Erryn reviews ‘On the Wings of War (Soulbound Book #5)’ by Hailey Turner. The audiobook, narrated by Gary Furlong was released October 15, 2020, and is 10 hrs and 37 mins. The ebook was published September 2, 2020, and is 386 pages. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this: I’m loving this series.
Remembering the dead will always give them life.
The coveted Morrígan’s staff is up for sale on the black market to the highest bidder, and SOA Special Agent Patrick Collins will do whatever it takes to ensure the Dominion Sect doesn’t get their hands on it. Returning the weapon to its rightful owner is another step on the long road toward clearing Patrick’s soul debt, but he won’t walk it alone. Jonothon de Vere won’t let him.
Obeying the gods means Patrick must travel to London. For Jono, it means facing a past he thought he’d left behind forever. His return to England isn’t welcome, and neither is their pack, but Jono and Patrick will face the antagonism together. Politics aside, their priority must be the mission, but the bone-chilling secret they uncover in the London god pack will have far-reaching repercussions no one can ignore.
A race against time takes Patrick and Jono from the streets of London to the bright lights of Paris, where hospitality is thin on the ground, the air is filled with whispered prayers for the missing, and the Morrígan’s staff will end up in the one place it should never have gone – a graveyard.
For beneath Paris lie the long-forgotten dead, and when they rise to walk again, the living can only hope to die.
On the Wings of War is a m/m urban fantasy with a gay romantic subplot and a HFN ending. It is a direct sequel to A Vigil in the Mourning. Listening to the first book in the series would be helpful in enjoying this one.
I have really enjoyed Hailey Turner’s Soulbound series. That being said, I’m glad to hear it will be wrapping up with the next book (although I could be wrong). This series has had a wild arc, to be sure, but I think, with an ending in sight, I am better able to appreciate this book. Some of her fans might disagree and want the series to continue forever. This fifth book starts up directly after book 4 – in the wake of the disastrous Chicago incident. As Patrick says, “Chicago was not my fault.” Maybe not, but he does have a way of bringing chaos, mayhem, and massive battles to the streets. He’s barely finished with the Windy City when he’s tasked of rescuing the Morrigan Staff and ensuring it doesn’t land in the hands of his enemies. If the Dominion got the staff, all bets are off – so to speak.
So off to London he goes. Jono, his lover and soulbond mate insists on coming. There’s a price on his head should he return to London, but after Patrick was nearly destroyed in Chicago, Jono’s not taking any chances. Their dire Sage comes with them. Having a weretiger is always handy. And Wade comes along because, you know, comic relief in the form of an ever-starving teenage dragon.
There’s a lot going on in this book. New characters, old characters. New grudges, old grudges. I do my best to keep up but sometimes I’m just along for the ride. And, not to spoil anything, but the book does culminate in one of those epic battles. I’d expect nothing less.
So passionfruit macaroons, dragons, zombies, and Hermes. And chaos.
I enjoy these stories but I know I would get more out of them if I were familiar with mythology. Ms. Turner doesn’t just draw from Greek Mythology, but her characters span many countries, legends, and religions. She has truly done her homework, and I am the more knowledgeable for it.
Narrating this wild ride is Gary Furlong whose work I always enjoy. He’s done a great job with this series and I can’t wait for the next book. I want to see the final dénouement.
9/10 Pots of Gold (90% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
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