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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  413 ratings  ·  32 reviews
The attacks are brutal, leaving the victims unconscious and broken. Circle Lightfall doesn't even know who—or what—to suspect, so Caro Robbins, a Mindhealer who might be able to piece together what's happening to these crushed bodies and shattered minds, is called in. Unfortunately, a Mindhealer is also vulnerable to the Dark—and Caro refuses even the idea of having a Watc ...more
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Published May 31st 2015 (first published April 1st 2008)
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Feb 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kobo, re-reading
Really good entry into the series. While I do want to shake Caro -- she actually takes a reality check & recalibrates.

Also re-introduces the Crusade a serious threat. Really wish the author could/did continue with this series -- I'd like to see where she was going.

Although I suppose in my head the Guardian's city turns into Saint City from her Dante's series after a few hundred years.
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Witches aka lightbringers who avoid and don't want their own personal watcher just flummoxes me.  Caro Robbins is a strong Mindhealer, probably stronger than any other. She carries more baggage than any of the other lightbringers to date. She purposely places herself in danger because she doesn't want another Watcher to die for her. The stupidity in her reasoning is beyond me.

Ms. Saintcrow writes females with no middle ground. Either they are kick ass and can take care of themselves and everyon
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
This series does not seem written by the same author of Dante Valentine or her other heroines. I can't say they are bad, but definitely they are not my cup. I want my women strong and smart. And none of this series heroines is such. Caro is also the TSTL variety, and a whiner.

As usual her world is so intriguing.
Kathy Davie
Nov 04, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, paranormal
Fifth in the Watcher paranormal romance series usually revolving around the Guardian witches in Santiago City. This story expands it out and simply refers to the first three Guardians. The couple focus is on Caro Robbins and Merrick, the Tracker.

My Take
In a series of stupid protagonists, this one takes the cake. It really is irritating as Saintcrow has an interesting idea and technically the writing is well done. I said "technically".

It's too bad that someone let her slip all these idiots in wh
John A. Sillasen
Final Story of the Watcher Series the Best of All

While there is still the weakness of not being worthy of a relationship from the Watcher in this story, it is not nearly as prevalent as in some of the earlier ones. Possibly this is because the heroine witch in this story is a strong character, strongest most brave and daring yet so fragile and tiniest of all the lead witches. Caroline or Caro as she prefers is a Mindhealer. Unlike Green witches or healers, the Mindhealer is one who travels into
Denise Fisher
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! Could not put it down.

Last book of the series so far. I shudder to think if it was the last. It is also a standalone. My favorite book ever she wrote Working For The Devil. It really makes you think and is fascinating. Never mind that, this book is full of action.
Eva S. Gholami
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I am loving this series. It's vintage Lilith Saintcrow. I have purchased as many of the series that I can.
Cyn Armistead

I'm actually reviewing all five of the Watcher books. They're quite short—novella length, really—and very much interrelated (especially the first four). I read all of them in about a day and a half, despite doing other things. I do advise taking them all in row, which is the equivalent of reading one "normal" novel.

Dark Watcher opens in Santiago City (aka Saint City), with a quartet of witches. Mindhealer is the only book that takes place outside of Santiago City, which seems to be the primary s

Linda Levine
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I have read in The Watchers series. I am a big fan of paranormal books and enjoyed my introduction to this new world. It features witches with different skills needed to fight in the battle of good verses evil. The witches are at great risk and are assigned Watchers to protect them. These Watchers are assigned to various witches unless they find their own witch and become part of a bonded pair.

The struggle between good and evil is the basis of many books. I enjoy how each
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part of a series, this book is about a modern-day society in the middle of a long-term war between the forces of Light and Dark.

Caroline (Caro) Robbins is a Mindhealer, a special kind of witch. She has the ability to go into the mind of someone who has been psychically ravaged by Dark forces, and repair the damage. During an ill-advised drive to a safe house in the city, Caro almost becomes the next victim. She is rescued by a Watcher named Merrick, and brought to the safe house.

Watchers and Wit
Angel Hatfield
Great Story, Great Characters **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review**Caro was a strong mindhealer going to Altamira. She specially trained the mindhealers and seers. Caro had been a foster kid who heard voices. Trev was Caro's little brother and wanted her to travel with a watcher. He was a light bringer, an air witch. Merrick was a watcher who saved Caro's life as she'd gotten lost and had been attacked. He then realized she was his witch. Humans and psychics were b ...more
May 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-romance
The mindhealer is one of the rarest witches. Caro Robbins is a mindhealer. For years, she has traveled the world, healing the minds of witches. Unlike most witches within the lightfall circle, Caro does not have a Watcher. Since her own Watcher died protecting her, Caro has refused a Watcher.

However, there is something terribly wrong in Saint City. The dark is attacking the minds of normals and witches. As soon as she arrives, Caro finds herself under attack. She is rescued by the Watcher, Merr
I really like this series and I can't be sure why. It isn't terribly well written, but it is interesting. I think the author does a wonderful job in developing the magic and her version of the sterotypical witch and watcher in this series. My only complaint is that so much time is spent building sexual tension between the characters and then it is all resolved in 2 paragraphs. I don't need erotica, but when you are dealing with a man who has just found the only woman he can touch without pain, y ...more
Katie Larsen
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mindhealer is the fifth book in the Watchers series by Lilith Staintcrow. I have not read the previous four books in the series, in fact this is the first Saintcrow I have read. The setting of this story really drew me in, and made me want to read more of the series. The action scenes were well written and frequent enough that I never felt like I was waiting. I found the relationship between the watchers and the witches interesting. There was the impression that the watchers are voluntary servan ...more
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fifth book in the Watcher Series. This story is told from the point of view of both the watcher and the witch.

Merrick is by far my favorite character in this series. He has some depth and a complex background. However, I didn't really care for Caro. I prefer heroines that are tough and can stand on their own. She didn't come across that way to me. She was stubborn, sometimes stupidly so, which in turn almost gets her and Merrick both killed. Caroline seemed more of a spoiled child t
Jun 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book in the Watcher series! Yes!

Caro is a Mindhealer - a very rare gift among the Lightbringers. After her last Watcher died saving her life, Caro swore she would never agree to another to safeguard her. Well Merrick will not take no for an answer, especially when Caro is HIS witch!

The Dark factions are attacking Lightbringers (and normal humans) and Caro is called in on a special case. While traveling to the Lightbringer safehouse, she is attacked and Merrick saves her.

Caro is a very s
Heather andrews
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Merrick knows how to get his point across, "duty.” Merrick shivered. “Honor. Obedience. You’re my witch, Caroline. Mine. I’m bloody well going to make sure nothing happens to you. If I have to violate my oath of obedience, so be it. I will not lose you. You will never, ever, ever do anything like that ever again, do you hear me? If I have to hold you down or sit on you to keep you out of trouble, I will." He sometimes has to convince his woman he's serious, "Caro,” he said, gently , “you’re my b ...more
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am finally caught up with this series and really enjoy it. However, and maybe it's just because I've read the series in such a short time period, this book seemed to be cloned from the others. Merrick was the most likable of the characters, and I liked that the world within the books is carried forward.

I'm ready now for some originality...something besides the warrior who wants the witch, but the witch is too independent for her own good and doesn't want him. I'm kind of tired of the "take my
Mar 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 5th book in the Watcher series and I think it is my favorite. Merrick is great fun, more 'human' than some of the other watchers have been. He needs it as the witch he bonds with tests his convictions all the way through the book. Caro is determined to never have another watcher and does all she can to make Merrick leave her alone. Of course this isn't going to happen and the road to acceptance is fun to follow.
Wendy coling ( trowbridge)
I really loved this book. Caro had melick on his feet, it was never dull. He feels it from the start and caro takes longer to accept it because of her last watcher.

The story's is well written and full of action an things happening. Never once was I board or wanting to put it down. A book I recommend and the series too.

Well done lillith saintcrow. Great book. Keep stirring these ones. Xxxx
Sep 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book of Saintcrow's that I have read. It was what I expect from a paranoraml in many ways. Had a hot, brooding guys and a hurting, brooding heroine. But I liked it and the world she has built. I am curious to read the rest of the books in this series to see what else she can do with this world of Watchers, Light Bringers and the Dark. I must say I was quite attached to Merrick by the end too, he was pretty sexy.
Dr susan
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-again, re-read
Damn! I read Mindhealer again so that I could write a review, and I forgot to write it. I like Mindhealer, but Saintcrow's worlds are not for everyone. This world is often grim, very dark, and has the instant attachment, not love, that some readers find annoying. The Watchers are not easy men to love, but the Lightbringers are not always easy to like. Personally, I would not call these books paranormal romance; I think the Watcher series is dark urban fantasy brushed with romance.
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was definitely one of the better books of the Watcher series. it was - beside the fire watcher - my favorite. I really love that this book is told equally from Caros as from Merricks point of view. unfortunately there are some minor mishaps in the story ... for example, I had sometimes the feeling that Merrick is always repeating himself. the romance is better in this book but not perfect
so, a good read but not my favorite Lilith Saintcrow book
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is definitly the best series by this author, everything works well. i only have 2 complaints, the watchers not thinking that they deserve to be with their witch, they have so much going for them this attitude doesn't really match. A bit of wondering would be fine but the non deserving point is overdone in my mind.
My other complaint is that there is no more books in the series. Major disappointment.
Jun 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-edit
This book definitely restored my interest in this series. I enjoyed Merrick and Caro, especially Caro's determination not to accept Merrick and his determination to betray everything if only to keep her safe
Alice Liu
Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This formulaic and somewhat cheesey Watcher series is incredibly addictive. Each book focuses on a different strong female character and will warm the heart of any girl looking for a female role model.
Sharon Karson
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book kept me hooked from first page to last!

Non-stop action, intense romance, and imaginative worldview kept me turning pages long after I should have been sleeping. Gutsy heroines and tormented heroes abound. I thoroughly enjoyed this read.
Aug 24, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I liked the book and the story I think it ended with too many questions unanswered from the beginning of the series. T
Jun 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr
re read
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again what a GREAT book!! No smut and all action and a snarky witch and watcher combination.
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Lilith Saintcrow was born in New Mexico, bounced around the world as a child, and fell in love with writing when she was ten years old. She and her library co-habitate in Vancouver, Washington.

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