Saturday, October 20, 2018

The Seeker Review



Title:  The Seeker
Series:  The Irin Chronicles #7
Author:  Elizabeth Hunter
Genre:  Romantic Fantasy
Publisher:  Elizabeth Hunter
Release Date:  Oct. 16, 2018
Purchase Link:  Amazon

My Rating:  4 Magical Hearts

*Many thanks to the author for an arc copy of this book.



Synopsis:
He’s a scribe looking for answers. If only a cagey—and frustratingly attractive—singer will let him help. 

Summoned to the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, Rhys of Glast, Irin archivist and scribe of Istanbul, must convince a legendary Irina singer to trust him. His success could shift the balance of power all over the Irin world and give singers an important key to their past. 

Meera didn’t call for Rhys’s help and she doesn’t need it. The scribe’s mission is to bring more martial magic into the Irin world while Meera has been looking for a path toward peace. She’s convinced that some other motive is at work, and his stubborn arrogance doesn’t pass for charm in her hallowed opinion. 

Discovering ancient Irina magic should be something both scholars can agree on, but can these two rivals find any common ground? Neither Rhys nor Meera can ignore the simmering heat between them, but will attraction overcome the caution that has shaped both their lives? 

Review:
Another magical, mythical, mesmerizing story in the Irin Chronicles world!  And once again, I find myself hopelessly in love with yet another scribe (sorry, Malachi!).  The Seeker opens with a decidedly more "modern" feel to it than previous books - maybe because it's set in America.  I always enjoy the surreal aura surrounding these stories that's brought about in part by mythical type settings, I think.  But, as always, I was soon encompassed by it all - the sights, sounds, smells, feels, touches.  Hunter has such an amazing gift of pulling readers into a scene no matter the location.  And as soon as the story entered the dark, mysterious swamps/bayou of New Orleans, I was hopelessly lost in the sultry, atmospheric world surrounding the characters . . . and me.

Rhys of Glast, scribe of Istanbul, an archivist, scholar, and seeker of truth . . . and a warrior who will do whatever it takes to secure the safety of singers by finding the key to their past.  Meera, a legendary singer, keeper of memories, advocate for peace . . . currently on an interlude from a duty and future sealed by fate at her birth.  All she's ever wanted is a choice in what happens in her life, and for a short period of time, she refuses to allow anyone to intrude on her plans - including one stubborn, arrogant, infuriating, know-it-all scribe . . . and yeah, okay, maybe he is gorgeous.  Not that she noticed!  The chemistry and interaction between these two characters is off-the-charts in every way that counts . . . they sizzle, fume, taunt, dance, and tease one another into a frenzy of desire that refuses to be denied.  Can two strong, arrogant (yes, you are too, Meera!), bull-headed, written-in-the-stars characters find a common ground and figure out they're stronger together than apart -  before it's too late?

As always, Hunter is a master at weaving the customs, heritage, and history of the past with the promise of a brighter, more peaceful future, not only for Rhys and Meera but for everyone including scribes, singers, and grigori.  A star-studded support cast will delight readers with Vasu leading the charge with his outrageous behavior and many unique forms.  The twisted plot line is intriguing, and while I found it a wee bit slow "getting there", I thoroughly enjoyed the journey!  The Seeker is everything readers love about the Irin world.  Another special Must Read in the series!  

My Rating:  4 Magical Hearts . . . And that's the truth!

Cross My Heart . . . xxx
Sandra