Review: Born in Blood (The Sentinels #1) by Alexandra Ivy

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Review: Born in Blood (The Sentinels #1) by Alexandra Ivy

In a stunning new paranormal romance series—even edgier than her bestselling Guardians of Eternity books—New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Ivy lures readers into the dark, seductive world of the Sentinels—humans outcast by their hidden abilities, treading the line between life and death, good and evil, pleasure and pain…

Born In Blood

Sergeant Duncan O’Conner has seen it all before. A beautiful erotic dancer is found murdered in her home—no suspect, no motive. But there’s one clue: she’s missing her heart. It’s enough to make the hard-bitten Kansas City cop enlist the help of a necro—one of the dead-channeling freaks who live in the domed city of nearby Valhalla. It’s a long shot, but desperate crimes call for desperate measures.

Unlike the other “high-bloods” in Valhalla, Callie Brown considers her abilities a gift, not a curse. But when she reads the dancer’s final thoughts, she senses a powerful presence blocking her vision. This is no ordinary homicide. This is the work of a legendary necromancer who controls souls. A ravenous force that will put Callie’s skills to the test, O’Conner’s career at risk, and both their hearts on the line…literally.

Title: Born in Blood
Author: Alexandra Ivy
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Raphael Parish, Predatory , Levet, Darkness Avenged
Series: The Sentinels #1
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Born In Blood, Out of Control, Blood Assassin, On the Hunt
Published by Zebra
Source: Author
Published: December 31, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 399
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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I’m fairly new to the Alexandra Ivy bandwagon having only tried her in On the Hunt. It was however enough of a taste that I have the Oliver Twist syndrome “May I please have some more”. So, with great delight I jumped into the series to see if my first nibble was worth it.


My answer…for the most part yes. I really enjoyed Duncan and Callie. He’s human and she’s a high-blood. They are pulled together working on a murder case where the victim is missing her heart. No big deal until you find out no trauma has happened to the body. The heart is just…missing. Yikes! Duncan is the cop assigned to the case trying to figure out how this happen. In comes Callie, a high-born necromancer, who can channel the dead. When she steps in to read the murdered woman’s final thoughts, she finds isn’t the only one there. A necromancer who controls souls blocks her from seeing what happened, what’s more, he knows who Callie is. Creepy! They return to Valhalla to report the goings on, especially about the creepy necro. The excitement level is starting to ramp up when the body goes missing, then reappears only to commit a murder, then is found again. Magic coin, the walking dead, lots of extra characters and an epic battle tie everything up nicely. So now on to what worked for me and what didn’t.


Easily I loved the characters. Callie and Duncan were absolutely great. Sometimes I am not a fan of insta-love, it really depends on the circumstances. However, knowing that Duncan and Callie already knew each other I was able to over-look how quickly they got it on then fell in love. Their families are polar opposites – he comes from a big loving one, she was abandon and found in the trash. She has abandonment issues so she keeps everyone at a distance. He’s got a BIG secret. Add to the pile all the secondaries, ones that I hope get their own stories. Fane (OMG! Loved him!!) Serra, Wolfe and the Mave. Really, there is plenty of tension between these folks and I can’t wait to see them hook up. Another thing that got me all happen was the world building. There’s quite a bit of it that I had only experienced a small taste of previously. That more than the characters is what lured me in. It’s not a nice neat perfect world with high-bloods being considered outcasts of humanity and I’m itching to learn more about it.


Spoilers ahead!


Now what didn’t work, well it did and it didn’t. The ending was epic! You couldn’t have this bad of a nemeses and not have a big battle. Obviously once all the secrets of the characters are laid out on the table you know who is going to war. The finally battle between Callie and Zakhar was fairly intense. He dead and she’s in this coma like state. Serra steps in to help, communicates what is the problem, Duncan rushes off to save the day and then she’s suddenly awake in his arms. Ummm… Wait. (Spoiler) What happened to all the walking dead? (Spoiler) That was a pretty deep coma like state she was in and she wakes up all okay? I mean I loved the ending how they end up together HEA and all but once Fane gets his hands on Zakhar, everything that happened next was just boom-boom-boom rushed. Up until now there was a nice steady pace going then – big reveal she’s awake happy ever after the end. More explaining of certain events would have made the ending for me a bit more sigh-worthy and less ‘did I miss something’.


The ending aside, really I thoroughly enjoy Born in Blood. The characters, the plot, all the excitement and intrigue this series is offering is what I look for in a book. Alexandra Ivy really has something here with her Sentinel series that I will be following closely and will be recommending. I got my fingers crossed the next book is about Fane and Serra. Something tells me that’s going to be one wild read.


Born in Blood
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