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Dark Watcher (The Watchers #1)

3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  868 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
The Lightbringer : Theodora Morgan knows she's a little strange. Her talent for healing has set her apart, marked her as different all her life--a life spent moving from town to town when too much notice is taken of her abilities. Unfortunately, her talent for healing has brought her to the attention of the Crusade--and the Dark. The Crusade wants her dead because she's ps ...more
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Published May 2005 by ImaJinn Books (first published October 8th 2004)
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Jan 26, 2015 Mara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mara by: RachelW (BamaGal)
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Dark Watcher 2015 is the new edited version of one of Ms Saintcrow's earlier works. I read it years ago, and was curious to see what she had done differently this second time.

I didn't want to read the two versions along, as I wanted to enjoy the story fully. So I won't be able to tell you how or if the 2015 version is different. I do have the feeling this latest version is smoother, though. :) Still, Dark Watcher is Saintcrow-light.

If you are one of her fans, you know how complex and nuanced her
Kathy Davie
Dec 24, 2014 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, urban
First read August 19, 2011.

First in the urban-fantasy series, Watcher, revolving around four witches with a share in an occult shop.

My Take
I like the concept and I like Dante and Theo. I just wish Saintcrow had put some depth, passion, and tension into the story. And, no, Theo whining is not the passion or tension to which I'm referring. The last battle at the shop, Dante has gone out to fight the monsters while Hanson gets the women to safety. And Theo is whining. Again. Whimper, whimper, whine
Feb 12, 2013 Feminista rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am definitely in the minority in loving this book, and I admit that I am biased.

I love Lilith Saintcrow! I fell in love after her characters after reading Dante Valentine: The Complete Series. With her, you always know that her characters will always be devoted to one another no matter what hurdle is thrown their way. It's sweet watching them interact, and such a relief after reading novels with mediocre character figures.

I love her UF settings as well. It is always unique and she develops a
Lanie (Lanies Book Thoughts)
I thought this was a pretty interesting read, it sorta reminded me of a mash up of The Hollows meets the Black Dagger Brotherhood, but ixnay on the vampires. I really liked the fact that Theo was more fun and caring, while Dante was more in charge. Usually Saintcrow's heroines are more on the tougher side, this was a nice change-up. I also thought the singing and talking to herself was kinda funny, it helped break up some of the more serious parts.

The story itself was very intriguing, because n
Jan 03, 2015 Matiah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dark Watcher by Lilith Saintcrow is the first book of the Watcher Series. The story comes to an ending per say, there are no cliffhangers, but things are left open for the next installment.

In a modern world where witches are hunted, the watchers are their guardians. Theo is a rare witch called a Lightbringer. Unfortunately for Theo, her ability brings unwanted attention from mean ugly things that are meant to hunt her down. Enter Dante. Dante's sole purpose in life is to watch over witches. He
Eva Millien
Jun 11, 2015 Eva Millien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Theodora Morgan’s healing abilities has brought her to the attention of the Crusade and the Dark, fortunately the Watcher Dante shows up to protect her but he smells like the same Darkness Theo has been running from all her life in this mesmerizing paranormal fantasy romance.

Dante is sworn to protect Lightbringers and his next assignment is Theo only she doesn’t know that she’s surrounded by enemies and the reader can’t help but get caught up in all the intrigue and excitement as Dante has his w
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
High magic trained or untrained will attract the dark side. For those who liked the show, Charmed, this story is for you. Theodora is a witch with a little bit of training. She is happy with her little shop and her few close friends. Always on the move, this witchy gypsy finally finds a place where she may want to settle down and grow some roots. The problem is, her constant move is what help protect her from the evil Crusade, determined to suck her powers dry.

Fortunately for her, she does have
Dr susan
Dec 19, 2014 Dr susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read, read-again
I read the Watcher series before I was posting reviews. Since the series is being released on Kindle, I thought this would be the perfect time to reread and review the books. Luckily, my library has all of them.

Saintcrow's Santiago City teases me with glimpses of half-remembered places from Jill Kismet's city. I found the Watcher books when I looked for something to read while waiting for another Kismet book. At its heart, this series is about good fighting evil, and good sometimes does evil to
Aileen Erin
Feb 25, 2015 Aileen Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just found this series by Saintcrow and am gobbling them up! Really love the world of witches and watchers! And the romance ain’t bad either. ;)
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Feb 16, 2015 BookAngel Blog rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I was looking for a good new paranormal book and found this one. It sounded intriguing so I was excited to read it. This book is apparently a revised edition of a book that came out years ago. I haven't read the first edition. This edition I thought was good. I have only read her Strange Angel novels, which I loved. They are YA though so I was interested to read one of her adult novels. This book was a very light romance. By that I mainly mean there is only about two kissing scenes so its a clea ...more
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Thoughts: Dark Watcher kicks of a strong sci-fi/fantasy series that for me was a little reminiscent of the television series of Charmed – it sort of had that feel or vibe to it. If you enjoyed that show, I have a feeling this series will be right up your alley. Don’t get me wrong, this series certainly stands on it’s own – but it sort of has that same feel to it.

I really enjoyed the character of Theo – she’s strong in a subtle way, with a big caring heart that never knows when to stop giving (ev
Heather andrews
Nov 17, 2014 Heather andrews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a different read for me I think it was a good different. I loved the protectiveness that Dante had, "take it easy. You put yourself almost into shock, little witch," he said. "You should drink more of this, and eat something." Dante at first seemed strange to me I mean who wouldn't want a gorgeous woman touching you, "not exactly," he said. "You're my witch. I wouldn't call it pain, coming from you. But it's distracting, and it's my habit to avoid touching a Lightbringer." He's declarat ...more
Jennifer  (Books That Hook)
4.5 stars from Books That Hook

I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Dark Watcher is the first book in the Watcher series by Lilith Saintcrow.

The basic storyline is Dante, a Watcher, has been assigned to protect Theo, a witch, from Crusaders and other forms of darkness. He hopes to convince her to join a circle of Lightbringers like herself. He also finds out she is the one witch
I've read several of Ms Saintcrow's books and this one was a new series to me. Theo runs a magic shop with several other women and they have a small coven together. Theo cares about everyone she meets and tries to help them. Drunks and addicts are not turned away and she uses her magic to help and heal them even if it wears her out. Dante and another watcher have come to town on information that Theo is slated for execution by the Crusade. The watchers are part of a larger witch group called Cir ...more
I have read some of Lilith Saintcrow's books before and I do find them to drag a bit for me. They are usually interesting books just somethings bug me a bit or drag on distracting me from the book.

This one was a lot better and I know i will want to read the rest of the stories. Theo is a witch, a powerful one at that. Dante is a watcher and one of the best. For years he's been sent to watch over ligtbringers and bring them into the Circle. He hasn't lost one yet and doesn't plan to start soon.
A short paranormal romance that was entertaining enough to finish in one sitting. Theodora (Theo) is an annoying main character. She cries a lot, eats, drinks tea, and heals those who need healing. She's a powerful healing witch who needs protecting from the evil she's been running from her entire life. Yet, she never really knew what kind of evil was lurking out there. Apparently, she just had a vague sense of its presence.

Dante is her Watcher. Once human, now simply a weaponized bodyguard who
This was published in 2004, so nearer the beginning of Lilith Saintcrow's career, which may explain why this novel seems different than most of hers. It's not all that dark, really. And it's a straight-up paranormal romance, for the most part. There's some sappy stuff here - not Saintcrow's usual at all. It's about a group of witches and a secret society of witch protectors who magically bond when they find "their" witch. Dante finds Theodora. They click. He protects. She becomes super magically ...more
Jun 29, 2015 Iris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this slight book of the fight between good (witches, Lightfall Circle, watchers) and evil (The Dark, Crusade, seekers). It is my first book by Lilith Saintcrow and is a revision of an older title. It is the first of a series starting with 4 powerful witch friends and some watchers who are to protect them. I liked the strength of the women. A lot of the background information on this world is lacking, or incomplete. This will probably lead me to read more of the Watcher books. The next ...more
Magic, romance and powerful friendship.

Always love a good read. Saintcrow's books never disappoint me. It's about magic, forces of good (light) and evil (darkness). I always enjoy the different characters. This book leaves no cliffhanger; but opens up for more to come. Theo's healing abilities and kindness made me smile. Seems to be the first book in the series. I had purchased 2 other books by the author; which had been a suggestion by Amazon based on purchases. SUPER glad I didn't passed on th
Jan 01, 2012 Hoyt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 11, 2008 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I stumbled upon Lilith Saintcrow's Watcher series by accident. I had been on Amazon and she was a recommended author by several Listmania! writers. Well, I got Dark Watcher from the library and was hooked. The book is part urban fantasy, part paranormal romance.

Dante is a Watcher. He has been sent by Circle Lightfall to "watch-over" a Lightbringer (woman who practices magic - witch) so that the Dark (represented by several nasty factions) will not harm her. He carries not only two specialized gu
I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this!! The author does an awesome job of creating a new exciting world. I did love how the author brought the world to life. However, I really needed a little bit more. The first chapter threw out way too much information. I needed smaller doses. Other than that this was a pretty fast paced read. It was also clean. If your are looking for a pretty good start to a fun paranormal world look no further.
Sep 24, 2010 Jeanine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 21, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
I haven't read a book by Lilith Saintcrow that I haven't liked, and Dark Watcher proved to be another amazing read by this author. In Dark Watcher, Saintcrow has created a new world full of magic and the paranormal with Light and Dark as well as action/adventure and even some romance. Theo and Dante are the book's main couple although they are surrounded by some great secondary characters in Theo's friends and Dante's fellow Watcher. Both Theo and Dante are well developed throughout the book and ...more
Christine Diane Paloma
I like it, but it's not as well-developed as I expected. I was hoping for more action, more detailed fights with the dark side - and perhaps more interaction between Dante and Theo. I really liked both characters, though, hence the three stars.

This book is very short, and it felt incomplete to me.
Jeanne M Reeder
Good,except... would give5 stars except.....

I have enjoyed limits Saintcrow for years. I mostly enjoyed this book as well, except for the middle chapters...don't know why or how it the pages were all out order and doubled up.....which REALLY. Detracted from my enjoyment of the story
Not as super exicting as I'd thought it would be, but an easy romance story. Dante is a Watcher who has to watch and protect Theo, who is a witch and in this case, a Lightbringer, from the Crusade. Watchers have a bit of the Dark in them and a touch from any Lightbringer brings pain unless she is "the one." I thought Theo's character was lovable. She is a healer who always wants to help those who need it, even if it's just the rift-raft. I liked that Dante too wasn't this agravating "broken" man ...more
Nov 16, 2015 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great premise

Very enjoyable story. Some of the writing is a little rough, but the pacing is good. The characters are interesting and the story seems to be going somewhere. I'm excited to read more in the series.
Lydia Presley
Quite a few of my friends really like Lilith Saintcrow, and while I've read one series of hers (Jill Kismet) and am now starting another with this book I really can't see the fascination yet. They are interesting, yes - but there are some quirks that annoy me.

First, she constantly has her characters talking to themselves in italics. It comes off as corny, and annoying. I don't want to know all the goofy things the characters are thinking. I want the characters to be rich in their actions and spo
Sep 21, 2016 Kitty rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars. It's an okay story...I guess. Dante and his whole situation is interesting, but I kinda hated Theo and her friends too. She seems really weak to me, and it was super annoying how freaked out she got about him killing the big bad monsters that were trying to kill her. How dare he! I mean... The nerve! How could he be trusted if all he does is save her life over and over and over again. So stupid. And unbelievable.

This book is not to Saintcrow's usual high standard, but having read sev
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Lilith Saintcrow was born in New Mexico, bounced around the world as an Air Force brat, and fell in love with writing when she was ten years old. She lives in Vancouver, Washington, in a house full of stray cats and children.
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