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Praise for Shannon K. Butcher’s Novels of the Sentinel Wars

Living Nightmare

“There’s only one way to describe this book to me: fabulous!”

—Night Owl Reviews

“[An] action-packed story of the brooding and angry warrior Madoc and his journey to the future. This series rocks!”

—Fresh Fiction

“Utilizing her ability to combine excellent characterization with riveting danger, rising star Butcher adds another fascinating tier to her expanding world. You are always guaranteed generous portions of pulse-pounding action and romance in a Butcher tale!”


Romantic Times

“Ms. Butcher’s written word began to grab hold of my imagination and lead me on a ride unlike anything I have read before.”

—Coffee Time Romance and More

Running Scared

“What an entertaining and thrilling series! The characters are forever evolving, secrets are revealed, powers are found, new details come to life, and love is the cause of it all. I love it!”

—Fresh Fiction

“Superb storytelling . . . I am amazed how Ms. Butcher’s intricacies and subplots continue to expand the story without bogging down the overall plot.”

—Romance Junkies

“This book jumps right in the fray and keeps you hooked till the end and I was unable to put it down. Emotionally dark, this is a wonderful blending of paranormal romance and urban fantasy [with] many twists and turns.”

—Smexy Books Romance Reviews

Finding the Lost

“Exerts much the same appeal as Christine Feehan’s Carpathian series, what with tortured heroes, the necessity of finding love or facing a fate worse than death, hot lovemaking, and danger-filled adventure.”


Booklist

“A terrific grim thriller with the romantic subplot playing a strong supporting role. The cast is powerful as the audience will feel every emotion that Andra feels from fear for her sister to fear for her falling in love.
Finding the Lost
is a dark tale as Shannon K. Butcher paints a forbidding, gloomy landscape in which an ancient war between humanity’s guardians and their nasty adversaries heats up in Nebraska.”

—Alternative Worlds

“A very entertaining read. . . . The ending was a great cliff-hanger and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series . . . a fast-paced story with great action scenes and lots of hot romance.”

—The Book Lush

“Butcher’s paranormal reality is dark and gritty in this second Sentinel War installment. What makes this story so gripping is the seamlessly delivered hard-hitting action and wrenching emotions. Butcher is a major talent in the making.”


Romantic Times

Burning Alive

“A wonderful paranormal debut . . . Shannon K. Butcher’s talent shines.”


New York Times
bestselling author Nalini Singh

“Starts off with nonstop action. Readers will race through the pages, only to reread the entire novel to capture every little detail . . . a promising start for a new voice in urban fantasy/paranormal romance. I look forward to the next installment.”

—A Romance Review
(5 roses)

“This first book of the Sentinel Wars whets your appetite for the rest of the books in the series. Ms. Butcher is carving her way onto the bestseller lists with this phenomenal, nonstop ride that will have you preordering the second book the minute you put this one down.”


Affaire de Coeur
(5 stars)

“Absorbing . . . Butcher skillfully balances erotic, tender interactions with Helen’s worries, and intriguing secondary characters further enhance the unusual premise. Fans of Butcher’s romantic suspense novels will enjoy her turn toward the paranormal.”


Publishers Weekly

“Ms. Butcher offers fresh and delightfully creative elements in this paranormal romance, keeping readers engaged as the story unfolds.
Burning Alive
is a well-crafted beginning to this exciting new series, and will have fans of the genre coming back for the next adventure in the Sentinel Wars.”

—Darque Reviews

“An exciting romantic urban fantasy . . . Shannon K. Butcher adds her trademark suspense with plenty of tension and danger to the mix of a terrific paranormal thriller.”


Midwest Book Review


Burning Alive
is Shannon Butcher’s first foray into paranormal romance and what a doozy it is! Filled with sizzling love scenes, great storytelling, and action galore, fans of paranormal romance will rejoice to have Ms. Butcher finally join the genre!”

—ParaNormal Romance

“A different twist on the paranormal genre . . . Shannon K. Butcher has done a good job with
Burning Alive
, and I will definitely be reading the next in the series.”

—Fallen Angel Reviews

N
OVELS OF THE
S
ENTINEL
W
ARS

Bound by Vengeance

(A Penguin Special)

Dying Wish

Blood Hunt

Living Nightmare

Running Scared

Finding the Lost

Burning Alive

T
HE
E
DGE
N
OVELS

Edge of Sanity

Razor’s Edge

Living on the Edge

FALLING BLIND

T
HE
S
ENTINEL
W
ARS

SHANNON K. BUTCHER

SIGNET

Published by the Penguin Group

Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 375 Hudson Street,

New York, New York 10014, USA

USA / Canada / UK / Ireland / Australia / New Zealand / India / South Africa / China

Penguin Books Ltd., Registered Offices: 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL, England

For more information about the Penguin Group visit penguin.com.

First published by Signet, an imprint of New American Library,

a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

First Printing, April 2013

Copyright © Shannon K. Butcher, 2013

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, scanned, or distributed in any printed or electronic form without permission. Please do not participate in or encourage piracy of copyrighted materials in violation of the author’s rights. Purchase only authorized editions.

REGISTERED TRADEMARK—MARCA REGISTRADA

ISBN 978-1-101-60573-8

PUBLISHER’S NOTE

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

    The publisher does not have any control over and does not assume any responsibility for author or third-party Web sites or their content.

For Sarah Skolaut, controller of chaos, enemy of entropy, keeper of the calendar, mistress of managing mayhem, and saver of my sanity. Thanks for all you do.

Contents

Praise for Shannon K. Butcher

Also by Shannon K. Butcher

Title Page

Copyright

Dedication

Character List

 

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Chapter 27

Chapter 28

Chapter 29

Chapter 30

Chapter 31

Chapter 32

Chapter 33

Chapter 34

Chapter 35

Chapter 36

 

Special Excerpt from
Living on the Edge

Character List

Briant Athar:
Sanguinar

Connal Athar:
Sanguinar

Drake Asher:
Theronai warrior, bonded to Helen Day

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