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Living Nightmare: The Sentinel Wars (Sentinel Wars #4)

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  1,996 ratings  ·  124 reviews
View our feature on Shannon Butcher's "Living Nightmare." For nine years, the Sentinel Nika has had one goal-to save her younger sister from the Synestryn who hold her captive. Now, the psychic bond Nika forged with her sibling on that terrible night is fading, and time is running out. But the one man who can unlock the power inside her may be the greatest danger to her.
ebook, 368 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Signet Book
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Best book of the series thus far. And better yet, it has built expectation for future books. I loved Nika even more than Madoc, which is saying something. Nika might seem frail and in need of protection, but she is a tough little woman. Just the woman for Madoc. I loved the symbiosis of their relationship. Their relationship wasn't about one taking too much from the other, but an equal exchange between them both. I liked how things worked out with Madoc's lifemark and his dire situation as far a ...more
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Madoc is a warrior on the brink of losing his soul. Drawn inexplicably to a fragile woman who is not his mate, he fights his attraction to Nika by keeping his distance and works only to save her from the demons who have haunted her mind and have left her first comatose and then for awhile nearly insane. But Nika is much better now and she's fighting to leave that fragile woman behind. And it is Nika's strength and determination that will allow her to stand up for what she believes against Madoc ...more
Oct 08, 2012 SheLove2Read marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I'm dnf'ing this about halfway through. It's been a while since I read book 3 and I think that hurt my perception of the series. (Although to be honest - the others were good but they weren't GREAT.) Madoc and Nika just don't seem to fit together, and I don't feel the chemistry that should be there. Sadly, I think I'm going to give up this series.

Uber talented author, just not for me. (I would recommend her Delta Force series though.)

I was left at WOW!!!

Living Nightmare's featured couple: Madoc and Nika. Madoc and Nika came into the picture a while back in book 2 and have been making appearances since then. Nika was attacked as a child by Synestryns who consumed her blood and by doing so they carried a piece of her mind in each of them. Needless to say Nika's mind was shattered, she was traumatized and everyone thinks she's crazy. I mentio
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Laura the Highland Hussy
I don't want to go into too much detail on this review for a couple reasons. Mostly because I received it as an ARC, and since it's a new release, I'll try not to put spoilers in my review.

Soo...that being said, I really had a hard time putting this book down.
It was jam packed with a ton of action. It began with Nika trying to dig up the bones of her sister Tori. Tori was taken by the s'gath demons the night Nika was infected by the demons. Nika has a tenuous telepathic connection with her young
After the disappointment of the previous installment, this book was fantastic!
Nika, although not physically strong, is strong in character. Madoc, although physically strong, is dying. Together, they are each others salvation.
I much preferred Nika in this book to previous heroines because she wasn't thrust into a world she didn't understand or want. Her outlook towards her situation was much more believable than the girls who came before her.
The story flowed nicely, although I still have many
I have salivated for Nika's story and this one delivered in a big way. So many twists in the over all plot. I wish I'd bought this in paperback however and not on my nook... only because I like to go back and read some of the side stories over before the next book begins, and this one has a lot of them. So fair warning. But my local store didn't have the paperback and I HAD to read this ASAP!
This one was right up there with Burning Alive (my favorite in the series)!

I really can't say much with
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4.5stars really
Fans of the series will get huge emotional payoffs in this very busy installment as Nika & Madoc get to bottom of Nika's issues since the sgath took her blood and her sister years ago driving her almost insane. Also there are huge advances in the Madoc and Nike relationship as it moves to the level Nika has desired since their first meeting. Gloria's confessions ravage her familial relationships putting her and Angus on even shakier ground and cementing the animosity between G
Living Nightmare
5 Stars

Nika Madison has been trapped in a nightmare for nine years but now she is slowly coming out of it and has one goal – to save her younger sister from the monstrous Synestryn holding her captive. Unfortunately, Nika’s psychic connection to her sister is fading and only one person has power to help Nika re-forge that bond: Madoc, a Sentinel Warrior with a bare lifemark who wants nothing to do with Nika.

Amazing read that keeps you turning the pages!

As in the p
They are Sentinels. Three races descended from ancient guardians of mankind, each possessing unique abilities in battle to protect humanity against their eternal foes: the Synestryn.

For nine years, Nika has had one goal, to save her younger sister from the Synestryn who hold her captive. Now, the psychic bond Nika forged with her sibling on that terrible night is fading, and time is running out. But the one man who can unlock the power inside her may be the greatest danger to her.

I had ridiculo
I have to say that I have been waiting for this book ever since we were introduced to Madoc and Nika. He is such the big, mean, alpha male you just knew that he was going to fall hard and Nika is just the woman to cause the fall. When we first met Nika she was so broken and damaged that you didn't know if she could fight her way back, but boy does she. Nika definitely comes into her own, she gives Madoc a smack down like no other, and even manages to give a mental bitch slap to Joseph and Gilda. ...more
Paranormal Kiss
Living Nightmare by Shannon K. Butcher is the 4th exciting installment of her Sentinel Wars series. This story focuses mainly on Nika and Madoc but there are several other stories woven in. They are skillfully woven together in such a way that they add rather then detract from the overall story. It is rare to find an author that can combine so many storylines into one in such a way that it keeps you interested and entertained. For the full effect and understanding of plot points and past history ...more
P.A. Lupton

So far, this was my favorite Sentinel War’s book. I loved it. I loved the concept in the previous books, but didn’t connect as well with all the characters as I did in this book. I especially liked Nika.

Nika was a great character. She was so weak in the previous book that I enjoyed seeing her strength shine through in this novel. She was tough and persistent. Right from the beginning she refused to quit looking for her sister Tori. Everyone thought she was crazy and she refused to let it go. Sh
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I can't believe I almost forgot(zies) this one was released in Nov. Shame on me! I was a wee (sorry I’ve been Google(ing) Irish baby names all day) disappointed in the last book, Running Scared because I thought the main character’s chemistry was not full throttle like I had read in previous books but I knew this one was going to be better.

What really makes Living Nightmare a good read is the richness of the side characters. Not only do you get the story of the main charac
Ok!! If you have not read the "The Sentinel Wars" series by Shannon K Butcher then you have been missing out big time!! This has just about everything that you can wish for. Each of these books you get so lost in the story. Shannon K Butcher art for detail is just amazing!! You get a good balance of the nonstop action, fantasy , suspense and then lovemaking is off the charts! We are talking major Hot men and who doesn't like that.... I just finished "Living Nightmare" which is fourth book in th ...more
5 solid stars!

I love this book. It's my favorite bc it's so exciting, amazing plot, super hot and so sweet couplings. The intricate storyline evolved into a jaw-dropping, suspenseful, endearing, sexy series. Something big has to happen soon to save the vampires, the warriors, the Theronai females because the numbers just don't add up. Besides the hotness from Madoc & Nika's story, I love all other side stories: sweetness from John & Meghan; sacrifice from Angus & Gilda; heartwrenchin
Tak jo, to cekani stalo za to. Asi neni tajemstvi ze me tahle serie dost stvala a ze jsem si na ni podstatne hodne stezovala. Jedina vec, co me nutila cist dal, bylo to, ze autorka do hlavniho pribehu zapleta i vedlejsi a prave proto jsem vydrzela az sem, protoze me zajimalo, jak to dopadne s Nikou. Konecne normalni hrdinka, ktera nebyla na pest :D Jeste stejne nadsene cekam na 8, tak doufam, ze ty dily mezi timhle a 8 budou lepsi :X To tak na okraj.

Na te serii me vadi hodne jen ten predpoklad,
This one is the story of Madoc and Nika (Andra's sister from prior books). Madoc believes he is past saving, but he is not. It takes Nika a while to get through to him, but she finally does. She has a more unusual talent than some of the other Theronai females, and I won't spoil it by telling it.

What is never explained well is why the other warriors' touch hurts Nika. Maybe that point is just not important? What does come to light is a lot of information about Angus and Gilda, and by extension
I really loved this installment of the series cause the main characters have been high on my intrigue list. Honestly, I did'nt entirely enjoy the third installment. I read it just to find out about some of my favorite characters in the books. I do love the sanguinars they are my favortites too.
Amy Hasten
.... I don't know if the reason why I didn't like this was because there was a big space between reading the third and the forth or what. The ending of the first 3 books were engaging and this book just wasn't to me. Still going to read the next book though.
Also when I turned to the last page of my kindle it wasn't until I read the last page that I realized that I was at the end of the book (usually a good thing but this time it wasn't) but I didn't feel like it really ended like she had just s
Elizabeth Ziko
I like these books, they keep getting better and better :)
♥ Melody
ETA: I'm giving in and giving this an extra star. Nika and Madoc deserve more. *sigh*

Little bit frustrated that I can't give this a higher rating. First half? Loved it. The slow burn and sexual tension between Madoc and Nika was exciting and so electric. But everything after the much anticipated coming together just started to lose my interest and fall flat. Once again the author got bogged down in focusing more on the rescue mission of saving someone over the actual romance arc of the story
Madoc is a Theroinai warrior on the brink of losing his soul, the last leaf on his living tree has begun to fall, locked in mid drop by the secret magic of the Barren. Nika is one of the few lost Theroinai women, found but broken by madness caused when her and her sisters were attacked by the Synestryn as children.

Since their introduction in Running Scared, Nika and Madoc have been drawn together. Only Madoc thinks she's not the one to bond with him and save his soul. Nika, even crazy, knows he
Butcher once again delivers another amazing adventure in her Sentinels series. Living Nightmare tells the story of Nika and Madoc who already captured my interest and attention in previous books. I really love how Butcher builds her main couple's love story while at the same time invests readers in the lives of other characters for future books. Everyone considers Nika fragile, but Nika proves them all wrong when she finally gets the chance to show her true strength. Madoc tries to push her away ...more
More like a 3.5 stars, to be fair.

I enjoy the Sentinel Wars series from Shannon K. Butcher. It is a bit different, and has a very large cast of characters that I find interesting. Like many other series, it features the secret warriors fighting to save a humanity they aren't even really a part of, but it has enough unique elements to stand out.

We first met Madoc and Nika a couple of books ago. Madoc was literally at the end of his rope, his soul dying, his honor being lost in the constant pain h
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Other Books in the Series

Sentinel Wars (9 books)
  • Burning Alive (Sentinel Wars, #1)
  • Finding the Lost (Sentinel Wars, #2)
  • Running Scared (Sentinel Wars, #3)
  • Blood Hunt (Sentinel Wars, #5)
  • Dying Wish (Sentinel Wars, #6)
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“What's wrong with you?" Nika asks Madoc. He responds, "I'm an incurable asshole.” 5 likes
“You stay here, stay safe." He kissed her forehead and darted out the door, sword in hand." Nika turned to glare at Logan. "You try to stop me and I'll find a dozen new and interesting ways to make you regret it." Logan lifted his elegant hands, a small smile playing at the corners of his luscious mouth. "I would never dare to stand between a woman and the man whom she plans to teach a lesson. I prefer to watch the show.” 2 likes
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