Author: Eve Silver
Release Date: Augustr 23, 2011
Otherkin Series #4
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format(s): Paperback (384 pgs), e-book
Book Source: NetGalley
About the book:
Once the favorite son of the Lord of the Underworld, Lokan Krayl held enviable privileges and powers. Powers that led to a devastating betrayal—murder.
Resurrected by his immortal brothers, Lokan is still trapped in purgatory. He has no way to contact his family. He has no answers. In order to find the truth about his death and who killed him, he must escape his prison. And there’s only one way out: through the twelve gates of his eternal enemy, Osiris.
But Lokan has help. Bryn Carr, the woman who duped him once before, is his beautiful yet unwanted guide. She’s been sent by his brothers to aid him. She’s his last hope. Lokan must place his fate—and that of the mortal and immortal worlds—in the hands of the one woman he can never trust.
What I’m talking about:
I have been waiting for the release of Body of Sin since finishing the third book in Ms. Silver’s Otherkins series back in September 2010. That book, Sins of the Flesh (review HERE, purchase information, Sins of the Flesh (Hqn)) left readers with a bit of shocking news. The first three books of the Otherkin Series together tell the tale of three sons of the Egyptian underworld god, Sutekh and their quest to discover the identity of their youngest brother’s, Lokan, murder. If you haven’t read the first three books in the series, you may want to stop reading here, because this review contains SPOILERS from the first three books.
Okay, so, Body of Sin starts up immediately after the conclusion of the third book when we discovered that Lokan’s murder was none other than his own father, Sutekh. This left the underworld in a bit of an uproar. Lokan’s body and soul were separated, leaving him to wander the null zone, body-less. However, Lokan’s brothers were able to send his body back to him at the conclusion of the last book. In Body of Sin, Lokan continues to wander, trying to find a way back Topworld, to his daughter, Dana and the his baby’s mama, Bryn. Meanwhile, Bryn fears for Dana and her own life with rumors circulating that Sutekh will come for Dana next.
Body of Sin wrapped up Lokan’s murder and all of the associated outfall quite nicely. I enjoyed the story and felt Ms. Silver gave Lokan all he deserved.
I delighted in how the beginning of the story alternated POV from present day Lokan, present day Bryn, and past Lokan/Bryn. The flashback POVs gives the reader great insight into the development of Lokan and Bryn’s love over the course of seven years while caring for their daughter. Each present day section left on a mini-cliffhanger and kept me reading to the next section to find out what was going to happen.
Once Lokan and Bryn are united in the underworld, the story took on a different tone – no more flashbacks, just the need to survive the tests presented to the couple as the made their way out of the underworld. Their romance was sweet, but I felt that Bryn’s efforts to be honest with Lokan while still hiding the truth of her bargain was overplayed a bit too often.
However, when all was said and done, I was completely satisfied with the conclusion. Although there were hints throughout the book as the to outcome (and I guessed pretty much all of it), there were still some nice surprises. I hope that Ms. Silver isn’t finished with this series, because I think that Bryn’s three mysterious brothers, Boone, Jack and Cahn deserve stories of their own!
This is an enjoyable take on the Egyptian mythology, filled with adventure and romance. I highly recommend starting with the first book, Sins of the Heart (review HERE, purchase information: Sins of the Heart (Hqn)) so you can enjoy the entire exciting ride!
Liked it a lot – recommend (B+)