Series: Irin Chronicles #3
on March 17th, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Only when the darkness falls can you see the light of the stars.
ÔÇ¿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.
ÔÇ¿But the Irin arenÔÇÖt the only race with secrets.
Ava and Malachi have found each other, but wounds as deep as theirs donÔÇÖt 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 angelÔÇÖs pawn. And while Malachi may have forgotten his history, the scribeÔÇÖs 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.
Elizabeth Hunter is officially the queen of paranormal romance. Seriously, holy wowzersÔÇöwhat a conclusion to Ava’s and Malachi’s story. This was such a captivating and engaging read, that I’ve been late to work on more than one occasion this past week.
The amount of detail and creativity that Elizabeth Hunter’s The Secret shows is truly otherworldlyÔÇöjust like the characters in this story.
Angels have never been this interesting and while I might have thought that The Scribe and The Singer were already suspenseful, The Secret definitely manages to top that.
After a difficult time apart, Ava and Malachi are reunited, but between Malachi’s amnesia, Ava’s fear of her own power, angels meddling in their affairs, their reunion is anything but peaceful. Not to mention the brewing war between the Irin and the Grigori. A war that asks them to do things they would have never considered possible.
But just as humans have to learn it, the Irin find out truths that show them there isn’t just black and white. Instead there is a lot of grey in between.
Enemies suddenly become allies and good and bad isn’t so easy to distinguish.
There aren’t words to convey how much I loved the story. It was so different from anything I’ve read – an intricate and complex web of fantasy, love, bravery, sacrifice, regret and loyalty.
I loved to witness Ava find her own wayÔÇönot just with her power, but also amongst the Irin people. She had to face some truths that weren’t easy to handle, but she faced them head on, tapping into her strength without giving up her soft and gentle side. The strength of her character was truly breath-taking and it’s one of the many things I love about Elizabeth Hunter’s booksÔÇöshe writes strong female characters, who are feminine, vulnerable and gentle, yet have so much strength and power they are a force to be reckoned with.
As is Malachi. Despite having died and come backÔÇöwhich if you ask me is enough to make anyone lose balanceÔÇöMalachi’s first and main goal is to protect Ava, to keep any harm away from her. But it’s through Ava that he learns to trust in his mate, in her power and strength. And he learns that it’s okay to lean on her for support as well, that it’s a give and take on both sides. He also definitely learns how to break rules and does so quite impressively. His character exudes so much manliness, power and strength, all without being a chest-beating alpha. He’s everything good and sexy wrapped into one and I’m not surprised Ava fell so hard for him.
Ava’s and Malachi’s relationship is so perfect. They not only love and respect each other, but learn from one another and help each other grow. They draw strength from their relationship and support each other no matter what. Their love is real, sweet and sexy and it made my heart melt.
And if that wouldn’t have been enough, characters like Rhys and Kostas had me swooning. I think I even might have a crush on Vasu, a fallen angel. I’m such a hopeless case.
This was paranormal at its best.
5+ true-love-always-wins stars.
~Review by Paula
(Previously posted on TBE)