The Scribe (Irin Chronicles #1) by Elizabeth Hunter

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Hidden at the crossroads of the world, an ancient race battles to protect humanity, even as it dies from within.

Ava Matheson came to Istanbul looking for answers, but others came looking for her. A reckless warrior guards her steps, but will Malachi’s own past blind him to the truth of who Ava might be? While ancient forces gather around them, both Ava and Malachi search for answers.

Whispering voices. Deadly touch. Their passion should be impossible... or it could be the only thing that will keep them alive.

THE SCRIBE is the first book in the Irin Chronicles, the new paranormal romance series from Elizabeth Hunter, author of the Elemental Mysteries.


The Scribe was much better than I was expecting it to be. I have read a few of the authors other books and didn't care for them so when this was the pick for my book club this month I wasn't expecting to enjoy it. And at first I thought I wouldn't. The prologue with lots of dialogue just didn't work for me. Really I don't like how the author writes her dialogue and I am not sure why. It feels off to me so it bothers me. But then we got into the story and I did enjoy it (as long as it wasn't large texts of just dialogue). It was fun and different and there were a lot of thing to like about it. 

Ava has always heard voices. Not like she is crazy and hears voices in her head, but that she hears a voice coming from every person she is near. It is always speaking the same language, but it is a language she doesn't understand and cannot find. Her mom worries about her, tries to do everything to keep her safe, but nothing has helped her with these voices. 

When she arrives in Istanbul things start to change. She meets Malachi whom she thinks is the guard her step-father employed to watch over her. She is drawn to him and she isn't sure why. But does he feel the same? And what is going on with all these other people that keep following her? Will she be able to find the answers she is looking for here? 

I really loved Malachi and the backstory there. What was going on, who all the players were and their history. I especially loved how touch played into the story. It was not something sexual, but something everyone needs, but have been without for so long. I don't want to give everything away, but it was really interesting. This is probably the first book with this kind of theme that I have enjoyed. And I can't wait to read the next ones to see what happens next. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2


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