I stumbled upon Hailey Turner’s Soulbound series purely by chance. It was book 3 that caught my attention first, but I took the time to read from the beginning and I’m glad I did, especially since I can’t say no a redhaired mage.
I love a good flawed character and Patrick is certainly that. All too often authors use “flaws” to excuse uncharacteristic behavior, but Patrick stayed true to himself and never lost sight of what was important. He remained Patrick, so to speak, throughout all three books in the series thus far, all while growing in his relationship with Jono and friendships with the rest of the cast. I particularly enjoyed that his magic wasn’t “magical,” it followed rules and had limits.
I thoroughly enjoyed Turner’s worldbuilding. Her setting felt well lived in. Patrick’s world isn’t just Patrick and Jono, but rather the gang, their friends and foe are clearly part of a larger urban fantasy universe.
Overall, I felt this title had some rougher edges and less polish in the first half than the first two books in the series. I don’t know if there was a rush to get book 3 to market. I’m certain casual readers won’t notice, and it didn’t diminish my enjoyment of the series. I’m looking forward to more from Hailey Turner.