“Sins of the Soul” Book 2 by Eve Silver is a subtle flame flickering in the wind that gradually erupts into a cauldron of fire that propels the reader deeper into the mysteries surrounding the murder of Lokan Kryal.
“Sins of the Soul”, takes a very refined approach in the continuing saga of the mysteriously heinous murder of Lokan Kryal, youngest son of Sutekh the “Lord of Chaos”. The book primarily focuses on the adventures and exploit of Sutekh remaining middle son, Alastor. A typical night of soul retrieval turns into something quite different for Alastor as he attempts unearth information from an assassin who was a witness to his brother's murder.
This book can definitely be described as the middle book in the series; there is less action and urgency than was present in “Sins of the Heart”. The novel is flush with subtle nuances and takes a slow methodical approach in its story-telling; much in the same manner that Alastor approaches everything in his life. While the sense of urgency is not boisterously displayed as the story progresses, there are numerous occasions when key elements surrounding the murder of Lokan are revealed to the reader.
I just loved how the book wastes no time in introducing its heroine to the reader. Naphré Kurata former Daughter of Aset, turned assassin is really a great character; strong, cunning and lethal. Her introduction really throws a wrench into Alastor’ plans and total chaos ensues. Ms. Silver's development of Naphré Kurata as a female counterpart for Alastor is spot on. I just loved Naphré’s assassin with a code ethical attitude; although she sold her soul to a demon, she did not subscribe to the killing of innocents.
After having read “Sins of the Heart” and now “Sins of the Soul”, the contrast between the brother personalities really stands out as each book really emphasis each brother’s personality in the telling of each tale. The installments really showcase the level of character development that Ms. Silver has incorporated into the series. I love how Ms. Silver has woven a fantastic tale filled with the tangled webs of deceptions, cruelty, betrayal, love and devotion.
"Sins of the Soul" was an interlude in the Sons of Sutekh quest to find the remains/Ka of their brother Lokan and uncover a conspiracy against Sutekh the “Lord of Chaos”. It was subtle and methodical in its narration, character interaction and parting of secrets.
I highly recommend it and can't wait to read "Sins of the Flesh"
Sworn to Duty. Bound by desire.
Alastor Krayl’s world shattered when he learned that his father was the Underworld god of chaos and evil. All that saved him from self-destruction were his newfound brothers and the bond they shared as soul reapers. So when one of his brothers is murdered, vengeance becomes Alastor’s obsession. And the enigmatic Naphré Kurata, a witness—or is she the killer?—has the answers he seeks.
A reluctant Underworld enforcer, Naphré trusts no one, especially not a seductive soul reaper who makes her burn with lust. Torn between duty and desire, she fights to keep her secrets safe from Alastor, even as she longs to surrender.