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Sinner follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver Trilogy. Everybody thinks they know Cole's story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole's darkest secret -- his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel's life. Can this sinner be saved?
I don't even know what to say about this book. Maggie Stiefvater is absolutely divine, and Sinner manages to completely surpass the Shiver trilogy, whilst also staying 100% true to the characters. This book isn't as werewolf orientated as the trilogy, and it certainly has a very different feel, but it was a stunning way to conclude what was started in Shiver.
The fact that this was a story completely devoted to Cole and Isabel was a really exciting thing for me. Their tumultuous relationship was one of the things that I loved about Linger and Forever, probably moreso than the romance between Sam and Grace (who appear very briefly in this novel). Cole and Isabel are two exceedingly complex characters, both of whom areachingly human, dealing with the pain of the past and the trials of the present. Their fiery relationship is so beautifully handled, without being overblown to create angst, or romanticised into a fluffly love story. As individuals, Cole and Isabel are well-crafted and fascinating - two people that I'm not sure if I would like if I met them on the street, but in this book, I wouldn't wish for them to be any other way.
As usual, Maggie Stiefvater's writing is beyond superb, and I will be very concerned the day it is anything but.
Sinner is a breathtaking novel. It is more character-orientated than the trilogy, and less of a paranormal romance. The expansion of Cole and Isabel worked so effectively, and the exploration of the cost and nature of fame, as well as the question of the futility of love were stunningly woven in. I so badly want to live in the world of these characters, and I think this is a book I will read over and over again.