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.
Thousands of miles away, a warrior wakes with no memory of his identity or his people. Stumbling through the 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.
©2014 Elizabeth Hunter (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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"I Sing for The Singer"
I listened to this book, which is the second in the Irin Chronicles series. The first book blew me away, not only with the richness and depth of the story and characters but also by the intelligent, moving and powerful narration by Zachary Webber. Audio books are always a crap-shoot depending on the narrator and this time Audible.com (or whoever produced it) got it right.
This is a wonderfully conceived and developed mythology and tale of half-breed angels (both good and bad), a woman, Ava, who struggles with voices that she cannot elude not knowing or understanding that she is an Irina (a remale Irin)and an Irin, Malachi (one of the half-breed good guys)--their story of falling in love and commitment and of the supreme sacrifice made by one so the other could live. The second book picks up where the first ended (thank god) and we learn of how Ava and Malachi's love endures beyond the pale and how Ava's love for him is the catalyst for an epic deed.
Unfolding along side this powerful love is the onslaught of the Gregori (the bad guys) and the Fallen Angels who control them as they war with the Irin (and Irina, as the women are called). The magical world of these beings is of such incredible depth that I often had to delay listening further so I could bask in the substance of the story and it's characters.
I thought The Elemental Mysteries was a spectacular series...I was not prepared for The Irin Chronicles to be as good (if not better) and I am now bereft of this world until Book 3 is released. If you enjoy paranormal romance (hell, paranormal LOVE) coupled with a very powerful and smart writer AND a gifted narrator, DO NOT MISS THIS SERIES.
Loved it more the second time around but was a little lost with the addition of all the new characters .Hunter truly puts to words what it feels to have lost such a vital part of ones life.Well written, well narrated , and although I found book 2 a little dryer with the story of the Irinas, now that I've gone back to re read after completing the series, it makes a whole lot of sense.Great read, in depth characters and still my one of my favorite series.Ah the sex is more intense, I thought it was important to let you know. Not for young listeners.
"Interesting story and world building"
However the more I read/listen to the story the less I like Ana. She is told she has danger everywhere has seen how dangerous the situation is first hand and instead of learning how to protect herself and those she cares about she refuses to learn magic or take precautions. She becomes ever more petulant and petty self indulgent. I want to shake her silly. Why does anyone even like her? Ugh
"Come back to me, Malachi!"
I am writing this review after a marathon re-read of books 1 and 2 now that book 3 has finally been released on Audible. After a second read, I find my opinion remains decidedly the same. I feel the loss of the true Malachi. I have to assume this is Hunter's goal with this book...by bringing back an amnesiac-like version of Malachi; we mourn him right alongside Ava and his fraternal scribes.
At the start of The Singer, we are quickly given the major plot: the joyful reunion of Ava and Malachi following his miraculous return from heaven. Hunter does a great job with this...she really builds anticipation for the event much in the way that she built anticipation for the blossoming romance between these two soul mates in book one. However, I couldn't help but feel a bit let down after all of the build-up.
With that said, I did enjoy learning more about the Irina - the female "singers" to the male "scribes." Hunter did not disappoint in this aspect of the story. As much as the first book was about Ava's discovery of the male Irin, the world-building and history lessons broaden to set the stage for an epic conclusion of the chronicles in book three.
As for the narration of this story, I must once again give Zachary Webber my commendation on an exceptional performance. He handles accents with ease and gives each and every single character in this book a unique voice which makes conversations easy to follow. I have listened to a lot of audio books and he is by far my favourite narrator. I love that when shouting is called for, he actually SHOUTS so that you hear the tension and cracking in his voice (and that the shouting is expertly sound-edited not to deafen). Zachary doesn't just read these books - he performs them as if acting on stage in front of an audience.
I like the books I read to meet a list of criteria – romance, mystery, levity, and sadness. I want to actually laugh out loud and sometimes even cry. The Singer delivers, but I feel I cannot give it a full five star rating because I just didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book, The Scribe. However, it was still a “must read” for me.
awesome book just as good as the first one if not better. Zachary Webber is the best reader I have heard in a long time.
SECOND IN THE TRILOGY CONTINUES THE PACE AND INTEREST WELL WRITTEN AND PERFORMED CANT WAIT FOR NUMBER THREE
"Come back to me. ~ Ava"
I loved the dynamic between the Irin (males) and how their roles differed from the Irina (females).
I liked that the mythology of the Irins, Fallen and the Grigori was fleshed out in greater detail with the mystery of why Ava was an Irina at its center. There was also an interesting twist on amnesia and how that impacted Malachi's Irin brothers and Ava. I enjoy a good mystery, so puzzling out Jaron’s role in all of this was a nice challenge.
I ♡ the meadow scene in Ava and Malachi's dream walking.
Their reunion and Malachi hearing how much Ava actually loved him were two really beautifully moving moments.
Audiobook narrator Zachary Webber continued to please my oratory senses. I began my listen of The Secret immediately after hearing this concludes this audio program. I'm still hooked!
"More. Real. Come back to me."
The second installment in the Irin Chronicle held me enrapt from the first word. The characters are ripe and sumptuous while not oversold in a fantasy world of palpable tension and change. Great read.
One of my favorite all time series!! Malachi & Ava are just the perfect couple. This book is packed with action, love, new places, unbelievable events, and it manages to keep you on your toes throughout the entire book!
Second installment just leaves you wanting more. Glad I can go on to the final of the trilogy, The Secret.
"Very slow compared to book 1. and repetitive"
it was very slow and repetitive, which got annoying after a while. still a decent book but was lacking compared to book 1.
These books are wonderful, beautifully crafted and well developed characters.
Zachary Webber has a voice like melting chocolate... Perfect for audio books.
I am just downloading book 3.
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