Title: A Ferry of Bones and Gold
Author: Hailey Turner
Series: Soulbound Book 1
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.
Review: This is the first urban fantasy that I’ve read and found it quite interesting, indeed. The idea that we live in one of many parallel universes or planes has been touted for years. That the gods, witches, and demons can pass between them certainly has eerie possibilities. But the idea that hell, itself, is one of those planes is rather off-putting to me, especially if beings can pass from hell to our universe at will.
Power and greed play an important role in A Ferry of Bones & Gold. Power is the ultimate goal for Ethan, Patrick’s blood father. He would do whatever it took to have the power of a god. To get that power, he has to steel a godhead. Yeah that sounds gross and it should, but that’s what he needs, to gain the power he so desperately wants. Patrick, on the other hand, has the responsibility of stopping Ethan from carrying out his plans. Patrick has been tasked with killing Ethan in the process. Yes, killing his blood father, who would not blink an eye to kill Patrick if the need arose.
Add to that, the gods have thrust a werewolf upon him and insist they protect each other no matter what happens. Okay, that could be difficult when Patrick usually works alone, doesn’t trust anyone, and has lusted for Jono from the first second he appeared in front of his eyes. Patrick, fortunately, has powers that most don’t posses, but they’re not working up to par. Why is not fully explained, but is eluded to and thus he is at a disadvantage against the powers of evil and greed. But the gods want him to succeed so they offer help in a variety of ways. Each could be as deadly to Patrick as it could be to Ethan and his force of demons.
Turner pulled me into the story and I must admit my curiosity had me wanting more. Between the well written storyline and my curiosity, I found myself refusing to put the book down. The blurb is way to simple for the amount of mystery and suspense Turner has built into this novel. A Ferry of Bones & Gold is a page turner that I’d recommend to anyone familiar with the genre or who is interested in taking the plunge into something new.
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