All Souls Near & Nigh | Hailey Turner

All Souls Near & Nigh (Soulbound II) by Hailey Turner published 19 March 2019

You can’t bargain with death if you’ve already sold your soul.

Special Agent Patrick Collins has been reassigned by the Supernatural Operations Agency to New York City. Navigating his new relationship with Jonothon de Vere, the werewolf he’s now soulbound to, is nothing compared to dealing with territorial disputes between the vampires and werecreatures who call the five boroughs home. But the delicate treaties that have kept the preternatural world in check are fraying at the edges, and the fallout is spilling into the mundane world.

Manhattan’s club scene is overrun with the vampire drug known as shine and the subways have become a dumping ground for bodies. When the dead are revealed as missing werecreatures, Patrick and Jono find themselves entangled in pack politics twisted by vampire machinations.

Learning to trust each other comes with problems for both of them, and the gods with a stake in Patrick’s soul debt aren’t finished with him yet. Bound by promises they can’t break, Patrick and Jono must find a way to survive a threat that takes no prisoners and is stalking them relentlessly through the city streets.

Old and new betrayals are coming home to roost but the truth—buried in blood—is more poisonous than the lies being spun. Trying to outrun death is a nightmare—one Patrick may never wake up from.

How was it?

Once again this review is based on a re-read, and I remember liking this one slightly more than the first. There are story beats that I love in this book, moments that I relish and remember very fondly, but overall this time around the story is not as great as the first.

Don’t get me wrong. The action is still as thrilling, with questionable allies and decisions that can turn on Patrick and Jono at any moments. It keeps you guessing because there is so much going on.

The world building is steady and clearly not made up as the books go. There’s a real world feel to this urban fantasy that makes it very easy to picture some aspects of the story. Every characters has responsibilities and obligations to abide to and/or work around that further anchor them in very similitude.

There one little thing that bothers in this one tough, it’s Sage. she’s too smart not to have picked up on Fenrir being Jono’s God patron. In fact I think there is a moment where he mentions Fenrir in front of Sage.

Soulbound II is a blast, a good book in a fun action-packed series that’ll get its hooks in you, grabbing your attention the whole way through.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Previous book in the series:

Soulbound I
Review | Book | Audiobook

Following books in the series:

Book 3
Review | Book | Audiobook
Book 5
Review | Book | Audiobook
Book 6

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