A Vigil in the Mourning by Hailey Turner
Series: Soulbound IV
Release Date (Print & Ebook): April 6, 2020
Length (Print & Ebook): 102,951
Subgenre: LGBTQ Urban Fantasy
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About A Vigil in the Mourning:
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.
Marek is seeing visions; the two birds are back and Patrick is once again being sent away to deal with the mess the gods have created—this time in Chicago. But if there’s a chance to find the relic, Morrigan’s staff, the key to Patrick’s father, Ethan, making himself a god, then the trip will be worth it even if the timing sucks. Things are coming to a head in New York and the showdown with the leaders of the other god pack is looking unavoidable. Ever since Jono and Patrick claimed Jono’s right to establish a second god pack it has been a nasty fight to keep them safe. Estelle and Youssef, the other god pack leaders, may be corrupt and downright evil, but that hasn’t stopped some of their smaller packs from breaking off and asking Jono for protection—something he takes very seriously.
So Patrick is off to Chicago to meet and deal with the god, Odin, and try to discover where the staff may be and Jono is traveling into the burroughs of New York to strengthen pack border lines and assure one of his packs that he is determined to keep them safe. Both men are walking into trouble—Jono will be ambushed, Patrick will be unsuccessful in warning a god to take cover and all hell is about to break loose—literally.
The fourth installment of Hailey Turner’s exciting Soulbound series, has been released and I couldn’t be happier. A Vigil in the Mourning continues the saga of Jono and Patrick and their fledgling god pack. Patrick is still reeling from the last encounter with his father, Ethan, and his twin sister, Hannah. He and Jono managed to stop them again but all signs lead to them returning once more—this time intent to not only to make Ethan a god in his own right but also to tear the curtain between hell and earth and subjugate those on earth who they don’t kill outright. Meanwhile poor Jono has demons after him, intent on killing him, and removing his bid to be the sole god pack in New York. Things are, to put it mildly, pretty intense and chaotic for our heroes.
In this novel the author tests the bonds that tie Patrick and Jono together—not the soulbond but those reasons they stay in each other’s lives at all. While Jono freely declares his love for Patrick, Patrick still can’t bring himself to utter those three little words but always promises he will return to Jono no matter where his job leads him. Jono understands but when he’s attacked and mortally wounded he opts to keep it secret from Patrick and when the little white lie is discovered there is trouble in paradise for our intrepid duo. I really love how these two men stay true to themselves and their determination to see the evil that is Patrick’s father, Ethan, and his Dominion Sect followers put down once and for all. That doesn’t happen in this story—just so you know and while there are definitely loose ends to be addressed, this story gets us further down the road to discovering where the staff may be and just how the final showdown, whenever it may happen, is going to gut poor Patrick as it will mean killing his twin.
Instead of a neat ending we are left with the idea that a war is brewing in New York and Jono has done everything he can to gain an uneasy alliance with the Night Court in order to take down Estelle once and for all. The confrontation between Patrick and his father is even more destructive than past fights and nearly one that Patrick loses despite all the help that arrives to surround him. The gods are just as frustrating and intractable as before—using Patrick and Jono as their weapon against Ethan and his penchant for capturing gods in order to sacrifice them to achieve his own god status. It all comes together and leaves you shaken and thankful that Patrick and Jono survive to see another day and, inevitably, another fight to come.
As always, these novels must be read in order or you will be hopelessly lost in this amazing world author Hailey Turner has created. This fast-paced fantasy/action adventure story is a worthy addition to this stunning series. I love these guys and their adventures—I hope there are many more stories to come from this gifted writer.
Patrick shoved the TSA badge, a set of janitor keys, someone’s paper boarding pass, and a lanyard with LaGuardia printed on it into his jacket pocket, fingertips glowing from a look-away ward. Sparks of his magic twisted through the air in their immediate area as the ward directed everyone’s attention away from them.
“I told you to keep your hands to yourself when we went through security,” Patrick hissed.
“Maybe people shouldn’t leave stuff lying around waiting for someone to take it,” Wade muttered.
“They were wearing the damn things!”
Wade shrugged, gaze darting around as they walked through O’Hare, apparently unrepentant of his thieving ways. “I want a hot dog.”
Patrick rolled his eyes and kept walking. “I spent fifty dollars on the plane feeding you. Can we get out of O’Hare first?”
“But Chicago Style Hot Dogs is right there.”
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
About Hailey Turner:
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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