Book Review: A Veiled & Hallowed Eve (Soulbound VII) by Hailey Turner

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Death is the last lover you will ever know.

SOA Special Agent Patrick Collins has lived a life full of lies, and it has finally caught up with him. There’s no denying his past any longer, not after giving up the truth to save himself from a murder charge. But truth alone can’t set Patrick free, and time is running out to stop the Dominion Sect from turning his father into a god.

Jonothon de Vere knows survival isn’t a guarantee, but he’s desperate to keep Patrick safe, even as hope slips through his fingers. With the future unknown, Jono will follow Patrick wherever he goes, even to Salem, where a family reunion reveals a bitter secret that was never going to stay buried.

With New York City under control of their god pack, Patrick and Jono must fall back on every alliance they’ve brokered to fill the front lines of a war coming directly to the city streets. The veil is always thinnest on Samhain, and what awaits them on the other side is the stuff of nightmares. For when it tears, all hell will break loose, and the gods will be summoned to face a reckoning the world isn’t ready for.



The stakes have never been higher, failure has never been so deadly, and the Fates have never been kind to heroes. Patrick knows that better than anyone–because everything has a price, every debt always comes due, and it’s finally time for Patrick to pay his. 

How was it?

I dreaded the final installment of the Soulbound series. As much as I wanted to read it, the idea that it’s the last one did not sit well with me. But Hailey Turner managed to get me to a place – after playing way too much with my emotions – where the possibility of not having another book or spin-off, which I still want, might be ok. It might be the denial talking.

Soulbound VII put me through a vast array of emotions from start to finish, there were many gut punches, surprises, and thrills throughout. Some of these emotional gut punches hit harder than I would have expected, this book has more surprises than the seventh book of a series that I’ve re-read several times should have. The action in this last entry is also astounding and very cinematic. The mythology and lore is here in full forces, and once again they are very well used, the avengers have assembled and they’re kicking ass. But as thrilling as the book is, there’s a healthy amount of fear that kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.

The series as a whole is well-crafted, the details that went into it is inspiring. Not only the use of myths and lores from around the world is impressive but the growth of the characters from installment to installment is also amazing.

As for the audiobook, Garry Furlong once again does an amazing job but I couldn’t enjoy it as much, because it’s harder for me now to pretend the story hasn’t ended. For some reason there’s a finality in his performance throughout that I don’t like to hear. I want at least a spin-off, another story set in this world. At this point I’d settle for one that doesn’t even have to feature any of the characters in Soulbound. Anyway I guess now that my collection is complete, I have all the ebooks and audiobooks, and I’ll try to refrain on getting the physical copies until I can get them signed.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Death is the last lover you will ever know.

SOA Special Agent Patrick Collins has lived a life full of lies, and it has finally caught up with him. There’s no denying his past any longer, not after giving up the truth to save himself from a murder charge. But truth alone can’t set Patrick free, and time is running out to stop the Dominion Sect from turning his father into a god.

Jonothon de Vere knows survival isn’t a guarantee, but he’s desperate to keep Patrick safe, even as hope slips through his fingers. With the future unknown, Jono will follow Patrick wherever he goes, even to Salem, where a family reunion reveals a bitter secret that was never going to stay buried.

With New York City under control of their god pack, Patrick and Jono must fall back on every alliance they’ve brokered to fill the front lines of a war coming directly to the city streets. The veil is always thinnest on Samhain, and what awaits them on the other side is the stuff of nightmares. For when it tears, all hell will break loose, and the gods will be summoned to face a reckoning the world isn’t ready for.



The stakes have never been higher, failure has never been so deadly, and the Fates have never been kind to heroes. Patrick knows that better than anyone–because everything has a price, every debt always comes due, and it’s finally time for Patrick to pay his. 

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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.


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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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On The Wings of War | Hailey Turner

On The Wings of War (Soulbound V) by Hailey Turner published 2 September 2020

The coveted Morrígan’s staff is up for sale on the black market to the highest bidder, and SOA Special Agent Patrick Collins will do whatever it takes to ensure the Dominion Sect doesn’t get their hands on it. Returning the weapon to its rightful owner is another step on the long road toward clearing Patrick’s soul debt, but he won’t walk it alone. Jonothon de Vere won’t let him.

Obeying the gods means Patrick must travel to London. For Jono, it means facing a past he thought he’d left behind forever. His return to England isn’t welcome, and neither is their pack, but Jono and Patrick will face the antagonism together. Politics aside, their priority must be the mission, but the bone-chilling secret they uncover in the London god pack will have far-reaching repercussions no one can ignore.

A race against time takes Patrick and Jono from the streets of London to the bright lights of Paris, where hospitality is thin on the ground, the air is filled with whispered prayers for the missing, and the Morrígan’s staff will end up in the one place it should never have gone—a graveyard.

For beneath Paris lie the long-forgotten dead, and when they rise to walk again, the living can only hope to die.

How was it?

There’s a reason why this is one of the few series that I read AND listened to on audible. It’s good stuff, exciting, always a great read, and On The Wings of War is certainly that. The characters grow and evolve in each book, as new interesting ones are introduced.

I appreciate this trend in the Soulbound series of introducing us to folklore and myths from around the world, but it’s always impressive to see how organically those legends blend into the story. Hailey Turner has created a rich world where mythological legends, politics, action, and drama collide.

Setting the action in London and Paris, gave us a glimpse at how things are done outside of the States. Whether it is in the werecreature community or the government side of the magical community. This added another layer of realism to the series, as well as providing us a glimpse into Jono’s life before he came to NYC.

Speaking of the Wolf-Bright blue eyed God Pack alpha, his mage, Patrick, cracked me up in this book, particularly when they were in London. Sage, who’s my favorite, really stepped up and was so bad-ass I loved every word of it. It was also nice to spend some time with the Hellraisers’ adjacent characters.

I think it’s the first time it’s clearly mentioned who told Setsuna to keep Patrick safe. Before, I was under the impression that she stepped up for personal reasons that I loved speculating about. Setsuna is not the only one for who I had to adjust my speculations for. The revelations from the London God Pack changed what I thought about Estelle and Yusef. I figured that one or both of them were like Jono but now, my theory has shifted a bit.

I understand the cliffhanger ending for On the Wings of War but it got me f’ed up. I have so many questions, I am not used to this “unresolved” feeling from this book series, but it’s such a good cliff hanger! So the wait for book VI will be excruciating. This book was the freaking best

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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A Vigil in the Mourning | Hailey Turner

A Vigil in the Mourning (Soulbound IV) by Hailey Turner published 6 April 2020

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.

How was it?

Every time I pick up one the Soulbound books I am reminded of how I very reluctantly read the first one. I’m someone who picks books literally because of the cover, and for some reason I read because I had nothing else to read, that book was in my reading queue, and I didn’t want to look for another book. I would have been gutted if years down the line I found my way through that series of books. They’re amazing, I love this world, loved the characters and every story adds to the soulbound series. 

A Vigil in the Mourning is no exception, as the fourth in the series it changes things up a bit, with new characters, threats and locations. It was difficult for me to put it down but it seemed more repetitive than the others in some way. I really enjoy the bonds between the characters, they feel like a family, a pack. So whenever one of them does something, you know exactly how the others are going to feel about it before it’s mentioned because you’ve gotten to know these characters, that’s how well developed they are. It doesn’t feel like a trope or a plot device. That’s probably Turner’s biggest strength, writing great characters that feel so real that it’s as if you’ve known them your whole life.  

The action is plentiful and entertaining but I realized that I read these books more for the relationships between characters, at least that’s what I remember the most. I guess the repetitiveness I felt came from all the other stuff. It’s not quite formulaic but close enough. Whether A Vigil in the Mourning follows a pattern or not, it’s still unique enough to be a great read. I’m eager for the next one.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Soulbound I
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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.

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Soulbound I
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Soulbound II
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