A Ferry of Bones and Gold | Hailey Turner

A Ferry of Bones & Gold (Soulbound #1) by Hailey Turner published 9 September 2018

Patrick Collins is three years into a career as a special agent for the Supernatural Operations Agency when the gods come calling to collect a soul debt he owes them. An immortal has gone missing in New York City and bodies are showing up in the wake of demon-led ritual killings that Patrick recognizes all too easily from his nightmares.

Unable to walk away, Patrick finds himself once again facing off against mercenary magic users belonging to the Dominion Sect. Standing his ground alone has never been a winning option in Patrick’s experience, but it’s been years since he’s had a partner he could trust.

Looking for allies in all the wrong places, Patrick discovers the Dominion Sect’s next target is the same werewolf the Fates themselves have thrown into his path. Patrick has been inexplicably attracted to the man from their first meeting, but desire has no place in war. That doesn’t stop Patrick from wanting what he shouldn’t have. Jonothon de Vere is gorgeous, dangerous, and nothing but trouble—to the case, to the fight against every hell, and ultimately, to Patrick’s heart and soul.

In the end, all debts must be paid, and Patrick can only do what he does best—cheat death.

How was it?

This is a review based on a re-read, I remember how reluctant I was to start this book the first time. I didn’t hate it but wasn’t trying to love it either, it did that by itself.

I recall being a little overwhelmed by the agencies acronyms, Patrick’s history with the military, the different magic wielders’ ranks, it all sounded complicated at first because I just didn’t want to pay attention. So back then I sort of fell in love with the characters first and picked up on the rest along the way because it is explained and re-explained throughout the book. Now, I realized how brilliantly set up the Soulbond series is. I have four books under my belt but everything was spelled out from the get go. The world building is complex but not overly complicated.

Even on a re-read it wasn’t tedious, more like a warm-up to race, because once the action starts it goes at a good clip. Patrick is both the lone hero and a team player/leader. He does the best he can with the tools he’s given. The other characters are a colorful array of personalities, and morals that is delightful to read. Soulbound is one of the few series that I read and then also get as an audio-book.

Although I first picked it up for the romance aspect of the story, I’d say that A Ferry of Bones & Gold is an Urban Fantasy novel featuring a queer main characters. This ex-military mage special agent with his vampires, werewolves, and Gods friends and foes will win you over and keep you wanting more. It went from a 4 to a 5 stars read.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Following books in the series:

Book 3
Review | Book | Audiobook
Book 4
Review | Book | Audiobook
Book 5
Review | Book | Audiobook
Book 6
Book 7


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