The Guardian (Dark Hunter #20)

The Guardian (Dark-Hunter, #20; Dream-Hunter, #5; Were-Hunter, #6; Hellchaser, #3)The Guardian Summary:
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...

The Guardian Review:
I loved this book! It was a huge step away from the previous book, back into the setting that we know and love. This wasn't in New Orleans but it did touch on character such as Nick. We also got a lot more in-depth look at Noir's and Thorne's realm,Adarian's history with Noir, and a huge insight into many more characters. This was a great choice for Ms. Kenyon to write. It gave back the feeling that of the previous books in the Dark Hunter series. Previous threads are brought back to life, and it was a little bit complex because we had to remember the story lines. Lucky for us, Ms. Kenyon did a wonderful job explaining everything to us!

I loved that the characters could stand up by their own, the while the secondary characters had a personality of their own, they didn't overpower them. It helped bring the main characters to life but stopped there. Seth is Egyptian Demi-God that has been a servant to Noir for roughly 2,000 years. Most definitely a tortured hero, but he wasn't overdone. He was much like Zarek, but not as worldly, and that's saying something! He was surly yet vulnerable, damaged but humorous. Lydia was his opposite. She is brave as she literally goes to hell to save her father. She is loyal, even in the face of a demon she doesn't give away any information. And she isn't stupid! She didn't instantly fall in love with Seth, she was cautious and even helpful, One example was she taught Seth how to use a computer! It was adorable and is a real life experience for many of us.

She gave him a droll look. "What do you do for entertainment? Other than surf online porn, that is." (Lydia)
"I'm not surfing porn." He didn't realize he could do that, but now that she brought it up...
Where would he go to find it? He hadn't had the computer long. Only a little more than a week. (Seth)

It was hilarious at times yet heartbreaking at times. And while teaching Seth how to use a computer, she sent out an e-mail to her father to warn him about the situation. They were suspicious of each other and learned, through the battles they faced, how to trust and love one another. They constantly butted heads which made it very amusing to watch about.

“I wouldn’t hurt you for anything. Not now. In the beginning, yes. But…” She braced herself for whatever off-the-wall reaction he might have. “I love you, Seth. I just wanted you to know that.”
Seth froze as he heard the last thing he’d ever expected someone else to say to him. The one thing no one ever had. “What?”
“I love you. And only you.”

One moment that breaks my heart even know to think about is when Seth saw sunlight for the first time. Mind you, it was just a picture on the computer but it was heartbreaking that this was as close as he had seen for the past two thousand years. On top of that he had just discovered music as well.

He blinked twice, then met her gaze. "Can we see sunlight on it?"
"Sure." She did an image search.
The moment the photos displayed on the screen, his jaw went slack. Dropping to his knees, he reached for the laptop and reverently touched the first image of the sun shining through a set of clouds. "Does it still look like that?" He spoke as if he were whispering a prayer.
That sense of wonder in his voice and on his face brought tears to her eyes as she realized something else about him. "How long has it been since you last saw daylight?"
He refused to take his gaze off the images. "I don't know. A long time." His awed expression made her want to cry for him. She couldn't imagine being banned from daylight and the rest of the world.

I loved see Ash, Solin and Sav back in action. We got a lot of history on Solin so I'm hoping that his story is coming up soon. We also get to see a lot more of the Egyptian gods, Set, Menyara and Maahes. I am curious to see the explanation for why Set left his own son to such a horrible fate. Like any other Dark Hunter book, the sarcasm was so thick that it could have been cut with a knife. The action was great and we got to meet another Primary God, Verlyn who plays a very special role in the Chronicles of Nick! We got humor, action, and a love story that made my heart pound.

Overall, it was an amazing book! One of the best in the series and I hope that Ms.Kenyon can write more like this in the future books. It was definitely a 5 star book!

“My name is Seth,” he whispered in her ear, knowing she couldn’t hear him. Even so, he wanted her to know.”

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