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Dying Wish (Sentinel Wars) Mass Market Paperback – 6 Mar 2012
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About 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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This series gets better with every new book, I love them. I think this series is so fresh in PNR.
With Iain the leader of the band of barren trying to keep his honour and to do what was right for Jackie. This story did have me in tears at the end, Shannon really has a way of making you feel the characters and care for them.
Can't wait for the next one to come out, I hope there will be one on the slayers
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This story focuses on Jackie Patton, who we discovered in the last novel is Helen Day's biological sister, and Theronai warrior Iain Terra. Jackie has discovered (much to her profound horror) that she has the ability to bond with any Theronai warrior, and this has led to a parade of men wanting her to partner with them. But a couple of years in captivity in the Synestryn breeding program left her deeply scarred, and there's no way she's even willing to fake it to keep others happy. Stuck between the rock of not wanting to be touched and the hard place of being a perpetual target for the Synestryn, she chooses the only warrior who doesn't seem to want her: Iain Terra.
There's a good reason Iain has no interest in Jackie: He's the leader of the Band of the Barren, Theronai warriors who have lost their soul. Iain has found a way to conceal these men from the leader of the Theronai in order to prevent the certain death sentence these men face. Iain knows he's only prolonged the inevitable for himself and his friends, but he can't allow them to meekly go to their deaths before they've done anything that merits this punishment. He wants the comfort and relief of partnering with Jackie, but without his soul such a pairing wouldn't survive long-term. He's convinced she's better off saving another. Too bad she's fed up with all the groping and puppy dog eyes and wants only the relief of a partner who wants her as little as she wants him.
But this is a romance, so this state of affairs isn't destined to last very long. The more Jackie and Iain try to stay away from each other, the more events conspire to bring them together. Like every other leading lady before her, Jackie has a useful talent, and is cajoled into using that talent to destroy Synestryn. There are a couple of major twists that need to be dealt with (their traumatic pasts and his lack of a soul) and then they live Happily Ever After.
Although the majority of the story is about Jackie and Iain, Butcher digresses a great deal to introduce or touch upon other plot lines. Butcher's Sentinel Wars series is now six books in, and extensive world building means that each new novel has an increasing amount of subplots included. Subplots in this book include the leader of the Theronai, Joseph Rayd, fighting his growing attraction to Lyka, who has been living with the Theronai as part of a hostage trade with the Slayers. In another important plot development a method to heal Grace, the human Theronai warrior Torr loves, has been discovered, and the implications for both Torr and the Theronai are unclear. And, just in case the reader isn't overwhelmed by minor plot developments, two unrelated characters in other subplots announce that there are as many as six more Theronai women that need to be found and brought to Dabyr. These are only three of the important subplots in the novel, and I am upset that I didn't go back and read at least the last few books to remind myself of what had gone before. Random thought: There must be no gay or lesbian Theronai, since they all must be in mated pairs of opposite genders. But now I'm the one digressing! This book is definitely not the place to start reading, and I highly recommend a review of the series before starting this one if you HAVE read the books! (And it all begs the question of how long it will be before a "Sentinel Companion" is released to help readers keep track of who's who.)
This isn't to say that I didn't like the book, because I did, I just don't suggest that the last two novels be read without the context of the series. As with the other books, there's a lot of action, intrigue, and romance, and I am curious about the addition of new villains. Just when the main baddie of the series, Zillah, was starting to become predictable a new, more powerful panel of villains has come along. Buckle up--it's going be a bumpy ride for the characters who will surely get books next!
I think my biggest complaint about the Sentinels series as a whole lies with the lack of discussion about the Slayers; they've been mentioned in several stories, but it seems like they're an afterthought, unworthy of involvement in the series. They're clearly an important part of the Sentinel trifecta, so why are they being shut out of the narrative? Along those same lines, the reader is also being deprived of any more details about Athanasia, or princes Eron and Lucien, who have defied their king and secretly traveled to Earth in order to father daughters who could save the Sentinels. Hope's plot twist in the previous novel, Blood Hunt, doesn't make this situation any better, and I do wish that Butcher would devote more time in her stories to exploring the Athanasia/Earth ties and the complex political situation that has led to this particularly troubled moment in Sentinel history.
This being said, I find these books highly pleasurable to read, and I have faith that my questions will be answered in due time. I'm already sitting on pins and needles waiting to see who is going to get the next story in the series!
Overall, very entertaining, Butcher has done a great job building the world of the Sentinels, and while this may not be anything new, it's still a great way to waste away an afternoon.
I liked the plot, but there were so many things going on. We got around 10 different Point of Views which is way too much! And I usually love to see sneak peaks for future couples to come but the author had simply too many things going on at once!
And also in order for author to bring in a certain plot or issue she made such leaps in character's conversations that didn't really make sense. It looked forced!
Other then that, the book is good, I will definitely continue buying Sentinel Wars books. I just wish the author wouldn't juggle 10 different balls in the air!