Tuesday, 15 October 2013

RELEASE DAY REVIEW: The Scribe (Irin Chronicles #1) by Elizabeth Hunter

Title: The Scribe
Series: Irin Chronicles #1
Author: Elizabeth Hunter
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: 15th October 2013

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 keeping 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 received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Elizabeth Hunter! I love you... No, really!

Ok, let's start from the beginning here. I have become a fan of Hunters through her Elemental Mysteries Series which has secured its place at the top of my favourite paranormal romance series list. Granted it sits there next to a few others, but that's a pretty high place to be considering I read mostly books from that genre. I fell in love with Giovanni Vecchio from that series and now she has made me feel the same way about Malachi!

The story is about Ava, a travel photographer, and swoon-worthy Irin Scribe Malachi. Set in modern day Istanbul, Turkey, which she describes so beautifully that I need to go there and visit.

Ava is a perfect character for me. She is strong willed, and a little damaged and I felt I could totally relate to her. She travels to Istanbul in search of answers. There is hope that a doctor can help with the voices inside her head that have plagued her all of her life. Voices she can't understand, that speak in a language she hasn't yet managed to decipher. While there she meets the mysterious Malachi, who she thinks has been hired by her rich stepdad to watch her. As she gets closer to the handsome stranger, she realises that he has a strange calming affect on the inner chaos that usually consumes her when she's around anyone.

“And you!” The woman was pointing at him now, aiming the can in his direction. He brought his right thumb to his left wrist and began tracing, silently rousing the spells that would protect his senses, should she choose to attack. He felt it, the warm glow of magic spread up his arm, suffusing his body with power, activating the tapestry of magic that protected him. In seconds, Malachi would be covered with an armor even the fiercest warrior could not penetrate. “Why the hell have you been following me?” she demanded.

Malachi... Well, what can I say? Hunter has this way of making you fall in love with her leading men and Malachi was certainly no exception. He is mysterious, and handsome, and charismatic. He is drawn to Ava from the moment he lays eyes on her and as he learns about her ability, he realises that she may actually be so much more than she seems. Oh... Did I mention I'm in love with him? The romance between Malachi and Ava is portrayed beautifully. It was so real and so powerful at times I wasn't sure if my heart could take any more. I loved every moment they were on the page together.

“Imagine a person created for you. Another being so in tune with you that their voice is the clearest you’ve ever heard in your mind.”

I absolutely loved learning about the Irin, an ancient race who have magical text and symbols inscribed on there skin to protect them from their enemy: The Grigori! A race descended from the Fallen. The whole storyline surrounding the Irin and Ava was fascinating to me. As well as Malachi, we meet other Irin scribes, his brethren, Leo, Rhys, Max and Damien who I also really loved and can't wait to get to know them more.

I love how Hunter creates her own unique magical worlds and sets her stories in the most wonderful cultural places around the world, which she has an amazing talent for describing in such great detail, making her writing so rich with history. She has a way of really pulling you in so that you are immersed so deeply you can almost reach out and touch everything and everyone around you. You're there, amongst her characters, feeling everything that they feel, experiencing every emotion along with them. So when she threw a curveball towards the end... Well I broke. She actually broke me! I was speechless, shocked, heartbroken, and there were actual tears! I literally couldn't put this book down, which honestly... I wasn't at all surprised about.

“After a few minutes, Ava heard him rise and approach. She gritted her teeth and kept her eyes on her guidebook.
Damn, damn, damn. He’d rebuffed her. The least he could do was pretend to ignore her existence.
No, instead he was sitting down across from her, all six feet and something; his long legs slid under the table, unavoidably brushing against her own. She refused to move.
“My apologies. That was rude.”
“Yes, it was.”
She was still staring at her book. He continued to sit across from her silently. His inner voice took on an amused tone that made her scowl.
“I’m reading.”
“That’s impressive.”
She rolled her eyes and finally looked up. “What? Reading?”
He tried to control the smile, but the dimple gave him away. “Reading upside down. I can do it as well, but it took many years of study.”
Her cheeks burning, she set down the book. “What do you want?”

I can't praise this book enough... Seriously. It has everything, romance, action, suspense historical references, humour, and a truly powerful story that will leave you yearning for book 2. I know I am, more than any book, in fact... I think at one point I may have even offered to do all of Hunters housekeeping for free so that she never has to leave her writing for even a second so that she can finish it sooner!

If you haven't bought The Scribe yet then what are you waiting for? Here's the link now off you go!!

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