Dark Watcherby Lilith Saintcrow
Published byImaJinn Books on 2004-10-08
The Lightbringer: Theodora Morgan knows she’s a little strange. Her talent for healing has marked her as different all through a life spent moving from town to town when someone notices her strangeness. Now she has a home, and she doesn’t want to leave–but she’s been found. The Crusade wants her dead because she’s psychic, the Dark wants to feed on her talent, and then there’s Dante. Tall and grim and armed with black-bladed knives, guns, and a sword, he says he’s here to protect her. But what if he’s what Theo needs protection from most?The Watcher: Dante is a Watcher, sworn by Circle Lightfall to protect the Lightbringers. His next assignment? Watch over Theo. She doesn’t know she’s a Lightbringer, she doesn’t know she’s surrounded by enemies, and she doesn’t know she’s been marked for death by a bunch of fanatics. He can’t protect her if she doesn’t trust him, but how can she possibly trust a man scarred by murder and warfare–a man who smells like the same Darkness Theo has been running from all her life? Bounced around the world as a military brat, Lilith Saintcrow fell in love with writing in second grade and never looked back. She currently resides in Vancouver, Washington, with two children, a menagerie, and books. Find her on the web at lilithsaintcrow.com.
*I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*
Dark Watcher is the first book in the Watcher series by Lilith Saintcrow.
The basic storyline is Dante, a Watcher, has been assigned to protect Theo, a witch, from Crusaders and other forms of darkness. He hopes to convince her to join a circle of Lightbringers like herself. He also finds out she is the one witch who can take away his pain–sort of a destined Watcher thing where each Watcher hopes to find that one witch who can do this. Theo doesn’t want to have anything to do with the other witches or Dante because of the violence that surrounds them.
The main goal of the story is for Dante to prevent Theo being killed by the Crusaders, but the paranormal romance element of bonded mates comes through very strongly. However, it stays within the boundaries of urban fantasy because Theo and Dante never actually get together.
I really don’t like the idea of a man wanting a woman just because of what she can do for him (in this case, taking his pain away) because to me that isn’t a good enough reason to want to be in a relationship with a person. You should like the person for their personality, not what they can do for you. So, Dante’s desire for Theo made me dislike the romantic aspect of the story. However, because Theo didn’t automatically buy into it, I am satisfied with the story as a whole.
A couple other of things bothered me in the story. One was how certain phrases got repeated over and over. For example, Dante asks himself an annoying number of times, “What is wrong with me?” Another example of this was later in the book when Suzanne’s old face was mentioned again and again. I was like, “I get it! Her face looks old!” Part of why this was bothersome was because it seemed like a set-up for what was to come after that. It made the surprise not really a surprise. I don’t want to say more about this because I don’t want to give a spoiler.
The other thing that bothered me was how much of a damsel in distress Theo was. I understood, because she was a healing witch, that she didn’t have any combat or offensive spells to defend herself with, but I wished she could have done more to contribute. She mostly hid, cried, and healed people. Even when it came to the big scene that ended the conflict with the Crusaders, Theo didn’t have any contribution to make. Mari and Suzanne were the ones who thought of the solution.
Those two issues weren’t enough to ruin my enjoyment of the book. Overall, I was entertained by the story. It was fast-paced. The world-building was interesting. I would recommend Dark Watcher to readers who like the idea of bonded mates but don’t want them jumping into bed together right away. It’s also a good book for readers who like a sexy warrior-type who can protect a sweet woman who is self-sacrificing and kind.
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