Friday, April 10, 2020

Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: A VIGIL IN THE MOURNING by Hailey Turner (Soulbound #4)

A Vigil in the Mourning 
by Hailey Turner

Series:  Soulbound IV
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date (Print & Ebook): April 6, 2020
Length (Print & Ebook): 102,951
Subgenre: LGBTQ Urban Fantasy
Warnings: None

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The devil you know is never the one you should trust.

Special Agent Patrick Collins is dispatched to Chicago, chasing a lead on the Morrígan’s staff for the joint task force. Needing a cover for his presence in the Windy City, Patrick is ordered to investigate a politician running for mayor. In the lead up to election day, not everything is what it seems in a city where playing to win means appeasing the gods first and the electorate second.

But Chicago brings its own set of problems outside the case: a stand-offish local god pack, a missing immortal, and Patrick’s twin sister. Fighting Hannah and the Dominion Sect provides Patrick with a sinister reminder that some blood ties can never be cut.

Left behind in New York City, Jonothon de Vere finds himself targeted by hunters who will go through anyone to kill him—including the packs under his protection. With a bounty on his head, Jono is forced to make a choice that Patrick would never approve of. Doing so risks breaking the trust he’s built with the man he loves, but not acting will give the rival New York City god pack leverage Jono can’t afford to give up.

When Patrick and Jono reunite in Chicago, Patrick must confront the fraying of a relationship he’s come to rely on for his own sanity. But fixing their personal problems will have to wait—because Niflheim is clawing at the shores of Lake Michigan and the dead are hungry.

A Vigil in the Mourning is a 102k word m/m urban fantasy with a gay romantic subplot and a HFN ending. It is a direct sequel to A Crown of Iron & Silver. Reading the first book in the series would be helpful in enjoying this one.

Praise for A Vigil in the Mourning (Soulbound #4)

Patrick and Jono fight for their lives, tangling with Norse gods and monsters, while their relationship is strained by secrets and separation, in another exciting, deliciously angsty ride from Turner's Soulbound series. — Layla Reyne, author of the Fog City Trilogy

VIGIL IN MOURNING takes the Soulbound series a step further into stellar story crafting. A change in scenery for Patrick and a separation from his soulmate raises the stakes, and cliches are deftly avoided and expectations shattered as the central love story becomes fraught with tension. Each plot twist leaves the reader gasping and clinging to the pages, and I was not expecting that ending. Jono and Patrick lead an ensemble cast of characters that includes a snack obsessed dragon, a seer with a sarcasm problem, and gods that can't help but meddle. Patrick's snarktastic attitude leaves me laughing and terrified at the trouble he calls down.  — SJ Himes, bestselling author


The curtains were open, allowing them to see the lit-up Chicago skyline. Patrick dropped his backpack on the other bed before approaching the window and staring out at the view for a few seconds. Then he pulled the curtains shut.

“Unpack and get ready for bed. I need to be at the local field office at 0800 tomorrow, and I want to sleep,” Patrick said.

“But I’m still hungry,” Wade whined.

Patrick sighed and headed for the nightstand that separated the two double beds. He picked up the phone, checked which extension was room service on the little welcome booklet, then looked at Wade. “What do you want?”

Wade smiled smugly, looking pleased with himself now that he was getting his third meal of the night. “A hamburger. Two of them. With extra fries. Oh, and dessert. Cheesecake if they have it.”

Patrick had a feeling he was going to run through his allotted travel stipend for food within the first twenty-four hours of being in Chicago. He wondered if Setsuna would accept kept fledgling dragon fed so he didn’t eat the locals as an excuse for reimbursements.

Carra's Review

I’m running out of ways to express just how much I’m loving this series.  In many ongoing series, you usually find that the first book is the best, then the quality starts to drop off after that.  Not so with Hailey Turner’s Soulbound series…each book just keeps getting better and pulling me even more into this incredible world she’s created.  This time?  It’s time to bring the Norse pantheon into the mix…so yes, that means Odin, Thor, and a whole lot more.

Poor Patrick…he and his growing pack keep winding up smack in the middle of this war amongst the gods, and the stakes keep getting higher.  Ms. Turner has really done her research well, and it’s evident in every story.  I was completely drawn in, and as cliché as it might be to say, I was on the edge of my seat through every page.  I thought the setup of the Norse gods in Chicago was interesting, though I wasn’t expecting the twist to the political machinations.

With the introduction of the new pantheon, there are plenty of new and exciting characters along with many returning favorites.  I was particularly fond of the valkyries :-)  There were not only new characters with Patrick’s new case, but also in the continuing—and escalating—issues between his and Jono’s pack and the other god pack in New York City.  New vampires, new pack additions…and new baddies.

Tension is high on just about every page, not just with the case and the pack issues, but with Patrick and Jono as well.  Even so, their bond and relationship keep becoming deeper and stronger.  The story keeps the excitement level high too, and you can’t help but fall down the rabbit hole while reading.  Who needs sleep anyway, right?

A Vigil in the Mourning absolutely get every star, and continues to keep the entire series as a Top Recommendation for me.  I do strongly recommend you read this series in order as events do build upon each other, and you will want the background to fully understand all the aspects of the story.  The adult language and sexual content do mean that this book is meant for readers 18+.

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.

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