Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Review: Dying Wish

Dying Wish (Sentinel Wars - Book 6) By Shannon K. Butcher

Publication Date: March 6, 2012
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: Paperback,400 pp.
ISBN-13: 978-0451236050
ISBN: 045123605X
(Received for an honest review from Signet Eclipse.)

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Books in the series: Burning Alive(2009), Finding the Lost(2009), Running Scared(2010), Living Nightmare(2010), Blood Hunt(2011),Dying Wish(2012), Bound By Vengeance(Coming 2012)

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Excerpt from Dying Wish


They are the Sentinels.Three races descended from ancient guardians of mankind, each possessing unique abilities in their battle to protect humanity against their eternal foes: the Synestryn. Now a beautiful but damaged Sentinel may be a warrior's last hope...

Jackie Patton has been rescued by the Theronai from her capture and torture at the hands of the Synestryn. All she wants is to be left alone, but that isn't possible--- not when she's a potential match for the Theronia warriors who need a woman to literally save their lives.

Forced to choose, she unexpectedly selects Iain, a coldhearted warrior who doesn't want to be saved. Iain is convinced that it's too late for him--- that his soul is already dead as his former betrothed, killed by the Synestryn. Still, he is the only man Jackie feels a measure of peace around, the only one she wants. But is Iain indeed beyond saving?


Dying Wish is the sixth book in the Sentinel Wars series by Shannon K. Butcher, a strong voice in the Paranormal romance sub-genre. This long-standing series focuses on the Theronai warriors a dying race that protects humanity from the Synestryn, a foe that readers will find as desperate as they are dangerous. Butchers plotting is complex and her character development is intense and realistic. An interesting addition to the series!

The Sentinel Wars series is not one that readers can just jump into. Shannon K. Butcher has a knack for writing a very in depth, complicated plot. Some readers will find that a little too taxing while others will enjoy the extensive world building and strong character relationships. But it's one of those series' you have to read from the beginning. Readers lose out on too much back story and can't realistically understand everything that's going on without it. So, pick up the first five books and then this one and you'll be glad you did. 

Dying Wish's main couple Jackie and Iain are total opposites. She is very optimistic and perky, despite her past and the torture she suffered at the hands of the Theronai enemies, the Synestryn. Jackie is strong and independent. She doesn't want to be in the position she finds herself in. She has a special kind of blood that could save one of the warriors, if she chooses a mate. In order to be free she chooses the warrior that she least expects to fall for, Iain. 

Iain is very complicated. He is basically soulless since the lose of his betrothed to the Synestryn. He doesn't think himself capable of lover or worthy of it. He doesn't want to mate with Jackie, but has little choice. He is the pessimistic one. The one who doesn't see a future in it or with her. But their attraction is unmistakable. Fans of the series will love this couple, they are very hot and steamy and when the finally come together it's explosive.

The plot of this entire series is a little dark and gritty. It has a lot of action a lot of suspense and a lot of death. So, if that's not your thing, then this series probably isn't either. There are a lot of subplots and interweaving stories. A plethora of characters and it gets a little hard to keep up. I liked the overall theme of this book, total opposites attracting and love that redeems. It's a great addition to the series, but you don't want to tackle it without having read the others, or without brushing up, even if you have read them.

Dying Wish is available NOW for purchase from you favorite bookseller.

I'm giving this one 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag!

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.