Review: Falling Blind by Shannon K. Butcher

They are the Sentinels. Three races descended from ancient guardians of mankind, each possessing unique abilities in their battle to protect humanity against their eternal foes: the Synestryn. Now a warrior must protect a strong-minded woman from an incredible evil…

A beautiful, independent Theronai, Rory Rainey knows that her attempts to be a warrior are futile—unless she can stop the demonic visions that torment her. Determined to be free, Rory sets out to find the mysterious guardian who can cure her, before she loses her sight—or her life. But Rory’s journey brings its own dangers when she is attacked by a pack of Synestryn sent by the demon lord Raygh.

Cornered and desperate, Rory narrowly escapes with the help of a sword-wielding stranger. Cain knows that Rory needs his protection to survive, just as he knows that her power is compatible with his own. And when Rory binds herself to Cain, the warrior knows he will do anything to keep her safe from the threat of the demon lord that pursues her…

 Falling Blind (Sentinel Wars #7) by Shannon K. Butcher I’ve been following the Sentinel Wars series since it’s inception. I like this author’s voice and have enjoyed journeying with her into this paranormal world filled with monsters, aliens, talented women and powerful men. The Sentinels are warriors filled with uncontrollable power who live with pain and suffering until they can find a compatible life mate to help him channel this power. As the years go by without finding their mate they fight losing their souls and watch the leaves on their life marks slowly fall away until all that’s left is the end of their lives. Cain is such a warrior, suddenly left with nothing after his ward leaves his care, his best friends die and the woman he hoped to take for his own chooses someone else. He knows he doesn’t have a lot of time left, until he rescues a pink haired, pierced Rory one evening and he realizes that she is the woman who can save him.

Rory suffers from debilitating visions. She’s learned to keep to herself and stay away from large populations. When she is around too many people she can see what they see and after awhile these visions overwhelm her to the point that she feels like she’s going blind, or crazy. She knows there is someone out there who can help her, someone who can take away her visions for good. She’s determined to stop at nothing to find them. One evening she is out on the streets she is rescued by Cain and one touch by him and her visions are muted.

I have mixed feelings about Falling Blind. I always look forward to every new story in this world and it pains me a bit to admit that this was my least favorite of the series so far. All because of Rory. I really, really did not like Rory. At all. She was rough, abrasive and rude. I felt bad for  Cain that she was his only option for redemption. They have a rocky beginning since Rory is bound and determined to be on her own, regardless of the wisdom of escaping Cain’s protection. She’s always been by herself and she did not need anyone holding her back or hanging around. Even if that person gives her some relief from her visions when she touches him. Yes, I know she is a tough girl who has been on the streets for years, but I got tired of her acting the lone bad ass when SHE HAD NO IDEA WHAT SHE WAS DOING.

I started questioning Rory’s intelligence right from the start. She makes stupid decisions, acts the bitch and even though she knows Cain will die without her she keeps trying to ditch him. He protects her over and over and offers to teach her how to turn her visions into something powerful. At one point I kept wondering why she was so keen to leave him behind when he offered respite from her visions. She insists again and again that she needs to find this magical person who will give her ease, yet Cain was right there in front of her face. I can’t tell you how weary I was of this woman by the time I finished this book.  This is the only time I’ve minded the “destined mate” storyline in this series thus far. I’ve followed Cain throughout all the other installments and truly felt like he deserved a better partner than this. As much as I hated Rory, I enjoyed Cain. He does everything he can to make her want him and gets shot down at every turn. In the end I did not believe their feelings for each other, their relationship felt too unbalanced and not authentic at all.

I think this is just a bump in the road of an overall wonderful series. I’m not going to let a little thing like an annoying heroine keep me from reading the next installment. The overall world building still keeps me interested and there are quite a few characters I can’t wait to see get their happily ever after. Final Grade: C-

Favorite Quote:

For Rory he would do anything— find a way to give her whatever she needed. She may not stay with him forever, but for now, she was his, and it was his duty–his joy–to provide for her.

Rating: C-
Falling Blind by Shannon K. Butcher
April 2nd 2013 by Signet
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