By: Alexandra Ivy
They are the outcasts of humanity. Blessed with power. Cursed by fate. Driven by passion. The Sentinels have returned. . .
Out Of The Shadows
At six-foot-three and two-hundred-fifty pounds, Fane is a natural born guardian. A flawless mix of muscled perfection and steely precision, he has devoted years of his life to protecting a beautiful necromancer. But after she found love in the arms of another, Fane has been a warrior adrift. He swears allegiance only to the Sentinels. And no woman will ever rule his heart again. . .
Into The Fire
Not only a powerful psychic, Serra is that rare telepath who can connect to minds through objects. When the daughter of a high-blood businessman is kidnapped, Serra agrees to help. But when she stumbles onto a conspiracy involving secrets sects and ancient relics, her life is in mortal danger--and Fane is her only hope. Is the warrior willing to risk his body, his soul, and his heart, for Serra? Or will one last betrayal destroy them both?
I've enjoyed Ivy's writing style over the years. She knows how to serve up sexy alpha men like the pro she is. After reading the plot description above, I was a little disappointed with the details. I get the short info is meant to draw the reader in BUT it's not really all that accurate. Serra never found love with another, the whole point of the story is how she has ALWAYS pined after Fane. To the point of obsession.
Fane is also not her "only hope". Fane feels obligated to help Serra cause he's a stand up dude. But yes, they do eventually get a HEA though it takes a while to get there. The fire between Fane and Serra is there for sure, what's lacking is the believability. It was hard to believe that Serra would have ended up getting forced to track down a missing child. It was hard to believe that when it's all said and done, the people behind the attack seem like amateur hack jobs.
For immortal folks who are supposed to have some major magic and abilities, I found it really frustrating that they couldn't handle this a lot quicker. I would have really enjoyed a more devious plot, with sinister twists and layers of deception. Instead, it was a little too transparent for my tastes.
Seems like a harsh review thus far and for that I am sorry. Being honest can come across that way sometimes, but I genuinely look forward to reading Ivy's books. I'm not going to hold this one against her in any fashion. I'm not even going to mind the redundancy of words and phrases she uses over and over again. I can even overlook the choppy bits, because the heart and writing of the story is entertaining!
I'm eagerly awaiting the next book in this series and I absolutely encourage all my PNR lovers to give this one a read!
Getting 3 and 1/2 Sheep