They are called kareshta, the silent ones.
But the silent are waking.
Kyra has lived her life in the shadow of a powerful Grigori brother. She’s ignored her own desires for the good of her family, but an unexpected request from Thailand sends her on a mission that could change her life and alter the fate of free Grigori all over the world. Sons of the Fallen hidden in the mountains of Thailand have adapted an ancient human magic for their own purposes. Will this practice bring peace or lead to even greater danger for the Irin race?
A simple diplomatic mission sends Leo to Bangkok, but he didn’t expect to see a familiar face in surveillance photographs. He’s tried everything to drive Kyra from his mind, since he was convinced the gentle kareshta wanted to hide from the world. How did she turn up halfway across the globe, living with Grigori who may or may not be Irin allies?
Leo has bided his time. He’s given Kyra her space.
But this scribe is ready to hear a kareshta sing.
“You are my mate. You are my reshon. You are my home.”
Another Irin Chronicles book, another couple. This time with the character I most expected, and wanted, to see: Kyra! It was everything I could hope for.
I love Kyra as a character. Until now, we have been focusing on the “good” side, where they have the power of righteousness and generations upon generations of knowledge on their side helping them. Kyra has had none of that. She has been sheltered and protected from the bad side of the Grigori, but she is still kareshta, and the Irina don’t trust her to give Kyra their magic.
Leo is interesting. We’ve seen him before, in the background. He didn’t really become a full character to me until now. I like him, I like how he is the first of the Irin that we have seen that grew up without a female interest to get a Reshon. He is so gentle and caring for someone who just grew up without either.
The Irina not trusting Kyra enough to give them magic adds an interesting dynamic to Leo and Kyra’s relationship. It is a very lopsided relationship, much in the way it was with Ava. At least with Ava they were trying to help, and as fast as they could. With Kyra, they drag their heels the entire way.
Kyra and Leo are both very young, compared to the rest of the leads so far. They grew up in less than ideal conditions, for sure. Yet, they’re still young when they found each other. Kyra is Leo’s first love, and Leo is Kyra’s first love. It is a very cautious romance, yet it burns bright hot. It isn’t the deep romance of Damien’s with Sari because Damien was older and knew himself more than Leo. The romance is purely Krya and Leo’s.
Before now, I was pretty annoyed at the Irin council already. Now, I’m just kind of annoyed at their entire race. This whole book was basically the Irin and Irina being wary and untrusting of the Grigori and kareshta. Which, I can understand. They just take it so far, and it consumes so much of the story. Even after they have been helping each other the entire book, they still are wary of helping them. Even after they had already helped each other, they still take it that one little asshole step further. I get it. It is just a bit much.
Leo’s and Kyra’s biggest strength as a couple is how they deal with that situation though. They’re uniquely suited to dealing with the problem and bridging the two groups, even more so than Ava and Malachi. We’ll be hearing more about this couple over the series, because this problem isn’t going away any time soon. They’re going to have to be at the forefront of this problem because of who they are and what they are to each other.
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