Lupi series While it had a slow start and some missing favorite characters, Unbinding was an exciting story that focused on some of the secondary characters of the series In this book a fae god favoring chaos gets a little too big for his britches and Kai, Nathan, Benedict, Cullen, and Arjeni and the rest of the San Diego pack work to bring back normality to the world Oh, kudos to Dell, one of the best familiar characters ever The Review The World of the Lupi series by Eileen Wilks has got to be one of urban fantasy s best kept secrets I don t understand whypeople haven t heard of this wonderful series Everyone that I ve recommended this series to has loved it The series is full of all sorts of supernatural creatures werewolves, dragons, fae, andThe author takes from various lore and myths as well In Unbinding, the author has moved the lead couple Lily and Rule away, out of the picture While they are sadly missed, it is for their own good and it gives the reader a chance to meet Nathan and Kai, two very interesting characters with some unique capabilities and talents I enjoyed the descriptions of the ever changing fae city capital I loved how the author integrates the clan mythology of the werewolves which is based on Native Indian lore with that of the fae The magic is also fascinating I m very excited to hear that book 12 Mind Magic is planned for release in November I can t wait Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Group Berkeley NAL for a review copy of this book.


  3. edge of bubble edge of bubble says:

    The question here is Because Nathan naming his stuff little brother is disturbing enough on its own And just that name took away a star from my rating While boring and a little problematic, this book wasn t 2 stars bad But ffs little brother There is a life lesson here for the guys Do not fucking give creepy names to your womb raider.After this review, I m erasing those parts from my brain and I ll be left with an unassuming, snail paced and drab story of Nathan and Kai Which is a shame, The question here is Because Nathan naming his stuff little brother is disturbing enough on its own And just that name took away a star from my rating While boring and a little problematic, this book wasn t 2 stars bad But ffs little brother There is a life lesson here for the guys Do not fucking give creepy names to your womb raider.After this review, I m erasing those parts from my brain and I ll be left with an unassuming, snail paced and drab story of Nathan and Kai Which is a shame, because their novella was lovely and they had good potential Benedict and Arjenie as a sidekick is another black mark against this book Hmm on second thought, book is actually begging for 1 star but I ll show some restraint


  4. Mei Mei says:

    Arghhhh Justwhen I thought I found a series that doesn t have bad books I read this oneMaybe I m not a big fan of spiritual part of this world, but here it was soooo confusing I liked Kai and Nathan, and I liked Benedict and Arjenie, but this book wasabout Benedict and Nathan and Kai and Arjenie since the men were in a kind of godhood realm, while the women were on Earth So not goodThe only part I liked is the ending where where the evil god were not really evil even if he was Arghhhh Justwhen I thought I found a series that doesn t have bad books I read this oneMaybe I m not a big fan of spiritual part of this world, but here it was soooo confusing I liked Kai and Nathan, and I liked Benedict and Arjenie, but this book wasabout Benedict and Nathan and Kai and Arjenie since the men were in a kind of godhood realm, while the women were on Earth So not goodThe only part I liked is the ending where where the evil god were not really evil even if he was , but just lost in his grief and thus having become insaneI know, that sounds crazy, but as I said this whole story was confusing And it took me an age to finish reading itOn to the next


  5. Jen Davis Jen Davis says:

    I have wantedtime with Kai and Nathan since they were introduced back in Inhuman, so I was actually pretty excited about the chance to get some quality time with them as lead characters I wasn t disappointed This book has a different feel than the others, to be sure, but I think it was smart for Eileen Wilks to take a break from Lily and Rule After all, they got their big moment at the end of the last book It was the culmination of their romance Anything that happened with them was I have wantedtime with Kai and Nathan since they were introduced back in Inhuman, so I was actually pretty excited about the chance to get some quality time with them as lead characters I wasn t disappointed This book has a different feel than the others, to be sure, but I think it was smart for Eileen Wilks to take a break from Lily and Rule After all, they got their big moment at the end of the last book It was the culmination of their romance Anything that happened with them was going to be small potatoes after that So Wilks sent them on their honeymoon, and switched her focus.Thankfully, this story doesn t happen in a vacuum The series supporting cast of characters are in place, reminding us that even without Lily and Rule, we re on familiar ground The villain is even a continuation from the last book, which maintains continuity But the crux of the story is a fae one I missed the focus on the wolvesthan I missed Lily and Rule The fact that we are leaving the familiar means larger chunks of worldbuilding that do slow things down a little But I was never bored.Basically, the bad guy from Ritual Magic didn t go away with the destruction of the knife he inhabited He is causingchaos and targeting Nathan and Kai They need to figure out his big plan and how to stop him That s no small task, seeing as how he is a god and all Another thing different about this story is that we actually spend a fair amount of time getting to know the bad guy It made things interesting.I can t say there was much in the way of romance, but the bond between Nathan and Kai is real and it s strong I never doubted their love or devotion to one another Kai is quite different from Cynna or Lily She is not tough the way they are Her spirit is I don t know lighter, maybe She isn t weak It s just that her strength is a different kind from the other heroines Andso than they, she is trying to figure things out about herself and her future by looking deep within Meanwhile, Nathan has such a deep sense of self He s like a rock, yet he needs Kai She fills a void in him he didn t even realize he had Good stuff.It was cool spending time with Arjenie She and Benedict are underutilized in this series His role was smaller than hers, but still important I hope that the friendships established here carry over in future books.Overall, I enjoyed it But it definitely feels different than most of the other books in the series And I don t think it s because of the leads so much as the cerebral and cold nature of the Fae as compared to the Lupi There s a lot of explaining A lot of magic theory though the last book had a lot of that too It wasn t quite as encompassing, either, without the mantles and the clan stuff, the Great Enemy, the Dragons, or Grandmother Still, I liked it for what it was And I m curious as to where Wilks will take the series next.Rating B


  6. Maddy Maddy says:

    I wish I could say I loved this as much as I loved all the pervious books in the series, but I can t For reason I just couldn t click with Kai and Nathan, unfortunately I got bored at some points and resorted to skimming over scenes I miss Rule and Lily, I hope we get them in the next book.


  7. Kathy Davie Kathy Davie says:

    Eleventh in the World of the Lupi urban fantasy series and revolving around Rule Turner and Lily Yu with the Nokolai Clan The couple focus in Unbinding is on Kai and Nathan in San Diego, mostly.My TakeJust so you know, Rule and Lily only get a mention here I suspect that Wilks is stretching out the series to include the elven and Din worlds.I do like thisbenevolent depiction of the Queen of Winter as a decent person Oh, she ll still destroy you, but it will be for a good reason You mi Eleventh in the World of the Lupi urban fantasy series and revolving around Rule Turner and Lily Yu with the Nokolai Clan The couple focus in Unbinding is on Kai and Nathan in San Diego, mostly.My TakeJust so you know, Rule and Lily only get a mention here I suspect that Wilks is stretching out the series to include the elven and Din worlds.I do like thisbenevolent depiction of the Queen of Winter as a decent person Oh, she ll still destroy you, but it will be for a good reason You might turn my life upside down again, but not for a small reason you don t require or expect me to be anything other than what I am There s a fascinating discussion on order and chaos, and it makes perfect sense Living things are highly ordered while creativity, discovery, delight, and madness are chaotic, and when chaos meets up with order, it generates a lot of magic It s a discussion that leads to the truth of Kai s doubt about herself.Wilks also creates a reason for why guns don t work in Faerie Interesting and an idea that could be useful on earth if magic really existed, lol it also provides an opportunity to discuss how elvish culture works economically.The traumatic events lead Nathan to understand loneliness and his reasons, in the past, for not caring if he died It s an interesting concept to explore psychologically The victims experience is also traumatic as I read their reactions to the compulsion Dyffaya laid on them It s terrifying to think of a person having this kind of power, how easily it becomes evil.Whew, what Benedict and Nathan come up with to win this battle is a pip while Kai s grandfather has his own bomb to drop on Isen, lol.It is an exciting story with lots of action on earth and in the Upper World with a flash of Din culture with the overt focus on this god of Chaos The covert focus is an explanation of magic and elvish culture while the truly important focus is on Kai s and Nathan s independent revelations The only way to live is to live and the little death s is always, always, part of living This quote provides an alternative perspective on stop and smell the roses with a very elvish slant to it, lol.The StoryChaotic events are erupting all over San Diego causing people to disappear, raising panic And it all has but one aim One that Nathan completely misconstrues.The CharactersKai Tallman Michalski her grandfather calls her Y zhi Atsa, a.k.a., Little Eagle has a rare gift for mindhealing Teacher is the teaching sword Nathan bargained for that speeds up how fast Kai learns bladework Dell is a chameleon who is bound to Kai as her familiar Joseph Tallman is Kai s grandfather and a Navajo shaman who is the mortal guardian for Doko oosliid, Abalone Shell Mountain.Nathan Hunter, a.k.a., Nadrellian, is Wild Sidhe, a former hellhound, and the Queen s Hound He s also Kai s lover His queen sends him out on hunts and Hunts His Gifts include perfect muscle memory, and he s very good with knives Claw is the sword made from a living dragon s freely given claw that can kill anything, including a god We first met Kai and Nathan in Ritual Magic , 10.Clan Nokolai is the werewolf clan led by Isen Turner, the Rho Rule Turner is his youngest son and the Lo Nuncio, heir to Nokolai he is also the Rho for Clan Leidolf after events in Mortal Ties , 9 Special Agent Lily Yu, a touch sensitive, is Rule s Chosen Toby is Rule s son and lives in North Carolina Benedict Jones is Rule s older brother and in charge of security and training Arjenie Fox Benedict s Chosen from Blood Challenge , 7 , half fae and half human, is the geeky witch with her own Gifts including invisibility and a researcher for Unit with a fascination for facts Dr Nettie Two Horses, Benedict s daughter, is a physician, healer, and a shaman of the Din She s only been out of the hospital for a month.Cullen Seabourne is a sorcerer, a lupus, and a consultant for the FBI who is married to Cynna Blood Lines , 3 Cynna Weaver is a former FBI agent, a very strong Finder, and the new Rhej of Nokolai Clan They have a daughter, Ryder.Arjenie s werewolf guards include Doug McMillan, Josh, Ridley, Jos Alvarez, Kennedy Garcia, Justin, Casey, Nick Mathews, and Kevin Other wolves include Carl who is Isen s houseman, Harris, Abe Keetso, Pete, and Sammy The Law San Diego PDLieutenant Jenkins is a pain Officers Akins, Ruiz, and Dupree are involved in various stages Franklin Boyd is the assistant chief of police who goes rogue Mary Boyd is his wife Lieutenant Calverone has met Jos before.Unit is the Magical Crimes Division, a department within the FBI that investigates magical events Ruben Brooks, an off the charts precog, is the head of Unit Twelve and the Shadow Unit he s also a lupus after events in Death Magic , 8 Ida is Ruben s secretary.Special Agent Derwin the Big A Ackleford is rude, crude, and excellent at his job with a slight patterning Gift he s also in charge of the FBI s local office, but not the magic one Special Agent Karin Stockman is Fire Gifted with Wiccan training and carrying a huge grudge against magic users Nieman is another agent.Major Joseph Simmons is the CO for the two U.S Marine companies that will deploy Iath is the realm of the sisters, the Queens of Winter and Summer, with Al ri the largest city in Iath and home to the queens Sandetti was a young boy who became an adept The snotty Eharin An Ahedra is the only elf who could be talked into teaching Kai to use her gift Malek has a gift for crossing the realms without a gate, and he is the human the Queen of Winter told to make Kai welcome in Iath Elves First, a.k.a., Firsters, are elves who think the evils in their world are due to the mingling of humans with elves.Other realms include Edge which isabout gnomes than elves A lot of the Wild Sidhe and many humans live in Deredon.Dyffaya v Eni who had been an adept human and is now an almost dead sidhe god of madness, chaos, compulsion, and revenge was encountered in Ritual Magic , 10, in which Nathan destroyed Nam Anthessa.Fagioli is a coffee house where Cammy, a little girl, and Britta Valenzuela disappeared Henry Lester had been there with Britta Whaley House is the most haunted house in America Victims at the beach include Mark Weinerman, Penny, Phil, and Frank Liu Dr Piresh is the eye doctor scheduled to do Kai s surgery Samision is an elf who can defeat Nathan with a sword Clara is an EMT Gary is the president of the Navajo nation.Sun Mzao, a.k.a., Sam or the Eldest, is a black dragon who has made California part of his territory and whom we first met in Blood Magic , 6 Coyote is a Power, a troublemaker The Old One, a.k.a., the Great Bitch or the Great Enemy, is the enemy of the lupi A godhead is local accumulations tied to a particular place and can be occupied by Old Ones or former mortals A locus is a place made of spiritual energy.The Wild Sidhe are nature beings who live apart from the other sidhe groups but are attracted to the most powerful group The Ents are Wild Sidhe Mindhealing is the careful metaphysical nudging of a person s mind to help them heal from a traumatic event a binder forces false thoughts on another mind Kish is a matrix that determines the form one s magic takes P tuth is revenge raised to the level of performance art Magic is the result of the friction between chaos and order Birith is magic which can be divided into healing magic, body magic, and transformational magic Beguilement is a type of compulsion, infatuation on steroids Assassin s fire is the ability to set anything on fire.The preferred term is lupus, a werewolf, with lupi the plural Chameleons are sentient gestalt thinkers unable to talk unless they take a form capable of speech They use magic to survive, and they store large quantities of magic that the person to whom they re bound can draw upon.The Cover and TitleThe cover is browns with a background of fluorescent yellow, a maelstrom of swirling waves of chaos, the biting bats, and Kai in a cocky pose standing amongst the rocks in her worn blue jeans and rust colored tank top, her long brown hair blowing in the currents, and Teacher on her hip.The title is what Kai and Nathan learn about themselves, an Unbinding of sorts that helps Kai understand her fears and Nathan his loneliness


  8. Carolyn F. Carolyn F. says:

    I was so glad this wasn t about Lily although from a glimpse at the cover I thought that was another artist s rendition of her and kept waiting for her to pop up The story was good, the villain was a good at being bad villain and the ending was enjoyable 4 stars out of 5.


  9. Mitticus Mitticus says:

    Since Nathan first story in Inhuman and then a few snippets in Night Season and the end of Ritual Magic , I was fascinated with the idea of the Hound turned human or Wild Sidhe So this is a story about Nathan and Kai that I was waiting a long time ago.Nathan destroys the artifact in Ritual Magic, but not the god of chaos and vengeance So when San Diego starts to show odd events of magic and attacks is not good news We have a mad sidhe god, Lupi, Cullen and Cynna, Arjenie and Benedict, Since Nathan first story in Inhuman and then a few snippets in Night Season and the end of Ritual Magic , I was fascinated with the idea of the Hound turned human or Wild Sidhe So this is a story about Nathan and Kai that I was waiting a long time ago.Nathan destroys the artifact in Ritual Magic, but not the god of chaos and vengeance So when San Diego starts to show odd events of magic and attacks is not good news We have a mad sidhe god, Lupi, Cullen and Cynna, Arjenie and Benedict, Nettie, and Nathan with Kai and Dell the chameleon Better prepare yourself for a wild run and Hunt.There are a few moments of blabla when they speak about spirit and the difference between intention , compulsion and mental wash that I do not understand very much as a matter of fact But later, we have the typical friction between the FBI, the Unit 12 and the local policemenwhen they all feel in disadvantage before the magic threat that some do not understand, whereas others try to avoid an imminent disaster.The incorporation of Navajo mythology joined to the peculiar idea of the sidhes and the adorers that already has appeared in other novels of the series it is very interesting.Winter, the queen sidhe turns out to be different enough from our fantasy fey, not as a capricious creature, but wise, though always immensely powerful You will live a long time, my beautiful Nadrellian Not as long as I, but long enough to grow weary, as many of my people do Remember this the only way to live is to live and death is always, always, part of living We die over and over.We die over and over Oh, the big death comes but once, but a thousand deaths arrive with every turn of the seasons the death of a day or a lover, of a friend or a dream, death piled upon death The slow sundering of years parts us even from who we once were and from the memories which parented us Live anyway She d straightened, suddenly regal, the mantle of her power falling over her Winter in full truth With those thousand deaths come a thousand births Ten thousand, if we re alive enough to notice Drink whatever comes to you, death or life or both together, drink it down, whether the draught be sweet or bitter If you refuse the one, you won t be able to taste the otherAlgunos puntos en contra The macho posturing of Benedict with Nathan is very annoying El final del villano es algo apresurado.At the end is all about loneliness Winter For you already know, don t you True connection, deep connection, is as rare as it is precious When it happens in spite of all we can do to hide from it you must have noticed how you terrified me at first when it happens anyway, hold nothing backNathan It was insane to wish himself in Benedict s place, punctured lung, slow healing, and all, just because that man wasn t alone There was another lesson for him Seemed he d lost the knack of being alone Isolated Cut off from everyone and everything that mattered.Cut off from Kai. And luuurv view spoilerIf you don t want to, you ll still be my Kai You can t stop being mine, and I don t need anything to show that, but this ring says that I m yours, too, and II would very much like that She smiled a fresh minted smile, one invented just for this moment Just for himhide spoiler En suma, una de las mejores novelas de la serie


  10. Melindeeloo Melindeeloo says:

    3 stars I liked it but with nits Lily and Rule are off on their Honeymoon, but trouble doesn t take a break just because they are gone A chaos god out for revenge and has Nathan and Kai, who are back from the fae world in his sights.I like this but with nits I didn t mind reconnecting with Nathan and Kai from Inhuman and Night Season Book 4 and I liked seeing Arjenie again but would have likedBenedict This didn t end up being one of my favorite Lupi stories though because t 3 stars I liked it but with nits Lily and Rule are off on their Honeymoon, but trouble doesn t take a break just because they are gone A chaos god out for revenge and has Nathan and Kai, who are back from the fae world in his sights.I like this but with nits I didn t mind reconnecting with Nathan and Kai from Inhuman and Night Season Book 4 and I liked seeing Arjenie again but would have likedBenedict This didn t end up being one of my favorite Lupi stories though because there were way too many info dump discussions of magic and such and without those this had the heart of a short story.I peeked at the teaser for the next book and there s a character that I don t recognize If Wilks is going to shift focus from Lily and Rule, I wish we d get someor Ruben, I d like to seeof him since his Change That said, this did make me want to go back and read Inhuman to see a bitof Nathan and Kai


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10 thoughts on “Unbinding

  1. Jilly Jilly says:

    Gather round, children It is time for Auntie Jilly to tell you a story of the good old days the 1980 s See, the television sit com was a big thing We never heard of some crazy stuff like Netflix, and we had very few channel choices So, we sat around our giant televisions and watched our favorite characters get into madcap adventures and laughed our fanny pack wearing asses off in a vapor of Aquanet and second hand smoke It was a simpler time But, every once in a while, something strang Gather round, children It is time for Auntie Jilly to tell you a story of the good old days the 1980 s See, the television sit com was a big thing We never heard of some crazy stuff like Netflix, and we had very few channel choices So, we sat around our giant televisions and watched our favorite characters get into madcap adventures and laughed our fanny pack wearing asses off in a vapor of Aquanet and second hand smoke It was a simpler time But, every once in a while, something strange would happen We would be watching our favorite show and the episode would focus on some peripheral character and their life It was like mad science gone wrong Where were Richie and Potsey Why is this episode focused on Joannie and Chachi Surely we are going to get back to the main characters, right But,NO We were wrong The whole show was about the lesser known characters Sure, Fonzie made an appearance, but the whole damn episode was Joannie and Chachi Crap It s a spin off show trap hmmm I d watch thatThis book is basically one of those television episodes The whole story is focused on a couple who were introduced in a novella earlier They were okay, but not whole book worthy I just had a hard time caring about them Plus, the biggest support characters in this one were Benedict and Arjenie two of my least favorite characters in the series So, my Give a Shitometer was even lower.On top of all of that, there was a helluva lot of raping going on in this book, and it was treated a little too casually for me In the end, the story gave waysympathy to the rapist than to his victims Not a fan of that.Book Come back, Lily and Rule We neeeed you


  2. AH AH says:

    Initial ThoughtsAnother excellent installment in The World of the Lupi series While it had a slow start and some missing favorite characters, Unbinding was an exciting story that focused on some of the secondary characters of the series In this book a fae god favoring chaos gets a little too big for his britches and Kai, Nathan, Benedict, Cullen, and Arjeni and the rest of the San Diego pack work to bring back normality to the world Oh, kudos to Dell, one of the best familiar characters eve Initial ThoughtsAnother excellent installment in The World of the Lupi series While it had a slow start and some missing favorite characters, Unbinding was an exciting story that focused on some of the secondary characters of the series In this book a fae god favoring chaos gets a little too big for his britches and Kai, Nathan, Benedict, Cullen, and Arjeni and the rest of the San Diego pack work to bring back normality to the world Oh, kudos to Dell, one of the best familiar characters ever The Review The World of the Lupi series by Eileen Wilks has got to be one of urban fantasy s best kept secrets I don t understand whypeople haven t heard of this wonderful series Everyone that I ve recommended this series to has loved it The series is full of all sorts of supernatural creatures werewolves, dragons, fae, andThe author takes from various lore and myths as well In Unbinding, the author has moved the lead couple Lily and Rule away, out of the picture While they are sadly missed, it is for their own good and it gives the reader a chance to meet Nathan and Kai, two very interesting characters with some unique capabilities and talents I enjoyed the descriptions of the ever changing fae city capital I loved how the author integrates the clan mythology of the werewolves which is based on Native Indian lore with that of the fae The magic is also fascinating I m very excited to hear that book 12 Mind Magic is planned for release in November I can t wait Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Group Berkeley NAL for a review copy of this book.


  3. edge of bubble edge of bubble says:

    The question here is Because Nathan naming his stuff little brother is disturbing enough on its own And just that name took away a star from my rating While boring and a little problematic, this book wasn t 2 stars bad But ffs little brother There is a life lesson here for the guys Do not fucking give creepy names to your womb raider.After this review, I m erasing those parts from my brain and I ll be left with an unassuming, snail paced and drab story of Nathan and Kai Which is a shame, The question here is Because Nathan naming his stuff little brother is disturbing enough on its own And just that name took away a star from my rating While boring and a little problematic, this book wasn t 2 stars bad But ffs little brother There is a life lesson here for the guys Do not fucking give creepy names to your womb raider.After this review, I m erasing those parts from my brain and I ll be left with an unassuming, snail paced and drab story of Nathan and Kai Which is a shame, because their novella was lovely and they had good potential Benedict and Arjenie as a sidekick is another black mark against this book Hmm on second thought, book is actually begging for 1 star but I ll show some restraint


  4. Mei Mei says:

    Arghhhh Justwhen I thought I found a series that doesn t have bad books I read this oneMaybe I m not a big fan of spiritual part of this world, but here it was soooo confusing I liked Kai and Nathan, and I liked Benedict and Arjenie, but this book wasabout Benedict and Nathan and Kai and Arjenie since the men were in a kind of godhood realm, while the women were on Earth So not goodThe only part I liked is the ending where where the evil god were not really evil even if he was Arghhhh Justwhen I thought I found a series that doesn t have bad books I read this oneMaybe I m not a big fan of spiritual part of this world, but here it was soooo confusing I liked Kai and Nathan, and I liked Benedict and Arjenie, but this book wasabout Benedict and Nathan and Kai and Arjenie since the men were in a kind of godhood realm, while the women were on Earth So not goodThe only part I liked is the ending where where the evil god were not really evil even if he was , but just lost in his grief and thus having become insaneI know, that sounds crazy, but as I said this whole story was confusing And it took me an age to finish reading itOn to the next


  5. Jen Davis Jen Davis says:

    I have wantedtime with Kai and Nathan since they were introduced back in Inhuman, so I was actually pretty excited about the chance to get some quality time with them as lead characters I wasn t disappointed This book has a different feel than the others, to be sure, but I think it was smart for Eileen Wilks to take a break from Lily and Rule After all, they got their big moment at the end of the last book It was the culmination of their romance Anything that happened with them was I have wantedtime with Kai and Nathan since they were introduced back in Inhuman, so I was actually pretty excited about the chance to get some quality time with them as lead characters I wasn t disappointed This book has a different feel than the others, to be sure, but I think it was smart for Eileen Wilks to take a break from Lily and Rule After all, they got their big moment at the end of the last book It was the culmination of their romance Anything that happened with them was going to be small potatoes after that So Wilks sent them on their honeymoon, and switched her focus.Thankfully, this story doesn t happen in a vacuum The series supporting cast of characters are in place, reminding us that even without Lily and Rule, we re on familiar ground The villain is even a continuation from the last book, which maintains continuity But the crux of the story is a fae one I missed the focus on the wolvesthan I missed Lily and Rule The fact that we are leaving the familiar means larger chunks of worldbuilding that do slow things down a little But I was never bored.Basically, the bad guy from Ritual Magic didn t go away with the destruction of the knife he inhabited He is causingchaos and targeting Nathan and Kai They need to figure out his big plan and how to stop him That s no small task, seeing as how he is a god and all Another thing different about this story is that we actually spend a fair amount of time getting to know the bad guy It made things interesting.I can t say there was much in the way of romance, but the bond between Nathan and Kai is real and it s strong I never doubted their love or devotion to one another Kai is quite different from Cynna or Lily She is not tough the way they are Her spirit is I don t know lighter, maybe She isn t weak It s just that her strength is a different kind from the other heroines Andso than they, she is trying to figure things out about herself and her future by looking deep within Meanwhile, Nathan has such a deep sense of self He s like a rock, yet he needs Kai She fills a void in him he didn t even realize he had Good stuff.It was cool spending time with Arjenie She and Benedict are underutilized in this series His role was smaller than hers, but still important I hope that the friendships established here carry over in future books.Overall, I enjoyed it But it definitely feels different than most of the other books in the series And I don t think it s because of the leads so much as the cerebral and cold nature of the Fae as compared to the Lupi There s a lot of explaining A lot of magic theory though the last book had a lot of that too It wasn t quite as encompassing, either, without the mantles and the clan stuff, the Great Enemy, the Dragons, or Grandmother Still, I liked it for what it was And I m curious as to where Wilks will take the series next.Rating B


  6. Maddy Maddy says:

    I wish I could say I loved this as much as I loved all the pervious books in the series, but I can t For reason I just couldn t click with Kai and Nathan, unfortunately I got bored at some points and resorted to skimming over scenes I miss Rule and Lily, I hope we get them in the next book.


  7. Kathy Davie Kathy Davie says:

    Eleventh in the World of the Lupi urban fantasy series and revolving around Rule Turner and Lily Yu with the Nokolai Clan The couple focus in Unbinding is on Kai and Nathan in San Diego, mostly.My TakeJust so you know, Rule and Lily only get a mention here I suspect that Wilks is stretching out the series to include the elven and Din worlds.I do like thisbenevolent depiction of the Queen of Winter as a decent person Oh, she ll still destroy you, but it will be for a good reason You mi Eleventh in the World of the Lupi urban fantasy series and revolving around Rule Turner and Lily Yu with the Nokolai Clan The couple focus in Unbinding is on Kai and Nathan in San Diego, mostly.My TakeJust so you know, Rule and Lily only get a mention here I suspect that Wilks is stretching out the series to include the elven and Din worlds.I do like thisbenevolent depiction of the Queen of Winter as a decent person Oh, she ll still destroy you, but it will be for a good reason You might turn my life upside down again, but not for a small reason you don t require or expect me to be anything other than what I am There s a fascinating discussion on order and chaos, and it makes perfect sense Living things are highly ordered while creativity, discovery, delight, and madness are chaotic, and when chaos meets up with order, it generates a lot of magic It s a discussion that leads to the truth of Kai s doubt about herself.Wilks also creates a reason for why guns don t work in Faerie Interesting and an idea that could be useful on earth if magic really existed, lol it also provides an opportunity to discuss how elvish culture works economically.The traumatic events lead Nathan to understand loneliness and his reasons, in the past, for not caring if he died It s an interesting concept to explore psychologically The victims experience is also traumatic as I read their reactions to the compulsion Dyffaya laid on them It s terrifying to think of a person having this kind of power, how easily it becomes evil.Whew, what Benedict and Nathan come up with to win this battle is a pip while Kai s grandfather has his own bomb to drop on Isen, lol.It is an exciting story with lots of action on earth and in the Upper World with a flash of Din culture with the overt focus on this god of Chaos The covert focus is an explanation of magic and elvish culture while the truly important focus is on Kai s and Nathan s independent revelations The only way to live is to live and the little death s is always, always, part of living This quote provides an alternative perspective on stop and smell the roses with a very elvish slant to it, lol.The StoryChaotic events are erupting all over San Diego causing people to disappear, raising panic And it all has but one aim One that Nathan completely misconstrues.The CharactersKai Tallman Michalski her grandfather calls her Y zhi Atsa, a.k.a., Little Eagle has a rare gift for mindhealing Teacher is the teaching sword Nathan bargained for that speeds up how fast Kai learns bladework Dell is a chameleon who is bound to Kai as her familiar Joseph Tallman is Kai s grandfather and a Navajo shaman who is the mortal guardian for Doko oosliid, Abalone Shell Mountain.Nathan Hunter, a.k.a., Nadrellian, is Wild Sidhe, a former hellhound, and the Queen s Hound He s also Kai s lover His queen sends him out on hunts and Hunts His Gifts include perfect muscle memory, and he s very good with knives Claw is the sword made from a living dragon s freely given claw that can kill anything, including a god We first met Kai and Nathan in Ritual Magic , 10.Clan Nokolai is the werewolf clan led by Isen Turner, the Rho Rule Turner is his youngest son and the Lo Nuncio, heir to Nokolai he is also the Rho for Clan Leidolf after events in Mortal Ties , 9 Special Agent Lily Yu, a touch sensitive, is Rule s Chosen Toby is Rule s son and lives in North Carolina Benedict Jones is Rule s older brother and in charge of security and training Arjenie Fox Benedict s Chosen from Blood Challenge , 7 , half fae and half human, is the geeky witch with her own Gifts including invisibility and a researcher for Unit with a fascination for facts Dr Nettie Two Horses, Benedict s daughter, is a physician, healer, and a shaman of the Din She s only been out of the hospital for a month.Cullen Seabourne is a sorcerer, a lupus, and a consultant for the FBI who is married to Cynna Blood Lines , 3 Cynna Weaver is a former FBI agent, a very strong Finder, and the new Rhej of Nokolai Clan They have a daughter, Ryder.Arjenie s werewolf guards include Doug McMillan, Josh, Ridley, Jos Alvarez, Kennedy Garcia, Justin, Casey, Nick Mathews, and Kevin Other wolves include Carl who is Isen s houseman, Harris, Abe Keetso, Pete, and Sammy The Law San Diego PDLieutenant Jenkins is a pain Officers Akins, Ruiz, and Dupree are involved in various stages Franklin Boyd is the assistant chief of police who goes rogue Mary Boyd is his wife Lieutenant Calverone has met Jos before.Unit is the Magical Crimes Division, a department within the FBI that investigates magical events Ruben Brooks, an off the charts precog, is the head of Unit Twelve and the Shadow Unit he s also a lupus after events in Death Magic , 8 Ida is Ruben s secretary.Special Agent Derwin the Big A Ackleford is rude, crude, and excellent at his job with a slight patterning Gift he s also in charge of the FBI s local office, but not the magic one Special Agent Karin Stockman is Fire Gifted with Wiccan training and carrying a huge grudge against magic users Nieman is another agent.Major Joseph Simmons is the CO for the two U.S Marine companies that will deploy Iath is the realm of the sisters, the Queens of Winter and Summer, with Al ri the largest city in Iath and home to the queens Sandetti was a young boy who became an adept The snotty Eharin An Ahedra is the only elf who could be talked into teaching Kai to use her gift Malek has a gift for crossing the realms without a gate, and he is the human the Queen of Winter told to make Kai welcome in Iath Elves First, a.k.a., Firsters, are elves who think the evils in their world are due to the mingling of humans with elves.Other realms include Edge which isabout gnomes than elves A lot of the Wild Sidhe and many humans live in Deredon.Dyffaya v Eni who had been an adept human and is now an almost dead sidhe god of madness, chaos, compulsion, and revenge was encountered in Ritual Magic , 10, in which Nathan destroyed Nam Anthessa.Fagioli is a coffee house where Cammy, a little girl, and Britta Valenzuela disappeared Henry Lester had been there with Britta Whaley House is the most haunted house in America Victims at the beach include Mark Weinerman, Penny, Phil, and Frank Liu Dr Piresh is the eye doctor scheduled to do Kai s surgery Samision is an elf who can defeat Nathan with a sword Clara is an EMT Gary is the president of the Navajo nation.Sun Mzao, a.k.a., Sam or the Eldest, is a black dragon who has made California part of his territory and whom we first met in Blood Magic , 6 Coyote is a Power, a troublemaker The Old One, a.k.a., the Great Bitch or the Great Enemy, is the enemy of the lupi A godhead is local accumulations tied to a particular place and can be occupied by Old Ones or former mortals A locus is a place made of spiritual energy.The Wild Sidhe are nature beings who live apart from the other sidhe groups but are attracted to the most powerful group The Ents are Wild Sidhe Mindhealing is the careful metaphysical nudging of a person s mind to help them heal from a traumatic event a binder forces false thoughts on another mind Kish is a matrix that determines the form one s magic takes P tuth is revenge raised to the level of performance art Magic is the result of the friction between chaos and order Birith is magic which can be divided into healing magic, body magic, and transformational magic Beguilement is a type of compulsion, infatuation on steroids Assassin s fire is the ability to set anything on fire.The preferred term is lupus, a werewolf, with lupi the plural Chameleons are sentient gestalt thinkers unable to talk unless they take a form capable of speech They use magic to survive, and they store large quantities of magic that the person to whom they re bound can draw upon.The Cover and TitleThe cover is browns with a background of fluorescent yellow, a maelstrom of swirling waves of chaos, the biting bats, and Kai in a cocky pose standing amongst the rocks in her worn blue jeans and rust colored tank top, her long brown hair blowing in the currents, and Teacher on her hip.The title is what Kai and Nathan learn about themselves, an Unbinding of sorts that helps Kai understand her fears and Nathan his loneliness


  8. Carolyn F. Carolyn F. says:

    I was so glad this wasn t about Lily although from a glimpse at the cover I thought that was another artist s rendition of her and kept waiting for her to pop up The story was good, the villain was a good at being bad villain and the ending was enjoyable 4 stars out of 5.


  9. Mitticus Mitticus says:

    Since Nathan first story in Inhuman and then a few snippets in Night Season and the end of Ritual Magic , I was fascinated with the idea of the Hound turned human or Wild Sidhe So this is a story about Nathan and Kai that I was waiting a long time ago.Nathan destroys the artifact in Ritual Magic, but not the god of chaos and vengeance So when San Diego starts to show odd events of magic and attacks is not good news We have a mad sidhe god, Lupi, Cullen and Cynna, Arjenie and Benedict, Since Nathan first story in Inhuman and then a few snippets in Night Season and the end of Ritual Magic , I was fascinated with the idea of the Hound turned human or Wild Sidhe So this is a story about Nathan and Kai that I was waiting a long time ago.Nathan destroys the artifact in Ritual Magic, but not the god of chaos and vengeance So when San Diego starts to show odd events of magic and attacks is not good news We have a mad sidhe god, Lupi, Cullen and Cynna, Arjenie and Benedict, Nettie, and Nathan with Kai and Dell the chameleon Better prepare yourself for a wild run and Hunt.There are a few moments of blabla when they speak about spirit and the difference between intention , compulsion and mental wash that I do not understand very much as a matter of fact But later, we have the typical friction between the FBI, the Unit 12 and the local policemenwhen they all feel in disadvantage before the magic threat that some do not understand, whereas others try to avoid an imminent disaster.The incorporation of Navajo mythology joined to the peculiar idea of the sidhes and the adorers that already has appeared in other novels of the series it is very interesting.Winter, the queen sidhe turns out to be different enough from our fantasy fey, not as a capricious creature, but wise, though always immensely powerful You will live a long time, my beautiful Nadrellian Not as long as I, but long enough to grow weary, as many of my people do Remember this the only way to live is to live and death is always, always, part of living We die over and over.We die over and over Oh, the big death comes but once, but a thousand deaths arrive with every turn of the seasons the death of a day or a lover, of a friend or a dream, death piled upon death The slow sundering of years parts us even from who we once were and from the memories which parented us Live anyway She d straightened, suddenly regal, the mantle of her power falling over her Winter in full truth With those thousand deaths come a thousand births Ten thousand, if we re alive enough to notice Drink whatever comes to you, death or life or both together, drink it down, whether the draught be sweet or bitter If you refuse the one, you won t be able to taste the otherAlgunos puntos en contra The macho posturing of Benedict with Nathan is very annoying El final del villano es algo apresurado.At the end is all about loneliness Winter For you already know, don t you True connection, deep connection, is as rare as it is precious When it happens in spite of all we can do to hide from it you must have noticed how you terrified me at first when it happens anyway, hold nothing backNathan It was insane to wish himself in Benedict s place, punctured lung, slow healing, and all, just because that man wasn t alone There was another lesson for him Seemed he d lost the knack of being alone Isolated Cut off from everyone and everything that mattered.Cut off from Kai. And luuurv view spoilerIf you don t want to, you ll still be my Kai You can t stop being mine, and I don t need anything to show that, but this ring says that I m yours, too, and II would very much like that She smiled a fresh minted smile, one invented just for this moment Just for himhide spoiler En suma, una de las mejores novelas de la serie


  10. Melindeeloo Melindeeloo says:

    3 stars I liked it but with nits Lily and Rule are off on their Honeymoon, but trouble doesn t take a break just because they are gone A chaos god out for revenge and has Nathan and Kai, who are back from the fae world in his sights.I like this but with nits I didn t mind reconnecting with Nathan and Kai from Inhuman and Night Season Book 4 and I liked seeing Arjenie again but would have likedBenedict This didn t end up being one of my favorite Lupi stories though because t 3 stars I liked it but with nits Lily and Rule are off on their Honeymoon, but trouble doesn t take a break just because they are gone A chaos god out for revenge and has Nathan and Kai, who are back from the fae world in his sights.I like this but with nits I didn t mind reconnecting with Nathan and Kai from Inhuman and Night Season Book 4 and I liked seeing Arjenie again but would have likedBenedict This didn t end up being one of my favorite Lupi stories though because there were way too many info dump discussions of magic and such and without those this had the heart of a short story.I peeked at the teaser for the next book and there s a character that I don t recognize If Wilks is going to shift focus from Lily and Rule, I wish we d get someor Ruben, I d like to seeof him since his Change That said, this did make me want to go back and read Inhuman to see a bitof Nathan and Kai


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