Sins of the Heart by Eve Silver introduces the complex Underworld with its multiple pantheons existing in a precarious balance. Osiris, Hades, Pluto and Sutekh are some of the major players and they are trapped in the Underworld but their subordinates are allowed Topworld according to a complex set of rules. Sutekh has four sons that function as his emissaries and enforcers and they have all bonded with each other despite the machinations of their powerful and sadistic sire. Dagan Krayl is the eldest of the sons and acts as a darksoul reaper, obeying his father’s dictates and patrolling Upworld but one night his immortal life is changed when he saves the human Roxy Tam. Roxy’s life and abilities are foever altered by her encounter with Dagan and despite his warnings, she follows in her mother’s footsteps to join the Daughters of Astet who just happen to be sworn enemies of Sutekh and all of his followers. Through the years, Roxy has had vividly sensual dreams of Dagan but no actual contact with him in the flesh. The ritualized murder of the supposedly immortal youngest son and ambassador of Sutekh, Lokan, causes ripples both Topworld and Underworld and both Dagan and Roxy embark on a hunt that will cause their physical paths to cross and their worlds to collide. The results of their search will cause upheavals that may destroy both worlds as trusted allies become enemies and former enemies allies.< /p>
Sins of the Heart wonderfully melds mythology and paranormal tenets with nicely plotted twists and turns. Heated and sensual encounters between Roxy and Dagan are nicely balanced with details of the hunt and the subtle clues sprinkled along the storyline make the final cliffhanger inevitable and unexpected. I can’t wait to read the stories highlighting the rest of the brothers as it was extremely frustrating to want to turn the page and discover there weren’t anymore!