Series: The Grigori Legacy #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy, Romantic, Urban
on September 27th 2011
Reviewed by: Abigail
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.
SINS OF THE ANGELS is the first book in Linda Potevin’s Grigory Legacy urban Fantasy series about a homicide detective and the angel assigned to help her track down a fallen angel who is ritualistically slaughtering people. There’s plenty of blood and action scenes, new angel mythology, and the foundation set up for a romance to develop in future books.
The romance was my favorite part about SINS OF THE ANGELS because it was so unconventional. An angel taught that the greatest sin he could ever commit was to fall in love with a human, and a woman who is the very embodiment of that unforgiveable transgression. To say he despised her on sight is an understatement.
Despite the unconventional and therefore intriguing romance, there were a couple things that didn’t work for me in SINS OF THE ANGEL. In the middle of her investigation, Alexandra gets saddled with a new partner who unbeknownst to her, is an angel. She accidentally sees Aramel’s wings the first time they meet. She tells herself she’s just overly tired and ignores it. But then she sees them several more times and still says nothing for a hundred and fifty pages. Meanwhile, they are traipsing all over the city based on Aramel’s cryptic intuition that he never explains to her, and she never really asks about.
Flash forward 150 pages and finally Alex gets some answers, but I was pretty impatient on her behalf by then. As a reader, I knew exactly what was going on from page one and having to read about her struggling to find out, unfortunately, made her come across as stupid through no fault of her own. And since we’re talking about a book involving angels, the religious implications weren’t as flagrant as in other titles, but there was enough borrowing and twisting to hamper my enjoyment.
Overall, the writing is good, and the angel mythology very well thought out, but the heavy procedural aspects of the story and the lack of information given to the heroine were too much for me. I know there will be plenty of people who enjoy this book precisely for the reasons I didn’t, so if you like paranormal procedurals—emphasis on the procedural—you should enjoy SINS OF THE ANGELS. And if you were a fan of Jeannie Holmes Alexandra Sabian series, you’ll love this new series too.