Saturday, March 27, 2010

Book Review: Original Sin by Allison Brennan

Book Review: Original Sin by Allison Brennan
Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books; Original edition (January 26, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345511670
ISBN-13: 978-0345511676

Rating: 4/5
Source:  Review copy provided by Meryl L. Moss Media Relations

Book Blurb:
Haunted by chilling memories of demonic possession and murder, Moira O’Donnell has spent seven years hunting down her mother, Fiona, whose command of black magic has granted her unprecedented control of the underworld. Now Moira’s global search has led her to a small California town that’s about to become hell on earth...

My Review:

This story showcases the classic struggle between good and evil, with the added twist of daughter fighting mother. Fiona makes Mommy Dearest Joan Crawford look like a candidate for Mother of the Year, as she gave birth to Moira for the sole purpose of sacrificing her on her 21st birthday! Moira was raised in the dark arts, with no clue that she was evil. To her credit, when it was time for her first human sacrifice, Moira rebelled and ran away. She's been fighting for the good guys ever since, trying to stop her mother's evil plans.

It hasn't been an easy fight, as the good guys don't entirely trust Moira because of her background. She's heard too many whispers of once a witch, always a witch and despite trying not to care, it still hurts. She is also hampered in her fight because she can't use her magic, as it's too seeped in evil and she's been taught that the ends never justify the means. Also doesn't help that the warriors fighting for Good are spread too thin, as it's been years since St. Michael's has had any infants left on their doorstep.

Think that this book sets up the series nicely. Fiona was trying to call forth the Seven Deadly Sins, but the ceremony was interrupted and the Sins escaped. Interesting premise - having the Seven Deadly Sins be actual demons. It's up to Moira and her fellow St. Michael's warriors to defeat Fiona and send the Sins back where they came from.

Enjoyed the book, and am looking forward to seeing where Allison takes the series. Just to refresh your memory, the seven deadly sins are:  lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride. Should be an interesting ride! The next book, Carnal Sin, is due out at the end of June. You can find more information about the series at Allison's website.

On a totally random note, the first line from Annie Lennox's song Missionary Man kept running through my head every time I saw this title. Well, I was born an original sinner, I was born from original sin. Totally random, but I found it amusing. :)


  1. Okay, now I have Annie Lennox singing in my head now. ;)

    Glad to see you enjoyed Original Sin, I like it a lot myself. Those men of St. Michaels are so mysterious. I'd like to know more about their origins.

  2. Sounds like a wonderful book but I must say anyone who quotes Annie Lennox can do no wrong in my book.

  3. Donna - Looking forward to learning about the St Michaels warriors, as they sound fascinating!

    Ryan - Annie Lennox is pretty amazing, isn't she? :)

  4. I was really curious to see what you thought of this book. I have read a few reviews around the blogsphere here and I have heard mixed emotions on it. I am curious to read it, as to what everyone is thought about. Thanks for the great review!