Welcome to my stop on the Sins of the Lost Blog Tour, brought to you by Rockstar Book Tours. Today I will be featuring a guest post by Linda Poitevin about her research for the Grigori Legacy and my review of the first novel in the series, Sins of the Angels.
Title: Sins of the Angels (Grigori Legacy #1)
Author: Linda Poitevin
Acquired Via: Rockstar Book Tours
Release Date: September 27, 2011
A detective with a secret lineage. An undercover Hunter with a bullet-proof soul. And a world made to pay for the sins of an angel...
Homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis answers to no one. Especially not to the new partner assigned to her in the middle of a gruesome serial killer case-a partner who is obstructive, irritatingly magnetic, and arrogant as hell. Aramael is a Power--a hunter of the Fallen Angels. A millennium ago, he sentenced his own brother to eternal exile for crimes against humanity. Now his brother is back and wreaking murderous havoc in the mortal realm. To find him, Aramael must play second to a human police officer who wants nothing to do with him and whose very bloodline threatens both his mission and his soul.
Now, faced with a fallen angel hell-bent on triggering the apocalypse, Alex and Aramael have no choice but to join forces, because only together can they stop the end of days.
Thank you so much for participating in the Sins of the Lost blog tour, Kayla! I’m delighted to be here, and excited to tell readers a little more about the research behind the Grigori Legacy series.
When I began writing the Grigori Legacy, my knowledge of angel mythology was woefully inadequate. Conversations with a very good friend of mine changed all that, however, and spurred me to plunge into my own research... and ultimately expand what was intended to be a single title into a four-book series.
The biggest catalyst for this expansion? One of the first things my friend did was disabuse me of the common idea that Lucifer and Satan were one and the same. It turns out that many sources differentiate between the two, pointing to Lucifer as one of the original Archangels—the one most loved by God—who fell from heaven because of his pride. This theory is upheld by the meaning of his name: Light-bringer or Light-bearer (although some sources say it means brightest star).
Satan, on the other hand, was created to bring temptation to humankind in order to test us. It was he who gave us the knowledge of good and evil, which resulted in Adam and Eve being tossed out of Eden.
Of course, not all sources consider the two to be entirely separate of one another. Some postulate that Lucifer and Satan are one and the same, with Lucifer being the name of the Archangel before he fell, and Satan the name afterward.
Suffice it to say that I was intrigued enough to delve further into the whole of angel mythology, and to begin building a world of my own around Lucifer’s story—and many others. That world ultimately became the backdrop for the Grigori Legacy... Welcome to it! :-)
Sins of the Angels by Linda Poitevin is a book that has been sitting on my bookshelf since its release day, but for some reason I never got around to reading it. I met Linda on Twitter back in 2011 sometime, so I ordered Sins of the Angels as soon as it was released. I started reading the book - and was enjoying it! - but I somehow lost my copy. When I found it again, Life had taken hold, and it fell by the wayside. Fortunately, this blog tour gave me the opportunity to pick this book back up and finish it. I'm damn glad that I did, too.
Before I became a blogger and librarian, the majority of what I read was Urban Fantasy, so any time I get to read it, it's a treat. However, Poitevin's venture into angel mythology pleased both my fascination with religious mythology and my UF addiction. The world-building was fascinating and the story itself was hard to step away from once I got into it. How did I ever manage to lose the book?!
Alexandra Jarvis is the main character in the novel. She's a homicide detective who is working on a massive serial killer case and is lucky enough to be saddled with a new partner, Jacob Trent, that no one seems to know much about. And she's the only one asking questions. To make things even worse, he gets her hormones churning. Now before you start rolling your eyes and writing this off as a paranormal romance, it is NOT. It's not quite a mystery (we know who our culprit is), but a romance it is not. It has aspects of a police procedural, and the research put into Sins of the Angels really shows. But back to Alex, she's a great character who sticks to her guns, even if she thinks she's going crazy. Trent, on the other hand, has been assigned to protect Alex, very much against his will, and he doesn't appreciate those raging hormones either. (Trust me, the slow burn works. Whew.) I liked their interaction, but I groaned and wanted to slap him every time Alex was described as "fragile". Do we really have to go there? Just let her be a hard cop. *sigh*
Sins of the Angels is an interesting addition to the Urban Fantasy genre that had a lot of interesting mythology and a fresh take on angels. I look forward to reading the next two books in the series, Sins of the Son and the newly released Sins of the Lost. If you like UF, religious mythology, or just a damn good book, you should check out Sins of the Angels.
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Other Books in the Grigori Legacy
When homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis sees a photo of Seth Benjamin on a police bulletin, she knows that Heaven's plan to halt Armageddon has gone terribly wrong. As the only mortal who knows of Seth's true nature, only she can save him. Aramael was a hunter of Fallen Angels until a traitor forced him into earthly exile. Now, with no powers and only a faint memory of Alex, his mortal soulmate, he will stop at nothing to redeem himself-even if it means destroying Seth in the name of the Creator...
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.
About the Author
Linda Poitevin was born and raised in B.C., Canada’s westernmost province. Growing up in an era when writing was “a nice hobby, dear, but what are you going to do for a living?”, Linda worked at a variety of secretarial jobs before applying to be a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Due to an error in measurement, however, she was turned down when she didn’t meet the height requirement of that time. Undeterred, Linda became a civilian member in the force and was a dispatcher for two and a half years, during which time she met her husband, a police officer.
Following their transfer to Ottawa, Linda went on to become a real estate agent and then a human resources consultant before starting a family. She remained a stay-at-home mom, homeschooled her youngest daughter for nine years and, now that she has realized writing can be more than a nice hobby, she continues to live her dream of being a cop vicariously through her characters.
Linda currently lives near Ottawa with her husband, youngest of three daughters, one very large husky/shepherd/Great Dane-cross dog, a cat, two rabbits, and a bearded dragon lizard. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found in her garden or walking her dog along the river or through the woods.
In addition to her books, Linda also does freelance writing and editing. Information about her services can be found at www.lindapoitevin.com. Linda is a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Quebec Writers’ Federation, Romance Writers of America, RWA Futuristic Fantasy Paranormal Chapter, and Ottawa Romance Writers’ Association.
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