Sins of the Heart By Eve Silver
Bookshelves: Heroes I love, Mythology, Fantasy, Paranormal, Suspense, Romance
Half human, half god, Dagan Krayl is the Underworld's most powerful soul reaper. When one of his brothers is murdered, Dagan must use every ounce of his power to hunt down those responsible for his brutal death. But he must move swiftly—and carefully—if he's to have any chance of resurrecting his brother.
Yet that resurrection could wreak havoc on the mortal world. As an Otherkin, Roxy Tam has sworn to protect the human race, and it's her mission to stop Dagan. But when she sees him face-to-face, she realizes that she has seen him once before—a meeting that changed her life forever.
Dagan Krayl *sighs* where do I start? Okay, maybe I shouldn't start with him right away. [Saving the best things for last]
It's the first time for me, reading Eve Silver, and I quiet enjoyed her crisp and spunky style of writing. It was fresh, contemporary and compelling. Eve Silver has what I call the magic for telling stories, and her plot was pretty incredible - it was refreshing. It's also my first time reading fiction based on Egyptian Mythology and I think it's one area that is seriously underrated.
So in this darkly wonderful world of Eve Silver, there's the underworld and the topworld. Now let's talk about the more interesting underworld. Here, a multitude of gods reside from Hades, Osiris to Seth, each having their own territories, own powers and minions. Sutekh, a powerful dark god who has sired 4 sons that are part human and therefore completely human in appearance. Now Sutekh is a self centered, strict, heartless god with a penchant for blackened souls. He has a warped sense of benevolence where he grants favors to dying souls by granting a special wish to their loved ones and putting both their souls up for collateral. He detests any kind of humanity in his sons and has brought them up to be tough, able to withhold any kind of calamity...literally.
This story is more about the eldest son Dagan, who's a soul reaper. His main job is to hunt down vile, blackened souls and take them as dinner offerings for his father. Now he has such a bad ass way of killing these foul humans. You see, he literally rips the heart out and he does this with as much ease as I would in picking up....I guess I don't pick anything with such ease. This man is strong, capable, kind, powerful and delicious looking. And he's cold and uncaring [thanks to his father's cruel upbringing]. It all changes when one day he has a weird encounter with a young girl named Roxy Tam. As he prepares to take the corrupted soul of the rapist, he can't help but want to protect this strange behaving girl [the rapists next victim] who's scared beyond belief but still managing to keep her head. They have a brief conversation, where my instant dislike for Roxy's offending way of talking is born.
And it's just not her talking, I find her whole personality abrasive. But at least she's courageous and not like the swooning type, so I probably have some reluctant admiration for her too. Anyways, the story is fast forwarded to 11 years where we see a much different Roxy. The 19 year old girl has become a major ass kicking woman and has acquired even more foul manners by this time. Given her history - she's an orphan who was tossed from one foster care to another in her early years, it's understandable why she's put on such a hard exterior. Still, she craves for feelings of attachment and love. She also has been unable to forget about that mysteriously freaky soul reaper who had saved her life that day.
So let's talk about how exactly she kicks ass. She's joined forces with The daughters of Aset [despite Dagan's warning 11 years ago], a group of supernatural beings that feed on the life force of other supernaturals. The daughters of Aset also happen to Seth's sworn enemies, primarily because of Seth's treatment towards their father Osiris. Lately, a soul reaper has been murdered and there's a rumour circulating about. Seth and his minions want to resurrect the reaper while the daughters want to prevent that. Then there's this child named Dana, who is probably a supernatural too. The murderers want her too. What is the connection?
Dagan on the other hand has been unable to forget that strange girl either. What's more he's had some awfully disturbing dreams about her too which is saying something since soul reapers don't dream normally. He is shocked when his youngest brother, Logan is murdered, his corpse broken down in pieces to prevent the resurrection. Together with his brothers Alistair and Mal, he's determined to hunt down the murderers and bring his brother back. It is this tragedy that finally brings Roxy and Dagan together. And there are sparks flying everywhere, only Roxy can't see them...as yet.
I loved their bickering for most part, sometimes I thought Roxy was a bit too much. I loved Dagan, his patience and endurance, specially when handling Roxy. That man deserves a medal. Thinking the worst of each other [since they are on opposing teams] they come to realize the fallacies and facts and eventually join forces. But there's a lot more than meets the eye, there is just too much dirty polluted politics in the underworld, every god is suspect. Who can be trusted?
Roxy's kick ass image takes a beating when she faces beings far superior than common variety supernaturals she's used to bullying. By this time she's become quite the same female who needs the hero around to save her pretty neck. Never mind that. Why say no to a chance of reading Dagan in action? Being cast as the wonderful hero? Through out the book, I liked Dagan more and more as the pages flipped.
Logan's soul is lost somewhere in purgatory without knowing how to go back. By this time I have my own suspicions but I have a feeling the conspiracy is much more complex and what's given in this book is only the tip of the iceberg.
I wonder if I've officially ranted about Dagan as yet? I don't think so. He's the guy to love! He's fierce, possessive, passionate, romantic, really, the kind of guy who'd walk through hell to save the woman he loves. I thought I couldn't love him any more than I did when I read how he defends Roxy and literally has his hand turn to ash to save her. How he sticks out his neck, and even trusts her, knowing full well she's the enemy.
And then when she gets stabbed in the chest. Oh God! The guy feeds her his blood and tends to her injuries with infinite care. Roxy Tam is one lucky woman.
I could've done without the smutty scenes to be honest. When a story is this elaborate with a strong plot and all, I don't think it needs much steamy romance scenes specially when the super-hot hero's steamy kisses can suffice. Anyways, I'm glad those two decided to follow their hearts in the end. I'm definitely going to read the other novels to find out what happens ahead.