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December 29, 2014

Psychic longings

By Alexandra Ivy
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Best-selling author Alexandra Ivy continues The Sentinels series with Blood Assassin, a suspenseful paranormal romance with magic that nearly crackles off the pages. In the second installment, Ivy returns to Valhalla, a safe haven for those gifted with paranormal talents. Fane, a supernatural bodyguard—or Sentinel—is used to denying his desires for the sake of duty, despite the yearning he feels for one particular psychic. Meanwhile, Serra, the object of Fane’s secret hunger, believes that the Sentinel sees her as a comrade and nothing more. However, Serra is used to getting what she wants, and she’s shaken when her affections go unrequited.
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Best-selling author Alexandra Ivy continues The Sentinels series with Blood Assassin, a suspenseful paranormal romance with magic that nearly crackles off the pages. In the second installment, Ivy returns to Valhalla, a safe haven for those gifted with paranormal talents. Fane, a supernatural bodyguard, or Sentinel, is used to denying his desires for the sake of duty, despite the yearning he feels for one particular psychic. Meanwhile, Serra, the object of Fane’s secret hunger, believes that the Sentinel sees her as a comrade and nothing more. However, Serra is used to getting what she wants, and she’s shaken when her affections go unrequited.

Though both Serra and Fane remain outwardly unaffected, the attraction between them threatens to boil over—especially when Serra’s life is put in danger. Serra is in serious trouble when she becomes a bargaining chip for Bas, a man who has no love for the safety of Valhalla and its governing force, the Mave. Bas is the antithesis of the tightly wound Fane. He is brutal and bred for assassination, and he injects Serra with a poison that can course through her blood at his command. But Bas is not without reason for threatening Serra’s life in exchange for the talented psychic’s help. Molly, his innocent daughter born without any special abilities, has been kidnapped, and Bas will do anything to get her back.

With a deadline looming over her head, Serra is tasked with finding Molly, and Fane refuses to let her go alone. If Serra fails, she dies and so does the young girl.

With all the excitement of a scavenger hunt and the anxious tension of a thriller, Blood Assassin follows Serra and Fane as they work together under dire circumstances. It’s almost torturous to watch these two maneuver around each other, with Fane fighting his obligations as a Sentinel and Serra nursing her wounded pride. Fane worries he will lose Serra forever yet hides his fears, while Serra is continually forced into close contact with a man she believes she’ll never have.

Ivy expertly creates physically powerful characters without making them flawless, showing that extreme strength or psychic powers do not make you immune to the pain that sometimes goes hand-in-hand with loving someone. Fane, Serra and the paranormal citizens of Valhalla are fantastical and engaging as they struggle with real, and oftentimes overwhelming, emotions. In an electrifying race against time, Fane and Serra realize that life can be short, even for Sentinels. But as the clock runs down on Molly’s ransom, being honest with their feelings could come too late. Blood Assassin is a rousing, action-packed addition to The Sentinels series.

 

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Blood Assassin

Blood Assassin

By Alexandra Ivy
Zebra
ISBN 9781420125160

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