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

December 26, 2013 Review 1

Early Review: Born in Blood (The Sentinels, #1) by Alexandra IvyBorn in Blood by Alexandra Ivy
Series: The Sentinels, #1
Published by Kensington, Zebra on December 31, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Format: eBook
Pages: 400
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: graphic sex scenes
Reviewed by: Kristina
4 Stars

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.

BORN IN BLOOD is the start of what looks to be a thrilling, dark series and while people with powers having to hide is nothing new in fiction there are some touches that make this world unique and exciting. One one of the small touches was the safe zone where 'high-bloods' or immortal people with powers can learn and live in peace being named 'Valhalla' and the 'high-blood' culture was fascinating also. The story starts right off with what looks like a run of the mill murder which quickly turns into a more sinister story of power and corruption.  I enjoyed the slow unraveling of the twists which not only made the story fun to read but helped me start to want to learn more about this world.

Aside from the murder, mystery, and mayhem the love story between Callie and Duncan is sweet and I really enjoyed how right from the start we see how unrequited their attraction has been in their light teasing and side long glances. I felt that Duncan was a little pushy and arrogant at times though a lot of the pushiness can be attributed to being a darn good policeman and human being for wanting to stop a crazed killer. Arrogance aside I liked that he had such a strong moral center and that unlike a lot of mortals he is not particularly prejudice against high bloods. Along with enjoying Callie and Duncan's relationship blossom, the secondary characters were all excellent and I can't wait for them to have their own stories featured.

For the first book in The Sentinels series BORN IN BLOOD was a pretty good introduction though I would have loved to have more fleshing out of the world which will probably happen in later books. There is no information about the next book in this series but I'll be keeping an eye out for the next one.

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One Response to “Early Review: Born in Blood (The Sentinels, #1) by Alexandra Ivy”

  1. A Voracious Reader

    I’ve been waiting for another Sentinels story after reading the short ‘Out of Control’ in the anthology Predatory. ‘Born in Blood’ just came in the mail from Kensington and I can’t wait to read it! 🙂