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

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Rating: 5 AMAZING stars

“Thousands of you, Scribe. One of her.”

Elizabeth Hunter has once again created a series in which a reader can completely immerse themselves in the story and find it hard to ever look back. Fans of her other work will not only be satisfied but may consider this as one of her best books yet.

As a fan that is hopelessly in love with Elizabeth’s other series, I will admit I was a little skeptical when I first heard about this book and new series. Another paranormal romance series? With the bar set so high, how can she possibly live up to that? These were the thoughts going through my head as a sat down to read The Scribe.

As soon as I started reading, all those questions and doubts that lingered in my head were forgotten without a second thought. This book was absolutely perfect and I simply adored the story, the characters and the way it was written. Without giving too much away, I will give you a spoiler-free gist of the plot.

Ava Matheson is a nomad. She travels the world with her camera, disguised as a photojournalist, but what she is really after is peace. Ava wants the voices to stop – the voices that have been in her head since she was a child. No, she is not crazy, but everyone seems to think so, so she keeps to herself. When referred to someone who could potentially help her ailment, she travels to Istanbul. Little does she know that this trip will change her life forever.

“You’re not crazy, Ava. You’re…a miracle.”

Malachi is a warrior and an Irin scribe, who inks spells all over his body. He notices an enemy showing interested in a woman, Ava, and soon takes it upon himself to guard her. To him, she is just a tourist, but there is something about her that draws him to her. As secrets are revealed and feelings are explored, Malachi finds what he has been waiting for, even though he never thought to even look for it.

The problem for Ava and Malachi is that the “bad guys” are after her. Surprise, surprise. However, the reasons behind it are a little unclear in this book, but I do not doubt that all will be revealed in due time. As Ava and Malachi’s feelings for one another grows, the danger they are in only grows as well.

“Supernatural bad guys? Of course there are supernatural bad guys.”

Like all Elizabeth’s paranormal books, this book has it all – romance, action, humor, sex, suspense. For those of you that may be a little weary of the paranormal aspect, trust me when I say that the heart of this story is a romance – a love that is so powerful that one can only wish to one day find. The story takes you on Ava and Malachi’s journey to find one another and to find what their future together means for the Irin and humanity as a whole.

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

The characters are wonderful and a joy to read. These characters were realistic and never over the top. There was a bit of angst, but it was quickly resolved. In fact, I think there is more romance in this book than in Elizabeth’s other paranormal books. Malachi made me swoon and the intimate scenes between Ava and him made my heart flutter. I fell in love with these two characters extremely fast and I do not doubt that you will too. They are utterly perfect for one another.

“She does not faint at my touch. She might not faint, but swooning was a definite possibility if he kept drawing on her skin like that.”

The writing is, as always with Elizabeth’s work, top notch. This book is written in 3rd person perspective, but the reader only gets inside the head of Ava and Malachi. By using this method of writing, the author allowed me to really be able to understand what each of these characters were thinking, but at the same time keep perspective on what others may interpret the situation as.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, no one – and I mean no one – writes an action scene and love scene like Elizabeth Hunter. She knows how to use words to make the reader feel like they are part of the scene. I could visualize every fight and every move each character made. The choreography is so carefully and meticulously planned out that it moves and flows like I was watching the story unfold with my own two eyes. In addition, she can illustrate such an enormous level of passion and desire with just a few sentences, that it had me blushing like a schoolgirl.

“Get that out of your system?”
“Felt a little like kissing my brother.”
He dropped the towel and tugged her into the room. “This won’t.”

I loved everything about this book and am so glad I got to read it. I am thrilled to hear that she is currently writing the second book of the series and I hear it is going well! In an effort to give full disclosure I will tell you that the ending is…a bit of a cliffhanger (depending on your definition of what a cliffhanger is).

Yes, the dreaded “C” word. I’ll be honest, the last few chapters had me going through a myriad of emotions – devastation, heart-break, anger, fury, sadness, hope. Yes, I truly felt all of these emotions. But then that final chapter came and SURPRISE – nothing is what it seems – and then the book ends. 🙁

Here is my response to those of you who are upset by this – THIS BOOK IS WORTH READING NOW. It is by far one of the best books I have read all year. Don’t let a potential cliffhanger stop you from reading the awesome-ness that is this book. I trust that Elizabeth will do this story and characters justice in the rest of the series. So have some faith and take a leap. It will be totally worth it. Had I known this book had a cliffhanger before I read it, I would still have read it. It is that good.

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