Sins of the Flesh

Sins of the FleshBy Eve Silver

Publisher: Harlequin
Publication Date: October 1, 2010
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Netgalley

The blood of the Underworld lord of evil runs through soul reaper Malthus Krayl’s veins. Raised to fight for survival and to kill for victory, he can destroy anyone who poses a threat. As he searches for the one responsible for his brother’s murder, he refuses to succumb to any distraction…until his sworn enemy crosses his path and tempts him beyond all reason.
Calliope Kane, a Daughter of Aset, has a personal hatred for soul reapers. Their savage attack against her family still haunts her. But only Malthus can help her find the traitors of her kind, and only she can help him hunt the source of betrayal amongst the reapers. As they unite, the danger grows closer…and the passion between them ignites.

Goodreads Summary

Sins of the Flesh is the third in Silver’s outstanding Otherkin series, behind Sins of the Heart and Sins of the Soul.  They do need to be read before this one, in order, because they’re part of the running story arc of the murdered youngest son of the God of Chaos, Sutekh.  Sins of the Heart was oldest brother Dagen’s story, along with his mate Roxy; Sins of the Soul was second son Alastor’s, with mate Naphre.  Both prior books are absolutely worth picking up, this is a standout set.  I feel like a broken record at this point, because I’m recommending them all over the place, but they really are a good read and I love that Harlequin is releasing these first three books close together.

Malthus Krayl is the bad boy soul reaper; he mouths off to his own father for fun, sleeps with fire genies for sport and rarely met a dangerous situation he didn’t mind wading into. Calliope Kane is calm, cool and efficient in her duties for the Asetian Guard, but as a blooded Daughter, she must choose sex or blood for sustenance periodically, and a run-in with Mal one night proves fateful for both. Later, as they battle over who gets to haul off a high priest of a sketchy sect, Calliope makes a choice with huge repercussions, not the least of which is being called before the Matriarchs for judgment.

The murder plotline flies along in Sins of the Flesh; many things that were ambiguous in the earlier two books start taking on different meanings than what I had assumed, and I’m usually pretty good at being a couple of steps ahead of a mystery. All of the major players from the earlier books are here, gods and goddesses included, along with a couple of new are they/aren’t they good guys. Dae and Roxy and Alastor and Naphre also make appearances, as the family’s working to find Lokan’s remains before they run out of time.

Mal and Calliope from the start have a charged attraction and watching them spar, knowing what isn’t going to happen is sexier than if they just gave in. In the first two books, he was promiscuity personified, and Calliope’s need to feed from sex would seemingly make them a perfect pair, but she just happens to really, really hate both reapers and hate having to need to feed. She’s hot and cold emotionally initially; when she does warm up to Mal though, she opens up to him completely, and for that, she was bounds ahead of Roxy and Naphre. Mal’s a guy who’s really had every reason to turn into a bitter person because of his past, but hasn’t; he was pretty much a playboy in the first two books, but there’s a more serious and adult side of him here (it always seems to come out when Calliope is stabbing him), and I liked the change. I wish there would have been a way for him to have more page time alone; out of all the brothers, he seems like a really approachable guy (for a demi-god soul-reaper).

I won’t say much about the wrap-up of the murder plot, other than it’s a jaw-dropper that I didn’t see at all; I had a very big (wrong) theory going that could easily have been dismissed if I’d have paid attention to some very specific wording. There were some pretty big hints dropped about who might be consorting with whom in the earlier books and all sorts of hints in the physical clues, but when it all wrapped up in one package, there was definitely an, “Ah ha,” moment for me, followed by me smacking my forehead on my coffee table because I had the vain hope that in some parallel universe, I should have seen it coming.

If you haven’t read Kai’s story in Daughter of Sin, I recommend that as well.  It would have saved me part of a headache.

The next two books in the Sin series, beginning with Body of Sin, will be out in the spring and fall of 2011.

My Rating: A-

Barbara

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