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4.0 out of 5 stars Some of the secrets of the Sanguinar at last
The lead shifts from the Theroni warriors to the Sanguinar, as the self-sacrificing - and a bit manipulative - Logan, takes the lead in this newest entry to Butcher's Sentinel Wars.
Despite the fact - please don't shoot me for this - that I've had a hard time keeping the Sanguinar straight as individuals, I was really looking forward to this story shedding some...
Published on August 3, 2011 by melindeeloo
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed in the serializing
Please do not take my low rating as a comment on the author's skill. I only recently discovered her and have been devouring her books in the Sentinel and Edge series.
I preordered this book via Kindle and counted the days. Unfortunately, it followed a new pattern many authors seem to be applying. It is not a complete, standalone book. As mentioned by an earlier...
Published on August 10, 2011 by Peterson
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some of the secrets of the Sanguinar at last,
This review is from: Blood Hunt: The Sentinel Wars (Mass Market Paperback)The lead shifts from the Theroni warriors to the Sanguinar, as the self-sacrificing - and a bit manipulative - Logan, takes the lead in this newest entry to Butcher's Sentinel Wars.
Despite the fact - please don't shoot me for this - that I've had a hard time keeping the Sanguinar straight as individuals, I was really looking forward to this story shedding some light shed on the blood drinking Sanguinar Race and their secret project. I've always wondered why the Theroni warriors were so distrustful of and so unwilling to give their blood to their Sanguinar allies, especially in light of the fact that those allies' healing powers have come in handy so many times through out the series.
After getting a little way into the story and armed with a little more knowledge of the Sanguinar's struggle, I just couldn't see how Logan was ever going to get a happily ever after with Hope - a woman with uber yummy blood, some not quite human powers, and a big mental block in her head where her past should be - and when I got to the the last few chapters I was afraid his story line was going 'to be continued' and not wrapped up until the next book. There did end up being closure for them - insert big sigh of relief here - though it's sort of rushed. On a side note about how the story was put together, Logan's story does get most of the screen time but with a lot more going on in Blood Hunt than just Logan and Hope, often a scene between them would ramp up to an exciting point and then shift to another part of the story - because, as was the case in the last book, Blood Hunt is an ensemble piece.
In addition to the main thread with Logan and Hope: we briefly touch up with Caine and Sybil - who is coping with the changes brought on by her mother's death - and with Nika and Madoc - but only in conjunction with Nika's completely damaged sister Tori. We get a small bit with the recently rescued Jackie - who is apparently every warrior's match but who wants no man - and we get just enough of the soulless Iain to make me hope that somehow there is a loophole for him in the future. There is also a new wrinkle added to the series as naked Slayers come a calling, and the story has a few other small bits with other characters woven in here and there. However, even with all those threads weaving through the story, I was slightly disappointed that the formerly paralyzed Torr and Grace, the woman who sacrificed so that he could be whole, are just mentioned and never come out of the background - guess Butcher might be saving them for a book where their thread is the main one.
So, bottom line is that I liked Blood Hunt, though it didn't knock the previous book out of my favorite-of-the-series spot, and since Butcher has a lot of balls in the air story-wise, it will be interesting to see what happens next. As far as starting here if you are new to the series, I wouldn't recommend it, and old fans who haven't done a series reread before starting Blood Hunt might want to stop about half way into the book and do a second read through of the character list at the front of the book - it's easier to digest somehow after having seen the characters interacting together a bit.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I felt very sympathetic towards Logan because although Hope stirs him, he knows he cannot have her.,
This review is from: Blood Hunt: The Sentinel Wars (Mass Market Paperback)Blood Hunt by Shannon K. Butcher
Paranormal Romance - Aug. 2nd, 2011
4 ˝ stars
Fans of the Sentinel series will not be disappointed in this thrilling book as the author explores the sexy and desperate Sanguinar race with the self sacrificing hero Logan.
Logan's race has been cursed to suffer. They must feed from the blood of special humans or die. But these people are few and his race is slowly starving. His only purpose is to save his race and protect, care for and unite those who carry the precious blood to sustain them. While he tries to save a couple who has such blood he is saved by the aid of a courageous woman named Hope. A woman whose blood calls to him but whom he cannot have.
Hope has no memory of her past. But she has the burning need to help others. As she searches in the streets for her homeless friend, she sees a man struggling with an unimaginable beast. Hope can see auras around people and in him she finds a noble and brave man. She knows she must help him but when he asks for her blood, she isn't sure what she has gotten herself in for.
This is already my favorite book in the Sentinal series. I have wanted to know more about the Sanguiner for a while and getting to read about Logan has been an exciting and emotional read. I felt very sympathetic towards Logan because although Hope stirs him, he knows he cannot have her. He must find her another man to mate with because continuing a pure blood line is more important than his happiness. He struggles to hold himself away from Hope even as he finds himself constantly keeping her safe from those who want her blood, too.
Logan is definitely a hero to remember but the heroine is also spunky and holds her own against the hero with out being too stubborn or whiny. They were a perfect match. I was on pins and needles as I wondered how the author would be able to unite the two main characters. Reading how Logan wants Hope but must fight against his desires often had me a bit teary-eyes. I would also like to read about the Sanguinar, Tynan, too. (hint) In addition, the author ratchets up the tension as enemies try to join forces in their attempt to hold back the evil Synestryn. I also enjoyed how the author also flashes back and forth between new and old characters to keep the reader on their toes.
This paranormal is an exciting and emotional roller coaster, do not miss it!
Reviewed by Steph from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Logan's story,
This review is from: Blood Hunt: The Sentinel Wars (Mass Market Paperback)I had been waiting for awhile for Logan's story. I kept hoping that he'd get his own book because he's one of my favorite characters; the story did not disappoint. It was action packed and Logan was the sweetest hero. It was also nice to see that he loved Hope, not because he'd die without her so much as because of who she was. I felt like their relationship was more developed than the past books (other than Nika and Madoc, of course). Since his soul wasn't dying without her, and he was going to starve if he had her, it made the story that much more touching. I agree with the previous reviewer who said that people who haven't read this series shouldn't start here. It would be way too confusing. I'd start at the beginning and work my way up to this book. Other than that, though, I'd recommend this book 100%! I can't wait to see who gets their own book next; I'm hoping for Joseph.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great urban fantasy,
This review is from: Blood Hunt: The Sentinel Wars (Mass Market Paperback)She arrived out of nowhere naked in body and mind. Sister Olive took in Hope Serrien who, though she still lacks her memory of her past, now helps the homeless starting with reading auras.
Hope searches for a missing woman. However, in Kansas City, Missouri, her quest is interrupted when she steps into the middle of a Synestrian demon attack; her blood saves Logan Athar the Sanguinar demon fighter. However, as she rescued his body, she ruins his well being because he wants her as his but she can never belong to him. She has no time to adapt to the paranormal as Krag the Synestrian lord wants to drain Hope while Logan vows to protect her. Krag captures the pair whose love for each other is their only hope for escape.
The fifth Sentinel Wars (see Living Nightmare and Running Scared) is a great urban fantasy starring the enigmatic Logan and the woman who saves his life. Loaded with action and with a deeper understanding of the war between the Synestrian and the Sanguinar, Shannon K. Butcher moves forward the overarching theme but also provides an engaging romance that enhances the paranormal story line. Although newcomers will have some problems diving into the world of Ms. Butcher without reading the previous entries, fans of the saga will appreciate this powerful tale.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Logan's story,
I've been pleasantly surprised by Butcher's series, and this one is another good addition to the Sentinel Wars. I'm anxiously awaiting the next in the series.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great addition to this series!,
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed in the serializing,
I preordered this book via Kindle and counted the days. Unfortunately, it followed a new pattern many authors seem to be applying. It is not a complete, standalone book. As mentioned by an earlier reviewer, it does not even complete Logan and Rose's story. It got them together (yea!) but leaves the rest of Rose's story hanging for future books.
This book is a set of teasers that leave the reader hanging for the rest of Logan and Rose as well as several other side story lines including: Nathan, Cain and the girl who didn't grow up, Jackie, Samson, Torr and Grace, Joseph, Rory, and others from previous books.
The book line basically ran with monsters, monsters, sex, monsters, monsters, more monsters, sex, and monsters. The ending was so abrupt I thought my Kindle version was malfunctioning. Then it lead into a teaser for next and previous books.
The prior Sentinel books left open ends but at least the primary couples seemed to have some completeness or closure in their stories. At this time, I don't think I'll buy any more in the Sentinel series. I'll miss finding out all the answers but this type of teaser book isn't enjoyable to me. I also object to having to buy multiple books to get one solid story completed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series,
This review is from: Blood Hunt: The Sentinel Wars (Mass Market Paperback)I have read every one of the Sentinel books and can not wait to for the next one to come out. This is an action packed story that keeps you going right up to the end. Very hard to put down!
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood HUNT: The Sentinel Wars,
3.0 out of 5 stars Who's a naughty boy, then?,
This review is from: Blood Hunt: The Sentinel Wars (Mass Market Paperback)Fifth in the Sentinel Wars paranormal romance series revolving around several groups of sentinels charged with preventing demons from breaking through. The couple focus is on Logan and Hope.
This story is more of a bridge in that Butcher introduces a new species and new problems in this story, opening the possibilities even wider. With all the fallout from earlier stories, there are a number of problems which need resolution and Blood Hunt furthers the potentials---both good and bad.
The focus here is on Project Lullaby, a plan by which the Sanguinar intend to create a food supply for their race.
There is a lot of reciprocal rescuing going on in this story. Whew...! Butcher keeps the action moving and provides yet more depth to the various involved groups. Including a scary close-up of one of Solarc's Wardens!
I do feel sorry for Logan. So attracted and so forbidden. Butcher had a very clever solution in this.
I got to thinking about the demonic behavior of the Synestryn Krag and I realized he is similar (behavior-wise) to human males who think they can boss women around and beat them. All the ugliest actions of man. The sentinel men are several steps up from this; although, I do have issues with how they approach their particular romance needs.
Did the Solarc ever consider that the children of the men he was punishing were his own grandchildren??
It's been an intriguing series. Not one of the best, but I do appreciate Butcher's skill at the long tease. Since the first story, Burning Alive (The Sentinel Wars, #1), Butcher has dropped the teeniest hints and slowly increased up to teeny, and not so teeny up to...you get the idea...about the true origins of the sentinels and the Sanguinar. Each time giving us just a bit more. I have to confess it's this tease that has me coming back. I want Grampa to get his!
Steve and Pam are under attack at the warehouse and Logan has been diverted to rescue them. Only, who is going to rescue Logan?
Logan and his brother Tynan are Sanguinar. Until Project Lullaby is complete, no Sanguinar may have children nor divert resources from the project. Other Sanguinar include Briant and Alexander. Steve and his pregnant wife Pam are part of Project Lullaby.
Hope Serrien only began life ten years ago when Sister Olive found her near this same warehouse. Now she makes a living doing photography when she's not helping Sister Olive at the shelter. Rory is a missing streetperson for whom Hope feels a connection. Jodi is Hope's friend and business partner.
Sibyl and Maura are Angus and Gilda's only remaining children. With her parents' death and the spell broken (see Living Nightmare (The Sentinel Wars, #4)), Sibyl is growing up. Cain is the Sentinel who has watched over her for her entire life.
Madoc is mated to Nika (see Living Nightmare)) and her sister Andra is with Paul ( Finding the Lost (The Sentinel Wars, #2)); they recently rescued their sister Tori from the Synestryn, but it may be too late. Joseph Rayd leads the Theronai. Carmen is the human he's adopted as part of his promise. Iain Terra is one of the Sentinels and a member of the Band of the Barren whose lifemark is bare and he is hanging on only by sheer willpower. Other Sentinels in this story include Morgan Valens, Torr who is desolate over Grace's sacrifice, and Nicholas. Jackie Patton was one of the women rescued and compatible with several men, but she wants nothing to do with any of them. She understands that Helen and Lexi are her longlost sisters, but there is no emotional attachment here.
Andreas Phelan is the new leader of the Slayers with a proposition for Joseph. Lyka Phelan is his half-sister. Eric Phelan, their brother, is a possible mate for Hope.
Krag is a major demon anxious to prove his worth to his demon lord father. Zillah is the demon who held Tori prisoner for so long. Ava is a pregnant human held captive by Synestryn.
Sanguinar need blood to live, to heal the Theronai Sentinels but that blood is grudgingly given. Project Lullaby is intended to increase the numbers of food sources so they are no longer reliant upon a small group and all the Sanguinar efforts are channeled into it. Slayers are a Sentinel group who slay Sentinels who have gone beyond the pale; for some reason, Slayers and Theronai are enemies. The Band of the Barren are Sentinels living on borrowed time, hoping to find their soulmates. Theronai are a subgroup of Sentinels who battle the Synestryn. They battle in male-female pairs and it is only when the men are paired with their mate that they have a chance of surviving. Well, and some amazing skills at fighting. Gerai are humans who know all about the Sentinels and the Synestryn. They're backup support. Synestryn is a generic name for a wide variety of demons intent on enslaving the human race.
The cover is a background of smoky purples and a black-clad, very young-looking Logan holding a sword before him and wearing jeans and a black leather vest open to reveal his muscled chest and arms.
The title is true enough as Logan is continually on a Blood Hunt in this story.
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Blood Hunt: The Sentinel Wars by Shannon K. Butcher (Mass Market Paperback - August 2, 2011)