A Crown of Iron & Silver | Hailey Turner

A Crown of Iron & Silver (Soulbound III) by Hailey Turner published 10 September 2019

New York City is decked out for the holidays, and Special Agent Patrick Collins is looking forward to a reunion with his old team when he gets assigned a new case. A human child is missing, and the changeling left in her place causes a prominent witch family to demand justice from the fae.

Meanwhile, continued harassment from the New York City god pack forces Jonothon de Vere to formally establish his own with Patrick. Doing so will mean a civil war within the werecreature community—a war they risk losing from the start without alliances. Making bargains with the fae is never wise, but Patrick and Jono have nothing to lose when a fae lord comes asking for their help.

The Summer Lady has been kidnapped from the Seelie Court, and if they can find her, Patrick and Jono will cement an alliance with the fae. But the clues to her disappearance are found in Tír na nÓg, and the Otherworld has never been kind to mortals.

Venturing past the veil, Patrick and Jono risk losing territory, time, and their very lives while searching for answers. Because the Queen of Air and Darkness knows they are coming—and the ruler of the Unseelie Court has an offer for them they can’t possibly refuse.

How was it?

It’s the third book in the series and like in the other ones, there’s often a link – direct or not – between Patrick’s case and the personal challenges he faces. Here, he has a changeling case that also coincide with his larger mission about the staff, and with his old captain’s missing girlfriend. All of this could is convenient. What are that the chances that a random case he’s assigned would be connected to everything else on his plate? To his larger mission? In the hands of another writer this much coincidence could have been eye-rolling worthy but here it’s just synergy. The story comes together quite seamlessly. Turner knows how to surprise and entertain her readers. She tells the story so vividly that it’s like we’re right in the thick of it with Jono, Pat, Wade, Sage and the others. The action is again exciting, suspenseful and captivating – it’s made even better by Gary Furlough in the audiobooks.

We’ve had several examples in the previous books that Patrick’s past is relevant, but it was really nice to see his military career by way of the people he worked with highlighted here.

The Soulbound series keeps expending, with new characters, places, and pantheons being introduced but Turner walks you through thoses additions in such a sleek way it makes each book accessible as a stand alone. While it can be repetitive for some it gives some flexibility to the series.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

You can get it here

Previous books in the series:

Soulbound I
Review | Get it
Soulbound II
Review | Get it


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