Sins of the Lost by Linda Poitevin
Series: Grigori Legacy #3
Published by Penguin
Published on: October 15, 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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From the author of Sins of the Angels and Sins of the Son comes the newest novel in the “electric, thrilling and extremely intelligent” (Ex Libris) Grigori Legacy series.
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.
Poitevin’s Grigori Legacy series has really hit its stride with this latest installment, Sins of the Lost. The storm that’s been brewing between Heaven and Hell has finally reached its breaking point and, with a cast of characters that includes Archangels, The One and the Devil himself; this book can accurately be summed up by one word and that word is EPIC. Sins of the Lost is a compelling read that’s difficult to put down and even harder to forget with its apocalypse inspired action, out-of-this-world love triangle and jaw dropping plot line; reading 360 pages has never felt so satisfying.
The author doesn’t waste any time on things like gently easing readers back into her universe; this story roars to life in the first chapter and reaches full speed a mere handful of pages later. The focus of this book is on the impact that the war between Heaven and Hell has had on humanity rather than on the divine aspect and I really enjoyed this approach. I found man’s reaction to this new threat to be as fascinating as it was appalling. I had a good chuckle over Ottawa’s “alien theory” but couldn’t hold back my disgust when Alex gets called to a crime scene where the victims were stoned to death. The world leaders’ proposed solutions to this new danger are just as extreme and range from enacting martial law, to placing all pregnant women under quarantine to replicating drastic measures similar to the SARS crisis of 2003. Humanity is not equipped to deal with the apocalypse, that much is clear; this book does a great job of illustrating the best and the worst of mankind.
The Seth / Aramael / Alex love triangle is put through the wringer in this installment; my nails are going to take a few weeks to recover from all that biting! I hadn’t fully made up my mind about which team I was rooting for until 3/4 of the way through book 3 only to have Poitevin yank the rug right out from under me. I’m so heartbroken! There’s only one novel left (I asked!) and I don’t see how Alex can possibly ever get the happily-ever-after ending that I had envisioned for her. That being said, the clashes between Aramael and Seth are legendary! And I can’t believe how much the latter’s views on relationships differ from Alex’s; yes, he’s not human, but still! Choosing the one you love over the fate of the human race isn’t romantic it’s… selfish.
Sins of the Lost is a wild ride that lifts you up, makes you believe in the impossible, and then kicks you in the (in my case) metaphorical nuts. Encore! Encore!