Sins of the Son by Linda Poitevin

Sins of the Son by Linda Poitevin(Cover picture courtesy of Goodreads.)

When homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis sees a photo of Seth Benjamin on a police bulletin, she knows that Heaven’s plan to halt Armageddon has gone terribly wrong. As the only mortal who knows of Seth’s true nature, only she can save him. Aramael was a hunter of Fallen Angels until a traitor forced him into earthly exile. Now, with no powers and only a faint memory of Alex, his mortal soulmate, he will stop at nothing to redeem himself-even if it means destroying Seth in the name of the Creator…

[Full disclosure: I was originally supposed to review this for the Sins of the Lost blog tour, but my books got lost in the postal system.  So now I’m reviewing it after the tour and, as always, my review is honest.]

After that massive cliffhanger at the end of Sins of the Angels I was very, very eager to get my hands on the second book.  I had to know what happened to Alex and Aramael.  Would they get back together and if they did, could it ever be the same for the two?  Seeing as I’m actually emotionally invested in this novel, particularly the relationship between the two, I just had to know.

I wasn’t disappointed in Linda Poitevin either.  She manages to juggle a couple of different viewpoints while at the same time writing a complicated story, plot-wise and character-wise.  Seeing as I’m a huge fan of characters with depth, I’ll start with the latter.

Alex is a very different person from the one we met at the beginning of Sins of the Angels.  Her love for Aramael changed her and honestly, it’s for the better.  Despite the fact that he’s been banished and she may never see him again, she’s a much more accepting and tolerant person.  The patience she showed with Seth later on would never have occurred at the beginning of Sins of the Angels.  I was just astonished by how much she really does change throughout the novel because she goes through some pretty awful things.  Still, Alex stays true to herself and I love her for that.

Aramael is changed as well.  He’s immortal but without his powers and so he ends up on the receiving end of quite a few of the Fallen’s wrath.  He gets kicked around and killed frequently in the beginning, until the enigmatic archangel Michael is introduced.  From there on, Aramael’s character is so changed it’s almost like he’s a different person, more devoted to his mission to find Alex.  I can’t say much more without giving things away, but Aramael is not perfect and sometimes his emotions get in the way of doing what’s best in a given situation.

I’m the sort of person that tries to predict the ending of books about halfway through.  Usually I’m right, but in Sins of the Son I had no idea what was going to happen.  Linda Poitevin had so many twists and turns in the plot that I was left reeling from the emotional shock by the end.  She spares her characters no pain and has obviously planned the trilogy out well because all of the plot twists make sense.

If you read the first book and loved it, I’d highly recommend Sins of the Son.  If you haven’t read the first book yet, go out and buy it now!  If you love romance, awesome characters, great world-building and unpredictable plots you can’t go wrong with this trilogy.

I give this book 5/5 stars.

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