"Sins of the Heart" Book 1 by Eve Silver is a wild journey into the heart of the political realm of the ancient gods of the underworld filled with mysteries, intrigue, deception and love.
The novel starts off with a very poignant prologue set in Chicago, Illinois eleven years in the past that sets in motion a chain of events that really resonates within the life of Roxy Tam, the “Daughter of Aset” and Dagan Kryal, the “Soul Reaper”
I really loved the level of depth and layers that Ms. Silver incorporates within the story-line; in the way she successfully weaves facts and fiction into the story-telling of the gods of Underworld. The novel’s rich and vivid descriptions of Sutehk chambers, the endless lines of souls seeking his audience and the visual queues of the other realms within the Underworld really adds texture to the landscape, allowing a reader to effectively visualize the characters surroundings.
While initially little back-story is given up front concerning Roxy’s background in the first couple of chapters, Ms. Silver does an excellent job of conveying the circumstances surrounding Roxy’s aloofness; her family history and her perception of the events that happened 11 years ago with Dagan are revealed to be the catalyst in some of the decision that Roxy has made in life.
The premise of Sutekh fathering four biological sons that are called, “Soul Reapers”, really works as a theme. The fact that Ms. Silver makes a point to introduce each son at different intervals in the novel and later imparts glimpse of their interaction with each other really allows the reader to get to know each of them based on their individual personalities. During each interaction the brothers are revealed to be more than just “Soul Reapers”; they are family, they stick together, they love and hate their father; but in spite of that hate/love relationship, they are loyal to him. All of these qualities really made me care about each of them even more as the story progressed.
The overall chemistry between Roxy and Dagan while is ever present, I must say that it is not the driving force of the novel. Their attraction simmers and flares during a number of very steaming dream sequences that really serve to set the stage for some truly delicious loving.
The novel does an excellent job of setting the stage for the next installments of the series and really does leave the reader wanting more. I highly recommend "Sins of the Heart" and can’t wait to read Book 2, "Sins of the Soul" and Book 3 "Sins of the Flesh".