Review: Dying Wish by Shannon K. Butcher

Dying Wish - Shannon K ButcherBook #6 in The Sentinel Series: Jackie Patton has been rescued by the Theronai from her captivity and torture at the hands of the Synestryn, only to learn that she’s a potential match for the Theronai warriors who need a woman to literally save their lives.
Forced to choose, she unexpectedly selects Iain, a cold-hearted warrior who doesn’t want to be saved. Iain is convinced that it’s too late—that his soul is already as dead as his former betrothed, killed by the Synestryn. Still, he is the only man Jackie feels a measure of peace around and the only one she wants. But is Iain indeed beyond saving?

I have read every book in this series and I have a confession after reading this new book: I’m a bit lost as to what exactly is going on in the series at this point. I’m an experienced series reader. I’ve read series that have 15-20 books in them and managed to keep track of everything and everyone. But something about this series has me craving a character org chart to refer to. I think I’ve managed to get characters mixed up. For awhile I couldn’t figure out why I was having a difficult time with Dying Wish and this series and then it hit me: there’s not much physical description of the characters or any repeated descriptions of past heroes/heroines as they appear on scene and I find myself struggling to remember their significance….their special power…who they are or who they belong to. Is it just me? Do other readers out there feel they need some physical descriptions to keep them on track over the course of a series?

The hero redeemed this book for me and kept me reading. He’s a hardened killer who believes his soul is completely lost. He can’t be fixed. He can’t be brought back from his darkness. But the good thread that truly runs somewhere deep within him won’t let the heroine risk her life. I found Jackie the heroine a bit whiny, but I appreciated her strength and commitment to attempt to live her life the way she wants to. This book definitely contained a fulfilling hero and heroine storyline.

I do have another major gripe about this series. How long is the author going to string us along with the Grace and Torr storyline? I’ve lost track of how many books it’s been going on now, but I’m getting a bit cranky. This series may have ran its course with me, but if you’ve been a fan of this series and you’ve been able to keep up with the complex world building then definitely give it try.

Rating: C-
Dying Wish by Shannon K. Butcher
March 6th 2012 by Signet Book
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  1. Jen B. says

    Bummer. I have really been enjoying this series. Glad to hear I’m not the only one getting sick of the Grace and Torr thing. Pfftt! I think Shannon K. Butcher is a really talented author but maybe this series concept is just too complex. Or, maybe it would have been better if it was in the fantasy catagory. Thanks for the review!

  2. says

    I was really enjoying this series and have enjoyed some of her other stuff too. I guess sometimes it just happens. I’ve seen some other reviews that have loved it.