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Falling Blind (Sentinel Wars #7)

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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 sh
Mass Market Paperback, 370 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Signet
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RATIING: Somewhere Between 3.5 and 4 HEARTS

Shannon K. Butcher became a favourite author of mine ever since I first read Burning Alive, and with the addition of Falling Blind, I am glad to say she continues to remain the same, despite this book lacking in several areas in which its predecessors did not.

Falling Blind has the right balance between the suspense, paranormal creatures, interesting characters and a sizzling romance, however, this story falls a little short from reaching that wowing mo
Secretly Reading
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Originally reviewed for The Book Vixen

In a Nutshell: The heroine killed the romance for me with her snarky meanness to the long-suffering hero. I was also pissed that my favorite series sub-plot wasn’t mentioned at all and another one I liked had a bad conclusion. Humph.

The Set Up: Rory has always been alone even while being plagued with seeing through other people’s eyes. She knows about the demons that stalk her kind so when a man jumps in during one of her battles she can’t rely on him even t
Kathy Davie
May 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, paranormal
Seventh in the Sentinel Wars paranormal romance series. The couple focus is on Cain and Rory.

My Take
This is one of Butcher's weaknesses: the clichéd plot. One character has powers she refuses to learn about, wants to leave the one she loves because it'll hurt so much if he dies---the fact that it'll hurt so much to leave never seems to occur to them, and the trope in which one character is damaged goods so the other can't possibly want to be burdened with them.

Oh, brother…

Okay, so the big signal
Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
Where to begin? I have never given such a low rating to a book in a series I have been reading from the start. Here's to a first for me. What went wrong?
By the time I was 100 pages in I was starting to get annoyed with Rory, I stayed annoyed and my level of annoyance continually mounted until the very end. By the middle of the book I no longer even cared what happened to them other than wanting to know the basics for when Ms Butcher's next book in the series comes out next year. I found myself
Skim-read this. Wasn't crazy about the side stories Butcher put in here, found it very underwhelming. There are only 3 side plots in here and the most uninteresting ones to boot. What happened to Andreas and Carmen? Joseph and Lyka? An update on Torr, Ian and Jackie would have been nice. I especially wanted to see how Ian and Jackie were faring. Seemed very inconsistent with the installments before this. I felt it was a little disconnected. And the interchanging Synestryn lords I don't find inte ...more
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Rory Rainey is plagued by visions that she can't control much to her dismay. She's searching for the one person who can block her visions but no luck so far. While she's searching the streets she's attacked by a new kind of Synestryn. A sword wielding man appears out of the darkness to kill the monsters right in front of Rory, Cain Aylward has been a lost soul since Sybil left Dabyr. Cain finds new purpose upon meeting Rory with her bright pink hair and defiant expression on her face. Cain is sm ...more
I really liked Falling Blind, I loved Caine and he has such a believable struggle - planning to tie his heroine to him by devious (and sexy) means but still having that core of honor that keeps him from being able to be to completely put that agenda into play and being unable to keep from hoping for a HEA even as it is within his grasp and then pulled away more than once- yep, I'll say it again, I loved him. I know others have found his heroine annoying, but I didn't. She does put Caine through ...more
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was really good. Loved Cain but Rory got on my nerves something fierce.
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved it!!!

This one had to be one of the funniest I have read so far!!! Also my favourite so far!!

Action packed entertainment and some serious twists that'll make you white knuckle your seat.

I loved Rory she has to be my favourite Theroni so far she is witty and strong and incredibly interesting. Cain is fabulous I love his hard hitting arrogance and his ability to be funny and sweet.
Together they are a force to be reckoned with.

I was sooooo looking forward to Cain's story he had the most long
Tracy Gallacher
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had a hard job reading this book, because I thought the story was very slow, and the action scenes where very few.
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Falling Blind (Sentinel Wars #7) by Shannon K. Butcher
Paranormal Romance
April 2, 2013

Favorite Quote: "…there is no way I’m dying now-not with you as the prize for surviving."

Cain, a centuries old warrior who has slipped into deep depression with the abandonment of his ward Sybil, finds his emotions reawakening when he comes upon a young wounded woman fighting for her life against demons.

Rory, who suffers from debilitating visi
FV Angela
*ARC provided by Netgalley
Review originally posted at

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 b
As I prepared to write this it occurred to me that much of my review for Butcher’s two previous full length novels in this series hold true: My bottom line is that I liked this book a great deal, just as I have enjoyed all of the previous installments, but it is a series novel that needs the context of the previous stories. Read this novel only if you have already read the earlier books—there are too many subplots to wade through if you don’t already know some of what has already taken place. As ...more
Paranormal Romance
All the heroine wants is to find the person who's capable of blocking her visions. Fiercely independent and unwilling to show any hint of weakness or allow anyone to help her, she finds herself in a dark alley fighting off hordes of demons, knowing death is close at hand. Then she's saved by a mountain of a man with a sharp sword. Past experiences with betrayal and loss hinder her from accepting him help and he practically had to kidnap her in order to get her to a safe house. The hero is close ...more
Mello ❣ Illium ✮Harry✮ ☀Myrnin☀ Torin Ichimaru

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 guardia
Sandy S
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
REVIEW: Some Background: The Sentinels are three races descended from an ancient race of guardians who defend and protect mankind from the demons at the door. The Theronai are the protectors, the Sanguinar are the healers (as well as blood feeders) and the Synestryn-the demons. The Sentinels are descended from an ancient race of guardians known as the Thernai, and without a mate to absorb the excess of power to save their dying souls, the Sentinel warrior suffers immense pain and their Tree of L ...more
Jul 19, 2012 rated it liked it
The best part of Falling Blind for me was Rory - her spunk, her attitude, pretty much everything about her (even her freak outs) was endearing. Watching her grow as a person, and as a fighter, was fantastic.

But I'm not sure about everything else.

The plot was moved well, but at the end, I felt exhausted knowing all of this change happens over the course of 3 or 4 days. There's no downtime, no real time spent watching Cain and Rory just *be* together (Cain even says this himself), so it's hard to
Alyssa :::Riverina Romantics:::
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My Rating: 4 out of 5 *
Romance Rating: 4 out of 5 <3

I’m not gonna lie, I wasn’t all that excited about Cain’s book. It was nothing against him as a character, I just felt he wasn’t built up enough for me to want his story yet. But alas, he was next in line and here his story is.

I have loved this series since its inception. Not only do we get an amazing main story, but the side stories Butcher weaves in always have us yearning for another story to be told. Although
Mar 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shannon K. Butcher has quietly snuck this amazing series in. With all the hoo haa going on with PNR these days this Urban Fantasy Series, The Sentinels has had a quiet run. And yet, I have no idea why because this series totally ROCKS..

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.

Falling Blind is Ms Butcher's 7th book in her Sentinel War series and it
Feb 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Falling Blind, Sentinel Wars #7, by Shannon K. Butcher

Grade: C

“Gorgeous men are supposed to be deeply flawed and relatively helpless. You’re neither, which gives you an unfair advantage over the entire man-loving population.”

Rory Rainey has always known she was different since she’s been seeing visions ever since her mother took off years ago. Lately they have been getting worse and worse and making it even harder for her to fight the demons that come out at night. One night she meets Cain who c
Monique Atgood
Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the 9th installment in the Sentinel War series if you count the two e-novelettes. I recommend you do NOT read them out of order. The first one is “Burning Alive” . The author has an AWESOME web site that not only details the novels, but provides a free first chapter to whet your appetite! Google it!

This one is about a heroine Rory, who has visions and can ‘see’ what others around her see. Problem is, there are so many visions - sometimes thousands, that they block her own vision
Lisa Annesley
Aug 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: demon
Rory Rainey is practically blinded by visions and is hunted and haunted by demons. When Sentinel Warrior Cain comes upon the stubborn young woman while she's fighting demons, his luceria (a band around his neck) reacts to her. She is his compatible mate, the one woman who can save his soul and his life and wield the power he carries. He can't believe in his good fortune, however. He feels he doesn't deserve her because of past failures. And he believes that he is destined to lose her because a p ...more
Barb Lie
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When Dying Wish ended, we felt bad when Cain, who is our hero in this book, lost Jackie to Iain. Poor Cain thought that was the end for him, his last chance to find his woman who will save him. Cain does not have much time left, as the branches on his tree are almost gone. Then he helps save Rory , our heroine, and Cain sees another chance, as he feels her connection. This time Cain will do all he can to win Rory for himself. I know I was rooting for Cain throughout the book

I did love Rory, she
Christina Heather
Dec 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
The Sentinel Wars series has a lot going for it. It has great characters, steamy romance, a continuing plot, and an unique world. All of these things make me pick up each installment; however, I can never stinkin’ remember who is who and what is going on. I have no idea why I can’t seem to remember anything when it comes to this series, but I do know that I am always left happy.
Even though my memory tends to escape me when it comes to Sentinel Wars; I always go in expecting a few things.

1. The h
May 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal, romance
This latest book in the Sentinels series was a decent read, maybe closer to 3.5 stars. It kept me entertained, but I didn't get emotionally invested in any of the characters, like some of her other books have done.

This is Cain's book. Cain is the sentinel who acted as a ward for Sibyl for so many centuries, but when that post was no longer needed (in the last book, or maybe the book before), he was left floundering with only two leaves left before his soul dies.

Enter Rory, a pink haired girl wh
Olivia ツ
Oct 12, 2012 rated it liked it
This is Cain and Rory's story. I vaguely remembered Rory so had to backtrack a bit. Rory worked at the homeless shelter with Hope. She was captured but escaped and then disappeared. I was excited to know that this was Cain’s story. For some sick reason, I thought it would be about Cain and Sybil. But I guess that would’ve been wrong since he has always viewed Sybil as a daughter (thus the sick part on my side). Anyways, Cain feels lost without his ward until he meets Rory.

I really enjoy kickass,
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was ok

*** Spoilers ***

Is Logan, Briant, and Connal brothers? They all have the same last name of Athar.

This book started off wrong for me.
Rory's inner dialogue and her reason for going on her "mission" just made me want to throw a book.
Rory was like, I just want to find the person that I have been looking for
who can stop these visions, even though Cain can stop them, I have to keep searching for this unknown 'person" or "thing" that I felt awhile ago..
um, ok, that.makes.sense. NOT !

Rory could wear hi
May 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-contest
I won this in a contest from Literary Escapism. I have loved some of the earlier books in this series, but unfortunately I am getting tired of reading about women who are matches for a warrior's luceria but refuse to make any kind of commitment. I know it's a series and so there will be a lot of similarities, but every woman an seems to be SO similar- pigheaded and stubborn, thinking they can survive on their own but for the most part being TSTL. I would at least like there to be some more varia ...more
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Okay, I really love this world- the men are hot, the women generally tend to be not bad. But, I pretty much despised Rory's character throughout the book. As at least one other mentioned, she was whiny. I just wanted to strangle her fictional neck. Cain deserved much better- someone who wasn't going to whine for 85% of the story.

Cain was your typical awesome Sentinel- strong, masculine, sexy as hell, and with a heart the size of the US.

Rory was your typical un-awesome character whom you wished
It's crystal clear now that Rory,one of Hope's charges from Blood Hunt, was a not so random victim then as she is the target of the Synestryn this time and lucky for her Cain comes to her rescue.
I confess I wasn't a real fan of this outing because the main characters behaved rather stupidly for much, much too long. Rory was pleased that Cain eased the pain of her talent overwhelming her and she wanted him to never go away she kept asking him to help her find someone to ease the pain of her tale
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Since launching her career in 2007, award-winning author Shannon K. Butcher has penned more than eighteen titles, including the paranormal romance series, the Sentinel Wars; the action-romance series, the Edge; and a handful of romantic suspense novels and works of short fiction. Being a former engineer and current nerd, she frequently uses charts, graphs and tables to aid her in the mechanics of ...more
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