Sins of the Heart

Sins of the Heart

By Eve Silver

Publisher: Harlequin
Publication Date: August 1, 2010
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Author

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….

Goodreads Summary

Sins of the Heart is the first in Silver’s new intriguing Otherkin paranormal series, playing off of the mythos of the Egyptian Book of the Dead. At the heart of the series are the four half-mortal, half-god sons of Sutekh, the God of Chaos, a supremely nasty guy who sustains himself by munching on the darksouls of men. His sons are soul reapers, sent up top to collect them for him.

Eldest brother Dagen’s story is first, introducing his relationship with Roxy as they work, not generally together, to find youngest brother Lokan’s killers; he’s trying to reanimate him, she’s trying to keep him dead. That’s a tremendous understatement of the storyline (recapped much, much better in earlier reviews), because this is an intricate tale, full of suspense, action, intrigue, an evil heart-grabbing reaper, some sexy ones, family angst, more suspense and a lot of evil-doers. There are some freaky skin-melting smoke things in there too.

From tall, blonde and sexy Dagan’s first encounter with tall, dark and smart-mouthed Roxy, through the next few chapters, I found myself thinking I might have missed something because I didn’t understand a lot of the Egyptian references or some of the weird things that were going on with Suddenly Supergirl Roxy, but Silver did a superb job of tying threads together fairly rapidly once the story started moving along. The action and suspense were written as well or better than many mainstream novels on the bestseller list, and the mythology was doled out at a smart pace that advanced the plot but didn’t get overly confusing.

Dagan is definitely an all-action guy, which fits with all-action Roxy, but makes for a lot of fight scenes and a lot of gore. There isn’t a lot of time for self-introspection, and when there is, neither is inclined to share with the other until the book is almost over, nor do either of them show any interest in sharing information about Lokan’s murder, long after they ought to trust each other. It made me want to shake both of them.

The strongest aspect of the book by leaps and bounds was the world-building, which was undoubtedly a necessary evil, given that this is the beginning of a series. Setting up the entire mythos and laying the framework for what appears to be the story arc of the murdered Sutekh brother looks to have taken the front seat here and pushed a lot of Dagan and Roxy’s romance to the back. That’s not to say that there’s nothing here, because there’s still some romance and heat and some moments towards the end that made me lurch for the Kleenex, it’s just that they didn’t comprise of as much of the book as you might expect in this genre.

The effort to put together the Otherkin world, the investment in developing the bonds between the brothers and establishing seemingly endless list of enemies, friends, frenemies, sidekicks..you get the picture; all of that earns this book a solid five stars. I liked Dagan and Roxy a lot; I thought they were sexy and loved that they got together eventually, but they got overwhelmed by everything else and it nicked a star off.

My Rating: B

Barbara

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