Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Review: Original Sin
This is the first book in the Seven Deadly Sins series by Allison Brennan.
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.
This book was submitted for review and I retain my copy.
Original Sin is the first book I have read by Allison Brennan and I have to be honest and say I did not enjoy it very much.
I like the concept of Original Sin and feel that the characters have great potential. The problem I ran in to is a weird one - both too much and not enough information in the book. We get information via flash backs - and I don't really groove on the flashbacks - for me it messes with the flow of the story.
It feels like Original Sin should have been the second book in the series - with the first book giving us background on Fiona and Moira and the rest of the players. I honestly felt like I was dropped into an ongoing story.
Original Sin jumps in with both feet and takes off running - but it seems to have bypassed a great deal of the story in the process.
I give Original Sin 2 out of 5 stars.