Review: Sins of the Son

Posted May 2, 2012 by Gikany-Una in 4 stars, Rating A, Urban Fantasy Tags: , , ,

Sins of the Son
Author: Linda Poitevin 
Release Date: March 27, 2012
Publisher: ACE
The Grigori Legacy #2
ISBN: #978-1937007379
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format(s): Paperback (352 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
About the book:
A detective with a secret…
When homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis sees a photo of Seth Benjamin on a police bulletin, she knows that Heaven’s plan to halt Armageddon has gone terribly wrong.  As the only mortal aware of Seth’s true nature, only she can save him.
An exiled angel turned assassin…
Aramael was a hunter of Fallen Angels until a traitor forced him into earthly exile.  Now, with no powers and only a faint memory of Alex, his mortal soulmate, he will stop at nothing to redeem himself – even if it means destroying Seth in the name of the Creator.
A world with little chance of redemption…
As Alex’s need to protect Seth sets her on a fiery course with the determined Aramael, the coming conflict between them may push the world over the edge – and into the very chaos they’re trying to prevent.
What G & U are talking about:
Sins of the Son is the second novel in this new Grigori Legacy series.  Ms. Poitevin delivers another riveting novel in this world of angels and humans.  As the world seems to charge recklessly towards Armageddon – Lucifer’s desire – there are those working relentlessly to prevent it…even if it means going behind the Creator’s back.
The previous novel, Sins of the Angels, concentrated on setting up the mythology and the plight of humans and angels.  In this novel, we truly get into the politics of the Creator and of the Fallen Angels, led by Lucifer.  We love the continuing theme of free will that permeates this world in so many ways.  There is not just a political commentary you see but also one on the nature of humanity.  This series can be read on several different levels, which lends itself well to a book club.  It will spawn much discussion beyond religious beliefs and views.
Alex is an engaging main character.  Although “mostly” human and therefore considered weak, she rises to the occasion.  She is not a religious woman, but she does believe in right and wrong.  She strives to help her fellow man to the best of her ability, even if it means a terrible sacrifice.  It is easy to be drawn to her and Ms. Poitevin does an excellent job in allowing the reader to be able to walk in Alex’s shoes. Although Alex and Aramael are very different, they have much in common.  With Seth thrown between them, they have an explosive and yet delicate struggle between them.  The question before them not only is blurred, but there is no certainty in any of the answers.
The question of soulmates and free will is a fascinating element that is well woven through the Sins of the Son. Although there are quite of few twists and turns, it is almost as if, at times, free will isn’t as “free” as it seems.  Perhaps free will only appears that way and some things are destined to be.
Without giving anything away in this dynamic novel, the characters and world building are seamless and engaging.  It is surprising how quickly you can read the novel.  Gikany and Una were glued to the pages only to find a very unexpected ending that left us with more questions and anxious for the next book.  If you haven’t picked up the Grigory Legacy yet, do so.  You won’t regret it.
Their Rating:
Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)
Purchase Info:
Reviews of books in the series:
Sins of the Angels (The Grigori Legacy #1)

4 responses to “Review: Sins of the Son

  1. Thanks for a great review! I really liked book 1, Sins of the Angels, although I had a hard time liking Aramael at first. He was a self righteous, pompeous jerk for most of it, especially toward Alex. And that is a mark of a great author, that she can have you experience strong emotion (good and bad)toward a character and still like the story. I preordered Sins of the Son and I don’t know why I haven’t started it yet. I know what I’m reading this weekend 🙂

  2. Una

    @Erin – I think you might really like Sins of the Sons, not to give anything away. But I completely relate to your feelings towards Aramael.

  3. I devoured both of them in no time and thoroughly enjoyed them. I guess I’d expect an angel to be pompous and self-righteous, so I loved Aramael’s character from the beginning. Enter Seth and Michael, and they are three men after your heart.