Sunday, January 17, 2016

Book #Review: The Singer (Irin Chronicles, Book Two) by Elizabeth Hunter


Synopsis Courtesy of Goodreads.com:

When you've lost everything you love, how do you fight the darkness?

Ava left Istanbul with a new identity, new name, and new magic she could barely control. Laid low by Malachi's sacrifice, she searches for help from the fabled Irina. But will the secretive women of the Irin race welcome or shun her? Ava's origins are still a mystery, and her powers are darker than any they've encountered before.

The Irin world hangs in the balance. And as the children of angels battle their own demons, ancient rivalries among the Fallen threaten to wreak havoc on earth.

Thousand of miles away, a warrior wakes with no memory of his identity or his people. Stumbling though the dark and twisted schemes of fallen angels, ravenous Grigori, and even his own leaders, he must find a way back to the one thing he remembers. A single voice calls him. Malachi has one mission.

"Come back to me."
THE SINGER is the second book in the Irin Chronicles, a contemporary fantasy series from Elizabeth Hunter, author of the Elemental Mysteries

Sapphyria's Review:

5-Star Review of Book 1, The Scribe: 
http://saphsbookblog.blogspot.com/2014/05/review-scribe-irin-chronicles-book-one.html

Warning: There are Book 1 spoilers.

I was devastated at the end of The Scribe, and cried for Ava's loss. The death of Malachi was a hard blow to Ava. She had just recently discovered who she was and who Malachi was. Now, Ava is forced into this new world alone, without her mate by her side. She reaches out to Irina, hoping they will help her adjust to her new life. I was ecstatic when Malachi awakens and I cried again, knowing that there was now a chance to have him reunite with Ava.

Unfortunately the world is in chaos and the future looks bleak. The Irin and Irina are one step away from being doomed forever. Will Malachi remember who his is in time to make his way across the world to his one and only love?

Both Ava and Malachi spend their time apart reuniting in dreams. Ava grieves and Malachi forges ahead to find the mystery woman. Malachi knows he loves this woman even if he doesn't remember who she is. Their love may be the only thing that conquers the evil that threatens to destroy everything and everyone.

I must admit....Elizabeth Hunter is one of my all-time favorite authors. She has writing skills that just draw the reader in from the very beginning. When I was approached to review the ARC of A Hidden Fire (Elemental Mysteries, Book One), I never expected as much literary power to come from within the pages of a brand new author. I was mesmerized from that point forward.

That same literary power invades The Singer. This novel continues the world building, character introduction & development, and back story (as deemed necessary). None of these criteria are overwhelming or lacking in detail. I found The Singer to have the same slow build-up of the story as a musical crescendo. All of Elizabeth's novels reach deep within my emotional center and manage to trigger reactionary responses. These types of books are my favorite. The emotions don't have to always include tears; it is just the ability to invoke proper emotional responses to scenarios being played out.

Everything about The Singer just works. The novel is interesting and draws the reader in from the start. The writing is fluid and cohesive, never becoming wordy or confusing. The pacing of the story is excellent and isn't too fast, slow, or boring. The main and supporting characters are well written, developed at the proper speeds, and likable. Overall, this is an excellent work of fiction.

Review copy courtesy of the author, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Details:

Kindle File Size: 3081 KB

Print Length: 330 pages

Publisher: E. Hunter (May 6, 2014)

ASIN: B00IXS1NYI

Amazon Purchase Link: The Singer: Irin Chronicles Book Two (The Irin Chronicles)

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20734562-the-singer

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