Warning: Cliffhanger (Status: 😭 don’t do this to me, please!)
Hidden at the crossroads of the world, an ancient race battles to protect humanity, even as it dies from within.
Ava Matheson has never found a home. She’s traveled the world looking for answers, tormented by voices that threaten her sanity, but even in the ancient city of the Istanbul, answers remain elusive.
A chance meeting in the Spice Market puts Malachi on her tail. He’s reckless–resigned to his fate–but something about Ava catches his interest. While unseen forces circle them, 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.
“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.”
Well, I certainly didn’t expect a monthly dose of crying when I started this book. That blindsided me, and I just wanted to finish the book so I could go to sleep. Not much sleep happened when I finished this book.
This was a very fast read for me, because I did not want to put it down. I kept zooming through without stop. This is incredibly well written to have it flow so well through my brain. I always love books that let me read like I am breathing. It is the best way to read.
The setting was amazing. Taking a complete break from the rest of Urban Fantasy, The Scribe didn’t place in the United States, the United Kingdom, or Australia! The entirety of the book took place in Turkey! Amazing! Ava is from the United States, so don’t get too excited, everyone. But, I loved the mere fact this didn’t take place in the US. Everyone is always looking for books that take place elsewhere in the world, and now I have something to recommend to them. There are even words in this book that I don’t have a prayer of actually pronouncing correctly, especially since letters that don’t appear in English appear in the words.
I really like how Hunter weaves the mythological elements of Angels and Fallen Angels into this story. It uses the mythology that most people already know, and expands on it to create her own world. It isn’t overly complicated, yet it is very rich and well defined while still leaving room to grow if necessary. I love that Hunter stuck with just the one theme. No kitchen sink for the Irin Chronicles!
The plot at large, at the core, isn’t all too much, but it is good. It is easy to follow and easy to enjoy. Ava is being hunted by creatures that she has never heard of before. No one really knows why she is being hunted so vigorously. They just know they have to protect her, she’s the only one they have. The only female, I should say, after some kind of mass breaking between the males and females of the race. A breaking that has to be fixed, for everyone.
Ava is a great lead character. I really love her. She is so sure of herself while knowing nothing of herself. It is strength that has kept her going all these years. She has an amazing core strength that will get her through almost anything life can throw at her. She has a family that doesn’t understand her, and probably won’t make much of an impact on this story, but she’ll gain a new family, one that does understand her. In addition to everything else about this series so far, it is also about a young woman finding herself, her true self.
I wish there was more of Malachi in this book, honestly. I wanted to know him more, know him better. We get to see so much less of him than I wanted. I’m falling for him pretty damn hard, actually. Ava move over a bit, will you, I want him! Malachi is old, and has lived a long life alone. Now he has found Ava, and everything is changing for him. I love him, he’s so sweet and fun. Bit stupid when it comes to himself and what he believes is the right thing, but lots of guys are.
The romance is a bit of a whirlwind mated affair. This is okay for me, I like series where there is a spiritual tie between the lovers. And, I love this one, too. There isn’t as much buildup as I would like, there isn’t a lot of finding each other before their mated together. More of a love at first sight deal, only they didn’t know it yet. There is also a really weird turn around between fighting and kissing that made me blink for a second before moving on. However, I do love Ava and Malachi together.
And thanks, Hunter, for getting that damn Istanbul (Not Constantinople) song stuck in my head. Appreciate it.
To read more reviews for this series, check out the Irin Chronicles series page!