Wednesday, December 25, 2013

review: THE GUARDIAN by Sherrilyn Kenyon

THE GUARDIAN by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Dark-Hunterverse #22
Penguin: St. Martin's
Released: November 1, 2011
Source: Bookstore
Page Count: 345

Rating: Really liked it!

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, his own life and those of his people will be forfeit. No matter the torture, Seth hasn't been able to break the god in his custody Now there's the Dream-Hunter Lydia: She isn't just guarding the gates of Olympus - she's holding back one of the world's darkest powers. If she fails, an ancient curse will haunt the earth once more and no one will be safe. But evil is always seductive . . .

My Thoughts
I should preface this by stating that I love this series. I got into it during my freshman year of undergrad, when I was five hours away from home and desperately needed an escape from the constant presence of my three roommates. (We were ALL in the same room - it sucked!) I devoured every book I could get my hands on, quickly filled in the gaps, and actually reread the series each time a new book was released - at least, up until Acheron was published. Since Acheron, I haven't felt that the books are up to the same quality that the beginning books were. Perhaps it is because of the sheer volume of Acheron's story, which clocked in at more than 700 pages; I'm not sure. Regardless of my perception of quality, however, I still inevitably enjoy the story simply due to how much time I have put into the Dark Hunter universe.

In many ways, The Guardian heralds a return to the Dark Hunter stories of yore. Rather than being self-contained, as Retribution and No Mercy felt to me, we come across many characters to whom we have been introduced in the past - Solin, Jaden, Madoc - as well as races within the Dark Hunter universe - Dream Hunters, gods from various pantheons, Kattagaria, etc. I only read the first of the Nick Chronicles books, but I think there is a tie-in from that series as well. It was nice to have a book not be about the Dark Hunters and Daimons for once (which, believe me, is not something that I ever thought I would say!). The major arcs running through The Guardian are very well-developed.

My problem, however, is with the story between Lydia and Seth. Considering Seth was torturing Solin when Lydia meets him, the insta-love that she feels just doesn't seem realistic. Sure, Seth is a tortured soul and there's a reason that he acts the way he does, but Lydia doesn't know that yet. She can really only suspect from what she sees in Seth's room. And considering how messed up he is, it doesn't seem right that Seth would learn to trust again in just a few days, most of which were spent being beaten or dealing with his injuries.

That being said, I really enjoyed this story, even with all of its flaws. I can only hope that the books following this one are just as good.

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