Overall Enjoyment: 4/5
World building: 3/5
“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.”
I picked up A Ferry of Bones and Gold when I was looking at reading kindle unlimited. It was a free read and it sounded like something I could be interested. The plot was interesting, the urban fantasy world was given a new spin on what I normally read, and the characters were alright.
Our main character in this book is Patrick. He’s a mage that works for basically what amount to a supernatural FBI and this dude has been through some stuff. I don’t to give too much backstory way as it could spoil some things, but pieces are of his backstory are littered throughout the book. We also have Jono. He’s a lonely werewolf with a secret. We don’t get much of him which is a bit frustrating with how involved he becomes for what seems like very little reason. Honestly, even though we get backstory on these two I still feel like they could have been a bit more developed. This book is part of a series though, so we’ll probably see more as we go along.
I was pleasantly surprised with the world building. It’s urban fantasy so there’s not a whole new world created, but I think Turner did a nice job of creating a mirror world that took into consideration what our world might look like if we had supernaturals wandering around. They’re embedded in the legal system with political structures of their own, not to mention the military branches. There werewolves also get an interesting explanation as well as a new concept to me called a god pack.
I would consider this a plot driven story. Our characters do get some history added to them in bits and pieces, but it is definitely the plot that keeps this story going.
The diversity in this book is okay. Our main characters are gay, and we do have a sprinkling of racially diverse characters on the outskirts, but they only get brief mentions so I wouldn’t say there is a lot of representation in this book.
Overall, this is a decent and enjoyable book if you enjoy urban fantasy. It has a bit of grittiness to it that makes it interesting and a plot that keeps you interested. If you enjoy urban fantasy I think you could enjoy this as well.