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The Storm by Elizabeth Hunter
Series: Irin Chronicles #6
Published by Indie on April 17, 2018
Genres: Fantasy Romance
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On the darkest night of winter, can he bring light to her wounded heart?
Scarred by loss, Irina warrior Renata has held the world at a distance. Fighting the Grigori and protecting humanity are her goals, but her heart remains frozen to the bonds of family and love. Only one scribe, Maxim of Riga, has managed to see through Renata’s armor.
On the darkest night of winter, in the halls of her ancestral home, Renata is forced to face her past. Can a fierce storm and a stubborn scribe coax her back to life, or will she retreat into duty forever?
with bonus novella SONG FOR THE DYING
When a letter arrives from a remote scribe house in Latvia, Leo and Max must return to their childhood home to face the father and grandfather who raised them.
The past is inescapable, but can it be overcome? Is it possible to build a future of happiness from a foundation of pain?
I was lucky enough to review the Amid the Winter Snow anthology which included the novella The Storm. Now The Storm has been released on its own and has an added novella, Song For The Dying, which almost doubles the length to that of a regular book. There is also a preview for The Seeker which releases next month!
A colorful blend of locations in the world of The Irin Chronicles series, I would only read this in order with the series. Because the series is excellent, and having all of it for background and development of the characters make this novella all the more special. There was a bit of couple communication issue, but The Storm avoids my problems with insta-love by covering many years in the couple’s life. The world and the plot here are a striking tapestry along with the romance evoking a wealth of feelings.
I could have used even more time with Max and Renata, so I was happy to get the next story chronologically in Song For The Dying. I enjoyed so much having a view of the life they have built together over the last couple years, as well as updates on the rest of the brothers.
Max and Leo, along with Renata and Kyra, go back to the farm where they spent their childhood to visit their father and grandfather. These men are all that remains of their family which were killed in the Rending when they were babies. Max and Leo have not been back since their childhood when they left to become warriors.
I love the history and connection this story provides. The trip gives Max and Leo a more adult view of their childhood and new memories to carry them forward as they build their own families. They learn about their other family members, including their mothers, as there was too much grief to hear about it as children. While The Seeker will bring the story of Rhys, I hope we will continue to see vignettes of the families of his brothers.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2018 New Release Challenge