Series: The Irin Chronicles #2
on May 6th, 2014
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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.
This book was amazing. Soon as I finished I sent Ms. Hunter a message on Facebook and said a review wouldn’t do it justice because it’s hard to sum up something so beautifully written with words. I have loved everything I have read of hers; she’s my go to for a guaranteed fantastic story.
The Singer picks up exactly where The Scribe left (thank goodness because that cliffhanger OMG). We get to see how Ava is handling the loss of her soul mate and where all the Irina are and what they have been doing. She’s trying to move on and find her balance is this world that she has been thrust into. Malachi is amazing he awakes with no prior memory but with a voice that told him to, “come to me.” On his journey to figure out who summoned him. He’s is trying his hardest to make it to the voice and to remember the love that he lost. The love in this book was so amazing. It was written so beautifully that I felt like I was there in the story watching this unfold right in front of my eyes.
We also learn more about the Grigori in this book and it was great seeing what they were up to and how the other half lives. The action in this book was so amazing and to read about how everything became to be and what the Grigori want was well done. I loved the parts in the book that was just about them. While a lot of times when this is done it breaks up the flow Ms. Hunter has done this to perfection without it throwing off the pacing and the importance of the story. I loved learning more about the Irina. It was amazing to see how they lived and what they were fighting for. The politics in this story was easy to follow and added so much more structure to a story and gave me so much more insight that I was just amazed to read something this amazing.
All in All this was a fantastic read, the writing was exquisite and poetic, the romance hit the spot and was beautiful and sexy, the action was amazing. The plot is just no words for it. It kept me guessing all the way to the end. Her stories keep me thinking and provoke so much emotion that after I read something like that I am left speechless and that’s exactly what was done by the end of the story.
- What is your inspiration for the Irin Chronicles?
At the beginning, it was Loreena McKennit’s song, “Beneath a Phrygian Sky,” but I quickly became intrigued by the story of the Nephilim. Genesis mentions these children of angels and humans, but only mentions the “might men of old.” So I started to wonder, who said the angels only had sons? Once I started down that road, I decided to explore the concept of written and oral language conflict, good versus evil (of course!) and then I went to Turkey (where the Phrygian skies actually are) and the entire first book really came together. It’s been an incredible journey. I wanted to create a very different world than either the Elemental World or Cambio Springs, and I also wanted to really play with magic in my writing. I feel like this series does more than any of my others.
2. Do you have the series already mapped out?
I have the initial trilogy featuring Ava and Malachi mapped out completely, and then I’ll be leaving the world open to write other books in the series as well, though those haven’t been mapped out in detail. But some of the supporting characters in this series really beg for their own books. For instance, I’m already planning a novella featuring Damien and Sari that tells more about their history and love story. But I’d love to write about Rhys and Max. Mala. Leo. Astrid. So many of these characters speak to me.
3. When will we see Ben and Tenzin again?
I’m not really sure. I’ve got a five book series planned for them, but it’ll be down the road. I’m sure they’re going to show up in other books in the meantime, though! They were pretty important in Blood and Sand, and I might write other scenes or novellas featuring both or either of them. (I published Tenzin’s origin story, THE BRONZE BLADE) earlier this year.) They’re definitely some of my favorite characters. My trip to China this summer will be researching back story for their series, as well as locations for upcoming books.
4. What is your guilty pleasure?
Really dark chocolate and red wine. Isn’t that everyone’s? Oh, and a smoke every now and then. I wish I didn’t like smoking, but I do. I’m careful not to overindulge, though. Don’t smoke, kids! It’s very bad for you.
5. What is your favorite genre to read?
Fantasy! Without a doubt. I write what I love. Urban fantasy, contemporary, paranormal romance. I’ve recently gotten more into steampunk fiction, too. But my first and greatest love will always be fantasy.
6. Who are some of your favorite authors?
Ilona Andrews, Meljean Brooks, Grace Draven, Nalini Singh. There are so many, but those are the highlights. I’ll gobble up anything out there by these ladies.
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