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The Guardian (Dream-Hunter Novels) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2011

4.5 out of 5 stars 213 customer reviews
Book 5 of 5 in the Dream Hunter Series

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Engaging.” ―Entertainment Weekly

Brisk, ironic, sexy, and relentlessly imaginative. These are not your mother's vampire novels.” ―The Boston Globe

A delicious balance of suspense and sensuality.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Sensual, fast-paced.” ―Booklist

Skillfully written and entertaining...rich with complex characters, snappy dialogue, and sweet moments.” ―Tulsa World

“Suck you into Kenyon's world and keep you there from the first page until the last.” ―Midwest Book Review on SHERRILYN KENYON’s blockbuster bestselling novels

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon brings us back to the sensational world of the Dream-Hunters, where demons prey on those who sleep―and life after-hours can be a living nightmare…

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…

"Brisk, ironic, sexy, and relentlessly imaginative."
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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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Product Details

  • Series: Dream-Hunter Novels (Book 5)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; 1st Printing edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312550057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312550059
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I really wanted to like this book, and in a lot of ways I did, however, the book was reminiscent of all Ms. Kenyon's previous books...tortured hero, nobody ever loved him, and in walks in the only woman who can melt his heart of ice and make him feel whole again. Don't get me wrong, I really love this concept, but SK has written so many like this, it's hard not to compare it to the "greats" like Zarek and Acheron stories.

I read this book so fast, it seemed more like a short story to me, and the end was so rushed it left me dizzy. What happened to Noir? Why was Thorn all of a sudden there to offer assistance? How did the "key" fit into everything? Lydia couldn't remember who Seth was and then she did and then they were all happy and in love. It was strange. Is Ms. Kenyon writing these too fast and not really developing the characters as they should be? I have a feeling she is.

I'm sad to say, but I've given up on SK. She is a good writer and I'll probably buy her books in the future, but I don't expect them to ever be as good as her earlier works :(
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I agree with a few other reviewers who were extremely disappointed with this book. More sadistic torture on every page, no detail about it left out. Does Ms. Kenyon think her readers crave violence and sadism? So once again we have a plot revolving around a poor, abused from childhood, twisted, bitter lead character who finds redemption through our intrepid heroine who can see past all that snarky sarcasm to his wounded inner child. Seriously? Too many other great authors out there to put up with this. I'm done. On to authors who have more than one plot device and more than one character that gets a new name but is basically the same in every book. And I'm also done with petty, vicious deities who thrive on making mankind's life a living hell. In a real world full of terrorism and chaos, I look for books that will, in the end, be about honor & courage. With over half the book being about disgusting mutilation and beatings, betrayal, etc. we GET it, SK), the good part was way too little, and too late for me. She can go on happily torturing her characters without me, thanks. Too bad. Her early books were great.
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SLK was, for years, not just an auto-buy for me, but my favorite romance author. What in the devil has happened?

This book was more than just a failure living up to her standards. It was BAD. The premise was thin. The plot was identical to nearly all of her books, and was barely there at all. It had nearly no actual movement, and ended with a sort of soft, vague squish. A link in this (digital) edition at the end promised more. Know what? I was so disgusted I had no interest.

I'd also like to say that Kenyon is getting dangerously close to insulting with her magical healing of the spirit/soul/body after violence, torture, and betrayal. There is a naive and casual treatment here-- coupled with borderline schadenfreude-- of those in extreme agony and abuse that is clueless. Willing suspension of disbelief is one thing. Here we are getting the sort of casual titillation as men are tortured that once caused outrage in response to bodice-ripping and rape fantasy. It has to work both ways. Men who are "big, strong beast" material because they survive horrific physical abuse are just as much exploited as women who instantly fall in love after being raped.

WHAT HAPPENED? Where are the laughs, the actual LOGICAL restorations of broken souls? Where is the originality and whimsical voice we all once loved?

Not here... but I really miss the author I used to love.
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This book reminded me why I fell in love with Sherrilyn Kenyon. For me, the Dark-Hunter series has kind of lost its way a little bit lately. But The Guardian felt a lot like some of the earlier books that I loved so much. It's technically a Dream Hunter novel, but it brings together many different threads from previous books. We've got many of the Dream Hunter characters we've met before, like Solin, Delphine & Jericho. But our heroine is half Dream Hunter, half Kattagarian... so we've got a healthy dose of Were-Hunter. AND our hero is a slave to Noir, which ties us into the whole Azmodea/ Hellchaser storyline. Plus we get a visit to Sanctuary and a Malachai connection.

If all that sounds intimidating, well, I'll be honest when I say there were times my memory was creaking, trying to remember all the elements from the previous books. But Kenyon does a good job filling in the blanks and bringing you up to speed. And besides, the real draw of this book wasn't all background stuff anyway: our main couple stole the show.

Seth is part Egyptian God, but was cast out by his parents as a child. He has been rejected and betrayed his whole life, and has spent thousands of years as a slave to the primordial god Noir. He has been tortured beyond any point I could convey to you. He's never known love. In short, he is a super-awesome- dreamboat of a tortured hero.

By the bidding of his master, Seth has been torturing the Dream Hunter Solin to get him to reveal the location of the key to Mt Olympus. But then, Solin's daughter Lydia comes to rescue her dad. She becomes Seth's prisoner, while Solin goes to get the key. As his captive, Lydia spends more time with Seth and gets to see the man behind the mask he wears as Noir's Guardian.
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