*I received an ecopy of this book via A Novel Take PR. This has not influenced my review.*
I think I say this every time, but this was another great book in the series! Same great action and lovable characters.
One thing these books do especially well is the realism in characters. Some books try to make characters stand out by pushing certain aspects to extremes, making them broken or mysterious or quirky. But these characters stand out by being real in an understated way. They’re not overly dramatic, nor do they rely on tropes. Their actions, emotions, and dialogue feel genuine, given their situations and lives involving the supernatural. They’re also very likeable. Not overly perfect, but good and loyal.
Well, except for Lucien and Carmen. I love that vampire and succubus! They’re so awful. Even other criminals are scared of Lucien. I’ve said this before too, but what a freaking power couple. I’m so glad they’ve been in most or all the books so far, even if only for a small part.
Back to the characters who are actually decent people, there’s still a sweet found family aspect to this series, what with Patrick and Jono’s small, unusual, but loyal pack.
I’m also still enjoying getting to read about characters in an established relationship, rather than just the initial romance, though that’s not the focus anymore. They’re a solid couple who actually try to communicate and support each other, even if they sometimes struggle or make mistakes.
Lots of magic too! Mages, shifters, gods, a dragon.
The overall series plot about the Morrigan’s staff and the Dominion Sect continues to crawl at a snail’s pace, but the godpack plot is making small steps of progress in the meantime, and it’s still fun reading about these characters and whatever book-specific mess they get themselves into. And something happened in this one that should have an interesting impact on future books.
Overall, I enjoyed this and am looking forward to more!
Fans of Books 1-4 in Hailey Turner's Soulbound series. Anyone who likes m/m urban fantasy, magic and supernatural creatures, lovable characters, and sweet romantic and friends/family-like relationships.
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Remembering the dead will always give them life.
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.
On the Wings of War is a 109k word m/m urban fantasy with a gay romantic subplot and a HFN ending. It is a direct sequel to A Vigil in the Mourning. Reading the first book in the series would be helpful in enjoying this one.