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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.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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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.
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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.