Night Season by Eileen Wilks
Series: World of the Lupi #4
Published by Berkley
Published on: January 2nd 2008
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Werewolves
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Pregnancy has turned FBI Agent Cynna Weaver's whole life upside down. Lupus sorcerer Cullen Seabourne is thrilled to be a father, but what does Cynna know about kids? Her mother was a drunk and her father abandoned his family. Or so she's always believed...As Cynna is trying to wrap her head around this problem, a new one pops up in the form of a delegation from another realm. They want to take Cynna and Cullen back with them- to meet her long-lost father and find a mysterious medallion.
Night Season goes off the deep end into uncharted territory to remind us that Earth is only one of several realms, many of which possess far more magic than its denizens wish.
To prepare us for the circus to come, the lovable demon from book two is reintroduced and the fact that Cynna, a Finder, is pregnant is drilled into our heads.
The voices of each of the characters (lots of perspectival jumps here) are well-pronounced and show much planning. Cynna hops with attitude. Cullen, her edgy werewolf lover, reveals himself to be perfect in every way in the treatment of his lady. I found this perfection, unfortunately, to be a bit of a weakness. Not that I would have liked the story to go into miscommunication territory and damaged hearts but the romance did have a strong autopilot element.
Instead all room has been cleared for the purposes of fantastical lore, quirky dialects, and political tarrying. The world, which they will end up in, exhibits as the title indicates seasons in which during their duration it is entirely night. So although too often this series has maintained the Laughable Title Quotient, here I take due note of the lapse into not only something hard to imagine but actually fitting and individual about this book.
In case it was unclear what I want from a fantasy I find a difficulty to quite wrap my head around things to be good so long as it is not due to the length of the sentences. Everything here is fortunately quite snappy, as if the whole thing had been written in the pea shell, and due to its ambition I am under the strong suggestion that, as the world of magic is heading towards a climax, so is this collection of books.
I mean I knew the series had reached a particular high-point when Cynna was explaining to a dragon of Chinese make and model how copyright law would apply to their usage of one of its scales. And then when I did not think it could get any better, it was revealed this same dragon had a pet cat, which was also hinted to be more than masterful of its owner. Ah, if only the domestic life of a dominating cat and submissive dragon had been expounded, then I could give this book a truly legendary score…