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I’m running out of superlatives to describe this utterly brilliant urban fantasy series

54477020._SY475_On the Wings of War by Hailey Turner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Beyond good, so much so I’m struggling for words to review just how brilliantly Hailey has crafted this instalment in the fabulous Soulbound series.

This time we’re in both London and Paris as the search for the Morrigan’s missing staff sees Patrick forging an uneasy alliance with vampire Lucien.

I have to say, with each book Hailey impresses me more and more with the way she reaches into the lesser-known mythologies and folklore of the world.

Here I’m taken back to my childhood reading Andrew Lang’s Red Fairy Book, where I first encountered the Slavic character of Baba Yaga in The Death of Koschei the Deathless.

I love this about this series, the titles always give a small clue as to what the mythologies might touch on.

You never know which way Hailey will take her versions, will they aid or hinder Patrick and my heart was in my mouth for the vast majority of this book.

I read it in one afternoon because I knew once picked it up, I wasn’t going to want to stop for anything.

The pacing was perfection, so many small tension-inducing moments all building up to a cataclysmic final few chapters where I honestly wasn’t sure what the outcome would be.

I can honestly say that the ending wasn’t one I saw coming and OMG, the squeal when I realised what was happening could probably be heard the next valley over!

This book isn’t even out until next month but I am going to be dying until Soulbound VI is announced and I can find out where Hailey is taking Patrick, Jono and the pack, and their friends and allies next!

And speaking of, our mage and his werewolf are just fabulous, their bond becoming even stronger irrespective of the magic connection the Gods gave them.

They’re a pair who have found their footing and know instinctively that the other will have their back, no matter what.

Together with Sage, Wade and the rest of the gang, the friendships forged in this series are among my favourite in any genre.

As ever, no plot spoilers from me, just confirmation of another adrenaline filled exploration of just how well crafted urban fantasy/paranormal can be in the hands of a talented author.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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This series just keeps on getting better as the tensions rack up

WildWarrior500Wild Warrior by Jocelynn Drake &  Rinda Elliott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This series just keeps on getting better as the tensions rack up.

Animal Weaver Baer is the focus of this one and the romance is an absolute delight as it tromps through a pretty funny meet/cute in a coffee shop – with added pestilence bad guys that is 😁

Wiley is sweetness in an attractive package of anxietiess, living with OCD and doing his very best to have a ‘normal’ life.

When he’s inadvertently drawn into Baer’s world, he thinks it’s the best thing ever, loud the comic books he illustrates for a living coming to life.

The pacing throughout this instalment was perfect, it kept throwing out increases in tension as the bad guy turned out to be a bad gal who had a nasty surprise for Baer.

I’m not spoiling anything about the plot itself, other than to say I felt Jocelynn and Rinda had it pitched just right with the scenes between Baer and Wiley interspersed with the action adventure elements.

We also get to meet a new Weaver and the overall arc moves forward some more with hints that the dangers are only going to get worse the closer the Weavers Circle is to completion.

One particular thing is revealed which leads directly into book three, which is Gray’s story and it can’t come soon enough for me!

#ARC kindly received from the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Another triumphant series starter from Drake & Elliott

53009431._SY475_Broken Warrior by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If the rest of this series lives up to the opener then it’s going to be an absolute triumph.

Everything I love about a good urban fantasy paranormal was included:

1. Just enough of a twist on our existing world to make everything familiar but with an edge of danger.

2. A solid idea of how the magic is going to work within this alternative world.

3. Clear lines between heroes and villains and a great pacing of plot which drives the narrative towards its conclusion.

On top of that, it has two gorgeous men who meet under the strangest of circumstances and find a profound connection.

As is ever the case with these two writing together, the sex is hot but backed with plenty of emotions.

There’s humour to lighten the feelings of oppression and enough hooks are left to entice you into wanting more without an obvious cliffhanger.

Looking forward to finding out more about the rest of the Weavers and who their soul mates will be.

#ARC kindly received from the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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