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Sin Eater (The Aria Knight Chronicles) (Volume 1) Paperback – June 15, 2017
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About the Author
Alesha Escobar writes fantasy to support her chocolate habit. She enjoys reading everything from Tolkien and Dante, to the Dresden Files and Hellblazer comics.She resides in California with her partner-in-crime, Luis Escobar, a 20-year art veteran on The Simpsons television show. Alesha is the author of the bestselling Gray Tower Trilogy, an action-packed supernatural spy thriller set in an alternate 1940's.
Hailing from Kansas City, Missouri, Samantha LaFantasie spends her free time chasing her three kids and dog named Fido. Writing has always been a passion of hers, as she's foregone all other desires in order to devote herself to this one obsession, even though she often finds herself arguing with her characters through much of the process.She's primarily a fantasy writer but often feels pulled to genres such as sci-fi, romance, and others. Samantha became a bestselling author with the Pandora Box Set (which included Made to Forget: Nepherium Novella series--Part One) on both Amazon and USA Today.Samantha loves to take time to enjoy other activities such as photography and playing her favorite game of all time, Guild Wars 2.
Top customer reviews
It took me a little while to warm up to the story as I am more used to Urban Fantasy with one POV, this one switches a bit between the main folks. This is your usual UF modern milieu with sorcerors living amongst us...however the interesting bit here is that they are not secret. In the town where the story takes place, there is even a movement to "register" the sorcerers, with a bit of a timely political echo to what's happening in the U.S. right now.
Aria's sin-eating was a new for me. I liked the idea of her easing the transition between life and death for folks, but at times was left with an uneasy understanding of how/why sin eating fit into the overall magic system of the world. Like, if sin eaters are so rare, why does everyone seem so prejudiced against them? And what happens to the majority of folks if they are so rare? (in the book its said sorcerers weighed down by sin become vampires, but there weren't tons of vampires running about) and also apparently they are long-lived but this doesn't seem to impact Aria that much...so I was confused at times.
Once Aria the sin-eater, Harry the possessed PI and Jacob the sorcerer get together to fight an evil murderur that keeps changing names, things got a little easier to both figure out (since we discover some of the differently named bad guys are the same bad guy, and also what exactly is going on with Harry). And the relationships between these three as they figure out what the bad guy is up to certainly was interesting. I think I would liked to have seen more of the evil "vlad" possessing Harry, and also a tad bit more editing in some chapters...i.e. the book tells us one of Harry's possessing ghosts is a former loremaster like three times. I'd read the next one in the series, though, with the hopes that it would be like the second half of this book.
In this novel we follow three characters: Aria, Jacob, and Harry. Aria is a sin eater who wants to find her mother in order to potentially not be a sin eater. Jacob is a wizard working in the Mayor's office trying to avert a war and wizarding registry. Harry is a human hit with a curse that allows spirits (not all of whom are good) to control his body. They are thrust together in unforseen circumstances in what becomes an imaginative supernatural fiction.
It was certainly an interesting concept to have humans and supernatural beings live together in a world where nothing is hidden. I know, it does almost sound like an X-Men type of deal, but it's not. In this novel, wizards and supernatural folk don't try to hide from the outside world, unlike in X-Men where they hide their abilities.
I loved the authors' take on well known supernatural classics. Wizards have factions and not all can cast magic. Some are Loremasters (aka historians), some are mind readers, etc. Plus vampires are born from the souls of witches/wizards who fie without a sin eating ritual. Pretty cool concept in my book.
The characters are imaginative and super dimensional. Each has a complex back story that I believe haven't even been fully developed. But hey, it is the first book in the series!
Overall, as a first read by these authors, I fell in love. I can't wait to read more from each.
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