Title: a Crown of Iron & Silver
Series: Souldbound #3
Author: Hailey Turner
Publisher: self published
Release Date: September 10, 2019
Genre(s): urban fantasy, mystery, fae, supernatural, kidnapping
Page Count: 379
Reviewed by: Larissa
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Never promise a life that isn’t yours to give.
New York City is decked out for the holidays, and Special Agent Patrick Collins is looking forward to a reunion with his old team when he gets assigned a new case. A human child is missing, and the changeling left in her place causes a prominent witch family to demand justice from the fae.
Meanwhile, continued harassment from the New York City god pack forces Jonothon de Vere to formally establish his own with Patrick. Doing so will mean a civil war within the werecreature community—a war they risk losing from the start without alliances. Making bargains with the fae is never wise, but Patrick and Jono have nothing to lose when a fae lord comes asking for their help.
The Summer Lady has been kidnapped from the Seelie Court, and if they can find her, Patrick and Jono will cement an alliance with the fae. But the clues to her disappearance are found in Tír na nÓg, and the Otherworld has never been kind to mortals.
Venturing past the veil, Patrick and Jono risk losing territory, time, and their very lives while searching for answers. Because the Queen of Air and Darkness knows they are coming—and the ruler of the Unseelie Court has an offer for them they can’t possibly refuse.
A Crown of Iron & Silver is the third book in the Soulbound series, following Supernatural Operations Agency agent Patrick Collins and godpack werewolf Jono on their adventures in New York (and beyond the veil this time). I didn’t think this series could get any better, but with every instalment this series becomes better and better.
In A Crown of Iron & Silver Patrick doesn’t get a moments rest and is on the case of a changeling child for a very rich and influential witch family. Meaning the child was swapped for a fae child. Things soon hit close to home again when it turns out his cultic, out for power and psychopath father is involved with the Fae. On the personal front, his relationship with Jono keeps growing and his ties with his pack and their friends are evolving too. It was really nice to see Patrick’s old teammates too. A lot happens there too! It’s a fast paced story and quite to rollercoaster. No rest for the wicked or should that be: no rest for Patrick?
In this instalment, the reader not only gets a very good mystery involving the Fae (we saw glimpses of them in the last book), but you see Patrick growing as a character. Overcoming past trauma and becoming more trusting of his friends and his relationship with Jono deepens.
The story is very well spun with solid writing, editing and pacing. I like how there was a balance between the ongoing plot with his father and his quest for world domination and a current case he’s working on. We see the same for Jono. He’s involved in the case, but the plot involving the godpack and his status are evolving as well. With every book the reader sees more and more unfold, while at the same time there is a mystery/case ongoing. In that regard Hailey Turner is becoming quite the storyteller. She knows how to spin a story and keep the reader involved.
I did think the ending was a little more rushed compared to the previous books, but then a lot happened in relatively short timespan in this story.
A Crown of Iron & Silver is not a story you can read as a standalone, it’s an ongoing series and I’m very much looking forward to seeing what happens next with Jono and Patrick and their friends. So if you are looking for a well written and well spun urban fantasy story with a romance on the side, the Souldbound series is for you.