I’d like to start by saying thank you to A Novel Take for allowing me to be a part of the A Ferry of Bones & Gold blog tour! I’m a huge fan of Urban Fantasy reads, especially really well done LGBT Urban Fantasy, so I was really excited when the tour came around. Now I’m excited to share my thoughts with all of you!
A Ferry of Bones & Gold by Hailey Turner
Urban Fantasy M/M
September 12, 2018
About the Book: 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.
What a great UF novel from an author I’ve never read before! A Ferry of Bones & Gold was everything I look for in Urban Fantasy. It has a well outlined and plotted Fantasy setting, including the paranormal creatures, and it had two very interesting characters for us to root for. I’m also partial to UF about Gods and Goddesses. It’s pretty much a sure fire way to get me to pick up a book.
In A Ferry of Bones & Gold the plot centers around a mage named Patrick, and a demon case he’s working on in NYC. There he meets a very unorthodox pack of werecreatures, and Jono the werewolf he finds himself drawn to. Obviously I was a huge fan of Jono and Patrick, because I’m a hopeless romantic, but also because Jono and Patrick didn’t jump right into ‘I now pronounce you husbands’. They also didn’t progress exceptionally slow. It was a casual, angstless, developing relationship that is slowly becoming more serious. It was a very different type of relationship, when compared to other UF series out there.
It wasn’t just about Jono and Patrick either, I actually liked how it took a while for the pack to accept Patrick too. They don’t trust people right away, and it took a while for Patrick to prove his worth and become their friends. I have a feeling in the next book Patrick’s new friends and his old friends are going to meet, and that should be explosive!
The plot and world building were also well done. I liked the magic lore in the series, and I liked how magic users could tap into their own souls to channel magic, but mages could also tap into the ley lines and nexuses for added power. It was very creative and unique. I also don’t think there was a massive info dump, which can be frustrating. On the other hand the way the world was described sometimes felt overly complicated. I found myself becoming confused at the long explanations, and perhaps possibly skimming a paragraph here or there. I think, had it been simplified just a bit, this could have been a 5 star read.
I have no doubt future installments will manage to ring that 5 star bell effortlessly.
Thank you to A Novel Take PR for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Patrick let go of the whiskey bottle and reached for his handgun instead, clicking the safety off. The weak threshold wrapped around the apartment hadn’t been tripped, but someone else was in here with him now. The second he acknowledged that fact, Patrick heard the television in the living room turn on.
“Fuck,” he said under his breath.
Patrick got unwanted visitors that were not the demonic variety from time to time. Nothing ever stopped them from showing up, but it never hurt to be prepared. Magazine locked in place and a spelled bullet in the chamber worked for him. Patrick walked out of the bedroom, weapon in hand, and the moment he saw who was sprawled on the couch, he seriously thought about pulling the trigger, lack of suppressor be damned.
“What the hell are you doing here?” Patrick demanded.
“Watching baseball, what does it look like? We don’t get cable past the veil,” Hermes said, not taking his eyes off the flat screen television mounted on the wall. “Do you know you’ve got something like eight hundred channels? At least one hundred of those have to be porn.”
Patrick scrubbed a hand over his face, thinking longingly of his whiskey and the fact he had hours to kill before needing to be at Tempest. “I’m way too fucking sober to deal with you.”
“Still traveling with alcohol? You really shouldn’t—”
“Touch my whiskey, get shot.”
Hermes flipped him off. “Wouldn’t kill me. Sit down, Pattycakes. We’ve things to discuss.”
Patrick glanced down at his weapon and sighed. Hermes was right. Not even spelled bullets could kill an immortal. “I hate that name”
Hermes just smiled. It didn’t reach his gold-brown eyes.
“You’re still fucking creepy,” Patrick told him.
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. Hailey loves stories with lots of action, gritty relationships, and an eventual HEA that satisfies the heart.
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I too love “grit action and eventual HEAs” so that makes me really keen to start this series! 😁 I love urban fantasy and it sounds an awful lot like the male version of Kate Daniels, or maybe an LGBT Jim Butcher. However the title really has got me chuckling, using the word “Ferry” makes it sound like the budget version of the next “Court of Thorns and Roses” novel 😋
Lol!!! It is like a mix between Kate and Dresden!! Perfect comparison.