Hidden at the crossroads of the world, an ancient race battles to protect humanity, even as it dies from within. Ava Matheson came to Istanbul looking for answers, but others came looking for her. A reckless warrior guards her steps, but will Malachi's own past blind him to the truth of who Ava might be? While ancient forces gather around them, both 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.
The Scribe is the first book in the Irin Chronicles, the new paranormal romance series from Elizabeth Hunter, author of the Elemental Mysteries.
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Firstly, it was too short, was just absorbing myself in the story when I realised there was only 30 mins left, thank goodness it's only book 1, the narrators voice is hypnotic and so sexy, really adds to the story.
I have really enjoyed listening to this story. I have bought it without in depth knowledge of the author. I liked generic description of the story line, set in variety of places; Israel, Turkey, LA. I thought Zachary's voice is lovely so I felt this will make an enjoyable 'audio-read'.
I was not disappointed. Misunderstood and lonely Ava is simply seeking some peace. She is desperately lonely but it is also source of her comfort. Her journey to understanding herself is also source of her strength.
Zachary was born in Texas but he reads without strong texan twang which is a huge plus for this book. In fact, his accent is neutral which makes the story more credible given we are dealing in international context with scribes living in Turkey as well as other countries.
Love tension and conflicted affection between Ava and Malachi was magical. Loved it!
"Hooked! Enthralling story, exceptional narration."
Malachi for sure. He was everything a male romantic lead should be: strong, fiercely protective, loving, and mysterious. I would be amiss however to not mention Malachi's loyal friend, Rhys. I am a sucker for Hunter's inclusion of the charmingly adorable though shamelessly flirty English chap. I consider Rhys the reincarnation of Carwyn from Hunter's Elemental Mysteries/World books.
In a word: exceptional. I would listen to Zachary Webber read the phone book. I have listened to a lot of audio books and I would say I am biased towards books performed by women. Webber changed my opinion. I was so taken by his performance that I sought out and listened to other books narrated by him.
Absolutely. The pace was great with the attraction and build up of the romance. It was sexy and delivered without being overly graphic. It is nice to read a romance with a captivating story where a couple interludes satisfied without it being about sex, sex, and more sex.
I have read Hunter's Elemental Mysteries series. I enjoyed those books, but the Irin Chronicles are my favourite by far. I wish I could forget this book and experience the joy of my first read of The Scribe again.
"fantastic new start to a series from Hunter"
I would recommend this to anyone who loves good books, enjoys paranormal stories, and fans of Elizabeth Hunter. The story is captivating; the book blends the paranormal and supernatural with the Old World beauty found in Turkey. It is intriguing and well written. Hunter creates a world that is well developed and you cannot help but be drawn into the beauty of it!
The narration was fantastic. The pacing was spot on and the emotion was well portrayed. The switch between different accents was well executed!
Yes it was! I would sit in my car, even after arriving to my end destination, so I could listen to a little bit more!
"Terrific Listen, Terrific Story"
This is an audio book and a superb rendition of a wonderfully creative and developed story. I swear I have a girl crush on Elzabeth Hunter and The Scribe only confirms how much I love her writing. Not only are her mythology, stories and characters crafted with intelligence and it but also I LEARN something every time I read/listen. I keep Wikipedia at the ready at all times so I can look up a name or a place that is not usually seen or heard of. The Scribe is a rich tale of magic, love, spells, beings with a special place in the world, beings who stalk them all over the world. The Scribe's primary focus is Turkey, so now I know much more about Turkey than I did when I started. What a fascinating country it is. But, foremost, it is a tale of the connection between Malachi and Ava...a connection that reaches into each of their souls and hearts to pull them together, never to be apart emotionally. Y'all know I am a visceral reviewer and while I am thrilled for the smartness of Ms Hunter's writing, I am also riveted to the story with my heart. And filled with affection for the Band of Scribes that is fighting desperately to keep themselves together following a catastrophic "Rending" where so many of their 'kind' were killed. It's a deeply moving book because of the beauty of the story, the solidness of the characters and the promise of more to come.
The narration by Zachary Webber is, honestly, riveting. He is able to be all characters without being the same sound. I had not been very familiar with him before but I will be seeking out books that he narrates from here on out. He is marvelous.
"Amazing Book with Incredible Narrator"
Elizabeth Hunter writes so well and this book is tightly written with an excellent plot that moves forward well. Zachary Webber is the perfect narrator for this book. I have listened to him read Easy and Breakable (which are marvelous!) and he continues to be spot on with this book as well. It is so wonderful to have an excellent author paired with a fantastic narrator. I have not listened to Elizabeth Hunter's other series (Elemental Mysteries - but I have read them and they too are wonderful) because of the poor reviews about the narrator. Do not hesitate to buy this book and the follow up book, The Singer, as you will not be disappointed. I am eagerly awaiting the third book in the series that is due out in March.
"Fantastic Performance of a good story"
The story itself is entertaining crafted from an interesting spin on biblical Enochian Apocrypha and Angelic lore. Engaging characters and well executed imagery make for a well paced and entertaining tale. Romantic overtones felt slightly over used but escape being tedious by way of a deft touch and lack of lurid detail.
Zachary Webber's performance is what places the title head and shoulders above others in its genre. His effortless transitions in tone, ability to portray both genders, subtle use and execution of accents, and his baseline acting ability are simply fantastic. He provides the emotional hook that makes the audio version of his title a winner.
WOW, WOW and WOW! I loved this story. It’s the perfect marriage of urban fantasy and romance. This is my first Elizabeth Hunter book and I am truly mad at myself for not getting one of her books sooner. She is a fantastic writer and her descriptions of Istanbul made me feel as though I was there myself. It was mesmerizing. Not to mention Zachary Webber’s performance is outstanding! I want to listen to every book he narrates.
"Not so good as I expected"
Maybe a little more action. The story is a littel slow and boring sometimes.
Tes. After all, I want to know what will happen. How the series finisth.
`Pleasant, eloquente and
Yes. Sleep. I usually listening audiobook before sleep, and, well, listening "The Scribe", I fall asleep many times or I catch myself think about other things that wasn't about the book.
Based on the reviews, I expected something else, something more exciting. I will listening the 2nd and 3rd book just to know how the serids. Maybe the others book getting better, but this first one isn't the kind of book I expected.
This was a 3.5 star read for me. It could have been a 5 if the author had kept the sappy romance to a minimum and the main character had remained as strong as she started out. I was disappointed because I did like the story very much and had a hard time deciding if I was going to go on with the series, until I read a review that the sappy romance continues. Don't get me wrong, I love a little romance, but when it goes overboard, it takes away from the story. Good concept and good narration.
"Magical Intimate Connections"
It's refreshing to find a fantasy / romance novel that has depth of story and magical world. As others mention, there is explicit intimacy, but it feels different than the typical romance/erotic novel. This series is about soul mates and sexual magic but not in a weird, insulting billionare/werewolf/alpha way (which is what most romance novels seem to be).
The magical intimacy is about connections and how couples can make each other stronger. I found it to have more substance than most romance novels.(Although in it's bones, there are still the typical romance formula storylines.) There is also some thought put into what this magical world is. I enjoyed the series.
"Awesome reader Zachary Webber."
Wonderfully written, and read wish there were more reader's like Zachary Webber. Can't wait to listen to the next book.
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