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I Belong


Review: Sins of the Angels by Linda Poitevin

TitleSins of the Angels

Author: Linda Poitevin

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Grigori Legacy (Book 1)

Publication Date: September 27, 2011

Format: Paperback, 336 Pages

ISBN-10: 0441020917 (Ace Books)

ISBN-13:  978-0441020911 (Ace Books)

Synopsis:

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.

Quick & Dirty: Nothing hotter than a man with wings, eh ladies?

Opening SentenceIt was done.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

God really is a woman. Well, at least in this book, she is. In Ms. Poitevin’s version of things, The One was once Lucifer’s companion, soulmates if you will. It was she who created the race of humans, and he who, like we all know, led us down our path of destruction, also taking with him a choir of angels called the Grigori, those that were meant to watch over us, and instead led us astray. Some Grigori even went as far as to mate with humans and reproduce, thus introducing the Nephilim, half-human-half-angels. It was then that there was war between what we refer to as heaven and hell, and after much death a pact was made between them, for no destruction on either side, and there would be no more death. Also, to save the angels who remained from further anguish, The One had each being cleansed of the ability to feel, erased all yearnings for love, and stripped away their free will. Now all the angels perform their chosen duties, and when they break the rules, they are banished to Limbo for the rest of eternity by the choir of angels called Powers, those who are charged with policing their own kind.

Aramael is one such angel. He has just come back from a run of several hunts and is tired and wants his rest, until his handler whispers one word. Caim. The name of his twin brother who recently escaped Limbo and has gone on a killing spree in the human realm. Both his handler and he know that Aramael is the only one who can take Caim down, so it must be his responsibility, but also they need him to watch over a woman, a Nephilim descendant, who is Caim’s target.

In current day Toronto, Canada lives our heroine, Detective Alexandra Jarvis, homicide division. Her recent case, and everyone else’s in her department eventually, is a series of grizzly slasher murders. Unfortunately for her, these particular types of murders are especially painful for her to investigate, all because she once witnessed the brutal aftermath when her mentally ill mother stabbed her father when Alex was younger.

While working this case, Alex takes on a new partner, Jacob aka Aramael, who has some interesting quirks to his personality. Alex, who now believes she is as insane as her mother was, is deeply frustrated with her partner and his attitude, but she is also deeply attracted to him as well. Aramael resents the job of guarding this descendant of the enemy in the beginning, but is also feeling that attraction. Plus, there is more, an almost instant connection of their souls, which makes Aramael even more brash, and more confused. Weren’t angels stripped of their ability to feel?

As the hunt for Caim continues, more help is recruited on the side of the angels, in the form of the Appointed, Seth. Not sure yet what this guys deal is, hopefully we will find out more in the sequel. With this new addition we find that fallen angels are not the only enemy in this particular fight, and this chain of evil reaches almost all the way to the top.

An interesting brand of mythology, this one is as close to sexy as you can get without the actual act. I like the connection as it develops between Alex and Aramael, the struggle and anguish they both suffer through. I’m anxiously awaiting the next installment, Sins of the Son.

Notable Scene:

Caim.

Savage exhilaration filled him, Head high, he tensed, centered himself, willed himself to stillness. Caim’s energy surged through the air, bold, vile and entirely traceable as he transitioned to his demon side. Sudden thunder rolled overhead, a low, ominous growl that signaled Caim’s interference in a universe he had no business toying with. The city’s sounds faded into the background. The fire of the hunt licked along Aramael’s veins, kindling the cold rage he carried in him. The rage that was him.

Satisfaction snarled through him.

I’m coming, Brother.

But on the verge of increasing his energy vibration to give chase, he went still. Something was wrong. He fought back the fury, struggled to control the instinct that would overtake him. No, not wrong. Missing. His center turned to ice.

Alex.

He could feel Caim, but where the hell was Alex?

Aramael forgot to breathe. Forgot, for a moment, how to think as his heart collapsed inward, drawing every fragment of his attention, every atom of his energy. He felt no Alex.

The impossibility of failure loomed in his mind, all encompassing, all consuming. Then, even as agony began to rip him apart from the inside out, a scream of anguish tore through his mind. Pierced to the core.

His name.

Alex’s voice.

The Grigori Legacy Series:

1. Sins of the Angels

2. Sins of the Son

FTC Advisory: Penguin/Ace Books provided me with a copy of Sins of the Angels. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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