*I received an ecopy of this book via A Novel Take PR. This has not influenced my review.*
I think I say this every time, but this was another great book in the series! Same great action and lovable characters.
One thing these books do especially well is the realism in characters. Some books try to make characters stand out by pushing certain aspects to extremes, making them broken or mysterious or quirky. But these characters stand out by being real in an understated way. They’re not overly dramatic, nor do they rely on tropes. Their actions, emotions, and dialogue feel genuine, given their situations and lives involving the supernatural. They’re also very likeable. Not overly perfect, but good and loyal.
Well, except for Lucien and Carmen. I love that vampire and succubus! They’re so awful. Even other criminals are scared of Lucien. I’ve said this before too, but what a freaking power couple. I’m so glad they’ve been in most or all the books so far, even if only for a small part.
Back to the characters who are actually decent people, there’s still a sweet found family aspect to this series, what with Patrick and Jono’s small, unusual, but loyal pack.
I’m also still enjoying getting to read about characters in an established relationship, rather than just the initial romance, though that’s not the focus anymore. They’re a solid couple who actually try to communicate and support each other, even if they sometimes struggle or make mistakes.
Lots of magic too! Mages, shifters, gods, a dragon.
The overall series plot about the Morrigan’s staff and the Dominion Sect continues to crawl at a snail’s pace, but the godpack plot is making small steps of progress in the meantime, and it’s still fun reading about these characters and whatever book-specific mess they get themselves into. And something happened in this one that should have an interesting impact on future books.
Overall, I enjoyed this and am looking forward to more!
Fans of Books 1-4 in Hailey Turner's Soulbound series. Anyone who likes m/m urban fantasy, magic and supernatural creatures, lovable characters, and sweet romantic and friends/family-like relationships.