The Seeker (Irin Chronicles #7) by Elizabeth Hunter
Released: October 16, 2018
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Recurve Press, LLC
Reviewed by Keyrsten
He’s a scribe looking for answers. If only a cagey—and frustratingly attractive—singer will let him help.
Summoned to the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, Rhys of Glast, Irin archivist and scribe of Istanbul, must convince a legendary Irina singer to trust him. His success could shift the balance of power all over the Irin world and give singers an important key to their past.
Meera didn’t call for Rhys’s help and she doesn’t need it. The scribe’s mission is to bring more martial magic into the Irin world while Meera has been looking for a path toward peace. She’s convinced that some other motive is at work, and his stubborn arrogance doesn’t pass for charm in her hallowed opinion.
Discovering ancient Irina magic should be something both scholars can agree on, but can these two rivals find any common ground? Neither Rhys nor Meera can ignore the simmering heat between them, but will attraction overcome the caution that has shaped both their lives?
Rhys has been one of my favorite characters of this series. He gives off an uptight British scholar vibe, someone who always has to be right. He is loyal to both his people and those he considers family. He is willing to go above and beyond to make sure his people thrive and his loved ones stay safe. Over the series he has seen all of his brothers find mates and was starting to wonder if he would ever be granted the gift of his mate. Heck I was itching for him to find his mate, especially after his lackluster kiss with Ava.
Meera is strong, sassy, and has a brain that rivals even our beloved Rhys. Her quick wit and heart will have you enamored with her. She has been the person that everyone relied on, but yet no one has really been there for her. Her piece of the Irin world has been a mystery until now, and it was quite the joy to discover it. Every aspect of her life has been decided for her and she fought tooth and nail to be the one who decides her mate. She keeps Rhys on his toes and drives him mad in the best way possible.
There were so many new and interesting characters that we got to meet in our journey to the bayous of New Orleans. You can’t help but be drawn to these new characters and all of the possibilities they bring for the future of this world. With the move to NOLA I was a little skeptical. I had loved the histories and wonder of Istanbul that was brought to us in the previous books, and was nervous that there wouldn’t be the same wonder with the move to America in this book. Boy was I glad I was wrong. We barely scratched the surface of the rich history of NOLA and this branch of Irin people, but dammit I’m jonesing for even more of it.
Elizabeth Hunter is a genius. For real. Her world building, plotlines, and overall writing is so beautiful to read. Her attention to detail is always so spot on and really allows her readers to see the world around them. She gives us female characters that are strong and more than just a “mate” for the men. Each pairing is a partnership and they both bring so much to the table. The intricate twists and turns of the plot keep you engaged and on the edge of your seat the entire book. The pacing was a little slower in this book, but that was to be expected with the introduction of a new side to this fantastical world of the Irin people.
The passion between Rhys and Meera burned oh so good. Their chemistry was electric and I never doubted that they were made for each other. Elizabeth has a way with writing love scenes that aren’t graphic, but still pack a punch in the steamy heat department.
The Irin Chronicles gets better and better with every new release in the series. I wouldn’t recommend reading this book as a standalone, but I would recommend if you haven’t read the series that you jump on it ASAP. Some may find it daunting to start a series that is already 7 books in, but trust me it will be worth it. I’m so happy that Rhys has not only found his mate, but a woman who can go head to head with him fighting for their people and in the bedroom. I’m practically humming with anticipation for where Elizabeth may take us next on this Irin journey.
Rating: 5 stars
Give me an alpha male with a woman who aces all forms of sarcasm and I'm putty in you hands -- bonus points if a Reverse Harem is involved. Supernatural esque romance and power plays tend to make my heart go pitter patter. I haven't met a book I wasn't willing to try, so if you've got recommendations email them my way. I'm a foul mouthed makeup addicted with slight wino tendencies.