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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Book Review (ARC): Sins of the Lost (Grigori Legacy #3) by Linda Poitevin (no spoilers)

Sins of the Lost (Grigori Legacy #3)
By: Linda Poitevin
Releases: Oct 15, 2013

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 Nephilim child 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.

There are all sorts of urban fantasy to choose from. I love the snarky heroine who is kicks the bad guy’s butt, gets the hot hero (eventually) all within a unique and multi-faceted world. But I also love the drama of dark urban fantasy. Poitevin’s Grigori Legacy series is that kind of story. In a fight between heaven and hell there can be no real winners, only degrees of losing. Sometimes you can’t have what you desire and must make hard sacrifices for little reward, and sometimes love doesn't heal, it destroys. 
Poitevin’s series is a passionate and emotionally powerful written story combined with a gritty urban fantasy detective mystery.

Sins of the Lost is the third book in the series and my favorite so far. Of course I gave the first two books 5 sheep too. To fully appreciate the emotional impact of the characters I suggest you start with book one, Sins of the Angels. There is also a spoiler issue if read out of order.

Another reason this series works so well for me is the subject matter and style of writing are in perfect harmony. You have brutal and beautiful parts pulled together with poetic prose. I really don’t want to go into any details about the plot because of spoilers for the first two books. If you are looking for a series with high emotional drama, intelligent and exceptional world building based on the classic heaven vs hell theme, and strong story arcs then give this one a try. 

You make me cry, you get the five… sheep that is.

Sharon Stogner

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


  1. I need to star this series. After reading your reviews of this writer, I feel like I am missing out on something awesome!

  2. I so have to start this series as well. I do have the first book. But this cover, swan wings on a man does not fit.

    1. Yeah, the cover isn't like the first two, but the book is the best of the three as far as character drama. The choices they have to make are brutal... awesome writing in all three books

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