Sins of the Lost
Author: Linda Poitevin
Reviewer: Gikany and Una
Rating: B+, 3.5 Stars
What We’re Talking About:
***Note: this review contains mild spoilers if you have not read the previous novels! This IS a series you MUST read from the beginning!
Sins of the Lost is the third installment in the Grigori Legacy. Gikany and Una are a bit disappointed with it. It’s nothing we can truly point a finger at but an overall feeling as we came to the end of this novel. This is partly due to a significant loss of character (why, oh why did this character have to die!?!?!?) but also because someone we thought highly of didn’t turn out to be who we thought they were. Not to mention…the war that was about to commence…yeah, we are still waiting – gives the anticipation a raw edge.
Our rating may seem a bit high to some after reading our general summary above. However it is not. In some ways, we believe what we are feeling should be natural considering the culmination of Sins of the Lost. Gikany and Una feel a bit betrayed by Seth – someone for whom we had such hope and who let us down in a big way. Seth had been a beacon of hope to us – someone who could have the power to stop the war between Lucifer and the One. However, in the previous novel, Sins of the Son, Seth makes his choice – Alex. However, by choosing Alex, in Sins of the Lost, he becomes obsessed with her. It turns out that Seth is selfish – something we didn’t see in the previous novel. Because of that selfishness, he forces choices and his will. In fact, he becomes the over bearing boyfriend turned stalker that you just can’t get rid of. This was very sad to us.
Alex on the other hand continues to surprise us. The apocalypse is pending and instead of shutting it all out and cocooning herself with just Seth until the end, she fights. She fights and sacrifices to try to stave off the war. Although mortal and horribly outgunned (and horribly manipulated by the immortals) she doesn’t give up. We admire her courage and her stamina (and her stubbornness). There are moments when she herself questions her own sanity about not giving up – those moments are poignant and powerful.
But in her stubbornness she does make a choice that puts her on a path that leads horribly wrong. As Mik’ael tells her during Sins of the Lost, you always have a choice – no one ever said they would be good or easy ones. At the end of Sins of the Son, Alex chooses Seth over her soulmate, Aramael. We feel that she chose Seth because she did care for him – maybe she wanted to love him, especially considering that there was no hope between her and Aramael. But once you know the sizzle of a soul mate connection – nothing will ever compare – no matter how hard you try. She may have had some guilt over Seth, but they both made their choices. However, in the end, Alex’s choice is taken away again. First her rape by Lucifer and then again by someone she trusts. However, this second time the rape is more metaphorical – her decision is ignored and the will of another is forced upon her.
We would further elaborate on the character who is lost – but that would be a spoiler and we just can’t have that. Suffice to say – a major character is lost. We are still grieving for all that could have been. However, that being said – there is a reconciliation that is as powerful as it is heartbreaking. The immortals find themselves lost and we have absolutely no clue or even a hint of a clue as to what will happen next. So much unrest is what we are left with at the closing of Sins of the Lost.
Considering how shafted Alex is during Sins of the Lost (more so than in the previous books) we do need to read the next book. We look forward to the fourth novel (which we are assured will be coming) to hopefully let us know what on earth is going on!
3.5 stars: Liked it – recommend (B+)
About the Book:
Heaven and Hell are on the brink of war as Lucifer builds his Nephilim army and waits for his new agenda to become a reality — that of having a Nephilim child of his own bloodline to lead his forces to cataclysmic victory.
With rumors of the pending war rampant on Earth, Alex fights to save humanity from its own panic – leaving little time for her fledgling relationship with Seth, the man with heavenly origins who has captured her heart. But when Nephilim children begin to disappear, along with Alex’s own vulnerable niece, the inevitable war between Heaven and Hell becomes as personal as sin.
Heaven has its own plans to fight the coming apocalypse, but first it needs Seth back. Asked to betray the man she loves, Alex must turn for help to the soulmate she thought she’d given up — the Archangel Aramael, who may be her last chance to save her family and humanity from the ashes of Lucifer’s Armageddon.
Release Date: October 15, 2013
Series: Grigori Legacy #3
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Book Source: Publisher
Sins of the Lost (The Grigori Legacy #3)