Review: Original Sin by Allison Brennan

Original Sin by Allison Brennan

Original Sin by Allison Brennan 
Seven Deadly Sins, Book 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Thriller
Format: Paperback, 464 pages
Published: January 26, 2010 by Ballantine Books
ISBN: 978-0345511676
Received From: Meryl L. Moss Media Relations, Inc.


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.

My Ramblings:

When I first heard about Original Sin by Allison Brennan I was intrigued by it but I wasn't prepared to be blown away. There are two primary things that can keep me glued to a book, one the story revolves around the paranormal and two there is enough mystery to keep me to locked in suspense. Original Sin by Allison Brennan did both. If I could have read this book in one sitting, I would have.

This book had a very different view on witches then what you ordinarily see in Urban Fantasy. There are no good witches. The premise here is that any magic is bad and there is no such thing as good magic. And so the suspense starts to build from the very beginning because how is an ex-witch suppose to battle her super powerful, wicked witch of a mom without magic? What can Moira use to stop her mother Fiona from opening the gates of Hell and save the world from the Seven Deadly Sins?

What made this story click for me was the building suspense as I read, the realistic characters and the men of St. Michael's Monastery. Moira seems liked damaged goods with need to atone for the past but she is resilient and strong. Rafe has an air of strength and mystery about him while at the same time he seems vulnerable. Anthony comes across as a hard-case, not willing to give Moira the benefit of the doubt because as far as he's concerned once a witch always a witch. Skye is tough and dogs the witches' evil plans right along with Moira, Rafe and Anthony. Then there's Fiona and the minions of her coven. I found Fiona to be a treacherously, evil character and her diabolical plans had me gripping the book tight as I read.

I mentioned the men of St. Michael's Monastery as being one of the high point for me, the reason being it's been awhile since I've read a story where supposedly ordinary men, who were not a super-being such as a vamp or a shapeshifter, has captured my attention. Both Rafe and Anthony are men of St. Michael's Monastery. Ms. Brennan has weaved such a strong air of mystery around these men that I'm dying to know more about them. They each seem to possess qualities of being more than just ordinary but it's just not blatantly obvious what it is.

Original Sin by Allison Brennan was a terrific mixture of suspense, mystery and a lot of action with a hint of romance told from the different characters' perspectives. I found myself repeatedly surprised by the turns in the plot. I have definitely been pulled into the world of the Seven Deadly Sins and I cannot wait until Cardinal Sin releases later this year.

Sneak Peak: Read chapters 1-4 of Original Sins

My Rating: Perfect!

Places you can find Allison Brennan: Web Site | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Seven Deadly Sins:

  1. Original Sin – January 26, 2010
  2. Cardinal Sin – June 22, 2010
  3. Mortal Sin – September 28, 2010

Other Ramblings:


Anna said...

Great Review Donna! I think we post our reviews for this book at the same time. LOL!


Donna said...

Anna - Pinch, poke you owe me a coke! LOL! What are the odds? I'm going to sneak over real quick and read yours and add a link to it here.

A Buckeye Girl Reads said...

Wonderful review! I'm adding this one to my want to read list. I can't remember reading an UF book where the hero didn't have some sort of power or develop it in the story. This looks like a good find!

Donna said...

Colette - I think you'll enjoy this one. I loved the suspense build-up and the men were very intriguing - a refreshing change.

DawnsReadingNook said...

Ooooo...I am adding htis to my list when I go tot he bookstore in a few weeks to finally use my GC's from the holidays. *grins*

Thanks for the review and I really like the fact the guys in this are not full of powers or anything.

Dawn R.

Christine said...

This sounds great. An intriguing blend of romantic suspense and paranormal. I like that. :)

Thanks for the review!

Chris said...

Someday, someday... :) But I will mention the contest this week!

Sara M said...

I'm very intrigued by this book. Hope I win! :)

Sara M
sara_UFblog [at] yahoo [dot] com

Mandi said...

This one sounds soooo good. It is in my tbr..starting it soon!

Donna said...

Dawn - Same here! It's a good book to use a GC on - definitely.

Christine - Ms. Brenna has blended those elements brilliantly.

Chris - Thank you! :) I appreciate it.

Sara - Good luck! It's a nice change of pace in the Urban Fantasy genre.

Mandi - It is good, I hope you enjoy Original Sin as much as I did. I'll watch for your review.

Leontine said...

Hi Donna, I really enjoyed reading your review :) I got this book send to me too and look forward to reading it. It sounds so utterly different then what is out there and those men of St. Michael's Monastery...I'm eager to meet them :)

misskallie2000 said...

I love the mixing and blending of romantic suspense and paranormal. I want to read this book. Great Review, Thanks..

SusiSunshine said...

This one sounds so good. I'm so happy that I have this one at home. So the next book I will read!
Great review hon!

Lola said...

Great review! :) Can't wait to read this! Thanks!

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