The Guardian (Dark-Hunter, #21; Dream-Hunter #5) by
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Source: Publisher request
Genre: Paranormal romance
Dream-Hunter Lydia has been charged with the most sacred and dangerous of missions: To descend into the Nether Realm and find the missing god of dreams before he betrays the secrets that could kill her and her kind. What she never expects is to be taken prisoner by the Realm’s most vicious guardian…
Seth’s time is running out. If he can’t hand over the entrance to Olympus, his own life and those of his people will be forfeit. No matter the torture, Seth hasn’t been able to break the god in his custody. Then there’s the beautiful Dream-Hunter Lydia: She isn’t just guarding the gates of Olympus—she’s holding back one of the world’s darkest powers. If she fails, an ancient curse will haunt the earth once more and no one will be safe. But evil is always seductive...
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Truthfully, I didn’t want to start this book because I haven’t cared for the last few books in this series. So with my not so high expectations, I kept pushing it back until I had no choice but to read it. When I was done I was wonderfully surprised, I loved it. I felt this was Kenyon back to her old writing self. Yep, you get one very tortured hero;) Kenyon does an awesome job at creating these characters and writing their compelling story. But what I liked most was the Egyptian Gods and story addition Kenyon brought in.
The only real downside in this book it's quite full of cruelty. Noir treats Seth worse than a dog. I say it’s worse than Acheron’s book, so beware.
First let me say you won’t get a steamy book like the older ones in this series but Seth and Lydia conditions are completely different. All Seth has even known is cruelty and let me tell you that’s a very long time considering he is older than dirt. (You might think I am aggregating that but I’m not)The thing is he doesn’t know how to love or show love in the right way without causing pain. Lydia finds the patience in helping him find that love while falling for him along the way. Cant’ blame her though Seth is quite the hunk all the way around. You’ll find that these two steams up the last of book.)
All around great characters even the villain gets a good evil role. I loved getting to know Jaden more and I hope that one day he gets his own book.
I recommend this to anyone who has given up on Kenyon after the last few books. This one may bring you back into the Kenyon fold.
Thank you to Tara for the review copy