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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.
The Singer is book two in the Irin Chronicles. This book is an exceptional follow up to the world established by Elizabeth Hunter in The Scribe.
Having discovered that she is an Irina, Ava travels to learn more about and train with one of the few communities of Irina's left in the world. She is mourning the loss of Malachi and forging forward to create a life for herself in this new and confusing world. Malachi, having returned without his memories, struggles to be reunited with Ava and regain the memories that made them a blazing couple.
Elizabeth Hunter is an amazing writer. Her prose is lyrical - she writes with such beauty. She creates a complex tapestry of history, love, cruelty, magic, rivalry, and politics, in exotic and spectacular regions around the world. The mystery is complicated. It keeps the reader involved and engaged throughout.
We learn more about the world of the Grigori and Irin - their origins, their purpose, their politics, and it is fascinating. What strikes me is the debate that ensues around the reintroduction of the Irina into Irin society. With their increasingly important, but precious standing, there is a lot of tension. It reminds me of the contemporary issue of security/safety vs. freedom. In this case, how much of the Irina's freedom and self-determination are the Irin willing to take away, even to the point of sequestering them, in order to protect them? And all of this done in the name of love. How will this issue be resolved? Will it fracture the Irin people and give the Grigori their ultimate victory?
How will Malachi and Ava's agonizingly sweet relationship influence the final outcome? Who is Ava? There seems to be much more to her story than we originally led to believe.
IN A NUTSHELL:
This story moves me, intrigues me, provokes me, and makes me impatient for the next installment. It is one of my favorite reads of the year. If you haven't started this series, you are missing out.
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