The Guardian - Dream-Hunter, Bk 5 Author:Sherrilyn Kenyon As a Dream-Hunter, Lydia has been charged with the most sacred and dangerous of missions. She's to descend into the Nether Realm and find the missing god of dreams before he betrays the secrets that could kill all of them. What she never expects is to be taken prisoner by the Realm's most vicious guardian. — Seth's time is... more » running out. If he can't hand over the key to Olympus and the heart of Zeus, then his own life and soul will be forfeit. No matter the torture, he hasn't been able to break the god in his custody. But when a rescuer appears, he decides to try a new tactic.
When these two lock wills, one of them must give. But Lydia isn't just guarding the gates of Olympus, she's holding back the darkest of powers. If she fails, an ancient evil will roam the earth once more and no one will be safe.
I started out thinking this was just a 3 maybe 4 star book, but the more I read, the more I loved it. It's why I love Kenyon so much. I read to escape, and with Kenyon I can fall into the story and forget about everything else around me. The characters become important and you find yourself hoping for the happy ending. Even though you know most likely they will get it, the path the story takes is impossible to skim through. Seth's vulnerability makes him an amazing character. How can someone suffer so much and still care about someone else. Lydia could be annoying at times, but she was the perfect balance to bring Seth back to life. Hell is not always what you think it is, it can be the Hell you live with in your head more than the torture you feel in the physical world. As the story developed, I am reminded of the Kenyon world as a whole, but can't remember Jayden's story. I know we have seen him before. We get a glimpse into the Egyptian Pantheon a little, and I hope we get to see more in the future. But as a whole, I really enjoyed this book, it reminded me of the old Dark Hunter books. Definitely a keeper!
It's a very typical Kenyon book with Seth having an extremely horrible past and Lydia having a tragic one. Lydia is really the strong one here as she brings Seth back to the land of the living. It was enjoyable and sweet and hard to put down. It also gave some good background on weres in relations to fates an mating.
It helps if you have read a few of Kenyon's Dark-Hunter / Dream-Hunter books first or you might be a bit confused here. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The Dream Hunter series has not been my favorite books, and I fully intended to just skip this one. After the first five or so chapters, I couldn't put it down. There was very little down-time; this book kept me on my toes constantly. I really like Seth.He wasn't always 'manly' but always very brave, and I fell in love with Lydia. She's strong, brave, and alot of times funny. Five stars from me.
This was ok but not her best. Lydia and Seth's love story seemed rushed. I wanted to know more about Seth's story and his background. The book does talk about his backstory but not with enough detail. I love her books because she gives such rich and detail information about her characters and their background. I want to know more about Noir and why Jaden won't leave Noir's clutches.
I read all of S. Kenyon's books so far but have noticed an alarming trend in her stories lately, entirely too much sadism. I really disliked this book because of all the detailed description of gory torture. The only saving grace was Seth and Lydia's finally coming together but it was too little too late.
If you are into this sort of thing, this book is for you but if you enjoy paranormal romance skip this one. I am taking Sherrilyn off my automatic buy list and waiting to see what kind of story it is next time. I have most of her earlier books on my keeper shelf so I will read these again instead.