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Burning Alive (Sentinel Wars, Bk 1)
Burning Alive - Sentinel Wars, Bk 1
Author: Shannon K. Butcher
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 visio...  more »
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PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780451412713
ISBN-10: 0451412710
Publication Date: 5/5/2009
Pages: 368
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 168 ratings
Publisher: Onyx
Book Type: Paperback
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frazerc avatar reviewed Burning Alive (Sentinel Wars, Bk 1) on + 672 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
Great read! I have a new 'must have' author.

I loved the opening with decrepit Miss Mabel whacking our hero with her walker because she thought he was hurting our heroine. The setup, secret warriors guarding the world from evil monsters, is not new but the author makes it her own.

The hero's people are born with a tattoo of a tree [lifetree] which grows and matures as they do. As they move through life, their bodies suck up power and store it. This power is meant to be used by their mate to fuel their magic. Unfortunately most of the women were killed [no details yet on how] 200 years ago leaving the men unmated. The power builds up causing extreme pain and slowly destroying their lifetree and their soul.

Our hero, Drake, finds Helen who takes away the pain and refreshes his lifetree and he mates her. He does not force her but he doesn't tell her all the repercussions, either. In his defense, when he tried to walk away he went into convulsions and would have died without her.

Helen has serious issues learning to use magic as the first thing they want her to do is call fire and Helen is terrified of fire. [She has a repeated vision of herself burning alive while a man, who turns out to be Drake, watches.]

One thing that I had trouble with - although I'm not sure how else the author could have handled it - was the monsters. There are several different types [none of which have common analogues in our culture] and they all look weird and have strange names. I really wanted a glossary - or at least a scorecard!

There are a lot of strings left for future books. There's a creepy little kid [who isn't a kid] who has visions, a plot by the Sanguinar [they don't like to be called vampires] and not much explanation of the source of the monsters.

There is also a teaser built in for the next book which leaves you hanging...

Sentinel Wars
1. Burning Alive (2009)
2. Finding the Lost (2009)
3. Running Scared (2010)
4. Living Nightmare (2010)
reviewed Burning Alive (Sentinel Wars, Bk 1) on + 286 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I am typically not a big fan of the para-normal. I usually find then silly and far-fetched. But, I was actually believing this could happen! The story was good, as were the characters. A great kick-off for the series.
reviewed Burning Alive (Sentinel Wars, Bk 1) on + 146 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Helen Day is far from a "normal" human woman, but she does not know that. This story will take you through 72 of the most action packed hours any woman has ever lived. I could not put this book down. I can't wait for the next book in the series.
reviewed Burning Alive (Sentinel Wars, Bk 1) on + 248 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I decided to read this book based on the rave reviews. However, I am wondering if the reviewers read a different book, because I found he story disjointed and the heroine insipid. And when I thought a character was interesting, the author killed him.
reviewed Burning Alive (Sentinel Wars, Bk 1) on + 81 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Very enjoyable! I found this book to be fast paced and thrilling. It didn't feel like I was reading a "first in a series" book. The plot line and characters were new and fresh...not just the same old vampire book or paranormal warrior book. She also had a way to introduce the characters that didn't feel forced or an after thought. Having read Kenyon, Showalter and JR Ward, I would most compare her style to Ward's: fun, gripping, unexpected, the characters met challenges and disappointments. The eroticism was fun and certainly arousing but not violent and graphic like Showalter. I didn't laugh out loud like I do with the afore mentioned, but that may come in time too.

I look forward to the next Sentinel book! Hope you enjoy this as well!

Happy Reading!
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moondovestarfyre avatar reviewed Burning Alive (Sentinel Wars, Bk 1) on
I loved this book! I loved the characters and the plotlines, as well as the world that was created.
reviewed Burning Alive (Sentinel Wars, Bk 1) on + 865 more book reviews
Thankfully it was a snow day when I picked this up and dinner was already bubbling in the crock pot, because once I started this book I didn't put it down. Other reviewers have summarized the plot points really well, so I'll just say it was nice to have a regular gal kind of heroine who was scared while rising to the challenges thrown at her. It felt like a superhero story for grown-ups with noble good guys and monstrous baddies, and my only regret is that I didn't order book two when I requested book one!
jabookreader avatar reviewed Burning Alive (Sentinel Wars, Bk 1) on + 72 more book reviews

I'm getting ready to start book two and I can't wait!!!!


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