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Dark Watcher (Watcher #1)

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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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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
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
Kathy Davie
First read August 19, 2011.

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

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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
Dr susan
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
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
Heather andrews
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
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.
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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.
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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
This is the second book I've read by Saintcrow and they've both been bad. To be fair, though, this book would have had to be fantastic for me to give it more than three stars. I'm only reading it because I bought both books at the same time.

The main character is much too perfect for my taste. And while I wouldn't quite call the watcher a "possessive caveman," isn't it creepy to be informed that this guy you just met will follow you around for the rest of your life to protect you, whether you lik
I love Lilith Saintcrow's Dante Valentine series but this book is in a whole other (lesser) league. DO NOT JUDGE THIS AUTHOR BY THIS BOOK. While the Dante Valentine series is a rich dark urban fantasy - this is more of a paranormal romance, and a crappy one at that. There's no real romance happening and definitely no steamy chemistry (for those who like steamy PRs) and UF storyline is weak. The book is short and just feels like an amateur read. I highly recommend the first 4 books in her Dante V ...more
Kind of bland and predictable. Theo & Dante weren't bad, I was just kind of indifferent to them. I disliked Theo friend Elise quite a bit and thought the way the four witches sneaked away from the watchers even though they knew they were there to protect them and that there were seriously bad guys after them was both selfish and stupid. Probably wont bother with the rest of this series. If you too struggled with this one give this series a miss and check out some of the author's later work. ...more
While the story in general was full of potential and was over-all written well enough to earn 3 stars, there were some, for me, upsetting implications in this book that brought it down to a 2 star. Most of the lightbringers are female, while all of the watchers are male. This wouldn't really be a problem if it wasn't stressed that the lightbringers are defenseless, naive, and in constant need of protection. Though, I did enjoy that the women, in the end, decided that they weren't going to blindl ...more
Peg Bascom
I discovered Lilith Saintcrow through her novels "The Hedgewitch Queen" and "The Bandit King"

The Watcher series (5 in all) is a definite guilty pleasure. Strong female characters in this series with men who live only to protect and obey them. Total female porn without lots of graphic sex which gets tiring after awhile. I mean just how much licking needs to take place to get the point across. I much prefer the obeying.

So I tore through all 5 books and now my new fantasy is to have a watcher of m
Wendy coling ( trowbridge)
I was recommended this book by library as the librarian saw I had previously borrowed one of the kismet Books. The only thing was the didnt do these do I ordered it and found I was really pleased. I like Theo very much and found myself wanting her to find her man she wished for and her friends had. Dante is a hard and dark man but the moment he meets Theo he is smitten and wants her. Good story and I see the watchers series being a good one. I hope all theos friends finds a man. Sad about the te ...more
My first taste of urban fantasy was a book by Sherri L. King, and I fell in love with the genre. I was trying to find a few books to spend my remaining Micropay points on and stumbled across Lilith Saintcrow. Not very sensual; more of a tame romance under all the witchcraft. I liked the heroine and hero; they seemed to be a good match. Lots of mystical magickal stuff. All in all, I was nicely entertained for a few hours.
Keziah Wallis
Not a bad read. I liked the underlying concept of the Watchers being "bonded" with a particular Lightbringer, but the ending in this book felt a little hurried and forced. I'm interested to see what the story is in the next two books, whether it continues Dante and Theo's story or whether it involves more of the Watchers and the Lightbringers who are a little suspicious.
I thoroughtly enjoyed this series. Everything works! The witches are good at what they do, the watchers only have one main fault - thinking that they are not worthy - but I think this is the best series by the author. There is lots of action, good story lines, romance but not a lot of sex, basically everything.
Sean Randall
An interesting title indeed, magic seemingly set in a modern-day world. the "normals" seem pretty much oblivious and they're only there for backdrop, but it's the start of a series and in this instance I think the second one will be well worth a read.
I liked it but it wasn't on my bestest ever list my any means. Especially since some of Saintcrow's others are. It seemed simpler somehow but I did think the characters were cute. I will probably read the next but not in any hurry.
My rating of two stars doesn't necessarily mean it was bad. Really, it was ok. I thought the story had some interesting points but because of the book's length, the characters and plots weren't at their full potential.
Tried this one and expected it to be a quick read as it is less than 200 pages. I find this authors books hit or miss. I do love 2 of her series, but not the others. Sadly this one falls in the group that I don't care for.
Quite interesting, though short. I liked the group of witches, and while Theodora and Dante are a little annoying, since the series moves focus between main characters, this shouldnt be a huge problem.
This is new territory for me; paranormal romance. It's kind of like Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Jane Austin. I have to admit, I really like this book so far!
I couldn't put this book down. Dante and Theo were so real as characters. I read this book in one day. I want to see if she makes another one with these same characters.
During my time-frame for intelectual-masochism, I read five books. This was one of them and I can surely say... boredom is a sad phase.
I enjoyed this series too. But, the undying love the guy has is a little creepy, but still a good read. Extremely, quick read.
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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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