Finding the Lost

Shannon K. Butcher
Finding the Lost
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Release Date
November 2009
Book 2 of The Sentinel Wars
Paranormal Romance

Sentinel warrior Paul has been searching for centuries for a woman like Andra. To find her, he strikes a bargain with a bloodhunter that could cost him his life. Now, his desire for Andra threatens to destroy his much-needed control.

Against her wishes, Andra agrees to join Paul on a journey fraught with danger- and leading directly to the Synestryn who victimized her family eight years ago.

Book Review by Silver (reviewer)
Jan 30, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
283 people found the following review helpful
I was so excited by this series that as soon as I finished BURNING ALIVE, I jumped right into FINDING THE LOST. Shannon K. Butcher's worldbuilding is phenomenal, and the info and hints she let slip here only whetted my appetite for more.

Andra Madison specializes in finding lost children, and she was increasingly distressed as everyday more children are being abducted. In one of her missions, she would've been overpowered by the demons, but Paul and Madoc went to the rescue just in time. Paul had been out searching for her, with Logan's help, for the woman who could ease his pain and be his partner in battle. And Andra just might be that woman. However, Andra's loyalty is to her sister Nika, who was seriously sick, and there is a chance he might not be able to convince her to stay with him as he wanted her to.

Andra is a bit different from Helen (the heroine in BURNING ALIVE) in that Andra is a warrior, forced by circumstances to be so. Her weapon of choice is a shotgun, and unlike Helen, she embraced the magic easily and use it in battle. Yet, she has her own insecurities, which just might jeopardise her union with Paul, who needed her in a way she didn't know. Like Helen, though, she has to grow fast and embrace knowledge and a new reality if she is to help her sister.

Paul, like Drake, is one of those tattooed, sword-wielding hunk. Sexy! He's desperate to make Andra his, yet he has a core of honor and goodness that wouldn't allow him to trick Andra into staying with him forever. One just has to love a man like that.

The cast of secondary characters rounded up the tale. We have Madoc, another Theronai, and he almost eclipsed Paul in the way he caught my attention. He's so tortured, which makes him vulnerable, and I'm a sucker for such kind of heroes. I can't wait 'til I get to his book (LIVING NIGHTMARE)! Logan, the Sanguinar (their healer), also made an appearance, as well as Tynan (the Sanguinar's leader), and you can't help but feel their desperation, and at the same time also disliked them (a little) for the things they're doing to the Theronai without the latter's permission. I can't wait to get to the book where their schemes are revealed and see what the repercussions would be. Maybe in Logan's book, it would all be revealed. Nika, Andra's sister, is also quite interesting, and I do wonder how she'd be "healed". There's also Torr and Grace, and I can't wait to read more of them.

I've gushed about the worldbuilding, and here, we do see a little more, like where Andra and her sisters came from! It was a pleasant surprise to read about it, and I do hope we'd see more in the coming books. Another thing I hadn't mentioned about the worldbuilding was the concept of the bonded pair. It's in this series where I see how they're halves of a whole, in terms of combat, and how the male Theronai literally couldn't live without the other (when a certain time comes).

Ms Butcher really doesn't believe in sparing her characters. The Theronai are hemmed in on all sides, needing to protect the humans yet their numbers are increasingly dwindling as a result of the war and lack of women. Not only that, but the Sanguinar are also losing ground, due to the lack of the right blood to fuel their powers. It's a war that's tipped to victory for the Synestryn demons, and this situation upped the tension of the overall series.

Thus far, it's been an incredible ride and I'm looking forward to more!
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