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About the Author

After spending too many years as an industrial engineer, Shannon learned to write from her husband, bestselling author Jim Butcher. She learned writing craft in order to help him with his stories, but found the idea of writing her own too compelling to resist. She lives in Missouri with her husband and son, where conversations at the dinner table are more often about things someone made up than about anything that’s actually happened. Feel free to contact Shannon via her website.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Sentinel Wars (Book 6)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Original edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 045123605X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451236050
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since launching her career in 2007, award-winning author Shannon K. Butcher has penned more than eighteen titles, including the paranormal romance series, the Sentinel Wars; the action-romance series, the Edge; and a handful of romantic suspense novels and works of short fiction. Being a former engineer and current nerd, she frequently uses charts, graphs and tables to aid her in the mechanics of story design and to keep track of all those pesky characters and magical powers. An avid beader and glass artist, she spends her free time playing with colored glass and beads. You can find her online at http://shannonkbutcher.com/.

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As I prepared to write this it occurred to me that much of my review for Butcher's previous full length novel in this series hold true: My bottom line is that I liked this book a great deal, just as I have enjoyed all of the previous installments, but it is a series novel that needs the context of the previous stories. Read this novel only if you have already read the earlier books--there are too many subplots to wade through if you don't already know some of what has already taken place. As with other series novels, only the main plot is given any resolution; all of the subplots are left fairly unresolved and will (hopefully) carry over to the next story.

This story focuses on Jackie Patton, who we discovered in the last novel is Helen Day's biological sister, and Theronai warrior Iain Terra. Jackie has discovered (much to her profound horror) that she has the ability to bond with any Theronai warrior, and this has led to a parade of men wanting her to partner with them. But a couple of years in captivity in the Synestryn breeding program left her deeply scarred, and there's no way she's even willing to fake it to keep others happy. Stuck between the rock of not wanting to be touched and the hard place of being a perpetual target for the Synestryn, she chooses the only warrior who doesn't seem to want her: Iain Terra.

There's a good reason Iain has no interest in Jackie: He's the leader of the Band of the Barren, Theronai warriors who have lost their soul. Iain has found a way to conceal these men from the leader of the Theronai in order to prevent the certain death sentence these men face. Iain knows he's only prolonged the inevitable for himself and his friends, but he can't allow them to meekly go to their deaths before they've done anything that merits this punishment.
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Jackie Patton desperately wants to return to the life she had before the Synestryn captured and tortured her for the past two years. However, Jackie "blue' knows she will never live that carefree life ever again. Besides the impact of the ordeal on her mind and the knowledge her vile kidnappers stalk her; she feels a debt of gratitude to her rescuers, Theronai warriors. To make some remittance, Jackie believes she should mate with one of them as that will save the life of her chosen partner; though she hopes temporary is enough.

Jackie stuns everyone when she selects tundra cold Iain. He rejects her offer as he insists his soul already died when the Synestryn killed his betrothed. She ignores his rejection as he is the one. However, although both refuse to accept no, they team up to try to prevent the insidious enemy from abducting the recently liberated children a second time.

The latest, as always, great Sentinel Wars romantic urban fantasy (see Blood Hunt) is a superb paranormal suspense. The story line is action-packed from the moment Jackie chooses and never slows down until the final confrontation. Readers will appreciate this exciting thriller as two courageous opposites, ethically uber-optimistic Jackie and morally ultra-pessimistic Iain must choose.

Harriet Klausner
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I saw M. Brown review about needing a companion guide for these books and so decided to put my mini one up so that others may benefit. I started this review over the books for my benefit since between reading each book so many of the details are forgotten and I hated having to go over previous books to refresh myself. Part of my review actually comes from another reviewer on goodreads (reviewing RUNNING SCARED)named Kathy Davie. I took her review and added on to it for my benefit doubling the amount of information. So the following information is about everything that has happened throughout the last 6 novels so far.


Lexi Johns was a waitress at the diner when Drake Asher and his friends kidnapped Helen and Miss Mabel. She can't help them now. Now she must escape---her mother has drummed it into her head to avoid the Sentinels for they were evil and would destroy her. She's been running ever since having disabled the magical tracker Zach placed on her. Zach who is desperate to find the woman who may keep him alive.

Drake and Helen and Paul and Andra are two of only three bonded couples amongst the Sentinels. Nika is Andra's sister and still very fragile. Joseph Rayd is the leader of the Theronia Sentinels one of whom is Madoc who is at the end of his life, a member of the Band of the Barren, and, as much as he wants to bond with Nika, she doesn't respond to him as he expects. All he can do for her is kill sgath. And stay away from her. Nicholas Brand is their computer guy, Iain Terra is both lethal and reliable, Iain--made promise with Serena (red head) but she's died. He is now bonded to Jackie Patton. Serena is found to be alive in Dying Wish, having been trapped by her mother in limbo for 200 years.
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I can't say that I love this series - but it's definitely worth the time for readers addicted to paranormals.

The biggest problem I run up against in this series is a recurring theme with other paranormals involving "immortals" as well. The really old people are really dumb. Or maybe they are being curmudgeonly while looking like warrior supermodels. Regardless, I become intolerant of characters that seem to go out of their way to CREATE more problems for themselves and others instead of working with the problems they already have.

There were times in this book when I would get irritated with Jackie for taking so long to come to terms with the fact that her life as she had known it before her capture - was over. But then I would realize that this would be true to type. Most people, when surviving a traumatic experience, want the comfort of the familiar. Then there were times that I would get irritated with Ian for being so stubborn about his unworthiness as a mate because of his darkness and his monster. But the thing was - he wasn't lying. He truly had a monster within him that he kept at bay only through strength of will, honor and integrity. So this was all valid character development - but maybe I needed less of the repetitive arguing and more overall story development. I kept feeling like I was reading the same scene, over and over again.

Overall, I've enjoyed this series as a whole more that I enjoyed this installment in the series.
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