Thursday, January 12, 2017

Book Club Thursday: Clearing Off The Bookshelves

Hi Readers! Thanks for joining us here at Book Club Thursday. This week, my friends and fellow bloggers are Clearing off the Bookshelves. This is a way to try to make a dent in that gigantic TBR pile that we have. So we are each choosing a book that is at least six months old or older. I fell behind on longtime favorite Sherrilyn Kenyon, and I can't believe this is where I left off, in 2011!

The Guardian
Sherrilyn Kenyon
Published November 2011 by St. Martin's Press
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. Then there’s the beautiful 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...
Oops, I do admit I forgot about this one and already read the next, Retribution, last year. Good thing is they are set in different sections of the Dark-Hunter universe so it doesn't detract from enjoying the story. I also admit that my favorite Dark-Hunter stories are set in New Orleans. But hey, I am a sucker for the tortured hero storyline and this series has tons of them. This time around, our lead is a huge scary dude and half god born in Egypt  nearly 4500 years ago.
      First off, I thought this was pretty fast paced and got into it right away. Seth is enslaved in the Nether world to two demons as a Guardian enforcer and they  also take their abuse on him almost on a daily basis. Betrayed since he was a child, Seth can't recall one act of kindness or a day without pain. Lydia is a Dream Hunter and is trying to help prevent a curse that will darken the earth and humanity if not stopped by finding a special key that can withhold the darkness. She is found by Seth and held prisoner, but he keeps his cruel demon boss Noir from finding her. At first, of course she is scared of him, but she helps him fix his serious wounds when he returns from an assignment. She can't help noticing that he cleans up good when the war paint is removed. Seth is shocked after her help, but he is always waiting for the other shoe to drop. Eventually, they have a truce and get to slowly know each other, although Lydia has a secret that she is afraid to tell.
        So yeah, I felt so bad at all the cruel things that were Seth's whole life which touched my heart and I loved how Lydia eventually gave him something to believe in. There were a few new characters that tried to help and a revisit with a couple of more characters who still haven't received their own story yet. (Can you say Jaden?) I am going to try to catch up on this series this year, but I haven't a clue where my copy of Styxx disappeared to. At least that's not for another couple of  books. If I gave this a rating, for me it was 4 out of 5 stars.

And now, for a bonus, I saw that there is a little mini story for this couple while checking out the order of the Dark-Hunter books. I will try to read this little epilogue at the end of the week. I love an HEA.

Bonus Short story available for free on Kenyon's website. It is available in print in Dark Bites.

In Redemption, demigod Seth and Were-Hunter/Dream-Hunter Lydia
will see if light can shine through the darkness...

With new plot and storyline details, the bonus scene should only be read after finishing The Guardian.

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author, Sherrilyn Kenyon, who is proud of her mixed Cherokee heritage, lives a life of extraordinary danger… as does any woman with three sons, a husband, a menagerie of pets and a collection of swords that all of the above have a major fixation with. But when not running interference (or dashing off to the emergency room), she’s found chained to her computer where she likes to play with all her imaginary friends. With tens of millions of her books in print, in over one hundred countries, she certainly has a lot of friends to play with too.
In the last few years, she has placed more than 75 novels on the New York Times list in all formats including manga. This extraordinary bestseller continues to top every genre she writes, including young adult, manga, fantasy, science fiction and horror. Her current series include: The Dark-Hunters®, The League®, Deadman’s Cross, Lords of Avalon® and Chronicles of Nick®.
Her Lords of Avalon® novels have been adapted by Marvel, her Dark-Hunter novels are a New York Times bestselling manga published by St. Martins. and the Chronicles of Nick® manga are published by Yen Press. And keep your eyes pealed, her books are soon to be hitting both the big and little screens by the same group who specializes in turning beloved literary series into major movie franchises.

Thanks for stopping by! Join us next week, January 19th, for our monthly Free Day. Until then, Happy Reading!


  1. I'm glad you liked this one. It was not a favorite of mine in the series.

  2. I'm glad you liked this one. It was not a favorite of mine in the series.

    1. The story wasn't as complex as some of the others, but I liked the emotional pull of it.

  3. I really enjoyed this one too! I love her books. This one had a few very heartbreaking moments.

    1. It sure did! I want to read the little addition to it soon.