Burning Alive (Sentinel Wars Series #1)

Burning Alive (Sentinel Wars Series #1)

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by Shannon K. Butcher
     
 

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First in an all-new paranormal romance series

Caution : readers may feel the heat coming off the pages.

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, one warrior must fight his own desire if he is

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Overview

First in an all-new paranormal romance series

Caution : readers may feel the heat coming off the pages.

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, one warrior must fight his own desire if he is to discover the power that lies within his one true love...

Helen Day is haunted by visions of herself surrounded by flames, as a dark-haired man watches her burn. So when she sees the man of her nightmares staring at her from across a diner, she attempts to flee-but instead ends up in the man's arms. There, she awakens a force more powerful and enticing than she could ever imagine. For the man is actually Theronai warrior Drake, whose own pain is driven away by Helen's presence.

Together, they may become more than lovers-they may become a weapon of light that could tip the balance of the war and save Drake's people...

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Editorial Reviews

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"Passionate, intense, and set in an utterly fascinating new world."
-New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh
Publishers Weekly

Butcher's absorbing series opener successfully fuses an urban fantasy premise with characters designed to appeal to romance readers. Helen Day encounters a man in a diner and is dismayed to realize she recognizes him from nightmares where he watches her burn to death. Drake, an ancient member of a dying race devoted to protecting humanity, feels a powerful attraction to Helen, which she returns despite her fear that the nightmare will come true. After demons attack them, Drake's determination to keep Helen safe is at odds with her haunting vision, leaving her wondering which to believe. Butcher skillfully balances erotic, tender interactions with Helen's worries, and intriguing secondary characters further enhance the unusual premise. Fans of Butcher's romantic suspense novels (No Control, etc.) will enjoy her turn toward the paranormal. (May)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451412713
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/05/2009
Series:
Sentinel Wars Series, #1
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
312,713
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"Passionate, intense, and set in an utterly fascinating new world."
-New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh

Meet 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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Burning Alive (Sentinel Wars Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 164 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book even though, aside from my top 5 favorite series, nothing else has really been doing it for me. They've just been something to read until the next installment from my favorite authors is released. But this book was FAR from that which I expected. It was SO good. If you like any of the series I've recommended, then you'll love this one. Don't pass it up!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While looking for a new paranormal/urban fantasy romance book to read, I was drawn to this book by the cover and brief explanation of the plot. I bought it and read it in three days. Ms. Butcher has written an awesome first installment in a new paranormal series. It is intelligent, witty, compelling, and sexy. The storyline is engaging, action-packed, and thrilling. The romantic relationship between Helen and Drake was touching and sexy. Unlike a lot of the paranormal/urban fantasy romance series that are a lot of what I call "fluff and buff" (lots of sex and very little storyline), this book's storyline is what carries the weight. There is just the right amount of romance, but it doesn't overpower the plot. The ending leaves the reader anticipating the next in the series and the storyline. I was pleasantly surprised and eagerly await the next book. You won't be disappointed!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In a diner in Olathe, Kansas, Helen Day recognizes the man who has been the focus of her nightmares. She is positive she never met her Vision Man before except in her dreams, but she knows that face is the one she sees almost every time she falls asleep because y when she is awake she recalls the details of this male standing near her while observing her die in a fire. Drake is a bit stunned by the deep attraction he feels for Helen; as he has been around for ages. He is a Theronai warrior, whose species is dying; he fears for the safety of humanity, who he and his peers vigilantly protect. Helen reciprocates his regard, but does not trust him as she fears their relationship will end in her fiery death. When their demonic enemy the Synestryn attacks her, Drake battles them to keep her safe. She still believes in her vision, but also believes Drake is on her side. This is an exciting romantic urban fantasy starring two strong lead protagonists as star-crossed wannabe lovers. Fascinatingly though the two other species come across as genuine and the confrontations between them well written and exciting, the human Helen owns the entertaining story line with her divided emotions. On the one hand she is falling in love with her self-proclaimed guardian, but on the other hand she distrusts him as Vision Man does nothing to save her from her fiery nightmares. Shannon K. Butcher adds her trademark suspense with plenty of tension and danger to the mix of a terrific paranormal thriller. Harriet Klausner
kcody03 More than 1 year ago
The emotions that are brought to life in this book are amazing. These are not your pristine and all around perfect heroes, although they are wonderful. They are scarred, lonely, pissed off, happy, and sometimes sarcastic. Living life for centuries enduring mind numbing pain and still having the courage to keep on living and fighting for the greater good, that is what I call a hero! This book had me on the edge of my seat the entire time hoping that everything would be alright and unlike some novels where the main characters get all the attention it had memorable secondary characters as well. In fact just when I thought I was getting lost in the goings on of one character another would come up that would be just as interesting. The main characters Helen and Drake are of course the main focus, but the other characters had important roles too that they played in this world of good vs. evil. Drake was a very sexy hero and even knowing that he would die without Helen he still gave her the chance to choose whether or not she wanted to stay with him. Helen was very much afraid of Drake and the world that she was pulled into, but no matter how scared she got she always stood up for what she believed was right and even risked her life in order to protect the ones she loved.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been reading the same series for montgs on repest and needed something new. This is perfect. Not everything I "expected" to happen did, and that was perfect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time getting into the book initially, but it did become intriguing and I found myself staying up far too late to finish it off. I'm definitely going to have to read #2 now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is simply an awesome series! Full of action and heat. Not the normal read. It's a refreshingly out of the box series. Probably should be read in order though. This was my favorite so far and i have reread it many times.
TRAVISLH More than 1 year ago
A FANTASTIC START ON THE SERIES, ALOT PASSION BETWEEN HELEN AND DRAKE! CAN'T WAIT TO READ THE REST OF THE SERIES!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great concept, but super slow. Details that could have easily taken a paragraph to tell were stretch to 4 pages. Lots and lots of inner thinking and little dialogue. This book was 254 pages and could of been told in 100 pages and be 10x better. I found myself skipping over the excessive details to the dialogue. The secondary characters were interesting enough to consider reading the next book.
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Absolutely love this series! Can't wait for the next book
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Openbooksociety_dot_com More than 1 year ago
Disappointed Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi Helen has been haunted all her life by a terrible vision. In it, she sees herself burning alive in a huge fire and she looks over and sees a dark haired man watching her die with a satisfied smile on his face. So you can imagine her fear when she sees the man from her vision sitting at a table across from her when she takes Miss Mabel for their usual dinner date. Helen tries to leave the diner, but the man, Drake, stops her. Then, before they know it monsters are breaking in the diner and set it on fire. Drake is a Theronai warrior whose job is to protect humans from the Synestryn demons (aka the monsters) and he doesn’t understand why when he touches Helen the pain he has carried with him for centuries disappears. So he decides that he must take her with him to find out. When he is informed by Logan, one of the healer race, that Helen is a Theronai like himself, he is floored as all the females, but one that is in their pack, were believed to have been killed. He decides he must bind Helen to him before the others have a chance as she is the only thing that can save his life in the end. Helen agrees to stay with Drake until he finds the fallen warrior, Kevin’s, sword if he keeps her and the ones she cares about safe. What does she have to lose? Now that he is in her life and not just in her dreams, she will be dead soon anyway as the vision is bound to come true any day. She just never expected to fall in love with the man that will eventually watch her die. Now she must do what she can to save him even if that means facing her death alone. I’m not even sure where to begin on this review. I’ve heard great things about this series, but I was greatly disappointed. I liked the writing in the first couple of pages, but it took a nosedive rather quickly. The first two-thirds of this book was excruciatingly painful. The pace was so drawn out and slow. Every scene seemed to last an eternity and didn’t really make a whole lot of sense. Everybody kept talking about how much of a hurry they were in to find Kevin’s sword before they lost the Synestryns’ trail, but yet they had time to stop off at a Theronai farmhouse, get Helen a bath and change of clothes, her and Drake almost have sex, then they need to feed her, and Drake refuses to leave until he binds her to him and explains things about his race. I thought they would never leave that house and just wanted to scream at them to get on with it already!! Then, after they failed their mission, Drake takes her to another house and is thinking he needs to feed her something quick and decides to bake lasagna!! I don’t know in what world lasagna classifies as quick meal, certainly not mine. I’m assuming the beginning was so slow because they were trying to give the reader all the information to build on for the rest of the book and the remainder of the series, but it seriously was going at a very slow death crawl and I can’t help, but think that there was a better way to get the reader all the needed information..... Continued at openbooksociety dot com
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