Thursday, May 1, 2014



Title: The Singer 
Author: Elizabeth Hunter 
Series: Irin Chronicles 
 Publisher Date: 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. 


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. 

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.  


Ava. The name fell into his mind and filled it. It brought the memory of air tinged with cloves and roasted hazelnuts.
“Who is she?”
The old man looked at him, pity in his eyes. “She is your mate. You remember nothing of her?”
“My mate?” Not a wife. More than a wife.
Your mate. Your reshon. It is a sacred union.”
“Your souls were created for each other. And when you marked her with magic, they bonded.”
“Where is she?”
Evren and Rhys exchanged a look. Rhys said, “We don’t know, but were going to try to find her. We will find her.
She wasnt here. He felt as if he were stumbling through the dark, looking for something just out of his reach.
“Malachi,” Evren asked. “When you woke, you were like this?”
Malachi frowned. “I was by the river. There was nothing around. But I followed the water and found the farm.”
“The old retreat,” Evren said. “He woke near the old retreat. I think when he came back, he was reborn in the exact place he was born the first time.”
Rhys said, “You think Ava—”
“It must have been. I dont know how, but it is the only explanation.”
“No Irina has the power to—”
“No Irina is like Ava. She has no training. She has never been told what she may not do, so who knows what she is capable of?”
Malachi broke into their quiet conversation. “Youre telling me I died?
Evren and Rhys turned to him.
I died?” he asked again. “Truly? I died. And I came back to life?”
“What do you remember?”
“Nothing. I remember nothing. Just her voice on the wind and the stars overhead. Ive been getting flashes here and there, but I dont remember her. How could I forget her?” He felt torn. Incomplete. And it wasnt just the memories he was missing. “And you think she did this somehow?”
Evren said, “We don’t know. Not really. But there is no other explanation. Your brothers saw you die. Saw your body turn to dust. Your mate saw you die—felt you die.”
“But why would Ava be able to—”
“She said the words,” Rhys said. “The words she had heard her whole life. From the souls of everyone who mourned. She came to me before she left. Asked me what it meant. Vashama canem. Come back to me.” He turned to Evren. “I had no idea. How could I?”
“There was no way of knowing she could do this, Rhys. No way—”
Wait!” Malachi felt a chill creep along his skin. “Youre telling me she spoke this command and I answered. Even from beyond death?”

“Hes telling you words have power,” Evren said. “Ava asked you to come back to her. And you did.”

by Elizabeth Hunter

1.    MUSIC!

Music has been hugely, hugely important to this series. The original spark for the series came to me when I was chilling out and listening to Loreena McKennit’s song, Beneath a Phrygian Sky, which has really become the embodiment of the series to me. The lyrics, the music, both just fit so well.

So many artists and groups were on the soundtrack, but if there was one artist who could embody the soundtrack for THE SCRIBE, it would be Loreena McKennit. For THE SINGER, it would be Sigur Ros. For THE SECRET? Well, that would be telling, wouldn’t it? But Dead Can Dance is also very prominent on all my writing soundtracks for this series, as well as the soundtrack for Vikings (History Channel drama series), Ellie Goulding, Sarah McLachlan, and so many more.

2. Turkey

I don’t think anything could have prepared me for Istanbul. It’s intoxicating. It’s everything the travel sites tell you and so much more. Added to the history and art and architecture is the tremendous hospitality of the Turkish people, who were so welcoming and so happy to share the rich history of their country. I’d recommend traveling to Turkey to anyone.

3. Israel

I’d been to Israel before, while I was in university, so I knew that I loved it. But it was even more wonderful to go back to the country with a specific research focus, and also in the company of wonderful friends. I was able spend some fantastic time in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem where I finished sketching out the plot arc for the trilogy. I was also able to watch a scribe copying a Torah scroll in the ancient scriptorium at Masada in the Negev desert. Wonderful, rich experiences that really shaped the first book in particular.

4. Nephilim mythology

“The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.”
Genesis 6:4 is probably the most well known of the ancient texts that mention the Nephilim, and there are many works of fiction that reference this and play with the story of angel and human offspring. I’ll be completely honest that I haven’t read a lot of angel fiction! After I got the idea for the series, I specifically avoided it, so I wouldn’t be influenced by other authors’ idea. But there was one question that I kept coming back to, over and over, having read the verse that mentions these “mighty men of old.”
Who said the angels only had sons?
5. Language

I love language. I was a linguistics major in college, which means I studied language and its concept (not any specific language), and I’ve always been fascinated by the relationship between written and oral language. They’re tied together, but also in conflict. Much of that conflict plays out in the fictional conflict of the Irin and the Irina.

6.  Jewish Scribe tradition (“Sofer”), and the Essenes

It’s really impossible to detail the complex history of Jewish scribe tradition here, so I’ll just say that it is unique in history. The meticulous training and dedication of sofers, the trained scribes who copy the Torah and other religious texts, is something you could spend years studying. That tradition was a very important part of the inspiration for the Irin Scribes, along with the Essene sect that resided in Qumran, the site of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

7. Norse Saga tradition

Like the sofers and their traditions, the oral history embodied in the Norse saga tradition was hugely influential when I was crafting the concept of the Irina Singers. Oral story traditions are wildly different than written stories. And even though many of the sagas were written down, they were oral stories first, and that has to be taken into account when you read them.

8. The Alphabet Versus the Goddess by Leonard Shlain

It’s a provocative book that theorizes the shift from oral language tradition prior to the human advent of writing actually affected a change on the brain as civilization shifted to writing as our primary means of transmitting information. Fascinating and controversial. If you’re a really big language nerd like me, give it a read.

9. Art: The Kiss-Rodin

Art is always inspirational to me, but The Kiss by Rodin really tugged at me through this book. There’s something so utterly complete in the couple’s embrace. If you try to picture the Irin and Irina embracing in the manuscript Malachi gives Ava in THE SCRIBE, it looks a lot like The Kiss in my mind.

10. Music

Did I mention music was important? It really, really was.


Elizabeth Hunter is a contemporary fantasy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance writer. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College and a former English teacher. She once substitute taught a kindergarten class, but decided that middle school was far less frightening. Thankfully, people now pay her to write books and eighth-graders everywhere rejoice.
She currently lives in Central California with her son, two dogs, many plants, and a sadly dwindling fish tank. She is the author of the Elemental Mysteries and Elemental World series, the Cambio Springs series, the Irin Chronicles, and other works of fiction.
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