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Born in Blood (The Sentinels)

Born in Blood (The Sentinels) [Kindle Edition]

Alexandra Ivy
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In a stunning new series, Alexandra Ivy lures readers into the dark, seductive world of the Sentinels--humans outcast by their hidden abilities, treading the line between life and death, good and evil, pleasure and pain. . .

In The Heart Of Darkness

Sergeant Duncan O'Conner has seen it all before. Beautiful erotic dancer, murdered at home, no suspect, no motive. But there's one clue: she's missing her heart. It's enough to make the hard-bitten Kansas City cop enlist the help of a necro--one of the dead-channelling freaks who live in the domed city of nearby Valhalla. It's a long shot, but desperate crimes call for desparate measures.

Lies The Kiss Of Death

Unlike the other "high-bloods" in Valhalla, Callie Brown considers her abilities a gift, not a curse. But when she reads the dancer's final thoughts, she senses a powerful presence blocking her vision. This is no ordinary homicide. This is the work of a legendary necromancer who controls souls. A ravenous force that will put Callie's skills to the test, O'Conner's career at risk, and both their hearts on the line. . .literally.

Praise for Alexandra Ivy

"Beyond the Darkness kept me riveted! The Guardians of Eternity series is highly addictive." --Larissa Ione

"Ivy always packs her books with buckets of action, emotion and sexy sizzle. Another winner!" --Romantic Times on Devoured by Darkness

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1125 KB
  • Print Length: 399 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1420125141
  • Publisher: Zebra Books (31 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,653 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I read the novella Out of Control which appeared in the 2013 multi-author antho, Predatory, and which introduced the world of the Sentinels. Though that tale had a baddie who met his end a little too quickly and conveniently, I had hopes for this new series featuring paranormals born to both paranormal and human parents, and inhabiting a complex that sounded a bit like Xavier's mansion in the X-Men movies, and having similar gifts/abilities to the 'mutants' - and then I went and read this tale that was more mouth than trousers.

The first glaring mistake is that the female on the cover looks nothing like Callie, the lead from this tale, but instead is more like the description of her best friend, Serra or even the Valhalla leader, The Mave. I mean, Callie's meant to have short, dark red spiky hair, whereas Serra is described as having a mane of red hair and wearing leather pants and barely-there tops...

The second is that the tale had lots of build up then turned entirely anticlimactic in its ending, with the baddie/s taken out so conveniently and easily, without any grave danger and without any fighting/end of the world/real apocalyptic threats. Oh, don't get me wrong, as said threats were intimated and in fact, were the reasons the leads were on their quest, but the end was a total cop-out, as was what happened to Duncan, the male lead.

Also (a personal irritation, admittedly) throughout the book, the word 'god' is used as a name, not a common noun, but doesn't appear in capitals, which threw me. Apparently, 'good grammar' states that in this context, the word should be 'God' - unless the author's an atheist (and possibly projecting her views, hmmm?).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome start! 2 Jan 2014
By Debbie
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this is a new series from Alexandra Ivy (Bayou Heat) and its gonna be a good one!

Duncan, a human cop, has to deal with Callie, a Highborn, or freak (but I really REALLY hated that term, while understanding why its used!) Callie is a Necromancer, she can get into the minds of the dead, and find out about how they died, IF she can get there quick enough. She always travels with her Sentinel, Fane, a body guard type person, with super strength and abilities. Fane also has a dislike for Duncan.

On one such visit to a dead girl who appears to have dropped down dead with no trauma at all, Callie comes across a being so powerful, so dark and evil, he can raise the dead. And he does, to get what he needs to raise an army to over take Valhalla (home of the Highborns)

Join Duncan and Callie as they discover who he is, who his witch is, and whats needed to stop them. they also discover that Duncan might not be all he seems.

This is the first longer novel I've read of Ivy's and I loved it. The tale spun has feeling and emotion; it has action and inaction; it has sex and violence, but its all very inkeeping with the story and not enough, (for ME) to rate over 18.

what I particularly love about this book, is while it is PARANORMAL, there are no vampires or werewolves in the tale. they get mentioned, as possibly existing, but that's all.

I look forward to reading more of Valhalla and its Highborns with great relish. There is a short prequel novella to this series in the Predatory set, and what happens in there is mentioned briefly in this book, but its not necessary to be read in order, cos I didn't. this book goes into much more detail and description of Valhalla and its inhabitants.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining 1 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Wow the first in a new series by this very popular author and a delight to read. As usual Ms Ivy's talent and originality shine through.
This new series starts with a murder! Duncan O'Conner is the detective sent to investigate the case but evil is stalking. Duncan is a jaded guy who has seen it all and has little trust in the "High Bloods", those who have magical gifts . The victim is found dead without a heart and no visible wounds! Clearly some sort of evil magic has caused this but how can Duncan catch the killer? Worse can he prevent it happening again? It's starting to look as if one of the freaks or "High Bloods" could be responsible.
Although Duncan avoids as much as possible "High Bloods" there is a particular one that really lights his fire! Callie Brown is a very talented necromancer who frequently helps the police department and it doesn't hurt that Duncan finds her easy on the eye. Always trying to find a way to get a response from her Duncan is overjoyed when she appears at his crime scene but pretty soon it's obvious that Callie herself could be in danger. As they struggle to uncover just who the murderer is it's obvious that this is not an isolated incident and their own hearts are in danger , lethal danger.
I love this authors work. She is consistently good and her stories and writing just flow. This new series is set in an interesting world with norms (normal humans) and freaks ( magical High Bloods) and unfortunately the two don't seem to mix very well. Prejudice and fear resonate throughout this tale. Duncan is a strong character but I wanted to see more of Callie and speaking of Callie why is the cover model so unlike her? Love the cover but it's not how I picture Callie!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Sentinels book 1
This is the first book I've read by Alexandra Ivy, I've heard great things about her Guardians of Eternity series though so when I saw this Born in Blood, the first book in her new... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sarah (Feeling Fictional)
3.0 out of 5 stars boring
Alexandra ivy is one of my favourite authors but I feel so let down by this story, I feel as if the author has tried too hard to build this new world between high bloods and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by mari
3.0 out of 5 stars not so sure on this one yet Ms Ivy! 3.5 stars*
this is the first book in Alexandra ivy's 'Sentinels' series, that is unless you count the short story in the anthology'Predatory'. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lena platt
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Great characters with good chemistry kept you reading thro to end without a break in my case. It also introduced you to other characters that have their own stories told in... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars a great start to a new series
Loved the storyline, loved the characters, I can't wait to see the the secondary characters stories. Get writing Ms. Ivy
Published 5 months ago by Phoebe
4.0 out of 5 stars Born in Blood
A great start to a new series, a must have for these dark evenings. seductive world of the Sentinels--humans... Read more
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