The Staff and the Blade by Elizabeth Hunter

Hey everybody,

The Blurb:  Lovers. Warriors. Enemies. Legends. Damien and Sari. Their union became pivotal in Irin history. But to understand their ending, you must go back to the beginning. A young singer and a hardened warrior meet and mate, but their life is torn apart by violence, betrayal, and grief. Yet 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 novel in four parts. It is the fourth book in the Irin Chronicles.

“She hates me as she loves me. Wholly and completely. Sari never does anything by halves.”

My thoughts:   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 (Books 1-3 previously reviewed).  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 complex and it helps to have an understanding of the various types of angels and offspring and the various points of view of characters in the world before reading Damien and Sari’s story. As a matter of fact, at one point, I went back to books 2 and 3 and re-read some of the notes/highlights I had made on my Kindle. This story is complex and spectacular and I will visit this world anytime the author wants to go there. I hope for many more stories in this series.

I highly recommend this series.

Happy reading,


3 thoughts on “The Staff and the Blade by Elizabeth Hunter”

  1. Hi Debra.
    This sounds great.
    But tell me, is this a fully developed story? Meaning, it’s just another installment in the series that happens to give us the HEA of the couple completely?

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  2. Hi Sonia,
    Yes, you get the whole story of Damien and Sari in this book, beginning to the HEA. Their story is fully developed in this book which is devoted to their HEA with more details in the world building. I just think it helps if a person understands the overall world a little before reading the Staff and the Blade and it is just my personal opinion. When I commented about looking at notes in books 2 and 3–it had to do with the overall world of the Irin and Grigori, not Damien and Sari, specifically. Hope that answers your question. Thanks for following the blog.


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