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“Enter the world of Shannon K. Butcher and prepare to be spellbound.”

—Sherrilyn Kenyon


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

Willing Sacrifice

“Sizzling love scenes . . . emotionally intense.”

Publishers Weekly

“A story of second chances in a world where staying alive is a daily struggle. The reader is pulled into an engaging and suspense-filled story line where a human places a stranger's life above her own.”

—The Reading Cafe

“Throughout a number of Butcher's previous Sentinel Wars novels, the heart-wrenching drama of Theronai warrior Torr and the all-too-human Grace has been previewed. . . .Their incredible struggles showcase all of Butcher's exceptional talent for plot, characterization, and storytelling!”

RT Book Reviews

Falling Blind

“A taut mixture of action and suspense.”

—Smexy Books

“Prime entertainment.”

RT Book Reviews

Dying Wish

“A superb paranormal suspense.”

—Genre Go Round Reviews

“Butcher's rise to the top of the paranormal and romantic-suspense genres has been swift. . . .Her hallmark is consistent superior storytelling that combines emotional punch with high-adrenaline danger—a recipe that can't miss!”

Romantic Times

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 & 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

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.”


“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 Wars 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


“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 K. 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. . . . Butcher has done a good job with
Burning Alive
, and I will definitely be reading the next in the series.”

—Fallen Angel Reviews


Willing Sacrifice

Falling Blind

Bound by Vengeance
(A Penguin Special)

Dying Wish

Blood Hunt

Living Nightmare

Running Scared

Finding the Lost

Burning Alive


Edge of Betrayal

Edge of Sanity

Razor's Edge

Living on the Edge


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

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Copyright © Shannon K. Butcher, 2015

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ISBN 978-1-101-63535-3


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.




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Title page

Copyright page


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

Chapter 37

Chapter 38

Chapter 39

Chapter 40

Chapter 41

Chapter 42

Chapter 43

Chapter 44

Chapter 45

Chapter 46

Chapter 47

Chapter 48


Excerpt from

For Glen

Character List

Drake Asher:
Theronai warrior, bonded to Helen Day

Briant Athar:

Connal Athar:

Logan Athar:
Sanguinar, blood hunter, Hope Serrien's mate

Athanasian servant

Cain Aylward:
Theronai warrior, Sibyl's protector, bonded to Rory Rainey

Queen of all Athanasia, the Solarc's wife

Angus Brinn:
Theronai warrior, bonded to Gilda

Gilda Brinn:
the Gray Lady, Theronai, bonded to Angus

Maura Brinn:
Theronai, Sibyl's twin sister

Sibyl Brinn:
Theronai, Maura's twin sister

Synestryn, Zillah's second in command

Meghan Clark:
blooded human

Helen Day:
the Scarlet Lady, Theronai, bonded to Drake Asher

Athanasian prince

Neal Etan:
Theronai warrior, bonded to Viviana Rowan

Madoc Gage:
Theronai warrior, bonded to Nika Madison

John Hawthorne:
blooded human

Mabel Hennesy:
blooded human

Lexi Johns:
the Jade Lady, Theronai, bonded to Zach Talon

nomadic woman hunted by Ronan

Dakota Kacey:
the Turquoise Lady, Theronai, bonded to Liam Lann

Nicholas Laith:
Theronai warrior

Ronan Laith:

Liam Lann:
Theronai warrior, bonded to Dakota Kacey

Samuel Larsten:
Theronai warrior

Tynan Leygh:

Athanasian prince, father of Jackie Patton

Andra Madison:
the Sapphire Lady, Theronai, bonded to Paul Sloane

Nika Madison:
the White Lady, Theronai, Andra's sister

Victoria (Tori) Madison:
Theronai, sister to Andra and Nika

Torr Maston:
Theronai warrior, bonded to Grace Norman

Beth Mays:
blooded human, Ella's sister

Ella Mays:
blooded human, Beth's sister

Jake Morrow:
human, member of the Defenders of Humanity

Blake Norman:
human, Grace Norman's stepbrother

Grace Norman:
the Lavender Lady, bonded to Torr Maston, Blake Norman's stepsister

Jackie Patton:
the Golden Lady, Theronai, daughter of Lucien, bonded to Iain Terra

Andreas Phelan:
Slayer, leader of the Slayers, Lyka's half brother

Eric Phelan:
Slayer, Andreas's brother, Lyka's half brother

Lyka Phelan:
Slayer, Andreas's half sister

Rory Rainey:
the Amethyst Lady, Theronai, bonded to Cain Aylward

Joseph Rayd:
Theronai warrior, leader of the Sentinels

Viviana Rowan:
the Bronze Lady, Theronai, bonded to Neal Etan

Hope Serrien:
Logan Athar's mate

Cole Shepherd:
blooded human

Alexander Siah:

Paul Sloane:
Theronai warrior, bonded to Andra Madison

Carmen Taite:
blooded human, Gerai, cousin to Vance and Slade Taite

Slade Taite:
blooded human, Gerai, cousin to Carmen, brother to Vance

Vance Taite:
blooded human, Gerai, cousin to Carmen, brother to Slade

Zach Talon:
Theronai warrior, bonded to Lexi Johns

Iain Terra:
Theronai warrior, bonded to Jackie Patton

Morgan Valens:
Theronai warrior

Synestryn lord

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