Book Review: A Ferry of Bones & Gold (Soulbound Book 1) by Hailey Turner

 
 
Patrick, a 29-year-old veteran now working for a government agency that deals with supernatural emergencies, gets called to New York for a case in which people are being murdered by demons, and unfortunately the gods he owes a debt to are also involved. What he's not expecting is for the Fates to push a sexy werewolf into his life, and the two of them will have to work together while Patrick tries not to let his heart get in the way.

Book Review: A Ferry of Bones & Gold (Soulbound Book 1) by Hailey Turner | reading, books, urban fantasy, lgbt+, m/m
Title: A Ferry of Bones & Gold
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Book Number: Book 1
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This was a great start to an urban fantasy series I’m excited to continue! This book had a little bit of everything in the best way. Good writing, a flawed but lovable main character, a nice cast of supporting characters, a romance that I could get behind with a sweet and sexy shifter, a couple steamy sex scenes, action-packed battles, a world with magic and gods and other supernaturals, and a solid plot about a string of demon-related murders and some power-hungry baddies.

I will admit I was confused about a lot of things (the gods stuff, the different government and military agencies, the way the packs and god packs worked, some case-related details), but it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the book. I think it’s cool the author put so much thought into the world, and it turns out there’s a helpful index in the back, I just didn’t realize it was there until I finished.

Another great thing was just Patrick’s character. He’s a war vet, and the author really kept his military background in mind. He had habits left over from his military days. He had thoughts and reactions that were different than someone without that background. He had emotional trauma and scars from both the war and his childhood. He was flawed and a bit harsh sometimes, he didn’t always handle his emotions in healthy ways, and he felt guilty about things, but ultimately he was a good person.

Jono was great too, in a way that just made me happy Patrick ended up with him in his life. Jono is compassionate and protective of those he cares about.

Overall, I enjoyed this magic and supernatural-filled M/M urban fantasy, and I’m looking forward to seeing what else will happen to Patrick and Jono!

 
 
Book Blurb

When the gods come calling, you don’t get to say no.

Patrick Collins is three years into a career as a special agent for the Supernatural Operations Agency when the gods come calling to collect a soul debt he owes them. An immortal has gone missing in New York City and bodies are showing up in the wake of demon-led ritual killings that Patrick recognizes all too easily from his nightmares.

Unable to walk away, Patrick finds himself once again facing off against mercenary magic users belonging to the Dominion Sect. Standing his ground alone has never been a winning option in Patrick’s experience, but it’s been years since he’s had a partner he could trust.

Looking for allies in all the wrong places, Patrick discovers the Dominion Sect’s next target is the same werewolf the Fates themselves have thrown into his path. Patrick has been inexplicably attracted to the man from their first meeting, but desire has no place in war. That doesn’t stop Patrick from wanting what he shouldn’t have. Jonothon de Vere is gorgeous, dangerous, and nothing but trouble—to the case, to the fight against every hell, and ultimately, to Patrick’s heart and soul.

In the end, all debts must be paid, and Patrick can only do what he does best—cheat death.

A Ferry of Bones & Gold is a 115k word m/m urban fantasy with a gay romantic subplot and a HFN ending.

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    1. Kristen Burns

      Same lol. And I find that it usually does make sense in the end in most books. At least, even if I don’t understand all the details of everything that happened, I understand the overall story, and it doesn’t affect my enjoyment.

  1. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer

    I love when an author puts so much thought into making his world feel complex and real. It makes the first book of a series that much better than those who figure it out as they write. YAY! I’ll go tbr this one right now. ❤️

  2. Greg

    A government agent (and a damaged one to boot) and a werewolf- being hunted by merc mages? Sounds fun! I’m always down for werewolves!

    1. Kristen Burns

      What a concise but perfect summary, haha. Werewolves aren’t always my fave, but this series has got a nice pack thing going on, and Jono has an interesting element to his werewolfness!

        1. Kristen Burns

          I think that’s just a synopsis/blurb writer 😂 I already do two-sentence summaries at the beginning of all my book review posts, if only I could get paid for that…

  3. Crystal @ Lost in Storyland

    I love when the writers puts thought into developing the world, and it’s cool to hear there’s an index in the back. Those are so helpful for refreshing myself on details!

    I’ve been able to enjoy books in the past even if I was confused on a few details. It mostly becomes a problem when I’m stretched too far on disbelief or when the confusion hampers my understanding/enjoyment of the overall plot.

    1. Kristen Burns

      I think if I had known about the index ahead of time, I would’ve been less confused lol. But I still appreciate thought-out world building! And tbh I seem to get confused about details in a lot of books, but it doesn’t affect my enjoyment either if I can still understand the gist.

  4. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    This sounds like an interesting read and one I would probably quite enjoy. Sure, there were some questions and confusion but if it didn’t affect your enjoyment overall then I’ll mark this as one to read.

  5. Lola

    Sounds like a solid start of a new series. It sounds nice how it has a bit of everything. Too bad about a lot of things being confusing, but that’s good it didn’t affect your enjoyment of the book. It does seem like the world is very thought out, I always like that in books. That sounds well done how his military background is part of his personality. Great review!

  6. Olivia Roach

    Wow, it certainly sounds like this book has a little bit of everything… some heated scenes, great main characters and secondary characters, action scenes and a solid plot! I am impressed that you could still enjoy it even though sometimes it got to be a bit confusing. I have to admit that if I am confused my enjoyment of reading is impacted a bit :/

    1. Kristen Burns

      I get confused easily when plots get complicated lol. I’ve learned to just roll with it. It doesn’t really bother me as long as I can still understand the gist of the plot.