I will call it sophomore slump – or sequel slump. Whatever the jargon, the definition is the same – a follow-up novel that fails to meet expectations. Such is the case with Finding the Lost by Shannon K. Butcher.
Her urban fantasy series started off with the roar of a wildfire out of control. Her second novel in the series seems mired in the murky depths of the world she has built. There is no real connection to the first group of characters, except by definition. She had a perfect sequel available based on Lexi’s escape and Zach’s need to find her. Instead she went down another path that left me confused.
Andra Madison and her sister Nika barely escaped a Synestryn attack eight years ago. That attack left Nika traumatized so badly she is hospitalized. Andra has turned her pain into a gift helping other families. She finds children captured by Synestryn before they can be killed.
It also appears that she and her sister are part of a small percentage of human women who were born to be mates to the Sentinels who battle to keep humankind safe from the demons who would destroy the world. She may be Logan’s mate but her only concern is for Nika. She won’t accept her own happiness if her sister is destroyed.
I spent a lot of time reading this book wondering what the point was. It was great that Logan found his mate, but frankly she annoyed the heck out of me. She was indecisive and obsessed with the wrong thing most of the time. She endangered everyone with her single-minded blind devotion to Nika. Sometimes her decisions even endangered Nika more in the process. She needed a good kick.
Since it looks like the next novel in the series will finally be about Lexi, I will give it one more shot – with fingers crossed.