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An urban fantasy novella from USA Today bestselling author Eileen Wilks’s world of the lupi, where the darkest magic will leave its mark… FBI Agent Lily Yu is turning twenty-nine—a milestone she’s decidedly ambivalent about. But her birthday celebration is cut short when the naked, heavily tattooed body of a man is found in a Northern California town. The victim was David An urban fantasy novella from USA Today bestselling author Eileen Wilks’s world of the lupi, where the darkest magic will leave its mark… FBI Agent Lily Yu is turning twenty-nine—a milestone she’s decidedly ambivalent about. But her birthday celebration is cut short when the naked, heavily tattooed body of a man is found in a Northern California town. The victim was David Pruitt, and years ago, he was close friends with Rule Turner, prince of the lupi. At first it seems like a bizarre ritual killing, but there’s more than magic afoot: David wasn’t human. And the killer isn’t finished… Human Nature originally appeared in the anthology Inked. Includes a teaser for the upcoming novel Mind Magic, out November 2015.


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An urban fantasy novella from USA Today bestselling author Eileen Wilks’s world of the lupi, where the darkest magic will leave its mark… FBI Agent Lily Yu is turning twenty-nine—a milestone she’s decidedly ambivalent about. But her birthday celebration is cut short when the naked, heavily tattooed body of a man is found in a Northern California town. The victim was David An urban fantasy novella from USA Today bestselling author Eileen Wilks’s world of the lupi, where the darkest magic will leave its mark… FBI Agent Lily Yu is turning twenty-nine—a milestone she’s decidedly ambivalent about. But her birthday celebration is cut short when the naked, heavily tattooed body of a man is found in a Northern California town. The victim was David Pruitt, and years ago, he was close friends with Rule Turner, prince of the lupi. At first it seems like a bizarre ritual killing, but there’s more than magic afoot: David wasn’t human. And the killer isn’t finished… Human Nature originally appeared in the anthology Inked. Includes a teaser for the upcoming novel Mind Magic, out November 2015.

30 review for Human Nature

  1. 4 out of 5

    edge of bubble

    We learn that Rule and Lily weren't just playing slap and tickle/ wild monkey business/ horizontal tango/ hide the canoli/ threading the needle while Cullen and Cynna was away in another realm. I'm sorry for doubting it. Now I know better. I am glad I don't sound bitter. I don't mean to say this book is all about hitting the home run, it definitely isn't. It has a solid plot. And new, seemingly unimportant characters who'll be key plot lines later on, but only thing I felt was annoyed while readi We learn that Rule and Lily weren't just playing slap and tickle/ wild monkey business/ horizontal tango/ hide the canoli/ threading the needle while Cullen and Cynna was away in another realm. I'm sorry for doubting it. Now I know better. I am glad I don't sound bitter. I don't mean to say this book is all about hitting the home run, it definitely isn't. It has a solid plot. And new, seemingly unimportant characters who'll be key plot lines later on, but only thing I felt was annoyed while reading this book. So I'll just shut up now.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jen Davis

    This novella gives us a look at what was happening with Lily and Rule while Cynna and Cullen were trapped in another realm. It starts with what should have been a celebration of Lily’s birthday, and instead lands them across the country, investigating the death of an old friend of Rune’s. This is a good mystery. Lily’s investigation delves into a magic circle, a dirty cop, and a hate group targeting lupi. The cool thing is, the answer isn’t an obvious one. I enjoyed watching Lily track the killer This novella gives us a look at what was happening with Lily and Rule while Cynna and Cullen were trapped in another realm. It starts with what should have been a celebration of Lily’s birthday, and instead lands them across the country, investigating the death of an old friend of Rune’s. This is a good mystery. Lily’s investigation delves into a magic circle, a dirty cop, and a hate group targeting lupi. The cool thing is, the answer isn’t an obvious one. I enjoyed watching Lily track the killer and it’s made even more interesting by how Rule deals with it all. These two are still finding their legs in their relationship –and though they care for and respect one another– it’s hard to balance that with Rule’s need for justice for his friend. Even though the story is short, Eileen Wilks doesn’t skimp on the interpersonal elements. And I feel like she was laying ground-work for storylines to come, specifically with the Humans First group and their leader. She also lays groundwork for an element in Mortal Sins, which makes it odd that she puts this story after that one in her suggested reading order. I would definitely say, read this one before that. Rating: B

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bookmom

    Originally released in 2010 in the anthology, Inked, this novella takes place near the end of the novel, Night Season when Cynna and Cullen are off world. Lily and Rule are in Washington when he receives a call that a Nokolai friend had been killed and another had been arrested for the murder. Of course it doesn’t help that Robert Friar lives in this small town and had just started the group, Humans First. Lily first has to prove that magic was involved in order to stay on the case. I’d just rere Originally released in 2010 in the anthology, Inked, this novella takes place near the end of the novel, Night Season when Cynna and Cullen are off world. Lily and Rule are in Washington when he receives a call that a Nokolai friend had been killed and another had been arrested for the murder. Of course it doesn’t help that Robert Friar lives in this small town and had just started the group, Humans First. Lily first has to prove that magic was involved in order to stay on the case. I’d just reread this story in my copy of Inked and it’s been so long between reads that I couldn’t recall most of what happened. You do get a complete story involving Rule and Lily’s relationship, the mystery, investigation and action. And of course magic is involved. What it doesn’t have that all of the novels in this series have is the rather deep discussions on magical theory. In that aspect it makes this an easier read. Most of the series regulars are mentioned, if not on hand, including Arjenie, who we hadn’t physically met yet at this point in the series. If you are enjoying this series you will definitely like this book. But I don’t recommend this as a place to start.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    8 February 2016: $0.99 on Kindle 8 February 2016: $0.99 on Kindle

  5. 5 out of 5

    Maura

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. While Cynna and Cullen were off in Edge, this story was happening (so I don't know why this is 5.5 instead of 4.5...) Anyway, Rule finds out a friend of his has been killed and another friend is suspected, so he pulls strings and manipulates to put Lily on the case. Fortunately there's magic involved so she can, but she's definitely stepping on some toes and pissing off some people who don't look kindly on the lupi. Rule seems pretty focused on the biggest baddy of the baddies, Robert Friar, but While Cynna and Cullen were off in Edge, this story was happening (so I don't know why this is 5.5 instead of 4.5...) Anyway, Rule finds out a friend of his has been killed and another friend is suspected, so he pulls strings and manipulates to put Lily on the case. Fortunately there's magic involved so she can, but she's definitely stepping on some toes and pissing off some people who don't look kindly on the lupi. Rule seems pretty focused on the biggest baddy of the baddies, Robert Friar, but his tunnel vision seems to blind him to the truth. Lily however, remains open and investigating and is ready and willing to support Rule as he deals with his grief. Rule was pretty irksome in this one. He's dealing with his grief and lashing out at Lily, throwing half-truths at her that could get her in trouble and invading her privacy (password protect work computer?). I absolutely did like that he's man enough (or lupi enough) to apologize to her and admit that he'd been an ass. What I didn't like is that it happened off screen, so I couldn't even savor his apology to Lily who put up with his grouchy ass all book. This was a decent installment to the series and it shows how patient Lily can be with her man and how supportive their relationship is. I'd like to see them having some close, personal bonding time and maybe breaking down a few more of those barriers that are still between them...(Rule and his mommy issues for one....)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kathrine

    It was really good story. But it should be read before book five as some of the information in the book is mentioned in book five :)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn F.

    I read this as part of the anthology Inked I loved Lily/Rule story mostly because it shows how their relationship is developing. I read this as part of the anthology Inked I loved Lily/Rule story mostly because it shows how their relationship is developing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I picked this up because I thought it was new, but it turned out I had read it before. Still, I didn't remember all of it, and good books are always better the second time around, so I finished it anyway. Lily and Rule are called to a small town to intervene when a childhood friend of Rule's is killed, and another friend is arrested for the murder. They need to untangle what happened, and things are only more complicated when they discover the local police are Humans First members, and the founde I picked this up because I thought it was new, but it turned out I had read it before. Still, I didn't remember all of it, and good books are always better the second time around, so I finished it anyway. Lily and Rule are called to a small town to intervene when a childhood friend of Rule's is killed, and another friend is arrested for the murder. They need to untangle what happened, and things are only more complicated when they discover the local police are Humans First members, and the founder of Humans First is a local (yes, this is where they meet Friar for the first time). I really love Wilks' writing. I enjoyed the romance as Lily and Rule got together, but I think I enjoy even more the process of them learning to live together. He's imperious and overprotective, and she's prickly and distrusting, and yet they manage to communicate and make things work.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bewaji

    How Did I Miss This.. I thought I read all the books and novellas of 'The World of Lupi', but apparently I missed this one. I can never get enough of Rule and Lily and their furry family. I miss Cullen the most, but he is back at the end of the book. This is another mind boggling and intriguing addition to the story. Trust Rule and Lily to fish every lurid, magical details out. Lily is also getting to know more about the family of her mate. I love this short murder mystery where the whodunit was n How Did I Miss This.. I thought I read all the books and novellas of 'The World of Lupi', but apparently I missed this one. I can never get enough of Rule and Lily and their furry family. I miss Cullen the most, but he is back at the end of the book. This is another mind boggling and intriguing addition to the story. Trust Rule and Lily to fish every lurid, magical details out. Lily is also getting to know more about the family of her mate. I love this short murder mystery where the whodunit was not obvious. Of course, that's why I love Eileen Wilks books. Thank you. I can't wait for the next full length book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Trix

    While Cynna and Cullen were trapped on another realm, Lily and Rule have to solve the murder of an old friend of Rule's, Steve Hilliard and prove the innocence of Jason Chance, accused of murdering him. I liked the adrenaline moments: (view spoiler)[Lily going head to head with the sheriff, Lily going in alone in the prison cell to calm Jason into shifting back to human (and at the same time prevent him from being killed by trigger-happy police officers) and naturally, the fight scene with the ki While Cynna and Cullen were trapped on another realm, Lily and Rule have to solve the murder of an old friend of Rule's, Steve Hilliard and prove the innocence of Jason Chance, accused of murdering him. I liked the adrenaline moments: (view spoiler)[Lily going head to head with the sheriff, Lily going in alone in the prison cell to calm Jason into shifting back to human (and at the same time prevent him from being killed by trigger-happy police officers) and naturally, the fight scene with the killer, Adele. And the most important question: (view spoiler)[did Lily really snuff out Adele's Gift? (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)] A short novella, compared to the normal lengths of the novels. But still not enough time to develop all the characters introduced. I am curious how many of them will make a second appearance in the series. (view spoiler)[Robert Friar, the founder of the Humans First organisation will definitely make another visit at some point. I'm hoping his daughter too. She came off as a nice empath and supportive of Lupi. (hide spoiler)] The mystery was pretty complex. A lot of suppositions and possible culprits. Perhaps because I read this on and off for several days, the dots didn't quite connect for me so I had to have Lily tell me who killed Steve and why. Not a spectacular read but definitely enough juicy bits to add to the world of the Lupi and it's always nice to come back to my favourite pair in the series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amarinske

    This is a fun little short story, but I didn't get enough tattoo stuff. This is a story from an anthology called: Inked, and true enough, the victim has ink but I still felt like it would've been more fun if the trail had included more ink, more tattoos in a similar style. Or even a heavily tattooed lupus (which isn't necessarily possible or likely and the why is explained in this novella. In short: I expected the story to be about tattoos (and it was about a tattoo) but didn't get as much of it This is a fun little short story, but I didn't get enough tattoo stuff. This is a story from an anthology called: Inked, and true enough, the victim has ink but I still felt like it would've been more fun if the trail had included more ink, more tattoos in a similar style. Or even a heavily tattooed lupus (which isn't necessarily possible or likely and the why is explained in this novella. In short: I expected the story to be about tattoos (and it was about a tattoo) but didn't get as much of it as I wanted (view spoiler)[plus the fact that it wasn't necessarily real ink, but a spell. How cool would it have been if the story had a magical (serial) killer who used tattoos to brand the kills? (hide spoiler)] . This did give a titbit more understanding about the Mzaidizi though, which I had been wondering about a little since Cynna mentions them and belonged to them. We still don't really know a lot about the group, but I understand a bit more about the tattooing now. I didn't get fully what I expected. Looking back it makes sense, though. Since this is only a 100 odd page novella and this means it's short enough to not be fully able to build the kind of story I expected (most likely, who knows what a good author of short fiction can actually accomplish? Eileen Wilks is more of a longer fiction writer anyway).

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    This book just made me want to dive back into these World of the Lupi books, which I guess is the sign of a good short story. I just love Lily and Rule as main characters and missed them without even realizing it. Lily is working through her FBI training, which is perpetually interrupted by Rule's political stuff. This time it is more personal - one of Rule's old friends is killed, and he maneuvers Lily into taking the case without all the facts. Lily is... Lily. She's awesome and really good at This book just made me want to dive back into these World of the Lupi books, which I guess is the sign of a good short story. I just love Lily and Rule as main characters and missed them without even realizing it. Lily is working through her FBI training, which is perpetually interrupted by Rule's political stuff. This time it is more personal - one of Rule's old friends is killed, and he maneuvers Lily into taking the case without all the facts. Lily is... Lily. She's awesome and really good at her job. Also, managing her place in this world where she straddles a few different lives at once. There are some anti-gifted/anti-shifter angles, lots of mystery, some complicated emotions, and overall a timeline ticking away. The highlight here is definitely Lily and Rule and getting to see some deeper cuts into their relationship. While I have since gotten further in this world than the time where this short story takes place, it was nice to still spend time with these two. This takes place while their friends are still missing/taken and there is a bit of tension from that, too. Overall, I'm glad I swung back around to get this short story.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Marsha Wilde

    This should actually be book 4.5 as it happens during Night Season (book 4). This should actually be book 4.5 as it happens during Night Season (book 4).

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Lily gets pulled in when Rule's school time friend, whom he'd lost touch with, is found dead... their relationship gets stretched as they negotiate … and they solve the mystery... and Rule gets rescued by Lily again.... Lily gets pulled in when Rule's school time friend, whom he'd lost touch with, is found dead... their relationship gets stretched as they negotiate … and they solve the mystery... and Rule gets rescued by Lily again....

  15. 4 out of 5

    JB

    Fantastic series, does not disappoint I don’t like to give spoilers on the books that I read. I believe the blurb on the back is enough for you to decide if you will read the book or not. If you choose to read, enjoy!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    Yet another new series to add to my queue.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    You really need to have read the other books in the series to understand the characters and the dynamics between them, otherwise they'll just seem like jerks. You really need to have read the other books in the series to understand the characters and the dynamics between them, otherwise they'll just seem like jerks.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mitabird

    4.25 stars

  19. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Hall

    A short book but lots of pointless and mesningless dialogue.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jo Anne

    Humane Nature Again, another great short story my Eileen Wilks. I love this world. I hope it's a series that will continue for a few more years. I think as chosen Lily will not age as a normal human and really, she's not as human as she was when the books started. Read this series. I promise you, you will not be disappointed if you like shifters, lovers and fantastic settings in our world. Humane Nature Again, another great short story my Eileen Wilks. I love this world. I hope it's a series that will continue for a few more years. I think as chosen Lily will not age as a normal human and really, she's not as human as she was when the books started. Read this series. I promise you, you will not be disappointed if you like shifters, lovers and fantastic settings in our world.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Louisa

    Such a great story, of the time Lily and Rule spent during the events of Night Season! Introduced some characters like Friar and others who are going to be important later! *First read February 1st, 2016* I kinda wish that I'd read this book sooner, that it was 4.1 or something because it's set in the time when Cynna and Cullen where gone in Night Season! But really great story, so enjoyable! Such a great story, of the time Lily and Rule spent during the events of Night Season! Introduced some characters like Friar and others who are going to be important later! *First read February 1st, 2016* I kinda wish that I'd read this book sooner, that it was 4.1 or something because it's set in the time when Cynna and Cullen where gone in Night Season! But really great story, so enjoyable!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sherry

    The Best Lupi Tale Out There! Eileen Wilks does it again! Main character, Lily Yu, is funny, gutsy, & determined. Her love for Rule is what legends are made of. I found it impossible to put down & am eagerly looking forward to Lily & Rule's next adventure. The Best Lupi Tale Out There! Eileen Wilks does it again! Main character, Lily Yu, is funny, gutsy, & determined. Her love for Rule is what legends are made of. I found it impossible to put down & am eagerly looking forward to Lily & Rule's next adventure.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rita C

    I only wish it were longer. I love this series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lois Alston

    Great story as always Great book with lots of excitement and the lupi. Jealousy can be a terrible thing that makes you do all kind of evil things.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Steph

    ✮✮✮½

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gloria

    My only complaint is that it was too short! Love these characters, and want to spend more time with them.

  27. 5 out of 5

    mlady_rebecca

    Previously appeared in the anthology Inked, which I read in 2008. My oh-so-brief review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Previously appeared in the anthology Inked, which I read in 2008. My oh-so-brief review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    wonderful novella!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Laurla2

    read in the anthology "inked" read in the anthology "inked"

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    More like 3.75 stars

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