As Lilith’s forces position themselves for the end game, Braedyn finds herself facing a new threat: Terrance Clay, the formidable leader of the Guard.
Under Clay’s leadership, the Guard ruthlessly pursues every avenue that might undermine Lilith. But when one of those avenues leads to a friend, Braedyn is forced to reexamine her loyalties.
If she remains obedient to Clay, it could cost the life of her friend. But if she takes the fight into her own hands, she risks shattering what remains of the Guard on the eve of the final battle. And one thing is certain...
Without the Guard, humanity has no chance of surviving the final battle against Lilith.
Originally from New Mexico (and still suffering from Hatch green chile withdrawal), Jenn is the author of the award-winning DAUGHTERS OF LILITH paranormal thriller YA novels.
Outside of writing books, Jenn has penned projects for TV (including MTV’s TEEN WOLF), graphic novels (THE RED STAR, THE BOND OF SAINT MARCEL), and film (most recently adapting Erica O’Rourke’s novel DISSONANCE for the big screen).
Jenn currently lives in California with her husband and sons, and is realizing a life-long dream of growing actual real live avocados in her backyard. No guacamole yet--but she lives in hope.
I received a free copy of the book in exchange for a fair review. Things are changing around Braedyn’s home: Terrance Clay, the leader of the Guard has arrived to personally take charge of the area and, with him, comes a militaristic change in the nature of the people around her. Watched every moment of the day, and night, she must try to keep Clay’s suspicions down, while racing him to save her friends from a plot by Lilith’s followers. Keeping everything going is hard as Clay’s style of management is more, “Spare the rod and spoil the child,” and those who transgress are punished. To make matters worse, Lucas, her rock, has been mesmerized by Clay’s charm. Will Clay’s determination to win at any cost prove the best course, or will it lead to the return of Lilith? Read and find out.
I would like to start this review off with an honest statement: “Fkc Terrance Clay!” as well as “Wow!”
This book was an emotional rollercoaster for me. I have discussed this series with at least five other people who are engaged in the story every time I recap these wonderful pages to non readers!
This book took everything you read to love from books 1-3 and completely destroys it! Which, after some reflection, the end of book 3 really sets the tone of complete turmoil if you pay attention to it.
So after being sad at the loss of Hale and the guard, then suspicious of Clay and pretty much everybody else, moving into more grief (real tears) but now for the loss of a family connection between Braedyn and her dad (having to watch her sad get beat!) and then Lucas and his puppet ass following Clay’s narcissist self around, to Braedyn lying to people and excluding the people she used to trust, to the end!!!
Chills go through me thinking of the ending.
Leading up to Lilith’s return, Thane nominating Braedyn head of guard and Clay (thankfully !!!) getting put in his place for the time being.
Yeah, what a freaking rollercoaster.
Needless to say, I’m on to the final book in the series and I’m super sad about it!
Looking forward to seeing who wins the final war!
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
Love this series, Glad Thane made Braeydon head of the Guard, and Clay was DEMOTED!(YES) LOL LOVED THAT!!! That I wasn't expecting...To bad they didn't kick him out, deff don't trust him...Was laughing at times and tearing up. Hope Braeydon gets her HAPPY ENDING and defeats Lilith and her crazy misfit daughters...Good ALWAYS wins, (Fingers Crossed), Deff Recommend this Series...💕 Now off to purchase the last book, 😥 Sad it's the last.
I can't wait to read the next book.I love most of the characters in this series, the exceptions being:Rhea Zoe, Seth and Clay. Final battle time and we have an Angel, got to say probably better than a Hulk :) I did find one inconsistency, where Braedyn talks about needing a fake I'd cause they couldn't purchase tincture s being a minor, Umm Braedyn just had her 18th birthday that fall.
I had dreams about going to New Mexico to kill Terrance Clay
I spent most of this book extremely angry about what what happening to these characters; whom I have grown to love so much. I expect that is what the author was going for although it made it much harder to get though. I hope the next book comes out soon!
This is a great follow up to the last book, the story continues. You really hate Clay! What an ass! The characters are working so hard to get rid of the Lilitu and he delays and stops everything. I finished this book on vacation and was right on to the next!
As the dust settles and goodbyes are said, grief and depression, and vengeance too, are the scents which flavour the air. Taking stock of the what, the how and the why, are the first steps of a new day; some four or so days after the devastation in Puerto Escondido. As Braedyn retreats to her garden, evidence of the tight rope she precariously now walks is found not on the surface of her roses, but at the core where only a smithering of life remains.
Actions have consequences, and despite the ultimate lesson taught by Hale's wissened philosophy - that it matters not who or what you are, but what you do, Braedyn remains a fundamental exemplar of what 'is' done is exempt from the 'why' it was done. Standing on the precipice of the warned plummet into hell and it's irreversible future of a life only as a demon, one cannot help but wonder if it was ever really possible for her to both fight the good fight, and still have an opportunity to become human?
Mistakes were inevitably involved, some from making wrong choices and some from when no other choice was deemed possible. The destiny set for Braedyn by Paul's sacrifice to her Lilitu mother, was preordained by her planned roles with the Guard. Murphy, having raised her with love and human morals might have meant to ensure decision making principles from a human perspective; but, she is still to be judged by the shortest yard-stick of them all, simply by factor of what she is. As such, her mistakes are infinitely more detrimental for her tenuous hold on her soul. The notions of being 'damned if you do and damned if you don't' perhaps never more ideologically preordained than if they were for any other than her or Karayan.
The gaps left by Hale's absence is filled by the head of the Guard, Terrence Clay. Its through dealings with Clay that the protections once offered by Hale's acceptance of Braedyn and Karayan are truly revealed. Clay's preparedness to use anything and everyone to get his zealot plans in place, show Braedyn just what having a despot running the Guard means. Indeed, to an outsider missing the benefits of context and the knowledge found in books one through three, its likely an observer would draw the wrong conclusions of who the demon really is.
Whatever else Braedyn knows about her position in the Guard, she now knows that by failing to trust in Karayan's experience and her dire warnings, she's now put her loved ones in greater danger, for now their risks too are coming from multiple directions. Its with this knowledge and much more that Braedyn comes to realise she's never been more alone than since the day she learnt of her heritage, some two years ago. The isolation created by Clay, sees allies becoming haggard, and new support once again coming from the halls of Coronardo Prep.
Many enemies, apart from the previously known, now come from the group she has sacrificed much to help. When the tallies are counted and the sun sets on yet another winter solstice, the spiritual world will have undergone it's greatest upheaval since His first creations were ejected from Eden. But, don't breath, don't blink, don't turn your heads from the pages; Guardian will dazzle your senses and elicit your emotions. And once you've finished, your appreciation of great writing will be as redefined as the new world order from which new novels will arise; for now, the battle that's been frozen in time since around humankinds development can now be fought, and from it's outcome - its winner takes all.
After reading Guardian's predecessors, and by that I do mean each of them respectively, I suspected Jenn would be hard pressed to top them all; nonetheless, The Daughters of Lilith novels keep managing to supersede each of their former stories. Going away from completing Guardian you'll be sure to wonder if there's anything at all which the series won't manage to do. Get your teeth into Thrall, Incubus, Sacrifice and Guardian, and I confidently predict you'll be signing up for the newsletter in anticipation of book five.
The story begins at the end of book three and as a Series this is wonderful but if you have not read the other books you will be a bit lost. For this reason only I give it four stars. Everything else about this book is outstanding. The monumental changes. To the guard from the new military aspect and the day to day scrutiny of Braedyn's life changes everything for her. The threat of Lilith is ever present and seems all the more real so the pressure for Braedyn's to save humanity is immense. As new characters emerge and old friends either become real friends or new enemies and old enemies become allies Braedyn's challenge to stay on the path to humanity while saving all become even more difficult. As mistakes are made on her way to her goals Braedyn's learns more and more what it is like to be different while trying to do her best. As Braedyn's struggles through all the changes, and emotions of love and grief and loyalty you can not help but have your emotions as the reader tugged and your senses heightened through descriptions so real you can see it and feel it pull at your heart and soul. Quintenz does an amazing job developing and describing the characters and plot that the Daughters of Lilith novels keep building on each other only to make the next stronger than the last. I highly recommend them all; Thrall, Incubus, Sacrafice, and Guardian and I can not wait for book five.
Get ready to be thrown into the drama happening in Puerto Escondido. The story takes off at the end of Book 3, there are BIG changes in the guard, Braedyn knows the threat of Lilith is real. Can she save humanity again and lose herself in the process? True friendships are built and tested, old enemies become allies and new characters are introduced.
I am in love with this series and can't wait for book 5. The artful writing is such that you can clearly visualize what is happening, from the beautifully described landscapes to the battles.
Wow! This book tops the emotional depth and action of the previous 3. I didn't think that was possible. (And not just because there's a new spotter named Marla!) This series and its characters totally enthrall me - no pun intended - and SCREAM out to be brought to the big screen. Of course, when you finish the book, you immediately want to read the next installment. Poor author, driven by her readers' love of her writing and the storyline she has created/crafted so superbly for us. So, Jennifer, when does the next book come out???!!!!!!