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Running Scared: The Sentinel Wars Mass Market Paperback – May 4, 2010
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I had a really hard time getting into this one of the series, and really didn't like Lexi through the first half of the book basically. She simply refused to change her world view at all with new evidence coming in. During the story, like all of this series, there are multiple plots, subplots and characters interacting to keep it exciting and interesting. The fact that I disliked Lexi at least means the writing was good enough to suck me in and make me feel something for the characters, even dislike! This is a 5 star read no matter how I feel about the characters simply because it is so fascinating and complex, the characters interesting and dynamic. I love this series, and can't wait to read more. Each of these has a HEA for the couple, but the series is far from over, and the mysteries and problems carry through the entire series, giving us little pieces of the puzzle here and there as time goes on. It is very well written.
There's a lot going on in this third installment of Butcher's Sentinel Wars. In addition to Lexi and Zach, there are also side threads for future pairs Nika and the almost turned Madoc, as well as Grace and the crippled Torr. Not to mention a prince from another dimension, the secret plans of the Sanguinar( the Sentinel's vampire-like allies), a traitor, and a couple more minor continuing plot lines.
With all of that, Running Scared is probably just a little too much of a good thing. Though I must say I that there was more than enough of the cynical Lexi questioning her attraction to Zach, an attraction which she blames on some kind of magical poisoning and her firm belief that she's being brainwashed. Lexi's distrust it serves to make the pair work for their happily-ever-after but it didn't allow for the tension to build as effectively it did with the pairs in previous books.
Still over all I did like Running Scared and there is plenty of promise for the future - Nika/Madoc and Grace/Tohr have a great deal of appeal and the cards are not stacked in their favor so they will really have to work for their HEA's - so I am definitely still on board for book 4 Living Nightmare: The Sentinel Wars, out in November of 2010 and maybe if we are lucky Butcher's short in Dark and Stormy Knights(July) will be connected to the Sentinels too.
If you are new to the series, I really enjoyed the first two books(Burning Alive: The Sentinel Wars,Finding the Lost: The Sentinel Wars). The Sentinels are warriors from another world protecting humans and a gate from monsters. The warriors are immortal and in constant pain because they draw energy from the earth but can't release it unless paired with a female of their species who can channel the energy as magic. Without a compatible female to bleed off the energy build up, the anguished warriors are slowly losing leaves from a magical `tree of life' tattoo which indicate how much time the warriors have left before losing their souls and becoming monsters themselves. Unfortunately, there aren't many females and no more children are being born either, so the hope of salvation is slim.
That said, I'm sure I'll buy #4, if only to find out what happens to Nika/Madoc and Grace/Torr, even though I suspect that either Nika or Torr (or both) will be miraculously healed and perform the same boring dance(s) as their predecessors. At least Nika needs Madoc, while he isn't sure what his feelings mean yet.
I really think Shannon Butcher has a lot of potential. So far she hasn't fallen into the trap of filling every single page with spine-tingling action. Her ability to slow down occasionally, gives the reader a chance to get to know her characters and actually come to care what happens to them. I hope things get more interesting in the Sentinels' world.
This book had a bit of a twist with the whole brainwashing thing on the Heroins part.
I am torn now at this point if I want to continue reading a series of books with such a predictable story line for the price $7.99 for Kindle. I just haven't enjoyed is as much as I would like.
I'm a fan of these series because the characters run throughout the books, they're good stand-alone books, but better if you read the series. It helps to know how and why some of these characters do what they do.
Overall, I'm a fan of the series. They may be a lot of the same 'ol, but it's a well-written, fast-pased same 'ol.