A Vigil in the Mourning
by Hailey Turner
Urban Fantasy LGBTQ
April 06, 2020
About the Book:
The devil you know is never the one you should trust.
Special Agent Patrick Collins is dispatched to Chicago, chasing a lead on the Morrígan’s staff for the joint task force. Needing a cover for his presence in the Windy City, Patrick is ordered to investigate a politician running for mayor. In the lead up to election day, not everything is what it seems in a city where playing to win means appeasing the gods first and the electorate second.
But Chicago brings its own set of problems outside the case: a stand-offish local god pack, a missing immortal, and Patrick’s twin sister. Fighting Hannah and the Dominion Sect provides Patrick with a sinister reminder that some blood ties can never be cut.
Left behind in New York City, Jonothon de Vere finds himself targeted by hunters who will go through anyone to kill him—including the packs under his protection. With a bounty on his head, Jono is forced to make a choice that Patrick would never approve of. Doing so risks breaking the trust he’s built with the man he loves, but not acting will give the rival New York City god pack leverage Jono can’t afford to give up.
When Patrick and Jono reunite in Chicago, Patrick must confront the fraying of a relationship he’s come to rely on for his own sanity. But fixing their personal problems will have to wait—because Niflheim is clawing at the shores of Lake Michigan and the dead are hungry.
Patrick and Jono fight for their lives, tangling with Norse gods and monsters, while their relationship is strained by secrets and separation, in another exciting, deliciously angsty ride from Turner’s Soulbound series.
— Layla Reyne, author of the Fog City Trilogy
VIGIL IN MOURNING takes the Soulbound series a step further into stellar story crafting. A change in scenery for Patrick and a separation from his soulmate raises the stakes, and cliches are deftly avoided and expectations shattered as the central love story becomes fraught with tension. Each plot twist leaves the reader gasping and clinging to the pages, and I was not expecting that ending. Jono and Patrick lead an ensemble cast of characters that includes a snack obsessed dragon, a seer with a sarcasm problem, and gods that can’t help but meddle. Patrick’s snarktastic attitude leaves me laughing and terrified at the trouble he calls down.
— SJ Himes, bestselling author
Hailey Turner’s UF series continues to get better and better with every book.
As the fourth installment, A Vigil in the Mourning continues Patrick’s fight with the Dominion Sect, and what it means for his family. It also puts Jono on a more aggressive path to taking down Estelle and Yousef to become the Gods Pack of New York City.
It also happened to be the first installment that splits our two heroes up, forcing them into independent decisions and potential disagreements.
I’ve always said I’m not a fan of separations, but lately I’m wondering if I’ve been wrong. If A Vigil in the Mourning proves anything it’s how I actually loved reading Patrick and Jono trying to navigate their worlds without each other. They’ve become so blended, both in abilities and romantically, they flounder when not together. Patrick is still capable, but he’s learned to let himself lean on Jono, and Jono has always protected Patrick, but he had to reevaluate what protecting Pat should actually look like.
Keeping secrets is not a form of protection.
Pulling Jono and Pat apart allowed for their love to adapt, and it turns out I really love opportunities for growth.
You know what else I loved about A Vigil in the Mourning? I loved how it doesn’t feel like the story is nearing the end. Pat and Jono still have mountains to climb, and it reads like they’re still only in the ascent. That means there are a couple books left in the Soulbound series, it least. That makes me very very happy indeed.
“Where are you?” Patrick said when Wade picked up.
“Uh, why? Are you in trouble?” Wade asked.
“Not yet, but I’m being followed.”
“Werecreatures? I saw a couple this morning before I lost them.”
Patrick scowled and drummed his fingers against the steering wheel. “And you didn’t think you should go back to the hotel once you identified them?”
Wade snorted. “The hotel doesn’t have good snacks. I’m at Target getting better ones.”
“Of course you are.”
“It’s not like I can’t tell what they are, and I’m good at ditching people in a crowd. I’m not being followed right now. Trust me, I’d know if I was.”
“Get back to the hotel, Wade.”
“After I get snacks. And maybe another hot dog.”
“Food first, fight later, bye.”
Wade ended the call, and Patrick swore. “Fucking teenagers.”
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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So glad the series is still going strong for you! I LOVE a good separation. It usually means a lot of angst. LOL
Great review! 🙂
LOL! Surprisingly not a lot of angst, thank goodness!
This book was SO good!!! I can’t tell you how glad I am that I found this series.♡
It really is a good series! I wish it was more popular
I really enjoyed book 4 as well!! Such a strong series. I don’t want to have to wait for book 5 though!!
Thank GOSH they come out quicker than other series!
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