Tuesday, October 5, 2010

REVIEW: Sins of the Heart by Eve Silver

ISBN 9780373774821
Series: Otherkin, Book 1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
(c) August 2010, HQN
Eve Silver's website

Rating: 4 stars

Available at Book Depository (print).

A mesmerizing new series featuring Egyptian gods and an age-old feud, hot passion, conflicting loyalties and a spine-tingling murder mystery guaranteed to put you on the edge of your seat.

Roxy Tam didn't know what a lucky escape she had eleven years before when she'd met a soul reaper who could've take her life but didn't. Yet, something about her had captivated Dagan Krayl, soul reaper and the eldest son of Sutekh, Lord of Chaos. So much so that long after he set her free, he dreamed about her, when soul reapers didn't dream. He never expected she'd become his enemy, a Daughter of Aset, or that she'd work at cross purposes with him when he wanted to resurrect his murdered brother...

First off, I find this novel refreshing due to the new mythology used as the background. Certainly, Sutekh wasn't someone who was very familiar, and the soul reapers were an interesting twist from the specter of Death, who collects souls. For soul reapers only collect the vilest of souls for Sutekh's ingestion and enjoyment, and the foremost of these soul reapers are Sutekh's four sons.

Dagan as the eldest felt a great responsibility and guilt at the death of his youngest brother, and he would stop at nothing until he found the murderer and resurrected Lokan. Though the four sons who are born of different mothers despised their father, they have however, formed a strong bond with each other when they finally met, and this was evidenced in the way each of the three remaining brothers was driven to find the murderer and bring their brother Lokan back.

Our heroine, Roxy Tam, is a kick-ass heroine with a smart mouth and she's more than a match for Dagan, who needed a strong woman to handle him. She's also a contradiction and experienced much angst as she was torn between acting on her attraction to Dagan or fighting him as he was the enemy (she was a Daughter of Aset) and for abandoning her just when she needed him the most. I thought their romance sort of took a back seat as Ms. Silver took up much of the first half in building her world, but from the first moment Roxy and Dagan met again after 11 years, sparks flew, as much from passion as from the fight scenes with fire creatures out to get Roxy.

Still, the worldbuilding was well-done without overwhelming the reader with needless information. I was particularly intrigued with Dagan's scene with Anubis, and the description was so vivid that I had to stop and process. Yeah, try imagining literally taking out your heart and placing it on a scale. I also like that the mystery of Lokan's death stumps even the characters. For one, Lokan as a half-god, half-mortal son of Sutekh, shouldn't be easy to kill. For another, when he dies, he should be in the Underworld, but the brothers could find no trace of him. They couldn't even sense him.

The central plot surrounding Lokan's murder spans the entire series, so some threads are left unsolved at the end of this book, but I still enjoyed the story and the cliffhanger only makes me eager to dive into the next book.

Reviewed by Ashia

Book Summary:

Half human, half god, Dagan Krayl is the Underworld's most powerful soul reaper. When one of his brothers is murdered, Dagan must use every ounce of his power to hunt down those responsible for his brutal death. But he must move swiftly—and carefully—if he's to have any chance of resurrecting his brother.

Yet that resurrection could wreak havoc on the mortal world. As an Otherkin, Roxy Tam has sworn to protect the human race, and it's her mission to stop Dagan. But when she sees him face-to-face, she realizes that she has seen him once before—a meeting that changed her life forever.

Neither Dagan nor Roxy expect to join forces for the sake of mankind. Or to have their loyalties tested as they struggle against the potent desire that threatens to consume them both...

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Lover of Romance said...

Great Review!! I should really read this series, I have heard so many good things about it and this author!!! Glad to hear that you enjoyed it!

Pam S (pams00) said...

Great review!

I totally loved his book and so looking forward to getting to read the others in this series. I loved the world Eve has developed and was taken with Dagan's character almost immediately.

Pam S
pams00 @ aol.com

dor said...

This sounds awesome. The series in on my list now. I love the cover too...it catches my eye.

dorcontest at gmail dot com

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