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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sins of the Flesh, Book 3, The Otherkin Series by Eve Silver

Publisher:  HQN/Harlequin Enterprises
Pages:  384

(Release Date:  October 1, 2010)

From the Cover:

Torn between lust and loyalty…

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…

*****May Contain Spoilers*****

Malthus Krayl is the third son born of the God of Chaos, Lord of Evil, Sutekh or Seth, and he has a mission.  To find those who took his brother, murdered him, and butchered his body; and when he does, they'll pay.  Unlike his brothers, he's lost faith that Lokan can be restored, but he can be avenged. Mal needs a break, both physically and literally.  The night he hits the clubs, hoping for relaxation and maybe a little fun, is the night when the woman with the bewitching eyes, body as beautiful as sin, and damn kissable lips dances into this life, and away, before he can ever get her name, leaving him filled with unquenchable desires and not any fun.

Calliope Kane, a blooded Daughter of Aset for more than 150 years, hates soul reapers. The day of her parents deaths feels fresh and raw, as if it were yesterday when the soul reapers came, ripped out their hearts, and ate them. If she closes her eyes, she can still see the bloody remains.  Calliope too needs a break, both physically and literally, she needs either blood or sex, preferably sex.  When she dances her way to the dark stranger with eyes she could drown in, she's drawn, but not by otherworldliness, she's drawn to the instant pull of desire that tightens her body taut with need.  When she recognizes he's more than mortal, she runs, fast and far.

When Malthus finds a trail that leads him in the direction of Lokan's killers, he runs right into a tasty treat in tight fitting spandex that leaves nothing to the imagination, but she's after the same thing he is, Pyotr Kuznetsov.  Mal wants to rip out his dark soul, take it to Seth, find out what happened to Lokan. Calliope wants to make sure Mal doesn't find out.  But, everything changes when Calliope taste the reaper's blood, absorbing his prowess and strength, as well as sealing her fate.

Sins of the Flesh by Eve Silver in the final installment and continuation of the Otherkin Series, but I've heard rumors that there maybe possibility more, and I certainly hope so.  Dagan, Alastor, and Malthus, half-gods, half humans, have been magnetic brothers to get to know, but I still haven't spent time with Lokan, either before or after... and I believe he has one hell of a story to tell. So, I'm keeping my fingers crossed to hope for more! As we enter Malthus's story, he's probably the darkest of the brothers, sexy and charismatic, once a pirate and a plunderer. He's loved and lost, and has no desire to do that again. He's lost the hope his brothers still have that Lokan can be revived, he's been too long in the Underworld, another soul lost to the darkness. Calliope Kane is a Daughter of Aset, Seth's biggest enemy, and she'd like to keep Lokan where he is and with the brothers never knowing who or what has been involved in his death, a great war could be brewing with Lokan's death as the catalyst.  She's afraid of what they will find out if they confront Pyotr Kuznetsov. She puts herself between Malthus and what he desires most (or what she thinks he desires most).  When Mal discovers an ancient artifact in Pyotr's house, he needs to confront Calliope, to find out how deeply the Daughters of Aset are involved in the murder of Lokan, if at all. Calliope seals her fate with the Matriarchs and the Guard when she consumes Mal's blood, but she really has little choice if she doesn't want to lose her prize. She realizes that the stranger from the club and Mal are one in the same, though she's calm and cool on the outside, fire glows beneath the surface. What happens when Malthus and Calliope unite can only be described as igniting combustion. But, all is not as it seems, either in the Guard or in the Lord of Chaos's domain, the Underworld. When Calliope goes on a wild ride with Mal to the Underworld, neither may be the same, and only Calliope can give what the brothers need the most, Aset's direct bloodline, a blooded member of her Guard. What they learn next is unbelievable even to the brothers who thought they'd heard and seen it all.

Sins of the Flesh is an excellent paranormal romance with strong dark urban fantasy elements. I love the mythology involved, the character development, and the underlying story that no one except Seth knows entirely; he's been conniving and scheming for centuries. He can take any form he wants, fool his sons who know him better than any of the living or the dead. He is the master of chaos, even his sons who have grudgingly come to know and sort of love him, are taken in by the truly masterful evilness of his actions, of his plans. You see, Lokan is..... well, it would be really unfair to tell, you'll have to buy the books, but it truly does tie the story together. I would still love to see Lokan's story told, what really happened, did he love as his brothers have come to? Also how the brothers reunited with their mates, can they find of way for life together, what will happen to Seth and what new role will his sons play? I highly recommend this series to lovers of paranormal romance (those boys sure know how to handle their ladies!), lovers of dark urban fantasy, and lovers of a story based in mythology.... it isn't entirely different from the stories surrounding ancient Egypt, and it's wonderfully told. If you enjoy mythology, this is a series for you too. Sins of the Flesh is a fresh telling of the gods Aset, Osiris, and Seth; with turns and twists and wickedness at the heart of the story. Eve Silver provides the reader with a wild ride through the dark, more than heated romance, and an evil beyond what those of the Underworld have seen.  I've immensely enjoyed reading the Otherkin Series, and highly recommend it.

Take a peek at the trailer for the Otherkin Series...



I received this book from Net Galley and Harlequin Enterprises for review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

6 comments:

Blodeuedd said...

Great review Dottie.
I so like the sound of these sons of the Lord of Chaos ;)

Michelle Greathouse said...

Dottie,

I have books 2 & 3 on the shelf - I am looking forward to both of them. :) I'm glad to see that you enjoyed this installment.

M

Lea said...

Wow, what a wonderful review Dottie. I've heard so much about Ms. Silver's books. This one and the series sound truly amazing.

Thanks for sharing.

((hugs))
Lea

Dottie (Tink's Place) said...

Hi B!

Have you joined Net Galley yet? You don't have to be located in the States, but they are ebooks. We need to get you an ereader!!! LOL Join Net Galley, you won't regret it!

I loved Eve Silver's Otherkin series, it's been so much fun reading it. I purchased Sins's Daughter (short story prequel of the Otherkins series). It's my last taste of the series that I hope Harlequin allows her to continue!

((hugs))

Dottie :)

Dottie (Tink's Place) said...

Hi Michelle!

I loved your review of Sins of the Heart! I was sure that was going to be my favorite of the series, usually the first of the series is the best, but I have to say that Sins of the Flesh was as good if not better. I love this series and hope Eve Silver finds a way to continue it, at least to tell Lokan's story. He's the hot younger brother murdered by unseen forces.... oh... I really would like to know more...

((hugs))

Dottie :)

Dottie (Tink's Place) said...

Hi Lea!

I think you'd like this series, steamy romance, mythological begins (damn, I loved the story of Isis (Aset), Osiris, and Seth before I started the series). It was fun reading it, wanting the bad boys who swore love would never find them being taken into it's grasp!

Thanks for stopping by Lea! I hope Tori had a better night, and my fingers are crossed multiple times for tomorrow!

(((hugs sweetie)))

Dottie :)

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