Only when the darkness falls can you see the light of the stars.
For thousands of years, the scribes and singers of the Irin race have existed to protect humanity and guard the gifts of the Forgiven. They have lived in the shadows. They have kept their secrets.
But the Irin aren’t the only race with secrets.
Ava and Malachi have survived the darkness, but will they ever discover the light? A powerful cabal of the Fallen may hold the answers, but to surrender them, it wants the Irin race to finally face their enemies. Both those coming from the outside and those raging within.
“I am for Ava,’” he said quietly. “‘For her… my hand and voice. For her, my body and mind. Her strength in weakness. Her sword in battle. Her balm in pain. I am hers. Hers to cherish. Hers to hold. Hers to command.”
Why did Ava and Malachi’s arc have to end? Now I have to read about other characters I don’t currently care about but will as soon as their books start!
This is so hard to talk about without revealing the spoilers, because the spoilers are what make this book so good. And, I wouldn’t do that to anyone on purpose. The mystery was so worth the buildup in these three books. I loved each step of the reveal process and was hooked for more. It is a crime I wasn’t able to read each of these three books one after the other in a crying filled, tissue laden, binge of day. The world is a cruel place.
In The Scribe and The Singer, the Grigori were pushed off as just “the bad guys”, meant to be killed. They were inconsequential because the good guys were so good, right? I mean, we got hints that this wasn’t the case. But the Irin still believed it, the Irina still hunted them with a fury. What do the Grigori matter, when the Irin matter so much more? Well, In The Secret, the Grigori finally tell their secrets. They now have a full, rich background of a history they have to tell. Okay, maybe not that rich because after all, they haven’t been their own people like the Irin have. But, rich for them, rich for a throwaway race that just was there to be killed. I’m so happy Hunter filled these guys out, because they were something that dragged this series down a bit.
I didn’t possibly anticipate the Fallen Angel arc in this one, either. I’m still left in awe with what happened in this book regarding the Fallen Angels. All of it is under the cone of spoilers, too. I can’t reveal anything without harming people! I can say that it was the best I could have possibly hoped for. It didn’t disappoint me at all. I know this isn’t the end of it – it can’t really be the end of it. But, it feels that way for now. I’m curious where the rest of the series is going to take me.
Ava and Malachi’s romance is… it is so pure and heartfelt. And energetic. Very energetic. It is also broken. Neither of them are whole at the start of this book. They have had a long, hard road together, and they haven’t even been together all that long. Then, they have even more to get through before this book is over. Some fights, some contentment and happiness and.. love. Lots and lots of love. The end of their arc is incredibly predictable, but it is still great, it is exactly what you expected. It was a long road, and hopefully we can leave them in peace now. As long as I get to see them again in the next book!
I was still broken when I started The Secret. I feel whole again.
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