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Sanctum (Guards of the Shadowlands Book 1) by [Fine, Sarah]
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About the Author

Sarah Fine was born on the West Coast, raised in the Midwest, and is now firmly entrenched on the East Coast, where she lives with her husband and two children. When she’s not writing, she’s working as a child psychologist. No, she is not psychoanalyzing you right now. Sanctum is her first novel.

Visit Sarah online at www.sarahfinebooks.com or on Twitter @FineSarah

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1738 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Skyscape (16 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007KOR0Z2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 196 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,285 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I bought this book on a whim despite or perhaps because of a bad review which seemed unjustly down on the romance element running through it, so wanted to make my own mind up. Happy to say I wasn't disappointed. Sanctum, set mainly in a fantasy realm is the story of loyalty, friendship and love. Yes, there is a strong romantic theme throughout the book and yes it probably will appeal strongly to the teenage market , nothing wrong with that....paired with the emotive subject of suicide,the author deals with this and other evocative issues sensitively whilst maintaining a fast action packed pace, in a richly detailed fantasy world with strong charactorisation leaving plenty of room for a sequel .
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Buyer be warned: this is a romance novel under a different cover. If you're into heaving chests, soul-deep sighs and endless longing glances spiced up by a touch of something different, then this is for you.

If, like me, you were suckered into buying this book expecting some kind of fantasy novel then consider carefully because the cheese factor runs high in places. It's actually a romance novel. I can only assume Mills & Boon or Harlequin turned this one down.

The heroine of the novel is a typical romance novel heroine: stunningly, breath-takingly beautiful and yet, because of course she's a romance novel stereotype and not even a remote attempt at a character, she's totally oblivious to her good looks. Naturally, as all romance novel heroines are, she's damaged, vulnerable, and hides this behind an impenetrable wall of toughness. Well, she does have to make her hero work hard to get her, doesn't she?

Natually, her impenetrable wall of toughness is penetrated instantly by her best friend, her newest foster parent and just about every character (apart from the obvious baddies) she meets in her travels.

She's a tough cookie, independent woman who can't be touched by any man . . . except of course as soon as she meets her hero she melts entirely and spends her time falling over or even fainting. Yes, it's all an act imposed on her by the author. Heaven forbid she does anything butch to scare him off. This is a romance novel of course so he's the one who's got to do all the running while she just has to look like interesting bait.

So, to the hero: hard to say what he's like because he isn't given any characterisation over and above what's required of a romance novel hero: stunningly gorgeous, muscled and "a perfect specimen".
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Sarah Fine's Sanctum is nothing short of original, with a whole world dedicated to the lost, wandering souls of suicide victims. Beyond the Suicide Gates lies the Shadowlands, patrolled by the ferocious Guards and their human captain Malachi. We follow Lela Santos' inadvertent journey into Suicide City in an attempt to rescue her best-friend Nadia. It is a dark story, both gritty and emotional, but never dull or draining. Fine has a natural way with words, crafting a brilliantly thought-out world and exciting storyline - one that is full of action, creativity and romance.

As thrilling and well-paced as the plot is, it is the characters that make the greatest impression here. Let me get straight in there and tell you Malachi is quite something. He is the very definition of a well-built love interest, a character that manages to provide genuine moments of endless swoooon, whilst also standing on his own two feet and being more than that. His hardened, steadfast personality is complemented by Lela's determination and courage. These two together were the perfect team. I'm not ashamed to admit that the romance was my favourite part of this book.

I will say that it took me a little while to warm to Lela. I also wish Nadia's character had felt less ambiguous. These, however, were my only concerns with this book, and for the first instalment of this series, Fine did a spectacular job. I am definitely looking forward to the sequel.
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By hross42877 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 April 2014
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This had been on my kindle for a while, I had started it about the same time I started re-reading Article 5 and as I got more engrossed in it this book got put to the side.
I came back to it the other night and I am glad I did. You may have noticed so far that I am a fan of these types of books – ie: strong damaged teenage girl type who falls for strong damaged gorgeous sexy teenage boy type, this is a love story of sort but is set in Hell.
Lela is said damaged teenage girl who is in the foster system, during her time a high school she meets Nadia who seems to be the perfect preppy princess type and they become best friends to the dismay of Nadia’s other pals.
Unfortunately it turn out that Nadia has a lot of demons of her own which result in her suicide, during this time we find out Lela has been having visions of Nadia in a dark scary city and following Nadia’s death, feeling responsible Lela decides she needs to go to Nadia’s aide in this dark city and to do this she has to commit suicide.
To avoid spoilers I will summarise the next bit!!
After arriving in the city Lela gets captured by the guards and the fearsome leader Malachi who unlike the other guards is human, following various events Lela and Malachi try to find Nadia who has been captured by the Mazakin who are the enemies of the guards.
There is a second book so I won’t got any further in my description but to say that Lela and Malachi have that perfect love/hate relationship which is more love by the end of the book.
I really enjoyed this book and will download the second book Fractured shortly!
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