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  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: BERKLEY - US; Original edition (31 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425239195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425239193
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 10.3 x 16.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 31 Jan 2011
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I have been waiting for this book for a long time. Couldnt wait until the paperback was published so got it on kindle. Absolutely gripped me from start to finish. I wont go into detail as you have to read it for yourself but there is a shocking twist at the end. Cant wait for the next book out in Nov Death Magic
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Cooper on 19 May 2011
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I bought this book back in October 2010 and I waited until April for it to arrive. How did I last? I enjoyed it so much I have just re-read all the earlier novels and without the long gaps in between reading you can really see the small details that have been carefully dropped in across them all coming together. Lily is a big favourite of mine - an anal retentive heroine who cuts tomatoes with mathematical precision and has a grandmother who turns into a tiger - you couldn't better it. This book really expands on the fae or sidhe who were introduced long ago in Night Season and it is good to see Benedict take centre stage. He reminds me a bit of Patricia Briggs' character Charles. I am so glad I have read this series - some years ago I delayed buying the second book of the series because of a bad Amazon review - I'm so glad I went ahead in the end.
If you like Patricia Briggs and Kelley Armstrong you'll like these.
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This is an excellent continuation of the world of the lupi series, the characters remain strong and the plots focused. This is a most enjoyable series.
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By Nats on 25 July 2013
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I love these books and have read them all and would recommend them to anyone who likes to read supernatural stories.
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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful
Another winning edition to a great series 5 Jan 2011
By Shannon C. - Published on
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*do not read unless you've read through book #6: spoilers for past books*
Blood Challenge, book seven in the World of Lupi series, picks up shortly after Blood Magic (A Novel of the Lupi, Book 6) left off. FBI agent and magic sensitive Lily Yu and her Lupi (werewolf) mate Rule Turner are recently engaged. Lily has become the target of anti-Lupi bigots, and receives hate mail and death threats. Meanwhile, she is investigating murders allegedly done by a Leidolf Lupi--hard to believe since he lived in peace with humans for years. Then a series of events makes them believe an old enemy may be at play, leading up to a roller coaster ride of edge-of-your-seat suspense and action.

This book was a great mix of mystery, suspense, romance, adventure and drama. I couldn't put it down! The character development and world building are top notch. I enjoyed seeing a lot of my favorite characters from earlier books as well as meeting new characters like Arjenie. While I missed the presence of Lily's grandmother and Sam, I liked the greater focus on the Lupi, especially Benedict and Isen. The behind-the-scenes look at Lupi life, including their politics, culture and day-to-day life, was interesting. I especially enjoyed the surprising plotline involving Benedict, which took up a large part of the story. I can't say more because it's too big of a spoiler, but it was one of my favorite parts of the book. Great job, Eileen Wilks!

World of Lupi reading order:
8: DEATH MAGIC - coming November 2011

If you haven't tried this series, I think it would appeal to urban fantasy and paranormal romance fans. Since the lead character Lily is a cop turned FBI agent who becomes mated to a werewolf, the books tend to be a mix of mystery/suspense and paranormal romance. Other books similiar in style to this series that I enjoyed:
Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
Guild Hunters series by Nalini Singh
Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost
Fever books by Karen Moning
Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill
Cassandra Palmer series and Dorina Basarab Dhampir series by Karen Chance
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
This book definitely made Benedict more human and sympathetic. This book felt like 2 stories in 1! 5 Jan 2011
By Bookaholics Reviewer - Published on
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Blood Challenge by Eileen Wilks
Paranormal Romance - Jan 4th, 2010
4 ½ stars

Blood Challenge is the 7th in Eileen Wilk's phenomenal Lupi/shifter series. This series is involving and complex. It does for werewolves what J R Ward's series does for vampires. Because of this, I feel that reading all of the books in order would be highly advisable but not strictly necessary.

FBI agent Lily Yu and her fiancée, the werewolf leader Rule Turner, will soon be married. However, not all humans are ready to acknowledge or accept shifters and Lily is threatened by hate crimes. Lily's job in the FBI calls her to a case involving a rash of murders by an out of control werewolf. She and Rule must travel to investigate. But Lily soon finds that these murders are not all that they seem and soon her investigation uncovers fairies, witches and a powerful madman. Can she stop a man bend on revenge?

Benedict is the dour older brother to Rule. He is happy that his brother has found his Chosen/mate but his disastrous past with his Chosen keeps him free from entanglements. But fate has other ideas when the Lady chooses another woman named Arjenie for Benedict, the one he tries to resist. But Arjenie has secrets that may be the key to the survival of the Lupi and their attraction for each other will not be denied.

Readers who love this series will not be disappointed. This is a thick book with many subplots. I think it is my favorite since the very first book, Tempting Danger, came out! I really like Lily and am glad the author has returned to her and Rule being the main characters. They have a real chemistry and the Lupi politics and Lily's crime solving make their storylines absorbing.

But I was even more surprised by how much I enjoyed Benedict's storyline. He has always seemed stoic and mysterious, and I am thrilled to find out about his past and his failed (and tragic) relationship with his previous Chosen. In this book, he is given a 2nd chance when the Lady picks another Chosen for him - a mysterious woman named Arjenie, who knows more than she lets on. However, Benedict's miserable history prevents him from seeking her out as most Lupi would do. He feels like a failure and doesn't want another woman in his life. His relationship with Arjenie is fascinating and well worth the price of the book alone! I am so happy he finally gets someone worthy of him. (About time!) This book definitely made Benedict more human and sympathetic. His scenes and his interactions with Arjenie are gripping. He is an even better a character than I expected, and I might like him a little better than Rule now!

As usual, the author does not stint on a complex plot and some very 3 dimensional characters. As I mentioned earlier, the best part of this story is how Benedict is really revealed. I loved learning more about him and how the author makes him a lot more human and approachable. This book is thick and feels like 2 books in 1 but the different storylines never felt choppy and eventually meld.

Multilayered and thrilling, this is a paranormal romance that will knock your socks off! If you love shifters, urban fantasies, or dark paranormals with some serious bite, get this book.

Reviewed by Steph from the Bookaholics Book Club
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Wow! Shifter males with predatory grace, Smart capable leading ladies, Magic, mystery - Wilks' World of the Lupi has it all 5 Jan 2011
By melindeeloo - Published on
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The series arc in Eileen Wilks' fabulous new World of the Lupi book is heating up: Lupi wolfshifter Rule's plan to break a Lupi taboo (if you read the last book you'll know what I'm trying to avoid spoiling for those who haven't) brings some nasty attention to Lily from hatemongers and the Lupis' public relations campaign is going take a hit when a Lupi goes inexplicably berserk and kills several humans. I can't really do justice to the book with a simple synopsis, because the story setup is just the tip of the iceberg for a scheme which threatens Lily, Rule and the entire Lupi race.

In between books I always forget how much I love the leads, Lily and Rule, and the secondary leads, Cullen and Cynna too. Wilks' characters are well developed and they (and their relationships) continue to grow as the series progresses. This time Wilks also offers a more in depth view into the minds of continuing characters Isen (Rule's wily and charismatic father) and Benedict (Rule's taciturn and dangerous brother) who both have important parts to play in the story - I am love with both of these guys too now. And I was charmed by a new but significant member of the cast: part fae and info-freak Arjenie - and since she's a newbie to the Lupi world, there's a bit of a recap of series high points and Lupi lore that will help fans-to-be come up to speed too.

The story and the world building in Blood Challenge are terrific as always - I loved how the influence of the Lady (the Lupis' deity) is manifesting and how well chosen her "Chosen" really are as the Lady and her enemy begin putting their 'pieces' in play. And the finishing touch? I loved how Wilks' continues to add to the richness of the Lupi culture, as we learn even more about the other Lupi clans, the clan 'mantles' - power held by the clan leader which connects its members - and as we get to witness a ceremony honoring fallen Lupi warriors.

There were so many other great things in this book that I can't mention without being spoilerish - both major additions to the story/series arc and nuances that add depth or open up new questions. I loved Blood Challenge, so much that I read it twice in a row and it is definitely going on my very small keeper shelf next. End of gushing fan girlness:) Can't wait for the next book - Death Magic.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
If you are looking for a well written,supernatural mystey thriller, The World Of Lupi is exactly what you should be reading. 9 Jan 2011
By Khristine Stain - Published on
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I just finished reading Eileen Wilks Blood Challenge. Now, this a writer who thinks about everything before she releases a novel. No filler at all. Everything lines up nicely with the overall plot of the series. Everything fits together to seamlessly to tell a story that is detailed and logical. She introduces new things into her novels but makes it all fit into her rules of the world she made. Her characters grow. She deals with numerous POV's and masters it; I would really recommend her books to anyone who likes a good supernatural romance mystery.

She is unbelievably brilliant. When I read her descriptions I feel like I stepped into her world and each time I finish -one of her novels in one sitting-, I find that my mind wants to continue the journey she took me on with her story. It's hard for me to say after 10 stories, I love a series more than when I initially read the first novel.

It's hard for me not to say the series which revolves around the same characters occasionally introducing more `keeper' characters as it goes has kept me dying for more. But her series has triumphed where others have failed.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
One of the best books from the series 1 Feb 2011
By Stephanie G (Reviewer for Paranormal Haven) - Published on
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Lily Yu and Rule Turner are given little time to enjoy their recent engagement. Harsh statements from the Humans First camp as well as hate mail and death threats have become a common occurrence because of their announcement. This hasn't stopped Lily from doing her job as a Special Agent for the FBI or kept Rule from his responsibilities as the second in command of one Lupi clan and the temporary leader of another. A lupus killing spree has brought Lily and Rule to Tennessee where things are not as they appear. After an intruder is caught at Nokolai clanhome, Lily and Rule learn that the recent murders are just the beginning of events involving powerful evil and could end with the deaths of them all.

Lily and Rule have a strong relationship but still have issues to work out. Such as Lily being an FBI agent feels duty bound to report incidents involving Lupi that Rule feels a clan has authority over. I think this will always cause some problem between the two because each take their responsibilities seriously but they do start to give a little and doing so brings them closer together. It's not just about the mate bond. There is a genuine love between them that I find more appealing and more romantic than them just being together because it was destined so.

I thought the side story of Benedict and Arjenie stole the book. Benedict has always been present in the series but we haven't really got to know him. In this book we get a better look at his past and really see how the loss of his first Chosen affected him. You feel for him while admiring his strength. Arjenie is cute and has a bubbly personality that you can't help but love. She is everything I'd want for Benedict and there is a playfulness to their relationship I loved that I don't get from Rule and Lily's. These two make my favorite couple of the series.

Like the other books in the series, there are different things happening in Blood Challenge that all ends up coming together as the story progresses. While in Tennessee finding out what happened when a Lupi suddenly attacked several humans, Lily learns shocking news about her boss and danger hits too close to Lily and Rule. Back in San Diego Rule's older brother Benedict catches someone sneaking around the property of the Humans First leader and then again at his very own clanhome. But what really surprises Benedict is that Arjenie is his Chosen. Why Arjenie was at Nokolai to begin with leads to the uncovering of a dangerous plot and alliance that could end with a mass murder. At first everything felt a bit overwhelming and I wasn't sure how some things would work into the main plot, but Eileen Wilks does a really good job at explaining what's happening and bring all subplots together so the book ends with a bang.

Readers should be ready to learn even more about the world of the Lupi and of an important prophecy. I can't wait to see where it takes the series. If you like your books to have a complex story and your characters with depth, then this urban fantasy series is for you. Mystery, murder, magic, romance, shifters and surprises. This series has it all. I think because of how detailed everything is, there are a few parts that slow down the pace of the book but its necessary and pays off in the end. For those who haven't started the series yet, you need to go back to book one to start. Jumping in at this point will likely leave you confused.
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