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.
Revisiting Sins of the Son (Book 2)
Before you pick up the third book in The Grigori Legacy series, revisit Sins of the Son with us. The second book in the series picks up soon after the events of Sins of the Angels – so soon, in fact, that Alex is still on desk duty recovering. While this is happening, Seth is conspiring with Mittron to live out a mortal life so that he can be with the unknowing Alex. Something goes wrong in the process and Seth is sent to Earth, an adult angel still with all the powers of Heaven, but with no memory of how to wield them properly. After this revelation, Mittron has finally overstepped his boundaries and is punished for his actions in the first book – something I was begging to see.
The catch to all of this is something Seth warned Alex about in the last book. He is the contingency plan and memory or no, he is the one who is supposed to choose for or against humanity. The Archangel, Mika’el, restores some of Aramael’s lost powers and sends him on a quest to end Seth’s life before he can make the wrong choice – putting Aramael at odds with the soulmate he was forced to give up. Sins of the Son is more straight forward urban fantasy, with the world-building out of the way, we’re allowed to meet and explore deeper into the characters this time around.
I really enjoyed getting a look into Lucifer and The One in this book, their muddled motivations and what drives them make the choices that they ultimately make. I’m not a huge fan of Seth – I’m sorry! It’s the pony tail! …And the way he may or may not have consulted Alex’s actual feelings at all before making a huge decision that really left her no choice, lest she be the reason another angel falls with the bonus destruction of all of humanity this time around. But the ending of this book leaves my little shipper heart less than sure about Alex and Aramael’s future, as he once again renounces her for ‘the greater good.’ What can I say, I’m a sucker for a good, brooding anti-hero.
But I will caution readers who are looking for another police procedural type book. Sins of the Son brings in an awesome new character, Hugh Henderson, who works for the Sex Crimes division in Toronto, and Lucifer is building an army of Nephilim. To get these babies, angels must mate with human beings and it gets a bit hard to stomach at times – but don’t let that deter you!
With that warning out of the way, continue reading to see what author Linda Poitevin has to say about female empowerment and her protagonist, Alex Jarvis!
Beyond Kick-Ass: What Truly Empowers a Female Character (Guest Post from Author, Linda Poitevin)
Without a doubt, homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis of Grigori Legacy fame is one seriously kick-ass chick. Certainly on the surface, anyway. She’s a cop, she carries a gun, she can swear like a sailor, and she is more than capable of looking after herself in a fight (a mortal one, at least). But in my opinion, there is much, much more to her than what you see on the surface, and it’s what lies beneath that truly makes her strong.
In fact, when I think about a truly kick-ass woman, it’s not her ability to take down a werewolf or a demon or a vampire—or even an angel—that springs to mind. Nor is it an excessive level of snark or sarcasm (although that certainly has its place). Strength, real strength, comes from the depths of a heroine’s humanity, her confidence, and her assertiveness (not to be confused with aggressiveness, which tends to spring from a lack of the aforementioned confidence).
And, maybe more than anything else, it comes from her ability to grow as a character.
At the start of Sins of the Angels, the first book in the Grigori Legacy series, Alex is a competent homicide detective. She’s professional, well-respected by her peers, intelligent, and she pulls her weight job-wise. But she also carries a lot of baggage. In order for her to come into her true kick-assedness (I realize that’s not a real word, but it totally should be), she needs to grow beyond the limitations imposed by her past and step into a future that no one in their right mind would want any part of. She has to do this not because she’s forced to, but because she chooses to. And she needs to do it while retaining her humanity—or at least, while not losing it for too long.
Anyone can learn to throw a punch or a kick, but not everyone can face what Alex has to face and still remain standing, let alone set out to save humankind from itself as she does in Sins of the Lost. Her character growth over the course of the series is enormous and messy and painful. Her ability to survive that growth and make the choices she does is what takes her beyond the cliché kick-ass and into true strength.
Welcome to her world. 🙂
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, two cats, a rabbit, 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.
Now that you’ve gotten all excited about the Grigori Legacy series, let’s get even more good news piled in here! There are two tour-wide giveaways going on. The first is a surprise Grand Prize giveaway from Penguin US/Canada, with one winner. The second is for a Grigori Legacy swag pack from the author, five winners will get a tote bag, pen, fridge magnet, sticky notes & bookmarks. It ends November 10 at 11:59 PM Pacific time and is open to anyone 18 years or older.
And don’t forget to visit the rest of the blogs posting around our stop of the tour (or check out all the stops by clicking on the blog tour banner at the top of the post):