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The Staff and the Blade

(Irin Chronicles #4)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  2,189 ratings  ·  166 reviews
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, b
ebook, 480 pages
Published July 12th 2016 by Elizabeth Hunter
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Elizabeth Hunter
Apr 25, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition

First time in Kindle Unlimited!

So excited to announce that the entire Irin Chronicles series is in Kindle Unlimited for the next few months. I don't put much in KU, so if you're a KU reader, grab it while you can!
➜ Amazon:

The Staff and the Blade is now LIVE! I hope you grab your copy and enjoy Damien and Sari's story and the continuation of the Irin Chronicles world. It's a look at the past and a giant step into the future.

I'll also be turning on the "Ask the Author" feat
Douglas Meeks
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well let me start by disagreeing with the line in the synopsis that says "The Staff and the Blade is a four part stand-alone book". I cannot see anyone really enjoying this book to its fullest without a lot of prior knowledge from previous books in this series. Since the last book was a bit over a year ago I had to move some brain cells around to remember certain things and the action skips over events that took place in previous books so I do not see this book as any type of "stand alone" other ...more
Sandra Hoover
Like all the books in the series, simply Amazing! I've had this one tucked away on my Kindle...waiting to savor it like a fine wine. And like all the others, I loved it! These stories always challenge my heart, soul, and mind. I'm left with a feeling of fullness, contentment, and always...a longing for more. Beautifully done, Elizabeth Hunter! A Page Burning Must Read! ...more
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Someday you will love a man, and the fire of it will be a violent, dangerous thing."

If memory serves me well, this is a forth book by Elizabeth Hunter I've rated so high, and it was exquisite, one of her finest.

Damien and Sari's story takes place over hundreds of years, so this book is rightfully split into four parts.

DREAMS describes young Sari meeting and falling for Damien, it's romantic and lighthearted, sweet and lovely. GHOSTS strains the depth of their feelings for each other and it's h
4.5 stars. Epic and soul satisfying. More review to come.

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 corr
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
Read the first 3 books before this one

It boggles my mind that this book is being marketed as a standalone. There is no way to truly appreciate this book without the journey of Ava/Malachi as well as Damien and Sari's interactions in the prior 3 books. This book makes the way they relate to each other make more sense and give their love story more meat.
I have always enjoyed Damien...even more so than Sari but their past was painful. There was great pain, loss and later forgiveness.

This story and
Colleen Vanderlinden
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Amazing, heart-wrenching story, beautifully written.

Longer review to come.
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Beautifully written!

Ms. Hunter surprised me again with yet another fascinating story. I honestly wasn't looking forward to this novel as much (i know, Irin Chronicles is probably my least favorite series of hers), but as soon as I started reading I was truly captivated by Sari and Damien's journey. The last installment was reminiscent of Deborah Harkness's Shadow of Night (one of my personal favorites), so I couldn't help but devour this [The Staff and the Blade] novel. Grand love, epic battles
4.5 Stars... I absolutely loved the journey of Damien's and Sari's story... This read takes us through 600 years of their love story; through the humorous beginnings, to the tragic losses, and ultimately to a place of reconciliation and new beginnings... Beautifully written romance filled with passion, turmoil, honesty, and bravery... I enjoyed getting to know these characters on a deeper level and watching how they navigated the obstacles in their path to happiness... Another powerful addition ...more
The LitBuzz
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
We all want someone to love us when we’re difficult to love.

We want someone who stands by us when no matter what we do, what we say…

…How far we go.

Damien and Sari have lived through the absolute worst life can throw at us. They have seen loved ones lost, their families ripped asunder, and their very world fracture.

And yet… love remains.

There are few contemporary authors that have the ability to not only sweep us into a story, but into a world we could believe exists congruently outside our doors
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, x-2016, elib
Fantastic! I really hope there will be more books in the series.
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book

Really good read to continue the series can't wait for the next boo this year. I really like these books
Ren Puspita
4 stars

After I read the first trilogy of Irin Chronicles (The Scribe, The Singer and The Secret), didn't take me too long to read the next, The Staff and the Blade. Despite the description that said its consist of 4 stand alone novella, The Staff and The Blade can't be read as a stand alone. Since the MCs, Damien and Sari are important characters, their story told in the first three book, and this book will explain their background story. From the first they met, how they become estranged coup
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
*Disclosure: ARC received from the author in exchange for a honest review. Review originally featured on Wicked Scribes*

A hauntingly beautiful tale of love, suffering, sacrifice, and ultimately forgiveness that spans centuries.

Ever since Sari and Damien did battle in a meadow in "The Singer" and Damien held back (some) so that Sari could vent her rage on him, I have been dying to read their story. As they both appear as important secondary characters in Malachi and Ava's story it is strongly rec
Susan Swanson
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just love this series. I love the characters and the world they inhabit. And this entry in the series does not disappoint. Taking a different approach than the first 3 books, this book jumps back in time to the beginning of the relationship between 2 secondary characters from the series. Diving deeply into the themes of grief and forgiveness, this book paints a relationship over the long term. There is certainly romance and politics and other themes common from the entire series. But this book ...more
Curly's  Ramblings
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Audiobook & ebook review:
The Staff and The Blade is Damien and Sari’s story. The book takes you back to the beginning of their relationship, the reason for their separation and hurt feelings, through Ava’s meeting the fabled Irina, and Damien’s family. The story is an extraordinary tale of guilt, love, happiness, battles, pain, revenge, and joy. The characters are believable. You’ll laugh and cry. Jay Britton did a good job. I turned the speed of the audiobook to 1.25x since the pauses between
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, x2016
4+ stars = I really liked it. From the previous Irin books we've seen Damien and Sari and already know that theirs was not an easy mating - they are mates and connected but not always together. Here their story is told in four 'books' (Dream, Ghosts, Memories, Visions.) The Staff and the Blade starts hundreds of years before the Irin trilogy (The Scribe, The Singer, and the Secret) and continues afterwards, with Memories and Visions overlapping the The Singer and the Secret just a bit.

At the st
This Literary Life
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First let me say, I was given an ARC of The Staff and the Blade for an honest review.
I'm not actually sure where to begin with this review. I am a huge fan of all things Elizabeth Hunter, so when I got a chance to get my hands on this book I was over the moon. To begin, this is the fourth book in the Irin Chronicles series and it is a massive book, that only made me happier as I can't get enough of devouring her words. This is Damien and Sari's story. A while ago Ms. Hunter sent out an email ab
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have loved this series. Absolutely loved it. The very idea of soul mates...beings who are actually adept at clearly identifying their soul is incredibly romantic. My heart literally squeezes in my chest when I read how each of these couples discover one another. This particular installment contained the history of the remarkable relationship of two of the most fascinating characters, Damien and Sari. As the Watcher, Damien has served as the leader of our Irin characters. Sari has ta ...more
Tessa Suckoo
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“I received an ARC for review courtesy of the author. This is an honest, unpaid review and my opinions are my own.”

“In order to know where you’re going, you’ve got to understand where you’ve been.” I’m not sure if this is a direct quote that I’ve heard before, or if I just made it up, but regardless, it’s very fitting for The Staff and the Blade.

Damien and Sari. *sigh* Throughout the Irin Chronicles series, we’ve heard bits and pieces of their union and how essential it was in Irin history. We’
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was anxious to read the story of Sari and Damien. I didn't know how the story would play out but of course Mrs Hunter played it beautifully.
I love the way the story started before they knew each other. How they slowly got to know each other. How their love became explosive once they did.
I'm happy that we get to meet Tala and her mate Alexandr. How we live through their story too. How important they truly were to the story line and how the death of Tala is deeply felt by both Sari and Damien.
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! The series is phenomenal. It is an epic story of love, angst, tragedy and triumph told over a period of hundreds of years. In my humble opinion only, I do not feel it is a stand-alone book as it is marketed to be. It is the fourth story in The Irin Chronicles. I think it is advantageous to read one through three before reading The Staff and The Blade. Damien and Sari both are in the first three books and you get some good hints as to what happens to them. But, this world is co ...more
The Book Worm
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Staff and the Blade is book four in the Irin Chronicles Series and, in my opinion, is the best one so far. It is an epic story of war, magic, love and pain that spans different worlds and several centuries.

The Staff and the Blade comes in four parts and is not necessarily an easy book to read. You should expect pain and violence, but also a love so strong that survives all obstacles. It is cleverly inter-weaved with the previous three books but can be perfectly read as a stand alone story (
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, LOVED this book!
I really appreciate seeing the arc of Damien and Sari's love story that spans from before the other Irin books, through them, and past them so far. Divided into four parts, I loved each section for different reasons, and really enjoyed seeing the Irin history through a new perspective.
If you haven't read the other three Irin books yet, that is certainly where you should start; I don't think this book is intended to be read before the others or slipped into the overal
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I received an ARC for an honest review. And honestly, I LOVED it! Another amazing installment of the Irin Chronicles by Elizabeth Hunter! The metaphorical cup that is the Staff & The Blade is overflowing into the saucer with fire and passion. The journey to love for Damien and Sari held me captive from beginning to end. No surprise that it was an effortless read. It's Elizabeth Hunter, after all. ...more
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh never disappoint!!!

While some parts of this book were almost too painful to read...Sari and Damien's story was so intense, and beautiful. I loved how Elizabeth wove all of the other characters into this book as well...opening the door for future stories to be told.
Like most avid readers, there are several authors on my short list...Elizabeth is at the top! I honestly feel as if she shares a part of herself with every new book! Thank you!!!
Fran Goldfinger
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best

This book by Elizabeth Hunter is one of her best. It filled in a lot of gaps that were missing from her Scribe books. It filled in a number of missing pieces and it went beyond the other ones. She fid a very good job of linking all of the jumps through history. I really enjoyed this book. You should totally read it if you liked her Scribe books.
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, angels
I can't say anything that I haven't said about Elizabeth's books before. Amazing. Breathtaking. So much passion and love that I had to stretch my reading out more then usual. I hurt with Sari and Damien. The strength is amazing. ...more
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I never thought i would like a paranormal series but I love this one. It's more about the relationship between characters then the paranormal aspect of the book. ...more
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ELIZABETH HUNTER is a USA Today and international bestselling author of romance, contemporary fantasy, and paranormal mystery. Based in Central California, she travels extensively to write fantasy fiction exploring world mythologies, history, and the universal bonds of love, friendship, and family.

She has published over thirty works of fiction and sold over a million books world-wide. She is the

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Irin Chronicles (7 books)
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  • The Singer (Irin Chronicles, #2)
  • The Secret (Irin Chronicles, #3)
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  • The Storm (Irin Chronicles, #6)
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