“Haunted by chilling memories of demonic possession and murder, Moira O’Donnell has spent seven years hunting down her mother, Fiona, whose command of black magic has granted her unprecedented control of the underworld. Now Moira’s global search has led her to a small California town that’s about to become hell on earth.
Tormented by his own terrifying past and driven by powers he can’t explain, ex-seminarian Rafe Cooper joins Moira’s dangerous quest. But Fiona is one devilish step ahead. Hungry for greater power, eternal youth, and stunning beauty, the sorceress is unleashing upon the mortal world the living incarnations of the Seven Deadly Sins.
Together with a demonologist, a tough female sheriff, and a pair of star-crossed teenagers, Moira and Rafe are humanity’s last chance to snatch salvation from the howling jaws of damnation.”
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Release Date: January 26th 2010
My Copy: Sent to me by the Author through Book Lovers INC.
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One of my favorite movies when I was younger was Se7en with Brad Pitt, so when I read the blurb and the idea for this new series, I was super excited and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it =)
I glad to say that I wasn’t disappointed. The whole demon possession is not really my favorite storyline in UF or PNR novels, but when it’s well done, it can be quite compelling.
I had read mixed reviews on Original Sin and I am happy I stuck with it, despite the slow start. I actually really enjoyed the book and the set up for more installments in this new series.
Moira is a witch and in the world Allison Brennan created, that is a bad thing. Witches are known for getting too carried away with their own power and let it corrupt them. Moira learned that the hard way when she lost the man she loved to a demon possession, by using too much of her own power.
Ever since she was young Moira has been running from her mother, a very powerful witch who has nefarious plans for Moira and won’t rest until she has control over her daughter.
Moira joined a secret order in the church that battles demons and witches, believing she could leave her past behind, but she also believed she could use her witch powers for good and that was got her to lose someone she loved.
Years later Moira has been hunting her mother relentlessly for 7 years, when she finds her handiwork in a small city and in an attempt to capture the demons that represent the 7 deadly sins, something goes wrong and they are released into the world.
Now Moira has to join forces with a friend of her old lover, who hates her and Rafe, a mysterious man who will awaken in Moira something she thought was forever dead.
After a slow start, Original sin is a great fast-paced novel that had me going through it in one sitting. I could not put it down for a second.
The plot is very interesting and I loved how Brennan showed the effects of the Deadly Sins demons on the small town population, it was very well done and it gave the book a nice rhythm.
All in all, Original sin is definitely a great read for Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance fans alike. There is romance and a steamy one at that, but the plot is definitely at the forefront of the novel. If you love a great UF book, this will be a treat for you! I can’t wait for the next installments!
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