I received an e-book from LoveBooks Group in return for an honest review.
For every sin, a sword
For every sword, a curse
For every curse, a death
Reymond joined the Crusades to free the Holy Land from the Saracens and win glory for himself. Instead, with six others, he found himself bound under a sorcerer’s curse: the Seven Sins personified. Doomed to eternal life and with the weight of the deaths he has caused dragging his soul into the torments of hell, Reymond must find his former brothers-in-arms and defeat them. Riding across a thousand years of history, the road from Wrath to Redemption will be deadly…
I love any book about the seven deadly sins, hell, battles between good and evil so when I saw this book was available for review, I just knew I had to request to take part in this blog tour.
During the time of the crusades seven comrades, brought together by war and perseverance, are tasked with bringing down a mythical beast in order to protect themselves and provide them with the strength they need to win. While some may have their doubts they come together, bring down the beast and consume its heart.
What follows is 1,000 years of anger as Patience strives to break the curse which brings them back time and time again and can only be stopped once all seven are dead. He finds them all but fails time and time again to kill all seven before his time possessing his current body runs out. That is until he meets Fisher.
Fisher has been tasked with stealing a book but after been abandoned in a fire fight, Patience comes to his rescue and asks Fisher to swear an oath to him so that when he returns Fisher will help him whenever he calls upon him. Little does Fisher know that when he buries Patience, he will return in a different body many years later.
The body Patience posses is Mari’s father’s body. A man who she hasn’t seen in months. With her father claiming to be possessed by another soul from the past, Mari tags along to keep an eye on him and to ensure her father comes back to claim his own body.
Together and separately the three of them trek across the globe to break this 1,000-year curse so that Patience’s wrath may finally rest.
This certainly was an interesting book to read and the premise is great. Patience, while not the most likeable character, proves his is truly worthy of both his virtue and sin as he waits and plans to break the curse. While his name is actually Reymond, I found myself calling him Patience throughout; he only truly became Reymond again while talking with Jules and showing his human side.
The curse is a tricky business to break and despite all of his set backs and fits of rage throughout the years Patience continues on, knowing that one day he will be free of it.
What I loved was that we got to know the virtues before they took part in the ritual and how they became their sins. After following them through their journey as they fight the crusades and seeing how it changes them, we also see how they are more like their sins than their virtues.
I would have liked to have gotten to know the other sins in their current forms. While I loved seeing how they evolved into them some of the deaths seemed quite distant and while Patience may have been fighting for his life, I wasn’t able to empathise with his emotions as I knew nothing about the person/sin he was fighting.
Also, while Mari is needed for some key moments, I didn’t see what her addition to the story added to it. I would have rather it had just been Fisher and Patience as she didn’t develop enough as a character for me or have a fulfilling character arc whereas both Fisher and Patience did.
While we do not know a lot about Fisher, with the little information we have we are able to form a connection and follow him as he tries to help Patience. What I would have loved to have known or seen, is whether Fisher is doing this of his own accord or does the oath force him to? This adds another layer to him as I wasn’t sure if he was doing this because he wanted to or because he was unsure what would happen if Patience forced him to.
I loved how the story jumped to different times and constantly revealed little details throughout. There was no big info-dump, Sutton has managed to drip feed all of the information throughout to allow the reader to develop a clear picture as they read.
From Sutton’s writing I would like to think he knows his way around a sword. The battle scenes and descriptions were vivid and he held nothing back. As Reymond battled through the crusades we could him develop into a talented swordsman and its clear the images of death deeply resonate with him.
While I had some niggles, the book was thoroughly enjoyable and I would have read it quicker if I didn’t have other commitments. Patience’s journey from “wrath to redemption” is truly one you do not want to miss.
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