Monday, March 19, 2012

Review: Burning Alive by Shannon K. Butcher

Synopsis: 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... (from the back of the book)

  This is the first book in Butcher's The Sentinel Wars series. I read a short story (here) and was so intrigued, I purchased this, then I stayed up late to finish it.
It's the typical romance novel in that you know the main hero and heroine are going to end up together. Butcher included multiple viewpoints, and I know from the rest of the series that several of those secondary characters get there own book - even the character I hated at first.
Two other things intrigued me:
1) the premise - a race of people where the male collects and stores magic, but can't use it - only the female can use the magic - and for her to tap into the magic, she must bond with the male.
2) The living tree tattoo that marks the male's life.

I recommend this to anyone who enjoys intriguing plots, well-rounded and distinct characters and believable action.

Prude Note: There are two major sex scenes. It's clear when they are coming and you can skip them easily, if you wish.

Bookmarks: 7 of 10

Awards: None

Date Finished: 3-16-2012
Pages: 358

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