The Guardian by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Narrator: Fred Berman
Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
Date Read: June 2013
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...
Publisher: Macmillan Audio, St. Martin's Press
Series: Dark Hunters #21
Also by this author: Fantasy Lover, Dragonswan, Night Pleasures, Night Embrace, Dance with the Devil, Kiss of the Night, Night Play, Stroke of Midnight, Seize the Night, Sins of the Night, Unleash the Night, Dark Side of the Moon, A Hard Day's Night, The Dream Hunter, Devil May Cry, Upon The Midnight Clear, Dream Chaser, One Silent Night, Dead after Dark, Dream Warrior, Bad Moon Rising, Time Untime, Styxx br> br>
Also in this series: Dead after Dark, Time Untime, Styxx
Read/Listened for Fun (Kindle/Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 4.75
Audio Rating: 4.50 (Not part of the overall Rating)
First Thought when Finished: Seth is officially in my top 5 favorite men from this series! He delivered in The Guardian!
Story Thoughts: Going to say it: I was SHOCKED that a Dream Hunter (they are my least favorite of the three types) book touched me as much as The Guardian did! There were many times during the story where I would gasp at the amount of torture that the lead character Seth had to endure. His trials and tribulations were heart-string pulling and made me want to put him in a bear hug! I also liked how the story carried forward the overall story arch and of course took us back to Sanctuary. Since the Were Hunters are my favorite, I was pretty much giddy as a school girl when we made a visit there. Overall, this was just a fantastic story all around!
Character Thoughts: Lydia was a leading lady that was both fun and kick ass. She was perfect for Seth because she understood exactly what he needed. She also was smart enough to see behind his initial impression on her but also sassy enough to put him in his place. The moments I liked best were when one of them would “cross a line” but were adult enough to pull back and ask what the line was. Lydia had to be that because Seth has a major learning curve for trust. Seth was the epitome of the tragically scarred hero. His back story was almost as heart breaking as Ash. Seriously, it was on that level horrid! He ranks with my favorites: Dev, Talon, Ash, Fang, and now Seth. Those are my 5 and it took a lot to knock Sundown off that list! I loved Jared and Solin too. I am hoping we see more of them in the books to come!
Narrated By Fred Berman / Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
I have listened to this series on/off from the beginning. Pretty much if Fred or Holter Graham narrate then I pick it up. Fred is excellent at getting the emotion that Sherry writes across in the narration. His pacing, accenting, and characterization is fantastic. Seriously you can’t go wrong when Fred is narrating.
Final Thoughts: Wonderful addition to the series. I can’t believe it took me forever to read this!
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