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The Guardian (Hellchaser #4)

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  12,132 ratings  ·  605 reviews

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

Mass Market Paperback, First, 345 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by St. Martin's Press
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Jen (Red Hot Books)
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 ...more
Krista (One Love) (Critical)
I enjoyed this book despite the annoying heroine. I LOVE Seth, and I love the fact that he's a tortured hero who has actually done some torturing himself. Usually the supposedly "evil" heroes won't hurt a fly. It ended up not mattering what he'd done because with a past like his, I could excuse him for pretty much anything. Maybe not excuse, but understand. I spent this whole book wanting to hug him. Poor guy actually believed the crap the evil dudes have been spewing, believes he's stupid and p ...more
Mimi Smith
3.5 stars

Well, color me surprised-I actually liked this book. I only picked it up out of nostalgia- I used to be a real SK fan. Yeah, not so much anymore. This series has been going downhill for a while, IMHO. Too many things/disasters/pantheons. The books have the feeling of not being connected at all, loose ends everywhere, etc. Don't even get me started on Chronicles of Nick. Paradoxes, BS that seriously bugs me and I wish to hell that series never started. This book was marginally better and
Laurie Garrison
Truthfully, I didn’t want to start this book because I haven’t cared for the last few books in this series. So with my not so high expectations, I kept pushing it back until I had no choice but to read it. When I was done I was wonderfully surprised, I loved it. I felt this was Kenyon back to her old writing self. Yep, you get one very tortured hero;) Kenyon does an awesome job at creating these characters and writing their compelling story. But what I liked most was the Egyptian Gods and story ...more
Mrs.Vishous-Kattalakis-Belikov :::Para Itch Reviews:::
Seth is guardian to the evil Noir. He's been released from his constant torture so that he can retrieve the key to Olympus from Solin. Its said that he's the only Dream-Hunter who knows were the key is. If Noir gets his hands on the key, he and his Azura will rule the world. Time is runing out for Seth....if Solin doesn't break soon, he will go back to the pits and be tortured for all eternity.

Lydia, Were-Hunter and Dream-Hunter, has gone to Azmodea to retrieve Solin from Noir's evil cluthes. Wh
Sharon ✽ is an emotional book junkie ✽
The Guardian is about Seth who is a demigod but he has been Noir's slave for over forty five hundred years. Lydia is a were jackal who is also a dream hunter and she ends up in Azmodea searching for Solin (another dream hunter) who Seth has captured and is torturing on Noir's orders to try and find the key to Olympus.

I know...that was a mouthful and it can be confusing but it manages not to be in some weird way. I will have to say (IMO) that this is NOT a dark hunter book or a dream hunter book
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In this one we get, Zarek, ...or was it Acheron ? Ohhh yes, Seth’s story. Left for dead by selfish, abysmally cruel parents- one of whom happens to be a god of course- then sold into slavery by the people whom he thought had adopted him into their own, Seth has never known a touch that wasn’t accompanied by pain. Now he is Noir's bitch- Noir being the Leader of this particular part of hell. Seth does what Noir tells him… after Noir uses Seth as his personal punching bag of course.

Noir is after
Michelle the Romance Witch
wow after reading the last book (Retribution) is was putting this one off for a while in case i was as disappointed... man wish now that i hadn't done that.
This felt like a total return to classic Kenyon. I love the story line and the twisted nature of the Hero. What better way to tame a wild beast then to force him face to face with a beautiful and seemingly unattainable "lily". Love the historical references as always and the return to our Greek pantheon as a focus with sidelines in common Eg
oh the stupidity of main characters! they were written in new adult fashion even though both are several hundreds years old. I think that says it all and none of it good. jeez louise, deliver me from the Angst!
What a relief! After Retribution, I was afraid The Guardian would continue the trend but it was really good! It had a feeling of Sherrilyns earlier books.

What I liked:
- Seth was a prototype of a tortured hero that we love. After thousands of years being tortured by Noir, saying he has trust issues is the understatement of the millenium. Seeing him re-gain some of the trust he lost was so good. He was so hurt that I wanted to cry for him.
But when she brushed her hand lightly against his cock, h
“Any other rules I should know about?” “Keep the toilet seat down at night, and don’t eat the last potato chip. Ever.”

4.5 Stars

Sherrilyn Kenyon is making a come back! Now I'll admit the last few books in the dark hunter/dream-hunter series were really boring. They lacked character growth, sexual tension and suspense. Pretty much anything that made me want to keep reading, so going into The Guardian I was a little worried. I had also resigned myself to mediocre books from now, but I am so glad
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I thought this book was such a waste of both my time and my money. It was completely unoriginal and unimaginative. I must say, Sherrilyn really got me with this one. I will NEVER buy another one of her books again because it's obvious she doesn't care anything about her fanbase and just wants to write any old thing and put it out because she knows her loyal fans will buy it. Well not this one because I'm done. This book was dull and I was wondering throughout the story "Haven'
Elena R a.k.a. Lunies R
It's about time Kenyon got her mojo back on track!

I'm more of a Dark-Hunter gal, but boy oh boy I might be swaying and gone to the Dream-Hunter side!

This novel confused the living wits outta me when I first began reading it. Once I got the feel to the story plot and learned more about the characters, no one could make me put this book down.

I loved the Hero with every thread in my body. I honestly can't say I could compare Seth to all the Heroes in this series, although each and every one of them
Stephanie E
I read this book in one day (Is it me, or are her books getting shorter?) Great read, really made up for "Retribution". Seth was a great brooding hero and I did feel alot of chemistry between him and Lydia. For once in a long while, I was not annoyed by the heroine. Great update on Solin also. My only problem is there is now another freakin' Pantheon...How many are there? I am just getting used to the Greek/Atlanteon pantheons, and Ms. Kenyon brings up another one. But one thing that made me for ...more
Dyllan, The Brazuca Ekaterina
I don't know why I took so long to read this book. I really don't. Now I'm so happy that I finally did. This is a Top 3 series for me, and books like this one, are the reason why Sherrilyn Kenyon is one of my favorite Authors. I loved both Seth and Lydia. One of the sweetest couple from the series. Also I got the chance to see some other characters I love. This was a little piece of haven! Can't wait for the next one!!
Do I keep reading these books or give it up? I have been so disappointed with the last few stories that I don't know. I ask myself, if this was another author or a stand-alone book would I like it? Probably wouldn't try more by that author unless I was bored. There wasn't much of a coherent tale if it was a stand-alone. But its Sherrilyn Kenyon! Gah (which was the most overused word in this book)!
The last book in this series and even this one is really good, it has gotten my interest back.
Seth was such a tortured soul, betrayed by all in his life and I loved how Lydia got to know him and well healed him. I won't go into the whole mythology of it, Jaden, Thorn etc all make an appearance but I really enjoyed the book.
Nov 19, 2011 Suz marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 1. "Coming Fall 2011, The Dream-Hunters are going into the Nether Realm to free D'Alerian (they hope)..."
Rating: 4,5 stars
Paranormal Haven
Lydia has come to the dangerous Azmodea in order to find a captured Dream Hunter but before she's able to rescue him, she is caught by a menacing guardian. Seth has been tortured for centuries and in order to finally get the freedom he craves, he will need to find the entrance to Olympus and soon. He knows his prisoner is aware of it's location and plans to use his recent captive as leverage. But when Lydia shows a kindness that Seth has never known, he will give up the thing he wants most to ke ...more
Nov 30, 2014 Jacqueline rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: ANYONE!
Recommended to Jacqueline by: Favorite author/auto-buy
One day. Literally one twenty-four hour period is all the time it took me to finish this amazing novel! While I am a die-hard fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon in general, and always find enjoyment in reading her novels, it's been a while since Sherri has wowed me to such a degree that she managed with The Guardian.

This book was, firstly, absolutely enjoyable. The storyline had me so enthralled because, fundamentally, the characters had me enthralled! Sherrilyn Kenyon is, without question, known to create
I really liked this series when it started but I feel like it's just too all over the place now. This was a relatively short story about 190 pages and at the end big jumps in time happen between places which isn't really explained. At the one point it seems like she was pregnant for like 2 weeks but they could feel the baby moving? That's fine if it was explained that it grew ultra fast or something (Twilight?) but it wasn't ever mentioned that was the case.

I LOVE it when authors bring ASL into
Douglas Meeks
I am continually amazed at the weird reviews I see sometimes and this book was one of them. It is the best book of the last 3-4 Dark-hunter/Dream-hunter books while admitting it did not move the overarching story forward any (which anyone who bothered to read the website would know, the next "official" Dark-Hunter book will do that). This book was almost a stand alone and the plot was tortured soul, impossible situation, rescued by an amazing woman. While this is not new ground it was done well, ...more
Love love love! Definitely a new favorite of mine. I have been a fan for years and I think Kenyon just gets better and better. The story was captivating and very fast-paced, the romance was actually believable (which has been an issue with past books) and the dialogue was both hilarious and touching (I swear Kenyon is the queen of dialogue).

I love seeing this side of the Kenyon universe, the side with various pantheons, Noir and all that other darkness. I love the world of Dark Hunters too, but
Wendy *Sebella Blue* Mitchell
Seth was denied by his father, the Egyptian god Set, and left in the desert by his mother to die. Found and taken in, his new family sold him for a paltry amount to the demon Noir, who for millennia has had Seth tortured to the point of death. Broken in spirit and in constant pain from his horrific injuries, Seth is offered a reprieve. All he has to do is find and hand over the key to Olympus.

Lydia has no idea why Solin has been taken to Noir’s realm of Azmodea, but she does know she won’t leave
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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Sherrilyn Kenyon is one of my favorite Dark Fantasy/Paranormal Romance authors, whose work I have followed for years. Sadly, The Guardian fell short of the precedent she has set with previous works.

The hero, Seth, is a demigod from his Egyptian father Set and human mother who has been sold into slavery in Azmodea after being abandoned by his mother and then sold by his foster family. He is sold to Noir who essentially uses him as a power leach by torturing him. Basically 4,500 years of torture.
This was a quick read that left ultimately left me disappointed. Perhaps Kenyon is running out of steam, and that's why we got the new Native American storyline begun in "Retribution." Guardian doesn't follow that line, but instead tries to tie together the various threads of the new source god pantheon (Noir, Hellchasers, etc.) with the original D-H gods. Sadly, nothing is explained.

I agree with other reviewers that this felt like a retread. I didn't think we could get a more tortured hero than
Gianne Kris

“All men while they are awake are in one common world. But each of them, when he is asleep, is in a world of his own.”


“Was hell good for you?”

Seth looked up from beneath the strands of his blood soaked auburn hair, to snarl at the sound of a voice he hadn’t heard in centuries.


Primal god.

Lord of all things dark and deadly.

Rank bastard.

He would respond to the stupid question, but his mouth had been bolted shut by the demons who’d been torturing him for the last…

Ah hell, who c
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