Title: A Ferry of Bones & Gold (Soulbound #1)
Author: Hailey Turner and Gary Furlong (Narrator)
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: April 17th 2019
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, Romance
Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
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.
Gods, mages, were creatures, and more are pawns in the mystery behind a missing immortal and the dead bodies showing up in ritualistic killings all over New York City.
A Ferry of Bones & Gold is an Urban Fantasy full of action and suspense with a romantic subplot. There’s a lot of world-building here, with a ton of secondary characters and though Gary Furlong provides the main characters with distinctive character voices, let’s be honest, the sheer number of secondary characters makes it impossible to provide distinct character voices for all, but I felt like Furlong did a really admirable job with as many voices as he was able to present.
Patrick Collins is a Mage and special agent for the Supernatural Operations Agency (SOA). Patrick’s about to fly off to Maui for a much-needed vacation when he’s called to New York City to investigate.
Patrick has been working alone lately since he was soul-injured in the thirty day war. Partners have found his damaged magic too distracting, but he’s doing his best, and has learned how, to work around his magical limitations. The war that nearly killed him hurt him more than physically, but mentally and emotionally as well, and he’s still struggling with the weight of what has happened.
Jonothon de Vere is a God pack werewolf (God packs were werecreatures infected with a super strain of the werevirus, called the “God strain” among scientists.) originally from London and brought to New York by a Seer for…reasons. Reasons that become more clear once Jono and Patrick are introduced.
Furlong keeps the pace steady and the action will have you on the edge of your seat. All in all it was an interesting listen with a HFN ending that doesn’t end with a cliffhanger, but does leave some unfinished business to attend to (hopefully) in Soulbound #2 All Souls Near & Nigh.
Dual third-person POV, Urban Fantasy, with plenty of world-building, plenty of action and suspense, some heat, and a HFN ending.