An Echo in the Sorrow | Hailey Turner

An Echo in the Sorrow (Soulbound VI) Hailey Turner published 1 March 2021

Patrick Collins has spent years handling cases as a special agent for the Supernatural Operations Agency, even as his secret standing in the preternatural community has changed. He should have confessed to his role as co-leader of the New York City god pack when he and Jonothon de Vere took up the mantle months ago, but he didn’t. Now that split loyalty will cost him at a time when he can least afford it.
Outmaneuvered, framed for murder, and targeted by the Dominion Sect, Patrick has to face a past full of lies to regain his freedom. Revealing the truth means he’ll need to give up the life that has defined him. Everything he’s fought to build with his pack is at stake, and losing them isn’t a price Patrick is willing to pay, but some choices aren’t his to make.
Jono knows they can’t cede any more territory if they want to win the god pack civil war spilling into the streets of New York City. But the souls of werecreatures are free for the taking when demons come to town and angels sing a warning no one can ignore. When Jono’s worst fear comes to life, and he loses the one person he can’t live without, the only option left is to fight.
Facing down the demons of their past and the ones in their present, Patrick and Jono will learn the hard way that some sins never wash away clean.
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How was it?

I was eager to read this book, I read and re-read On The Wings of War multiple times with a sense of foreboding when the next book was concerned. The title itself, An Echo in the Sorrow, worried me. So it was with a lot of apprehension that I started reading it.

We’re definitely not easing back in, we’re thrown right in the thick of it. Patrick and Jono are backed into a corner, attacked on all fronts, and the secrets they keep will cost them at a time when they can least afford it. For a story that spans several books the quality hasn’t waned. The plot is really well thought-out, putting Jono and Patrick in the tightest spot they’ve been so far. The risk for their lives and livelihoods is felt, almost tangible. The legal ramifications they face feels all too real, so my anxiety levels were through the roof but Hailey Turner, the author, kept it interesting and exciting. I’m once again in awe of her talent.

I was so engrossed by the story that at some point I was shocked when I realized I was about to half way through. The way this whole world is set up, with pack law, god packs and the mundane human laws mixed in, made Estelle and Youssef legit threats, and you can see that in this book more than ever. In fact her vilains, likes Estelle and Youssef, Ethan or any God allied with the Hells are just as multidimensional as the main characters. They are witty and dangerous in the most delicious way, it’s a joy to read.

And when you think the story couldn’t expand anymore she weaves in more legends, lore and myths, giving an even bigger scale to the war at hand, broadening her readers’ knowledge while entertaining them. In Soulbound 6 as in the previous one, more allies and enemies are revealed, bonds reinforced or broken, making each side clearer. The story doesn’t feel as contained to a “smaller” mission but upgraded to the wider conflict we always knew was brewing.

An Echo In The Sorrow is action-packed with a pace that might give you whiplash. A lot of twists and turns – maybe one to many for some – but undeniably a great read. I am now waiting for Gary Furlong to finish recording the audiobook so I can enjoy this book in a whole new way. The next and final book, whose title was announced to be A Veilled & Hallowed Eve is already in my most anticipated list. I’m waiting.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

My ARC copy of the book was provided by the authors in exchange for a fair, unbiased review and will be *FREE* with Kindle Unlimited membership on March 1, 2021.

Upcomming books in the series:

Soulbound VII
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Previous books in the series:

Soulbound I
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Soulbound II
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Soulbound III
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Soulbound IV
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Soulbound V
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