The Scribe by Elizabeth Hunter

Posted on October 9, 2019 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews, Zachary Webber / 15 Comments

The Scribe by Elizabeth HunterTitle: The Scribe
Author(s): Elizabeth Hunter
Series: Irin Chronicles #1
Narrator(s): Zachary Webber
Published by Audible Studios on December 16, 2014
Length: 9hrs and 24mins
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchase
Format: Audiobook
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Purchase: Amazon|Audible
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Series Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

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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I went into this story with high expectations. Despite this being the first time, reading the author’s work, the synopsis and the reviews gave me hope. Unfortunately, it did not blow me away as I had hoped.
I liked the premise and the world building, but I hard time connecting with the main characters, especially as a couple. They did not stir up any of my emotions.  To make matters worse, the story moved at the pace of a snail.  I fell asleep many times listening to this book. The narrator attempted to bring the story alive, but it was not enough to prevent sleep from knocking at my door.  I would listen to more of his work.
The story, which was set in Istanbul and Cappadocia, provided a rich mixture of mythology, history, archeology and magic. We learn of the fallen angels and their offspring, the Irin and Gregorias. The Irina women and Irin men each had their own abilities and were responsible for protecting humans. However, the Gregorias were intent on the destruction of humans.
While I loved the hero, I was not a big fan of the heroine. When she first appeared, she struck me as an independent, strong, and feisty.  She clearly had issues, which is not a problem, but it becomes bothersome when it overshadows her strengths. I found the secondary characters interesting, and I would love to learn more about them.
I was not a big fan of the romance. I did not buy into Ava and Malachi being a couple. Their relationship was the only thing that moved quickly in the story.  The story ended on a sad note with the dreaded cliffhanger.
Conclusion/Recommendation
In conclusion, I found the Scribe to be an average read. Although, it didn’t live up to my expectations, after that ending I am curious to learn what direction the story will take, so I am prepared to continue the series.
Story Evaluation
Narrator (Audio)
4
Enjoyment
3
Overall: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

About Elizabeth Hunter

ELIZABETH HUNTER is a USA Today and international best-selling author of romance, contemporary fantasy, and paranormal mystery. Based in Central California, she travels extensively to write fantasy fiction exploring world mythologies, history, and the universal bonds of love, friendship, and family. She has published over thirty works of fiction and sold over a million books worldwide. She is the author of Love Stories on 7th and Main, the Elemental Legacy series, the Irin Chronicles, the Cambio Springs Mysteries, and other works of fiction.

Story Evaluation
Narrator (Audio)
4
Enjoyment
3
Overall: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
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15 responses to “The Scribe by Elizabeth Hunter

  1. Debbie Haupt

    Oh I’m just about finished with book three Nadene, I’ll be reviewing them as a group because they are one story in three books and hint I LOVE them. While I’m not a fan of the dreaded cliffhanger at least I was able to binge read them and luckily all the other books are one story/romance per book. Book one is really just the appetizer xo

  2. I have heard great things about this author but haven’t read any of her work yet. I am sorry this didn’t live up to your expectations. I wouldn’t want to be put to sleep by a book either.

  3. Trendy Simple Life

    I find that sometimes the first book of a series is a bit slow because it’s setting the pace for everything that’s coming next. I hope the second book is much better ♥

  4. Slow starts and no connection with the romance would make it a tough slog at times. The setting and world of angelic children sounds cool so maybe the series will pick up the pace in future books.

  5. Kati ??

    Great honest review, I’m sorry that this book didn’t live up to the hype but I do hope you next read is a much better one. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.