Original Sin (The Seven Deadly Sins, #1)
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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.

Tormented by his own terrifying past and driven by po...more
Mass Market Paperback, 464 pages
Published January 26th 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2000)
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All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of AllThingsUrbanFantasy.blogspot.com

It’s never a good sign when you start reading a book and seriously think that the printer mixed up the pages, but that was the only conclusion I could come to during the first 60 pages of Original Sin. Come to find out that Allison Brennan actually started this series with a short story DELIVER US FROM EVIL in the 2007 anthology What You Can't See.

If you read this book and find yourself as frustrated with it as I did, consider skipping ahead t...more
Carolyn (Book Chick City)
Reviewed by Laura for Book Chick City.


'Original Sin' is a black and white tale of good versus evil. The main character is Moira, the daughter of Fiona, a dark and powerful black witch. Seven years ago, Moira escaped her mother's evil coven and found sanctuary in The Order of St Michaels, a worldwide group of monasteries dedicated to fighting evil.

Despite escaping, Moira has never found peace. Trained by the monastery to be a warrior, she is a dedicated servant to their fight. The problem is the...more
Donna
I read a review of this book where the reviewer said that it was too religious for her so she had a hard time getting into it. O_o Uh, duh. With a title like Original Sin, part of the Seven Deadly Sins series, it certainly wasn't going to be nondenominational, now was it?

Anyway, have you ever read a book where it feels like you're reading forever and when you go to stop and put the bookmark in, you look at the top of the book to see how much more you have to go before the end and it looks like t...more
Kelly
Original Sin is a hot mess, and I’m not quite sure where to start.

Allison Brennan may not have known where to start, either. The early chapters jump around in time to a head-spinning degree. There are so many flashbacks to years ago, and references to events of weeks ago, that Original Sin gives the impression of beginning in the wrong place. If the monastery murders and fire are so important, why not put them in the novel? Well, it turns out they occurred in a previously published short story....more
Donna

When I first heard about Original Sin by Allison Brennan I was intrigued by it but I wasn't prepared to be blown away. There are two primary things that can keep me glued to a book, one the story revolves around the paranormal and two there is enough mystery to keep me to locked in suspense. Original Sin by Allison Brennan did both. If I could have read this book in one sitting, I would have.

This book had a very different view on witches then what you ordinarily see in Urban Fantasy. There are n

...more
Jennifer
Last thoughts - Ms. Brennan created quite a stir in me, with Original Sin – rich back story, amazingly strong characters, tons of twists and turns and LOTS of action! I am excited to read the next installment of The Seven Deadly Sins titled, Carnal Sin which is being released June 2010! As well as keep Allison Brennan on my radar, and check out some of her other works! I give Original Sin a 4 mushrooms, if you like fast passed, action, with a paranormal twist – you will LOVE it! I can't wait for...more
Sophia (FV)
Moira O’Donnell is a powerful witch who no longer practices witch craft. She was born to an evil magician who dedicated her at birth to evil but wants no part of this life. She is both on the run from and hunting her mother who seeks to use her or kill her. She has trained with Father Philip of St. Michael's Monastery to help fight those like her mother who summon demons from hell by practicing black magic.

Moira discovers her mother and her coven in the small town of Santa Louisa and travels th...more
Natalie
Original Sin was one of those books that’s received a lot of mixed reviews. I’ve read reviews raving about it and reviews bashing it, so I was kind of on the fence with my expectations, which is actually where I like to be, because it allows me to make more of my own decisions while reading the book.

I’m going to say outright that I really enjoyed Original Sin, but I can see why some people might have disliked it. The book is heavy in Christian mythology, but it’s by no means Christian fiction or...more
Mandi Schreiner
GUEST REVIEWER TORI

Allison Brennan's newest series-Original Sins deals with the premise that the seven deadly sins are fallen angels/demons that are set to be released on Earth.

Moira O'Donnell is a witch who was conceived and raised with the sole purpose of being a demon mediator (vessel) by her mother Fiona, a powerful witch and coven leader. Moira refused her heritage and escaped with her life barely intact.
She ends up at the Order of St. Michaels under the tutelage of Father Phillip. St Mich...more
MaggieReadsRom
3.25 stars
Since the back cover blurb describes efficiently what the book is about I'm not starting with my own plot summary but will dive straight into what my thoughts about this book were.

Before I give my opinion of this book I must sketch a little background of how I came about reading and reviewing it. I have had books by Allison Brennan on my shelves for a few years now. I think since Speak No Evil was released. A fan of romantic suspense/thrillers I glommed her entire backlist up to that...more
Susi
I received this book as a review copy from Meryl L. Moss Media Relations, Inc. and started it in February. As you can see it took me forever to finish this one. Here are a few reason why I think this is not my kind of book:

1. The beginning of the book confused me. All the background information you get is scattered through the story line and I had problems trying to keep up. It felt like a bit too much from time to time.
2. I don't really like Moira. Always a bad sign for a book. For me it felt...more
Laura Summers
'Original Sin' is a black and white tale of good versus evil. The main character is Moira, the daughter of Fiona, a dark and powerful black witch. Seven years ago, Moira escaped her mother's evil coven and found sanctuary in The Order of St Michaels, a worldwide group of monasteries dedicated to fighting evil.

Despite escaping, Moira has never found peace. Trained by the monastery to be a warrior, she is a dedicated servant to their fight. The problem is the daughter of a powerful witch, is also...more
Caitlin Peterson
Wow! Original Sin is an intense read. Allison Brennan created a frightening thrill ride of a story, with never a moment to let us breathe before moving onto the next major event. The whole idea of seven, incredibly evil demons unleashed on the world is scary in itself. Combine that with the also incredibly evil witches/magicians who summoned them.. we have ourselves on whopper of a problem.

The book started off slow for me, honestly. There was a lot of build-up and background, and it wasn't unti...more
Keri
At its heart OS is about good vs evil, but it is also about one's will to do something bad or the harder choice to do something good. Moira is now on the hunt for her mother Fiona and they are both powerful witches.

Fiona wants to bring The Seven Sins (fallen angels that make up envy, lust, greed, sloth, pride, gluttony, anger)up from Hell and make them her own pets in order to have all the power on earth in which to rule and reign terror on humans. Moira who has renounced her witchcraft is dete...more
Kristy
i really liked this book esp the fact that the characters were mostly human(yes some are witches but theyre still human) which is def different from the supernatural books, i usually read. but in saying that this book is untimately about the fight against good and evil, so in turn demons play a major part in this book

i have to say i love moira and rafe!! still a little unsure on anthony but im getting there.:D......selena may surprise me later i think. i think there is more to her character then...more
Stephanie (Once Upon a Chapter)
This review was originally posted on Once Upon a ChapterFirst Sentence: “No one could hear Moira’s screams; they were in her head, as trapped as she was by the ancient demon who was luring the man she loved to his death.”

Super Brief Review: Not the usual Allison Brennan novel, very creepy in a demonic way.

Favorite Quotes: “Not only was Rafe still in grave danger, Ari’s ritual would have already attracted the attention of Fiona and her merry band of witches.”

Slightly Longer Review: Allison Brenna...more
Jay Jessmer
This series is something very different from Ms. Brennan from her usual M.O. It took me a few chapters to really have it grab hold of me, but once it did, the story just fed itself for me. This is a very nice concept for a series, and there are a lot of directions she can go with this. I thought the set-up was done nicely and her ability to explain the intricacies of her supernatural world to the reader were well done. Often times with books with a supernatural flavor, the author simply assumes...more
Anne
Original Sin is very slow to start I swear I nearly put it down and left it but my daughter encouraged me to keep going, after about 60 or 80 pages it let go and turned into an awesome book, I was glad I kept going and gave it the chance.

Now unfortunately I am hooked and considering this is a 7 book series and we only have the first two here at the moment I will now have to find out when the others are released.

I can't wait to begin the second book Carnal Sin tomorrow. Original Sin ended up bein...more
Lauren
really liked how it was all about the 7 deadly sins. lots of action and kept my attention. really enjoyed it.
Wendy Reilly
Original Sin - Original Concept. Well worth reading.
Barbara ★
First of all, this was way religious which I usually don't enjoy. Though I loved the concept of this book, an evil witch (Fiona) trying for immortality, unintentionally releases the seven deadly sins (demons) into the world. She was trying to put them into a vessel that she alone would control but was interrupted by the good guys (Rafe) and chaos now reins. The fight is between the coven (trying to get the demons back) and Saint Michael's Order (a demon hunter group revolving around the Catholic...more
Peace Love and Reviews
I wasn't really sure if I was going to finish the book. Not just because the first 50 pages was a bit on the frustrating side, it was also because I wasn't sure how I feel about Moira and because I felt a bit lost. But then Anthony, the demonologist showed up. His snide comments made him look like such a douchebag that I started liking Moira, especially when he decked him. LOL. We'll get into that in a sec.

I love the concept of this book. Seven Deadly sins, unleashed in our world by a power hung...more
Larissa
My Rating: 3 & 1/2 starts out of 5!

One of my favorite movies when I was younger was Se7en with Brad Pitt, so when I read the blurb and the idea for this new series, I was super excited and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it =)

I glad to say that I wasn’t disappointed. The whole demon possession is not really my favorite storyline in UF or PNR novels, but when it’s well done, it can be quite compelling.

I had read mixed reviews on Original Sin and I am happy I stuck with it, despite the slow s...more
Wendy Hines
The seven deadly sins have been released into the world. Only one witch can destroy them, but will she be strong enough?

Moira O’Donnell is a witch. Her mother birthed Moira for one reason only, to sacrifice her to the underworld so that she may communicate between the two worlds; to become a Goddess of the Underworld. Moira had no inkling of what the future held, so she trained hard for many years in her witchcraft, trying to make her mother proud. But on the night of the ceremony, Moira witness...more
Lori
I’m not sure where to start on this review. I had a very difficult time getting through this one. My disclaimer up front, as anyone who reads this blog already knows, is that I’m not a big fan of the paranormal or supernatural. But I was approached to review a copy of this book, and being a huge Allison Brennan fan, I was hopeful that I would enjoy it like I’ve enjoyed paranormals from some of my other favorite authors. I don’t *think* that was the case here.

I expected a paranormal, but I also w...more
Brande Waldron
In Allison Brennan's first book in the 7 Deadly Sins Series, Original Sin, Moira is a witch, or was rather, because Moira O'Donnell has rebuffed the fact that she is a witch. Witches in her world are evil, there are no two ways about it. Case in point her mother Fiona is the worst of her kind. Spending most of her life searching for the Book of Knowledge so she can summon the evil demons from hell, the 7 Deadly Sins. But something goes terribly wrong and the portal is open, it is a cataclysm and...more
Cheryl "Mash"
Synopsis: Moira O'Donnell conceived, for the sole purpose to become a human sacrifice for the underworld, flees from her mother's grasp. She finds refuge in the hills of Ireland learning the ways to stop this demonic state that her mother controls. She also learns and now knows the danger that mankind will experience if her mother isn't stopped Moira spends seven years traveling the world to locate her mother. There is only way to stop Fiona ODonnell, and that is murder. Along her travels, she...more
Ashley
It took a little while to immerse myself in the story with so many characters and a whole lot of information and backstory to understand but once I did, I have to say, I really enjoyed it.

The characters are all engaging and compliment each other, making you want to keep reading to learn more about them and see whether they'll survive. I liked Moira. She was strong yet not over the top as some action packed heroines are. It was okay for her to cry at times, feel like giving up and then regain her...more
Lori
This was my first book by Allison Brennan and she has hooked me for life. In simple terms, I loved this book. Loved it! I found the perfect balance of a supernatural storyline (witches and demons, anyone?) with a touch of romance, all helmed by a strong, independent and very likable heroine. What could possibly be wrong with it?

While Original Sin was full of supernatural themes, witchery and demonology I found it more suspenseful than terrifying (and I mean that as a compliment). There were mor...more
Stormi (Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!)
Mar 31, 2010 Stormi (Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: paranormal romance fans
Original Sin is the first in the Seven Deadly Sins series and is a paranormal romance. This was my first book by the author Allison Brennan and I wasn't really impressed with this book.

I thought it was a decent paranormal romance, but it was really hard for me to get into. The beginning of the book was very confusing and I felt like I was just thrown into the middle of a supernatural war but had no clue who anyone was or what there roles where. Now I like it when a book starts off with a lot of...more
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