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The Guardian (Dark-Hunterverse #21)

4.34  ·  Rating Details ·  15,224 Ratings  ·  721 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

Kindle Edition, 353 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by St. Martin's Press
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Katie Michaels
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 (I remember you, Min) (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
Color me surprised! After loathing the last book, I reluctantly decided to give this one a try, and lo and behold, I loved it! This one took me back to the reason I liked this series in the first place.

To start with, we actually had likable characters - both the male and female. There is Seth, a demi-god who is stuck in the "hell realm" and has been tortured for thousands of years but can't die. He has been released to retrieve the "key" to Olympus that will give the key-bearer the ability to de
Mimi Smith
Jan 04, 2012 Mimi Smith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Sharon ∞❥ is an angst 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
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
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
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I enjoyed this one a lot. I am surprised. With characters I knew nothing of, I was apprehensive going in.

Seth had a tragic and sad history. (I swear this author may hate men because most of them are tortured in sick and disgusting ways) My heart broke for him. He was damaged. Seriously damaged. How could you not be after never having a kind word or touch your ENTIRE life. He had no self esteem, but I was ok with his negative thoughts or reactions. They were not excessive nor did they really inh
Jul 18, 2011 Cindyg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I think I'm in love with Seth...for a demigod so tortured and misused for so damn long; he sure had a heart of worth.
This is the first dream hunter book that really rocked my world. I loved the cast of characters except for Noir and Azure of course, what bastards they were. Pure evil right to their black souls. And even after what they did to Seth for forty five thousand years he still survived and even though he did not want to feel hope much less love there was one person who brought those dr
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
This book is included in the following series: Hellchaser #4, Dream-Hunter #5, Were-Hunter #6, The Entire Dark-Hunterverse #23, and Dark-Hunterverse #31. Lydia Tsakali enters Azmodea to rescue Solin but instead is captured by Seth, slave to Noir and Azura. Seth lets Solin go to bring back the key to Olympus. If Solin fails then Lydia dies. Lydia is a Dream-Hunter and a Were-Hunter (jackel) and loyal to Solin. She is willing to die so that Solin lives.

I liked the characters and the story for the

Seth, Seth, Seth!! I love you!! Please come out of the book and claim me!

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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!!
Jan 04, 2012 Saly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Jan 20, 2015 Nika rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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!
✎Stacey "The One Night Biter
Little different this one, but still worth the read....

Way to go Ms. Kenyon
Nov 04, 2011 Roxanne rated it really liked it
“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
Nov 03, 2011 Desiree rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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'
Nov 27, 2011 Sonia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 11, 2011 Cindi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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)!
I LOVED the characters so much in this book that I just couldn't put it down. I felt so sorry for Seth. His entire life he was let down by those he trusted, he was tortured, he never knew love, and he was kept as a slave.... That all changed once he met Lydia! Finally someone rescued him and showed him love. Loved it!!
Laurielu Bona Fide Reflections
Great adventure with all the angst you would expect in a Kenyon hero. Lydia is the perfect partner for Seth.
Mar 02, 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)..."
Mar 05, 2013 Vilda rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone should read this series! <3 And anyone who's started it should continue ;)
Rating: 4,5 stars
Gianne Kris
Jul 24, 2011 Gianne Kris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

“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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Favorite Quote: “Baby, I will always come for you.“

Seth is one of the most fierce Guardians to the evil Noir. Sold into slavery as a child, Seth, an Egyptian demigod, has spent thousands of years guarding and being tortured by one of the most sadistic primal source gods in existence. When Seth is commanded to find the Key, an artifact that can destroy the Greek Pantheon, he kidnaps the dream god Solin and tortures him for its whereabout
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