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

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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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Lily pulls on all the heartstrings with this second chance romance

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I swear, every time I think I’ve found my favourite couple, Lily Morton writes me another pair that steal my heart.

Now, Caden and Malachi will never lose their place at the top because Hey, Lily wrote me a rare breeds farmer and so duh! (see Spring Strings)  but Felix and Max are now very firmly ensconced in second place.

I loved how this book took a different narrative style than most of Lily’s others, giving us a very definite book of two halves.

The first concerns all the build up to what we know from her other books, was a very painful split for Felix when Max broke his heart.

Here we get to see just how that came about and it was bittersweet to watch them falling in love without either of them being able to seize the moment and admit it.

The second half of the story gives us them back in each other’s orbits and, including flashbacks to scenes we’ve encountered from other perspectives in other stories, it really worked well to introduce the slow build up to them finding their way back to each other.

There’s the usual snark you’d expect from Lily, I’d nearly choked to death before the end of page one so thanks for that 😉 but there’s also a lot of pain and hurt.

Felix is an absolute delight and Max is nothing like the flighty, irresponsible character we saw in Zeb and Jesse’s book Best Man. Instead, he’s hiding his hurt away and he’s confused about his feelings for his best friend Ivo, who he’s always believed he was in love with.

The way this complicated and complex plot was navigated really impresses, there’s never a moment where you forget at what point in time you are, the recollections flow seamlessly into the present.

This book had unexpected happy memories for me too, as the first motorbike I ever went on was my Uncle Richard’s 850cc Norton Commando when I was five-years-old! Sitting on the petrol tank as he slowly rode around the block and sealed my love for two wheels.

Also Waterloo Bridge – he didn’t leave her so there! She thought he was dead in the war 🤪😁

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Cover Reveal:  On The Wings of War by Hailey Turner

 On The Wings of War | Hailey Turner

 Soulbound V

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Release Date (Print & Ebook): September 2nd, 2020

Length (Print & Ebook): 109,151 words

Buy Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08CST5MVV

Author Site: https://haileyturner.com/book/on-the-wings-of-war

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Blurb

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 MM 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.

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Excerpt

“I hate ties,” Patrick said, tugging at the one wrapped around his neck. “I hate suits. Why couldn’t I have done all of these meetings remotely?”

“Because you’ve done enough property damage earlier this year that it’s best to remind people you aren’t the enemy,” SOA Director Setsuna Abuku replied without looking at him as they continued down a corridor in the Pentagon. The military aide escorting them was doing a fine job of pretending not to hear a word they said.

“Chicago was not my fault.”

Setsuna finally deigned to look at him, arching one eyebrow. “The people of Chicago beg to differ.”

“It was months ago. They should be over it by now.”

Setsuna twisted her wrist so her cane smacked him in the shin, never breaking stride. “You know a city doesn’t easily recover from an attack like that.”

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About The Author

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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