A Crown Of Iron And Silver
by Hailey Turner
Release Date (Print and Ebook): September 10, 2019
Length (Print and Ebook): 107,043
Subgenre: LGBTQ Urban Fantasy
Never promise a life that isn’t yours to give.
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.
A Crown Of Iron And Silver is a 107k word m/m urban fantasy with a gay romantic subplot and a HFN ending. It is a direct sequel to All Souls Near And Nigh. Reading the prior books in the series would be helpful in enjoying this one.
“New York isn’t yours,” Theodore growled.
Jono headbutted him right between the eyes, feeling the cartilage in Theodore’s nose crunch from the blow. “Tell your alphas to quit being bloody cowards and fucking fight me themselves, you arsehole.”
Theodore howled at the hit, blood spattering over Jono’s face. The heat in his skin was like acid, spreading from the knife in his gut through the rest of his body. Jono flipped Theodore off him, grimacing as the silver knife cut deeper with the motion.
Jono struggled to one knee, fumbling for the knife as Theodore got to his feet. Jono ground his teeth against the agony in his body that stemmed from the toxic weapon. He managed to get his hand around the handle of the knife and yank it free, but the burns on his skin and the stab wound wouldn’t immediately heal. The absence of the silver blade didn’t stop the spread of the reaction—a churning nausea that left Jono light-headed in the worst way, the taste of metal filling his mouth, biting and sharp.
Blood flowed down the front of his body, staining his jeans. Jono pressed one hand to the hole in his gut and raised his head. Swallowing blood, he glared at the werewolf who jumped onto the counter, fully shifted, their monstrous body blocking out some of the light.
“I just fucking cleaned that,” Jono snarled.
I think that when the last book of this series comes out, I am going to binge read the whole thing. It's just that good! I love it when an author mixes mythology with paranormal, especially when their take feels fresh and the world they've built is so vivid. Bonus points for using my favorite Celtic deities, too! Hailey Turner is rocking my world with her Soulbound series.
A Crown of Iron and Silver picks right up where All Souls Near and Nigh left off. Patrick, Jono, and their pack (small as it is) are still looking for Ethan and the Staff of Morrigan. Nothing good will come of Ethan finding that staff. A greedy, power hungry mage, hell bent on stealing a godhead for his own gains, Ethan is not someone you'd want to encounter on a crowded well lit street, much less a dark alley. The stakes have been raised in A Crown of Iron and Silver when Gerard, an old teammate comes for Patrick's help because his fiance has been kidnapped by, you guessed it, Ethan.
Secrets come out. Some expected, and some not, and feelings of betrayal and deceit run high. However, when push comes to shove, the good guys work together to fight the bad guys and find the Summer Lady.
Patrick and Jono continue to wow me with their commitment to one another, beyond their soulbond and watching their pack grow and become stronger gives me hope that good will prevail over evil and they will get their happy ever after. We don't have all the pieces, yet, but there is plenty of unrest, and a whole lot of shifters who are tired of being taken advantage of and lied to, along with a bunch of meddling gods in the midst of a family quarrel. And through all of that, we are reminded of what family really is. Blood? Nope, not necessary. Family watches out for each other.
Also points for scene-stealing Wade! I have a soft spot for teenage dragons, apparently, and every time he had page time, I could not help but smile. And that boy is always eating or complaining he doesn't have food. Oh to be able to eat a dozen cinnamon rolls and not only not get fat, but still can keep right on eating. That's fantasy, right there!
A Crown of Iron and Silver does not stand on its own, so be sure to start this series at the beginning, and know going into A Crown of Iron & Silver that there is still more to come. It's not too cliffy, though, so don't worry about wanting to scream at the end of the available words. Just enjoy and know there are more goodies to come.
** A free copy of this book was provided by the tour organizer in exchange for an honest review. **
About the author:
Hailey Turner is big city girl who spoils her cats rotten and has a demanding day job that she loves, but not as much as she loves writing. She’s been writing since she was a young child and enjoys reading almost as much as creating a new story. Hailey loves stories with lots of action, gritty relationships, and an eventual HEA that satisfies the heart.
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