Book Review: A Vigil in the Mourning (Soulbound Book 4) by Hailey Turner [Audiobook]

Patrick, a mage working for the government as well as the gods he's indebted to, is sent to Chicago this time because Odin might be in danger, and because there might be info about the Morrigan's staff. Meanwhile, Jono continues in his push against the New York god pack while avoiding hunters and forming new alliances.

Book Cover - A Vigil in the Mourning by Hailey Turner
Title: A Vigil in the Mourning
Book Number: Book 4
Pages: 368
My Rating: 4 Stars
More Info: Goodreads, Amazon


This was another great book in the series!

These are great characters, and their relationships are super sweet. All the relationships—the romantic one between Patrick and Jono, and the found family they’ve created with their friends and their pack, especially Wade, the sometimes petulant but lovable teenage dragon. I also really enjoy getting to see an established romantic relationship that grows over the course of a series with ups and downs, rather than just the beginning of a romance.

This book also had the usual action-packed plot. This time it was about Norse gods.

I feel like these books are becoming kind of similar, like there’s not much difference between them (a bit of relationship stuff but no big changes, a sex scene or two, some battles with gods and the Dominion Sect) and the overall plot about the staff isn’t being pushed forward much, but I still enjoy them.

The audiobook narration by Gary Furlong was good. I still feel like it’s a bit flat, but I can’t tell if that’s a stylistic choice or if maybe English just isn’t his original accent. It still sounds natural though, and dialogue sounds good with the right emotion when necessary.

Overall I enjoyed this, I like these characters and their little found family, and I’m looking forward to more of their story.


Book Blurb

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.

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