Release Day Review: The Scribe (Book #1: The Irin Chronicles) by Elizabeth Hunter

Title: The Scribe Series: Book #1: The Irin Chronicles Author: Elizabeth Hunter Format: ebook, 306 pages Published: October 15, 2013 by E. Hunter
Title: The Scribe
Series: Book #1: The Irin Chronicles
Author: Elizabeth Hunter
Format: ebook, 306 pages
Published: October 15, 2013 by E. Hunter

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Synopsis:

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.

Source: ARC from the author

My Rating: there aren’t enough stars . . . . ever

My Review:

Blown away, taken aback, left in tears, stunned, and phenomenally grateful for the opportunity to read this book.  Are we all clear on how I feel about The Scribe?  Good, now I can get down to business.

For the entirety of her life Ava Matheson’s head has been occupied by others, by their voices, by their emotions, and by their very lives.  Always, relentlessly, the voices are present: talking, crying, laughing, living.  Despite having studied linguistics, Ava cannot decipher the words spoken by the voices; she has travelled the world over and nothing she has encountered comes close to the echoes in her head.  The relentless voices.

For centuries Malachi and his brothers, collectively known as the Irin, have travelled the world hunting and killing the Grigori, an equally ancient and fierce race who ruthlessly take and murder young women for their own selfish desires and pleasures.  Make no mistake, the Irin will rid the world of this pestilence if it is the last thing they do and their mission is not necessarily one of goodwill and charity but of vengeance. Centuries ago the Grigori attacked the Irin and their women, the Irina and decimated the Irina population.  And now, a reckoning is sought.  Like most of the Irin, Malachi has accepted he will never be mated as he is forbidden from mating with human women and the Irina who remain are unattainable.  To Irin warriors like Malachi, this solitary, half-life is made marginally better by his mission.  Resigned to his fate, nothing in the world could have prepared Malachi for Ava and the adventure they are about to face.

The Bottom Line: The Scribe is Hunter’s finest work to date and I say this after having assigned 4½ to 5 stars to every book of hers that I have read.  The Scribe blew me the hell away, so much so that it has taken me several days to process what I read and be able to write this review.  This book is simply stunning.  There is a lyrical quality to this work – a brilliantly harmonized read that flows with full and beautiful characters, wild and wonderful history, exotic locations, and an ending that will leave even the toughest among us (Hello, me!!) in tears.  Hunter has stepped up her game and if you didn’t know her before this book, I promise you will not forget her after having read this one!

About the author and where to find her:

Elizabeth HunterElizabeth Hunter is a contemporary fantasy and romance author. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College in the Department of English (Linguistics) and a former English teacher.  She currently lives in Central California with a seven-year-old ninja who claims to be her child. She enjoys reading, writing, travel, and bowling (despite the fact that she’s not very good at it.) Someday, she plans to learn how to scuba dive. And maybe hang glide. But that looks like a lot of running.  She is the author of the Elemental Mysteries and Elemental World series, the Cambio Springs series, and other works of fiction.

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Links to find/buy The Scribe (Book #1: The Irin Chronicles):

Amazon.com (e-book and paperback)
Smashwords (e-book)
iBookstore (e-book)
Kobo (e-book)
Barnes & Noble (e-book and paperback eventually)
Createspace (paperbacks)

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