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Night Season (Lupi)

Night Season (Lupi) [Kindle Edition]

Eileen Wilks
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Lupine sorcerer Cullen Seabourne and FBI Agent Cynna Weaver are just coming to terms with having a baby, when they are lured to another realm where magic is commonplace and night never ends. Their only way home lies in tracking down a missing medallion-one also sought by powerful beings who will do anything to claim it.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 413 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (2 Jan 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book 25 July 2013
By Nats
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A weird combination 15 Jan 2013
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This is a book of two parts.

The main part consists of familiar, attractive, humane characters behaving in interesting, gripping ways. This plot line is at least 5 stars.

The second, lesser sections of the book use characters pulled from a short story I read elsewhere, and seemingly bolted on to the main story/people/events. I knew less about them (although I would have liked to have the opportunity to learn more!) and was frankly disappointed when they swept in and saved the day at the last minute. I would rate this part a mere 2 stars.

The book was an uneasy combination of superb and mediocre. Maybe the next one with bring things back together?
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Howling Fantasy Romance 22 Oct 2008
By shaz17 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Lupine sorcerer Cullen Seabourne and FBI Agent Cynna Weaver are just coming to terms with having a baby, when they are lured to another realm where magic is commonplace and night never ends. Their only way home lies in tracking down a missing medallion-one also sought by powerful beings who will do anything to claim it.

Blood Lines is the third book in Eileen Wilks' Lupi series, Tempting Danger and Mortal Danger being the first and second books respectively. There's also a novella that sits between the first and second books, and gives some additional back story, but it's not strictly necessary to read it in order to follow the overall series.

I love the well written story's, and how things are played out. One of my favorite Urban Fantasy writers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lupi fans, pieces drawn from previous books add depth here. Newcomers, read Tempting Danger 1st to get full enjoyment 4 Jan 2008
By melindeeloo - Published on
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Picking up the story about a month after Blood Lines, Night Season continues with Cullen and Cynna in the spotlight and the former demon Gan playing a significant role. Cynna has been in denial about being pregnant with Cullen's child as a result of a one night stand in the last book but reality has triumphed and she and Cullen have a lot to talk about. But when an envoy from the world of Edge arrives seeking Cynna's help as a Finder to locate an important magical object, serious discussions are put on hold as Cullen, Cynna, Gan, and a small group of humans soon find themselves essentially shanghaied and dropped through a 'gate' to Edge --where magic rules instead of technology and humans are at the bottom of the species hierachy. There Cynna is coerced by the truth challenged Gnome leaders into a quest to `find' the missing talisman. Though Cynna is an expert Finder, this will be no easy task as other powerful factions seeking the talisman send assassins to keep Cynna from reaching it first. It will take more than Cullen's skill as Lupi and sorcerer to protect Cynna and his unborn child. But fortunately some powerful mysterious allies are in place to ensure that Cullen and Cynna survive the quest.

Gorgeous and incredibly powerful Lupi sorcerer Cullen Seaborne is now one of my favorite characters in this series. Cullen is no longer the lone wolf ostracized from his pack for refusing the impossible demand to give up the magical powers that were considered obscene to the Lupi but were so much a part of Cullen that it was like asking him to remove his own skin. Since then he's been adopted by the Nickloi clan and the acceptance of his adopted clan has made his wolf very happy. Now despite the nightmares of abandonment and the emotional scars that he still carries, the man too has a chance to experience true joy. Cullen's going to be a father, an occurrence that is so rare for Lupi that Cullen had given up hope of it ever happening to him. The thought of a having a child of his own is even more precious to Cullen given all his years of loneliness. Now his only fear is that once Cynna stops denying that she's pregnant, a fact the his Lupi gift has known from the second it happened, she may not wish to carry the child to term or allow him to be as fully involved in the child's life as he hopes and needs to be.

Cynna's religious beliefs mean that she will keep the child, though she too has shunned permanent ties. Cynna is every bit as damaged as Cullen. Having been abandoned by both parents as a child -- she lost her mother to drugs, alcohol and then death when she was just a teen, and though she now knows that her father's disappearance when she was a toddler was beyond his control, she spent years suffering from his absence -- she too shares Cullen's anger born of deep loneliness. Shared pain draws Cynna to Cullen, even as she knows she must not lose her heart to him being quite aware of the Lupi stance on exclusive relationships. Much to her dismay, Cynna comes to depend more and more on Cullen. But what Cynna doesn't realize is that Cullen, having been an outsider for so much of his life is less bound by clan rules than others of his species and is more willing to color outside the lines, so things may not be as hopeless as they seem.

Night Season pulls together a lot of threads from the previous books, using the cast, the Lupi culture, and the magical world that Wilks has created to weave depth into the characters and the story that would be difficult to achieve in a single book. While this is wonderful for fans like me that have read all three of the other novels and the 3 connected short stories, there are many nuances and details in Night Season that someone new to the series may not understand. And even you've read all of other Lupi novels, if you missed the short "Inhuman" from anthology On the Prowl where Kai, Nathan and Dell were introduced, you are going to wonder who and what they are even after the hints and a brief explanation that comes near the end of the book. So to established Wilks fans, it might be worth the effort to hunt down a copy of On The Prowl and read "Inhuman" because I suspect that we'll see this trio again in future books. And to newcomers to the series, go back to the beginning and start with Tempting Danger so that you get full advantage of the wonderful world that Wilks has developed. This is one of my favorite contemporary fantasy/urban fantasy series it has a good combination of mythos, magic, mystery, interesting well drawn characters and a touch of romance. I rarely read a book more than once, but this series is one of my keepers.

Here are the books in the World of the Lupi series in reading order:
Tempting Danger (The World of the Lupi, Book 1) - Introduces Rule, Lily, Cullen, Grandmother, Ruben and the Lupi culture and elements of the Magical world
Cravings (The World of the Lupi Novella "Originally Human) - Molly and Michael, who appear off screen in Tempting Danger, Wilks plans on bringing them in to the series main line in the future
Mortal Danger (The World of the Lupi, Book 2) - Rule, Lily, Cullen, introduces Cynna, Gan and the dragons
Blood Lines (The World of the Lupi, Book 3) - Cynna and Cullen are the focus
On the Prowl ("Inhuman") - Introduces Kai, Nathan and Dell who appear in Night Season
This book Night Season - Cynna, Cullen and Gan are the focus
and coming soon Mortal Sins

Also there is the story "Only Human" in anthology Lover Bewarewhich was the inspiration for the series and rewritten as Tempting Danger.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A journey thru "where the sun doesn't shine", literally 9 Feb 2008
By William L. Hembree - Published on
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In this 4th book of Wilks' Lupi series, Wilks lets supporting characters Cynna and Cullen take the leading roles. The book is a good read on its own. However, as with most series, readers will appreciate some of the details more if they read at least Wilks' previous book in the series, Blood Lines (The World of the Lupi, Book 3), which sets the stage for this book.

To avoid possible spoilers, I'll give just a brief outline of the plot. Folks from another world called Edge come thru a magical portal to seek help recovering a powerful and mysterious artifact. Cynna and Cullen end up in the team the government assembles to investigate. After ending up in Edge not quite in the expected manner or place, the team has to cope with the intricacies of an old and complex world plus lots of twists in the plot.

Cynna finds someone from her past in a position of authority in Edge - and Cynna doesn't deal well with authority or her own past. And then there is the question of whether the former possessors of the artifact should be given it back - if Cynna can even find it. There are mysterious strangers with unknown intent lurking about, as well.

The tale is told well, with enough twists and surprises to fill two books and the romance between Cynna and Cullen goes thru trials and strains, with dramatic arrivals and sudden, unexpected departures. I'm definitely more of a fantasy fan than a romance fan but even for me, their developing relationship grabs my interest. And the fantasy components are very well-crafted, too. Wilks makes of Edge an interesting and well-crafted world, with both familiar folks (gnomes and elves) and new races, but usually with a twist. Just wait until you learn the true origin of the race of gnomes, for example.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun departure 27 Jan 2008
By Minsma - Published on
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This fourth book in Eileen Wilks's imaginative werewolves and magic-wielding FBI agents series focuses not on the protagonists of the first three books, Lily Yu and Rule Turner, but on two characters who have been supporting players in the past: magical Finder, Cynna Weaver, and the sorcerer-lupus, Cullen Seabourne. I've had a soft spot for Cullen ever since he appeared in the novelette, "Only Human," a prequel to TEMPTING DANGER, the first novel in this series. (That story can be found in the anthology CRAVINGS, with Laurell K. Hamilton and others.) I was glad to see a fuller treatment of Cullen's story here. Another story called "Inhuman" in yet another anthology, ON THE PROWL, is a bridge between Book #3 in the series and the present one. I don't suppose you'd have to read that story to understand this book, but it would certainly add depth to what is here.

But NIGHT SEASON has some problems. I wound up liking it quite a lot, but it's slow getting started. There's a great deal of talking and explaining in the first chapters (Wilks even uses a footnote at one point). It doesn't really start moving until about chapter 8. Once it did get moving, I found the story quite entertaining. Another odd thing about it is that it's really a high fantasy sandwiched between two urban fantasy slices. Wilks did something similar in Book #2, MORTAL DANGER, wherein Lily and Rule are sucked into an alternative universe, Dis. In NIGHT SEASON, Cynna and Cullen must travel to another realm, Edge, to locate and retrieve a powerful medallion. If they don't, everyone in Edge will perish--and Cynna and Cullen will never be able to return to Earth.

Wilks is a strong writer with lovely turns of phrase, but this wasn't her strongest effort. Her characters are quite involving and the playing out of the relationship between Cynna and Cullen, of Cynna coming to terms with her past, and the action in the last half of the story, saved the book for me. I recommend it, but it may take some patience to get into it--unless you're dedicated the series like I am.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm so glad it was good. 8 Jan 2008
By Sarina Carris Mitchirt - Published on
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When I read that the book was about Cullen and Cynna, I at first didn't want to read it at all. I'm too in love with Rule and Lily, and didn't appreciate the interruption. However, Wilks was amazingly able to make side characters into interesting and quirky main characters.

The dialog between Cynna and Cullen was sassy and creative; and made me fall in love with the easy banter and the characters-- not just individually, but together as a completely different type of romantic couple than Lily and Rule represent.

The story was interesting-- and actually held me glued to every page until I finished it in one night. I appreciated the depth about Cullen's background and Cynna's family being tied in so eloquently to the plot and the baseline of their romance.

The tie-in with the characters from Wilks' anthology, Nathan and Kai, was a welcomed edition-- bringing two good journeys to a satisfying ending. Wilks has me hooked for the return to Rule and Lily, and I expect great things of her next production.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent series continuation, but ... 1 Sep 2008
By the Wizard - Published on
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If you've read the first three books of the series, particularly "Blood Lines" (book 3), then the major characters and world setting are comfortable and familiar. If not, I strongly suggest reading "Blood Lines" before starting "Night Season".

However, all readers should know that there's a short story "Buying Trouble" (in the collection "On The Prowl") that introduces two minor characters (Kai & Nathan) who play a pivotal role. If I hadn't read the short story first, I would have been perplexed by the short scenes centered on their actions. Having read it, I really wanted to see much more of Kai than we're given.

Nevertheless, the relationship between Cynna & Cullen, the quick pace of the action, and the growth in the characters of Gan and Steve Timms (as well as Cynna & CUllen) combine to make for an enjoyable read.
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