Wednesday, March 12, 2014

WILLING SACRIFICE by Shannon K. Butcher Earns 4.5♥ Rating

Willing Sacrifice

(Sentinel Wars, #8)

by Shannon K. Butcher

Rating: 4.5♥s Excellent / Highly Recommended
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novel
Audience: Adult
Sensuality: Hot
Release Date: March 4, 2014

Background and recap:
We followed Torr and Grace's story throughout the Sentinel Wars series. Torr was paralyzed while rescuing Grace and her half-brother from demons. Grace cared for Torr while he was paralyzed. They secretly grew to love each other, but Torr was paralyzed and dying. Even if he was healthy and whole, Grace was human and couldn't be the mate he needed.

Grace learned of a way to heal Torr, by taking on his injuries herself through discs attached to their spines. By the time Torr was healed and found Grace near death, it was too late to save her. Brenya, a mysterious otherworldly woman, offered to try to heal Grace on another world. In exchange, Torr promised to come to Brenya's aid when called.

Present Day:
Torr has been MIA from the Sentinel warriors for months, mourning the loss of Grace. He doesn't even know if she's dead or alive. Then Brenya snatches him from Earth to help her save the world where she's hidden women and children. There he finds Grace, healed and well. But not whole. Her memories of him and of Earth are missing. And Brenya extracts a magical vow that Torr will not tell Grace that they knew each other.

Grace is attracted to Torr, more than just being attracted to a handsome man. She begins to have flashes of memory and feelings of familiarity. For Torr's part, keeping their relationship a secret is torture. And if Grace learns that he's been keeping it from her, will she be able to forgive him?

Grace and Torr must work together to—literally—save the world. The one thing that hasn't changed about Grace is that she's self-sacrificing, and puts Torr's life before hers. Will she ultimately go too far?

My thoughts:
Grace is brave, humble, loving, and self-sacrificing. And she'd do anything for Torr, whether she remembers him or not. She believes she's weak compared to the supernatural women on the planet, but she actually has the greater strength of character.

Torr is a warrior through and through, and yet gentle with Grace. And it's obvious that he loves her to the depths of his soul. He'd do anything for Grace, whether she remembers him or not. Anything. In that respect, he's also self-sacrificing.

Although the plot is a lot of the same type of scene over and over again, it serves to emphasize Grace's character and foreshadow what might happen in the end. You begin to fear for the characters if they don't change their ways.

If you're a fan of the Sentinel Wars series, then you've probably been eagerly awaiting Torr and Grace's story. They've been through so much heartache, and a happy ending just doesn't seem possible. Even in Willing Sacrifice, a HEA doesn't seem possible. But the ending is worth the wait.

And the final line is perfect.


The Sentinel Wars series, in reading order: