Monday, March 18, 2019

ARC Review: All Souls Near & Nigh (Soulbound, #2) by Hailey Turner

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.

All Souls Near & Nigh is a 104k word m/m urban fantasy with a gay romantic subplot and a HFN ending. It is a direct sequel to A Ferry of Bones & Gold, and reading the first book in the series would be helpful in enjoying this one. Please see the disclaimer at the beginning of the book for content some readers may find triggering.

Jewel's rating:

All Souls Near and Nigh, just like A Ferry of Bones and Gold is my kind of urban fantasy! Lots of mythology, meddling Gods, errant vampires, and a thieving, hungry dragon ... in New York City. What could go wrong? It's a good thing New Yorkers can take pretty much anything, because if it can happen, it did happen in this book.

Patrick Collins is settling into his life with Jono, being soulbound and part of Jono's pack. There's a lot for him to get used to, and he's not the type of guy that knows how to relax and let someone else in. Jono is making headway, though, since the events of book 1, showing Patrick that their bond is more than the soulbond. He hasn't quite accepted it all, yet, but he's getting there.

Jono de Vere is a god pack alpha, without a pack...well, officially. He skirts the rules and is nearing the time when he will no longer follow them at all. No one will take Patrick from him and no one will make him feel like he's less than. Jono is just biding his time until he finally lets his patron God out to play. I look forward to that day...heads are gonna roll!

All Souls Near & Nigh is action packed and fast paced and I'm a little surprised that they came out of it intact! Mixed in the ever amusing inter-species politics and immortals that just won't mind their own business, is a very rich infusion of South American mythology. I just loved it!

This series is amazing and has quickly become a favorite. I look forward to getting more! The characters are rich and well-drawn, and the plot lines gripping and I find myself speculating on where the author is going to take the series and the characters I've grown to love. I. Can't Wait.

Recommended! (Start with book 1)


ARC of All Souls Near and Nigh was generously provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.

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