The Staff and The Blade Book Cover The Staff and The Blade
Irin Chronicles # 4
Elizabeth Hunter
Elizabeth Hunter
12th July 2016
Kindle Edition

Warriors. Lovers. Enemies. Legends.

Their union became pivotal in Irin history, but to understand Damien and Sari's ending, you must go back to their beginning. Four hundred years ago, a young singer and a hardened warrior met and loved each other, but their life was torn apart by violence.

Love. Desire. Grief. Betrayal.

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 four part stand-alone book of approximately 480 pages. It is the fourth book in the Irin Chronicles.

DREAMS: Damien of Bohemia was a legend content to live in obscurity. Weary from a century of human and Irin bloodshed, he took shelter among those who would not question his silence or the martial spells he wore over his body. Until an earth singer of raw power and no delicacy came to the village where he hid. Sari of Vestfold wasn't intrigued by the mysterious warrior or his moody silences. And she wasn't interested in listening for the whisper of his soul. Even when those whispers promised a connection that could tie them for eternity.

GHOSTS: A new posting in Paris during Napoleon’s reign leads Sari and Damien back to familiar faces and the Council politics Damien has tried so hard to avoid. But the Irin world has changed in the two hundred years since their mating. The singers have become more isolated. The scribes are more martial. And the Grigori flood growing cities and lay in wait. When Sari’s sister envisions the future, she sees emptiness, chaos, and a darkness that threatens to overtake their world.

MEMORIES: Hidden from Irin society, the Irina have learned to take their revenge on the Grigori. They answer to no one. They ask for no mercy. And forgiveness? That’s the last thing on anyone’s mind. Two hundred years after the Rending, Damien and Sari are thrown together to face a new threat, a girl who might be key to the healing of the Irin race. If they can survive the anger and grief that has separated them for two hundred years.

VISIONS: The Irin and Irina are together again. Society is being rebuilt. But what do you do when the foundation of your world has crumbled? Where do you go when all the boundaries have been redrawn? For Damien and Sari, charting a new path into the future means confronting the demons of the past. They’ve forgiven each other, but can they forgive themselves?






I am going to TRY convey how amazing this book is.

Our journey spans from Orkney to London to Norway to Istanbul and Prague. It was so exciting experiencing these different parts of the world. An upbeat book with fast paced action not once did the book come across as being dull. A world created that is beautiful and wild but filled with violence and danger.

I was intrigued by Sari and Damien and the palpable feelings they had for one another when I read about them in book three, if I remember correctly but from the start it was clear that is an old love where the MC have a lot to overcome.

Damien of Bohemia was a legend content to live in obscurity. Weary from a century of human and Irin bloodshed. He lost so much that he needed two hundred years of solitude to heal. True healing started when his Reshon. Where the heaven has sent the other half but Sari doesn’t believe in fate.

Damien is one of the best Heroes that I have read this year. He came to life on each page. He is moody, mysterious and yet kind and compassionate.

Sari is an earth singer and is being sent to Scotland, Orkney to help the community there with the crops. Sari is unlike any other earth singer Damien has ever meet. He didn’t want to be attracted.

Sari is a fantastic heroine and my kind of heroine.

She was honest to the point of rudeness. – So true and so refreshing.

She is strong, compassionate, fierce and Damien’s equal.

Sari & Damien’s love spans of nearly 800+ years and oh my gosh was there love a beauty to watch how it blossomed and how it was heart wrenching to see it break. The Rending changed everything and the Irin race was divided. The Irina retreated, traps were laid and the death of so many in such a brief time. There was so much loss and heartache. But the book also included joy and happiness. Each word and sentence was emotional.  But it is also about forgiveness and grief and moving on.

All the characters came to life. I felt with them every step of the way. With Ms. Hunter’s writing, I was welcomed into their world. I was sucked in and I had no chance of fighting it. Damien and Sari are so different from one another and that is why they are so good together.

One thing did bother me Sari was being too stubborn and not bending she didn’t have to break but at least bend. But not enough to dock a star.

I can only recommend this series and maybe I am totally biased but it is worth it. Trust me. Famous last words. I have loved this author’s work since B & Gio. Each book has gotten better.

I was positive that Ms. Hunter couldn’t have been able to pull it off. As their love was woven around Ava and Malachi. I should never have doubted you. I quite frankly find it hard to wrap my mind around it as the couple is captured in the past, with a crossover into Ava’s story and to the future the after of revealing a thousand stars.

There are layers upon layers of complexity that even if you read it again and again you would still find something gripping and fascinating. Experiencing the characters emotions and not being bored.

There was humor to break up the tense interactions now sometimes some authors can’t get that balance right but it worked here and it worked well.

I don’t usually compare authors but if I had to then Ms. Hunter would be on par with Nalini Singh.










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