Sins of the Flesh
Release Date: September 28, 2010
Otherkin Trilogy Book #3
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format(s): mass market paperback, e-book
I received a copy of this book from the Net Galley for the purposes of an honest review.
Torn between lust and loyalty…
The blood of the Underworld lord of evil runs through soul reaper Malthus Krayl’s veins.
Raised to fight for survival and to kill for victory, he can destroy anyone who poses a threat. As he searches for the one responsible for his brother’s murder, he refuses to succumb to any distraction…until his sworn enemy crosses his path and tempts him beyond all reason.
Calliope Kane, a Daughter of Aset, has a personal hatred for soul reapers. Their savage attack against her family still haunts her. But only Malthus can help her find the traitors of her kind, and only she can help him hunt the source of betrayal amongst the reapers. As they unite, the danger grows closer…and the passion between them ignites.
What I’m talking about:
The three books of the Otherkin Trilogy together tell the tale of the sons of the Egyptian underworld god, Sutekh and their quest to discover the identity of their youngest brother’s murder. There are clues and hints that help are woven into each story (especially in the first book) that are necessary if you are like me and want to figure out “whodunit” before the author tells you.
The third book, Sins of the Flesh, picks up after the second story finishes. The focus of this book is the third son, Malthus Krayl. He watched his two older brothers fall head over heels for women (in the first two books) and he knows that will not happen to him. He picks up the quest to discover more about his brother, Lokan’s killer by following clues on the “topside” (human realm). While staking out his latest lead, he sees a mysterious woman and is drawn in – wanting to know more about her and why she is also after his lead.
Calliope is a solider for the Asetian Guard, sworn enemy of Sutehk, and her hatred of Sutehk’s sons is also personal. When she first meets Mal, she is vicious and I LOVED it. There is no “love at first sight.” An attraction, yes, but she is hard-core and will not let him stop her from following her orders. She is loyal to the Guard and stays focused beyond all measures as the sexy Mal puts the moves on her.
Right from the start I enjoyed the chemistry between Mal and Calliope. She is fierce and strong. She does what she has to in order to survive, and is always adjusting to the situation. She stays true to herself, even as she falls for her life-long enemy. She doesn’t just see him, swoon, and it’s over. She analyzes her sentiments, studies her loyalties, is mortified, but eventually opens up to the possibilities for true happiness.
Mal is an adrenaline junkie. He loves a challenge. And what I love that he first assumes he is attracted to Calliope because she is a challenge. In fact his response to her saying no?
He rarely encountered a woman who said “no,” and when he did, he simply turned to the one beside her who invariably said “yes.”
But then Mal digs deeper and scrutinizes his feelings, just as Calliope does. And this is what makes their relationship work… we are privy to their inner-most fears and desires. Ms. Silver does an excellent job portraying a couple who has to “work it out” in order to achieve happiness.
Due to the fascinating and continuing storyline surrounding the murder of Lokan Krayl, these books read more like an urban fantasy at times. Different than a “story arc” common in paranormal romance series, these books leave you with a bit of a cliff hanger each time. Even in the end, after the discovery of the identity of the murderer, more questions remain unanswered. The heros are left in somewhat of a perilous situation and there will be major ramifications from the death of Lokan and the discovery of his killer. And even though Mal and Calliope professed their love for each other, they didn’t get the “epilogue” of happiness. There isn’t a “happily ever after” written (yet). I wanted one more chapter giving me the HEA and letting Mal and Calliope enjoy their new love.
This story is my favorite of the three books. The action is faster and the answers come more quickly. The sparks that finally do ignite between Malthus and Calliope sizzle! And even though I have a TON of questions (that I am emailing to Ms. Silver), I found the answers that were given satisfying. But due to the open ending and some other “why did…” questions I have, I didn’t get a sense of closure. Thank GOD that Ms. Silver already has Book 4 underway (Body of Sin, June 2011). This is a fun and exciting new series, but be prepared to deal with unanswered questions along the way!
Really enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)
NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY…
Readers… Eve is generously offering a SIGNED COPY of the third Otherkin Trilogy book, Sins of the Flesh. Eve would like to know what is the best book you’ve read this past month. Answer the question by leaving a comment on yesterday’s interview OR today’s review of Sins of the Flesh. One winner will be chosen randomly from those that comment. Comments must be posted by September 26, 2010, 11:59 PM EDT. Winner will be announced on September 27, 2010.