March 23, 2015

Review: THE SECRET by Elizabeth Hunter


Author: Elizabeth Hunter

Source: eARC from author for review

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 found each other, but wounds as deep as theirs don’t heal overnight. While the Irin world struggles to correct the power imbalance left by the Rending of the Irina, Malachi and Ava struggle to connect their past with their present.

The Fallen may scheme, but Ava has found her power and refuses to be an angel’s pawn. And while Malachi may have forgotten his history, the scribe’s relentless search for answers leads both him and his mate to the heart of the Irin power structure in Vienna, where knowledge is guarded more closely than gold and those with power will do anything to keep it.

Malachi and Ava have survived the darkness, but will they ever discover its secrets? 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.

THE SECRET is the third book in the contemporary fantasy series, the Irin Chronicles, and the conclusion of Ava and Malachi’s journey.

My take...
"When the darkness comes, reach for me."

I always hate writing reviews for the third and final book. I always feel, no matter what I say, I will be giving too much away. Or not enough. Or maybe just sound stupid. But know that I have loved Malachi and Ava from the start and have enjoyed following their story. Seeing them fall in love, lose each other, find each other, and fall even more in love...this whole series has been absolutely unique, powerful and so very breathtaking.

Watching them fight for one another and their love was what made this story. Well, it was also all the secrets that emerge within the pages. Not to mention the hell that Malachi and Ava each go through to help him remember. And then there was the suspense leading up to conclusion. Oh yeah, a lot happens in this book that brings the series together perfectly. A conclusion that was not only done just right...but leaves you wondering for its future?!

Only Elizabeth Hunter can write a story so utterly full of magic. I get so caught up in the words and the story I feel as if I am right there in the book. Her writing and dialogue is on spot. Never have I felt there were moments that seemed to drag on or needed more. Everything was perfect. Just like always with her reads.

5 Oh So Captivated Stars!!

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