BOOK REVIEW – Sins of The Lost by Linda Poitevin

SotLSins of The Lost (The Grigori Legacy #3)
By Linda Poitevin
Publisher: Intermix (Berkly/Penguin)
Publication Date: 15th October 2013
Format: Ebook (358 pages)
Source: Own Copy

SUMMARY

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 Nephilimchild 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 (Goodreads)
DividerAt the end of Sins of the Son, I thought I had a pretty good idea on where the plot was going to head. Alex was going to try to save the women who were pregnant with ne Nephilims; the war between Heaven and Hell would Continue without Seth and Alex; Michael, with the help of Aramael would be trying to hold back Lucifer and his army and it would all cumulate with a bit old slug fest at the end with Seth and Alex back within the fold….. HA! Potiven, in a stroke of brilliant and sneaky sleight of hand took all these pre-conceptions, threw them in the blender and then scattered them to the wind.

As I said, the Queen of misdirection takes us down a pretty standard plot. I was safe in comfortable in my naivety that this would follow the pattern that the previous two books had taken. It quickly became apparent that this would not be the case. If the previous two books could be compared to anything, then it would be comparing it to the TV series Firefly. This book is like the movie Serenity. All bets were off, no one was safe and like a crafty magician Poitevin masters the misdirection again and again.

From the very first chapter to the very end, the book was sucker punch after sucker punch, as Poitevin crafts multiple plot lines with such ease. It could have been easy to drop the ball, but each one is given its own time to shine. As an outsider you can see that the situation with The Nephilims, Lucifers urge to seek vengeance on The One’s rejection and the impending Armageddon are all heading for a collision course that cannot be good. You are powerless to stop it, but you keep hoping that Mikael, Alex and Aramael will somehow pull something out of the bag to save the day.

So to watch as their best laid plans start to crumble and it looks as though Lucifer and his followers will be victorious in their end game, was disheartening. Yet, Poitevin again does a quick switcheroo which completely changes both the game and the players. Pivotal figures from the very first book meet their demise and for once I didn’t see it coming. Closing the book I was still left shell-shocked, unsure what is coming next.

As was the case in the previous books, a seemingly secondary plotline became the most important of them all. The plotline I am talking about is that of Seth and Alex’s relationship. The events that occurred at the end of the previous book have left a lasting mark on Alex and if you have read that book, you can understand why being intimate with Seth is such a challenge. Coupled with the guilt she feels over the fact that Seth has given up his destiny and birth right, the odds are already against them. The last thing either needs is the reappearance of Aramael, the Angel that was Alex’s soul mate. All these factors cause a strain on their relationship and I couldn’t help but hope that somehow they would manage to work through this.

It is not to be and if anything we see Seth begin walking the same path that his father did. He begins to resent Alex’s dedication and commitment to the mortals, just as Lucifer resented The One’s affection for them. Watching History seemingly repeat itself, only adds to the foreshadowing and as Seth becomes more and more resentful, the hope within me died. It isn’t helped by the fact that one of Lucifer’s minions, is poisoning him against Alex. By the end of the book, Seth is now on the path that Anakin Skywalker walked down to become the villain of the Star Wars series.

By the end of the book I was left emotionally drained, much like Alex. Everything I thought was going to happen didn’t and those characters I was sure were going to be major players in the end game, were brutally taken out. One of the characters I had started off not liking much at all, but by two thirds of the way though the book, I had grown so fond of them that I became their cheerleader. Their death hit me much like the death of Walsh in Serenity. My heart had been ripped out and put through the meat grinder, yet I was given no chance to grieve as the next body blow was struck.

VERDICT

This is a series that keeps building on the previous one. You become so heavily invested in the main characters plight, that their pain becomes your pain, their victories become yours. The Grigori Legacy series has become the benchmark that other Urban Fantasies are compared to for me. The next book is going to bittersweet for I do want to see how this all plays out, but it is also the conclusion of the series. No matter what, I am sure that it is going to be a rollercoaster of a ride

RATING
4 star
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BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER
1 Sins of the Angels (Originally posted on Book Chick City)
2 Sins of the Son (Originally posted on Book Chick City)
3 Sins of the Lost

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