Tuesday, February 7, 2012

BLOOD HUNT by Shannon K. Butcher

Sentinel Wars #5
Publisher: Signet Books
Date Published: August 2011
ISBN 9780451234292
Urban Fantasy
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Tammy
Obtained via publisher

The fifth book in Shannon K. Butcher’s Sentinel Wars series, BLOOD HUNT, is an urban fantasy love story of desperation and the will to survive.

Hope is a woman without a past. Memory loss has had her surviving the last decade of her life knowing only one thing for certain; she has a power that few others possess; the ability to read auras. While searching for a missing friend, Hope stumbles upon a demon attack and ends up saving the life of a Sanguinar demon fighter, Logan, by allowing him to drink her blood. And with this act of kindness, Hope is brought to the attention of an evil and powerful Synestryn lord and into the middle of the Sentinel Wars.

This reader picked up BLOOD HUNT mid-series, but found that enough background was given throughout the book that reading the books in order was not necessary. The Sentinel Wars takes place around four warring groups of ancients: the Theronai, the Sanguinar, the Slayers and the demonic Synestryns. The Sanguinar, of which the hero in this story is one, drinks blood for survival and are searching for humans whose blood is powerful enough to rebuild their strength. Their enemies, the Synestryn, see humans as food and are intent on taking over planet Earth.

BLOOD HUNT is an intricately woven urban fantasy of warring races. Hope doesn’t remember her past, so she has no idea why her blood is desired so much by both the Sanguinar and the Synestryns. What she does know is that she has a strong connection with Logan, the Sanguinar whose life she has saved. Logan is extremely determined to save his race by finding human women who can pair with Theronai warriors and birth children to save both their races. Hope’s blood is incredibly energizing for Logan and when they realize Krag, a demon lord, is also vying for Hope’s blood, his attraction to her has him wanting to keep her safe for more than one reason even though he knows he will have to give her up if his race is to survive.

Shannon K. Butcher’s world-building is intriguing and well done. BLOOD HUNT is fast paced and exciting. The characters are multidimensional and complex. While the main story is the building romance of Hope and Logan, there are many side stories taking place at the same time. The only thing this reader really didn’t care for in this book was the ending. While readers will spend the entire story trying to imagine how Butcher will find a happy ending for Hope and Logan among impossible odds, the book seems to end abruptly with a happy ending that appears out of no where and seems a bit pat.

All in all, Shannon Butcher’s BLOOD HUNT, delivers an urban fantasy that fans of the genre are sure to enjoy. This reader looks forward to reading the other books in this series.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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