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Book Review: The Staff and the Blade: (Irin Chronicles Book 4) by Elizabeth Hunter

The Staff and the Blade: (Irin Chronicles Book 4)
by Elizabeth Hunter
July 12, 2016
Pages: 488
Lovers. Warriors. Enemies. Legends.

Damien and Sari. Their union became pivotal in Irin history. But to understand their ending, you must go back to the beginning. A young singer and a hardened warrior meet and mate, but their life is torn apart by violence, betrayal, and grief.

Yet no matter how much pain and anger stain their lives, bonds in the Irin race cannot be abandoned. Damien and Sari will never truly leave each other, because those who are destined cannot be ignored.

The Staff and the Blade is a novel in four parts. It is the fourth book in the Irin Chronicles.

“She hates me as she loves me. Wholly and completely. Sari never does anything by halves.”

The Staff and the Blade is a four-part story that makes up Book 4 in the Irin Chronicles series. Damien and Sari are well known characters in this series and have played an important part in the Irin history.

The first part of the book is called Dreams. This book goes back four hundred years ago to the beginning and tells the story of how they met and how they ended up in a love hate relationship. Through the Irin Chronicle books we have known that Damien and Sari are mated and that there was a horrible falling out but the beginning of their story had not been told until now.

In the second part of the book called Ghosts we are introduced to Sari’s sister Tala, who is a seer and her husband Gabriel. Tala has been plagued by a vision for over two years. The horror that has plagued the Irin in previous books is finally explained.

The third part of the book is Memories. After two hundred years apart Damien and Sari’s anger is still as volatile as ever but the never ending love is still there. The Grigori attacks are increasing again and a new kind of magic is revealed in Ava. Memories was my favorite of the whole book. It showed other perspectives from The Secret which is Book 3 in the Irin Chronicles.

The fourth and final part of this stories is called Visions. Three years after the fight in Vienna, Damien and Sari are called home by Damien’s mother, Katalin. Katalin never does anything without an agenda and both are worried what this summons home means. This story was not nearly long enough for me. I am hoping it is the start to the next few books in the series because there were so many potential stories here I would hate to not get to read them.

Review: The Secret: Irin Chronicles Book 3

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About the Author:
Elizabeth Hunter is a contemporary fantasy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance writer. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College and a former English teacher. She once substitute taught a kindergarten class, but decided that middle school was far less frightening. Thankfully, people now pay her to write books and eighth-graders everywhere rejoice.

She currently lives in Central California with her son, two dogs, many plants, and a sadly dwindling fish tank. She is the author of the Elemental Mysteries and Elemental World series, the Cambio Springs series, the Irin Chronicles, and other works of fiction.

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