All Souls Near & Nigh
by Hailey Turner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Hailey Turner just gets better and better. I was so captivated by this book I pulled an all-nighter because I HAD to finish it!! Her blend of world building, plot, suspense, the twists she tosses on, and the strong, well-rounded and _flawed_ characters make for an engrossing read from start to finish.
In the second installment of this series, Special Agent Patrick Collins and his soulbounded lover, and pack alpha, Jonothon de Vere, are once again pulled in to a right mess of a situation thanks to Patrick's soul debt to the Gods. This time it involves the territories of the vampires and werecreatures in NYC and the treaties that have kept the peace, stopping the preternatural world from going to war in the city streets. Oh and Lucien is back... oh Lucien.
Patrick and, because of the fact that Jonothon has claimed him as lover and pack, Jonothon are thrust into the middle of the a developing turf war, the treaties coming unraveled as a vampire drug known as Shine is flooding the streets and the bodies of were creatures have been found with vampire bite marks and their bodies show signs of being enslaved with silver burns at throat and wrists.
Special Agent Patrick Collins has been reassigned by the Supernatural Operations Agency to New York City. Navigating his new relationship with Jonothon de Vere, the werewolf he’s now soulbound to, is nothing compared to dealing with territorial disputes between the vampires and werecreatures who call the five boroughs home. But the delicate treaties that have kept the preternatural world in check are fraying at the edges, and the fallout is spilling into the mundane world.
Through the course of their investigation, Jonothon comes head to head with the NYC God Pack once again, and the barely held together promise on Jonothon's part is put to the test as the most heinous kind of betrayals is revealed. And Patrick comes face to face with death, yet again, but this time he may not survive the confrontation.
We are introduced to a whole new pantheon of gods in this book, and the world Hailey is building becomes even more fascinating. This is, without a doubt, her best writing to date, not that any of it has been less than amazing. But the story, the action, the feelz this book evokes. I'm truly impressed with her writing ability and she is a writer I will always drop what I'm reading in order to devour anything new she puts out.
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