by Elizabeth Hunter
WITH SUCH A dramatic ending in The Scribe, the only thing that kept me from immediately burying my nose in Elizabeth Hunter’s The Singer (Irin Chronicles 2) was the time it took to download it onto my Kindle. Luckily, that was only a stretch of ten minutes or so, and I was blissfully back in the Irin world.
Ava lost everything she loved. Now she must find the courage and strength to continue on with a new identity and a new magic she can barely contain. With the support of Malachi’s scribe brother, Damien, Ava is welcomed into the hidden retreat of the fabled Irinas. Orsala, a powerful Irina empath, trains and guides Ava to embrace and control her dark and undiluted magic, but not before Ava unknowingly and innocently speaks the old language Vashama canem – “Come back to me.”
Thousands of miles away, a warrior wakes with no recollection of his identity. Anchored by a single voice that calls to him, Malachi has only one mission – he must find a way back to Ava. With scheming Fallen angels, deadly Grigori attacks, and even a potentially corrupt Irin counsel, the odds are stacked heavily against them. Can Malachi find Ava before it’s too late?
I really enjoyed the new cast of characters in The Singer. The Irinas are formidably females. We begin to see why they are revered, treasured, and protected by their male counterparts. Chief among them is Sari, Damien’s mate. Their story is a subplot full of heated passion and tantalizing tension, and delves deeper into the Irin world after the Rending.Ms. Hunter ends her story with a lot of excitement. She meticulously lays the foundation for her characters to launch off into a high-intensity chase. Readers will follow along breathlessly to the end. But that’s not all; she ends with an epilogue that is a cliffhanger of a new mystery. Don’t worry, though. The Singer has a complete and satisfying closure. You won’t be left hanging, just excited for The Secret (Irin Chronicles 3).
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