Title: The Scribe: Irin Chronicles Book One
Author: Elizabeth Hunter
Author's Website: Elizabeth Hunter Website
Publisher: E. Hunter/Amazon Digital Services
Genre: Epic Paranormal Romance with Thriller/Suspense
Length: approx 256 pgs
Buy Link: The Scribe: Irin Chronicles Book One
Hidden at the crossroads of the world, an ancient race battles to protect humanity, even as it dies from within.
Ava Matheson came to Istanbul looking for answers, but others came looking for her. A reckless warrior guards her steps, but will Malachi’s own past blind him to the truth of who Ava might be? While ancient forces gather around them, both Ava and Malachi search for answers.
Whispering voices. Deadly touch. Their passion should be impossible… or it could be the only thing that will keep them alive.
THE SCRIBE is the first book in the Irin Chronicles, the new paranormal romance series from Elizabeth Hunter, author of the Elemental Mysteries.
I am thinking that authors wait to release some of their best books until later in the year just to have reviewers like me sound like idiots repeating ourselves about “this is the best thing this year’ and similar accolades. I think I have said that about 3-4 times this year already. All that is to prepare you for me to say it again, this may actually be THE best thing I have read this year even though since it is book 1 of a trilogy the story is not complete yet.
Malachi is one of the Irin, a race of mostly males that have inscribed magical symbols/spells into their skin to allow them to fight off attacks to humanity by the Grigori a race of mixed blood of The Fallen.
Ava is a young woman, professional photographer that has been hearing “voices” all her life and has managed through mainly strength of will to remain sane.
Through her meeting and developing relationship with Malachi she has found out some of the answers but not all and this journey and a romance that crosses all barriers will be the crux of this series.
This seems to be a romance at the heart of the story since that is what drives much of the action and to paraphrase another reviewer, this is indeed the best mix of romance and action I have read in years, the mix of good, evil, and powerful beings with motives that are completely unknown are all thrown together in a mix of fantasy, romance and action that is addicting to the reader and by the end of the book you will be desperate for the next release.
The ending while stirring elements of tragedy, hope and frustration is not a cliffhanger but does indeed hook you into the next book shamelessly which is what a good author is supposed to do but it does make us mere mortals wish for time to pass quickly so we can see what happens next.
This has all the feel of an epic story as was her earlier Elemental Mysteries series of 4 books but this story seems to be taking it to a much higher level and now I anxiously await the next installment. The romance in this novel is all consuming and sacrificial but Ms Hunter leaves us with hope for the future when things look bleak.
5 Stars and I can only hope the other books in this series will be as exceptional.
Bottom Line: This is what 5 Star reading should be, having you glued to the pages and leaving you with a thirst for more without making you mad that the book ended. A romance for the ages and a overarching story that you can't stop thinking about until the next book. Make no mistake, on the 15th of October when this is released, THIS is what you need to be reading.
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