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Book Review: Martyr’s Promise: (Elemental Covenant Book 2) by Elizabeth Hunter

Martyr’s Promise: (Elemental Covenant Book 2)
by Elizabeth Hunter
October 26, 2021
Pages: 328
Sometimes it takes a monster to hunt a monster.

When Summer Mackenzie and her boyfriend disappear in the fog-shrouded forests of Northern California, it sets off more than one alarm. The sheriff’s department is looking for them, the state rangers are on their trail, and even private security companies have gotten involved.

But Summer wasn’t an ordinary college student; she was a human born into the immortal Mackenzie clan, a line of powerful vampires from the Great Smoky Mountains. Now Carwyn ap Bryn and Brigid Connor are getting messages from allies across the world, old rivals, and new friends, all wanting to know where Summer is and why hikers along the Lost Coast keep going missing.

If Brigid and Carwyn can’t find Summer, tensions between vampire clans might snap, leaving more than just the immortal world bloody.

They might know how to search the wilderness, but the Northern California woods hold more than the average share of mysteries. Secretive immortals, suspicious humans, and ancient myths are all at home in a land where human highways come to a dead end and dense forests meet a rugged coast.

Martyr’s Promise is a paranormal mystery in the Elemental Covenant series by Elizabeth Hunter, USA Today best-selling author of A Hidden Fire, Suddenly Psychic, and over forty other works of fantasy fiction.

This is book 2 in the Elemental Covenant series by Hunter. Brigid and Carwyn are still front and center in this story, but a portion of the story is told from Summer Mackenzie’s perspective, which just made the book even better than it already was. A little background to start off is that Brigid and Carwyn are immortal vampires who have been married for some time. Brigid has worked security for the vampire in charge of Ireland, Murphy but has set everything up so well that at the urging of Carwyn, her mate, they can start working cases and helping others as well. Carwyn is a former priest who loves animals, Hawaiian shirts, and Brigid most of all. Brigid is the kind of person who doesn’t trust most but is fiercely protective of those who need protection and rescue.

Summer and her boyfriend Dani go missing in the Northern California wilderness. Though Summer is highly versed in taking care of herself in the wilderness, as she was born into the immortal Mackenzie clan in the Smoky Mountains, she also has Dani to take care of. Still, he doesn’t know about the immortals of the world and isn’t one to know how to take care of himself in the woods. Carwyn and Brigid enlist the help of Baojia and his mate Natalie to locate the missing college students since the territory is Katya’s and Baojia is her head of security. There are vampires, private security, and even local police all involved in trying to locate these two alive, but the woods hold many secrets that may keep that from happening.

I really love Hunter’s books, and this series is no different. She effortlessly makes you a part of the story from the very beginning, and you’re invested in all of her characters within a matter of minutes. 

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Denise B

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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