Kinx's Book Nook: Review: Sins of the Angels

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Review: Sins of the Angels

Sins of the Angels by Linda Poitevin (Grigori Legacy #1)
Published by Ace Books (Division of Penguin Publishing)
Released in 2011
Ebook, 325 pages
Urban Fantasy

From Linda Poitevin:

A detective with a secret lineage. An undercover Hunter with a bullet-proof soul. And a world made to pay for the sins of an angel…

Homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis answers to no one. Especially not to the new partner assigned to her in the middle of a gruesome serial killer case-a partner who is obstructive, irritatingly magnetic, and arrogant as hell.

Aramael is a Power—a hunter of the Fallen Angels. A millennium ago, he sentenced his own brother to eternal exile for crimes against humanity. Now his brother is back and wreaking murderous havoc in the mortal realm. To find him, Aramael must play second to a human police officer who wants nothing to do with him and whose very bloodline threatens both his mission and his soul.

Now, faced with a fallen angel hell-bent on triggering the apocalypse, Alex and Aramael have no choice but to join forces, because only together can they stop the end of days.

In the first book of the Grigori Legacy, Linda Poitevin has created a dark and provocative world where angels fight on-going battles to save mortals from the ever-reaching Fallen Ones. Also, at its heart, Sins of the Angels, is a forbidden love story that was never meant to happen.

In Alex Jarvis, Ms. Poitevin has written a deeply flawed but admirable character. Alex is intelligent, strong and focused, even though she has seen unimaginable horror in her life. Her life revolves around her constant battles to keep her sanity in a very insane world. Her struggles are written in way that you feel empathy but you don’t get lost in total pity for her. Alex’s character is too strong to be pitied.

Ms. Poitevin has written a wonderful character in Aramael. He is an angel who is in constant conflict with himself. As a Power, he must be on and complete his hunt, find and expel his brother, a Fallen One, to Limbo. In this case, his hunt may destroy him. Throughout this book, he faces a struggle that he was never meant to face. Once again you feel empathy but not pity. The chemistry between Aramael and Alex is electric but their connection was never meant to be. It is forbidden and can never be. I found it heart-breaking as Aramael and Alex  have to face what their love will bring to the mortal world.

My least favorite aspect of the book, is the One. She is the ultimate power in the universe. I do enjoy that the One is female; however, what I didn’t like is that She is so disconnected from her Creation, whether it be angels or mortals. I’m hoping with other books in the series that She takes more control in the universe and shows Her power to save. Her apathy was a bit disturbing. I hope She becomes more engaged and becomes the One that the angels have their total faith in. I’m really looking forward to reading Sins of the Son, the second installment of the Grigori Legacy to find out.


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