Book Review: The Guardian by Sherrilyn Kenyon

I don’t currently own a copy of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s The Guardian.  A book this special must be shared and so I have sent mine to a good friend and by the end of this weekend, I will have gone to buy myself another copy.  While I’m there, I’ll pick up an extra for one random commenter to this review.

The reason?  That’s easy.  Emotion.

Seth and Lydia’s story will evoke it from you, twist your heart and wring you of everything before it’s finished.  Notice I said before it’s finished with you and not the other way around.

Sherrilyn does not waste a second of your time in this book and neither will I trying to simply fill the page.  If you’re a writer, this is a great example of how it’s sometimes necessary to tell a story that’s going to break and then heal your reader’s heart.  Don’t be afraid to go there if you must.  If you’re a reader, hold on tight.  It’s going to be a devastatingly beautiful ride.  Trust me, you’re in good hands.

From Sherrilyn Kenyon’s website:

As a Dream-Hunter, Lydia has been charged with the most sacred and dangerous of missions. She’s to descend into the Nether Realm and find the missing god of dreams before he betrays the secrets that could kill all of them. 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 key to Olympus and the heart of Zeus, then his own life and soul will be forfeit. No matter the torture, he hasn’t been able to break the god in his custody. But when a rescuer appears, he decides to try a new tactic.

When these two lock wills, one of them must give. But Lydia isn’t just guarding the gates of Olympus, she’s holding back the darkest of powers. If she fails, an ancient evil will roam the earth once more and no one…

I give this one 5 out of 5 mermaid flippers and a GIGANTIC red heart!  If you’d like to be entered into the drawing for a copy of this wonderful book, just say so in the comments section by midnight EST February 10, 2012.

Happy Almost Valentines Day,

Carlene Mermaid ;&

28 thoughts on “Book Review: The Guardian by Sherrilyn Kenyon

  1. Well, I’m running to the book store today to pick you your copy of Francis Ray’s new book:), so now I’ve got to add Ms. Kenyon’s The Guardian – because of your review! Thank you for the tip!

    1. No problem, Denny! I cannot wait to see you this weekend with that Francis Ray book! I hope you enjoy The Guardian. You’ll have to let me know.

  2. This sounds like an amazing book! Is it part of a series or is it a stand-alone? Just wondering if I need to read books prior to it to get caught up….
    Because I’m definitely reading it!
    Thanks for such a heart-felt review!

    1. Hi Kim! It’s part of a series–two, actually, which intersect. The Dark Hunters and the Dream Hunters. There are roughly 20 other books that have already come out in these series but the great thing is they all stand alone. If you begin at the start, then you will understand the inside jokes and the characters’ relations a little better but it’s definitely not necessary. I read the fifth book in the series first and then went back and started with number one. So it’s up to you! I’ll put you in for the drawing 😉

  3. What a wonderful review, Carlene-Mermaid! You can enter me in the drawing if you would like. Can’t wait to read this – I am intrigued!

    1. Hi Kerri-Mermaid! Consider yourself entered. Remember what you need to pledge allegiance to 😉 and I’m happy to have sparked your intrigue.

  4. Ohhhh, you are going to get me to read all of these books aren’t you because you know I can’t start in the middle – it would go against the Virgo in me.

    1. Hahahaha, God bless the Virgo in you, Avery Mermaid! I am this close to daring you to reading them all from the start, just to see if you can resist the challenge. Hehehehe, what does your Virgo say to that?

  5. Hi Carlene, I will confess I’ve never read any of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s books, but I have admired her from a while. Her story of struggle and survival are certainly inspirational to any writer. I’m certainly going to put her on my TBR list. Thanks!

    1. Hi there! Yes, she is a very inspirational person in general, especially for writers. Not to mention warm, generous, hilarious…
      I hope you get to read one of her works soon. She’s a special lady!

    1. Thank you, Aunt Terry! One can never go wrong with a Sherrilyn Kenyon book. And for anyone not familiar with her, she also has some really awesome titles under the pen name Kinley Macgregor. Of course I recommend all of them but this one in particular, The Guardian, really touched my heart.

  6. Carlene your review has almost made me want to read this book.

    But I have a question?? What happened to Alaric, Algernon, Azikiel, Alaris.. what’s his name again?? The character with the doll that looks like Trent Reznor. The one where the guy dressed up as him looked nothing like the doll?????

    1. Oh, my, gosh. You crack me up! Acheron. His name is Acheron. Yes, his doll does look like Trent Reznor and I can’t believe I’m having a brain malfunction but I believe he’s mentioned in The Guardian, which I hope you will go from almost wanting to read to definitely wanting to read!

    1. Thanks, Mom. I borrowed that from Robin Mermaid. I think it’s very fitting for book reviews done here at the pond.

  7. This sounds like a great book. Thanks so much for the review. Another book I hope to read very soon is “Mistress in the Making” by Lynne Silver. I am hearing lots of great things about it. Maybe you can review that one as well. Just a suggestion!

  8. Hi Jennifer! I haven’t read “Mistress in the Making” but I LOVED “His Desirable Debutante”. Thank you for reading the review and I hope you get a chance to read it sometime. It’s so hearttouching.

  9. UPDATE!!! I am now (again) the proud owner of a copy of The Guardian and so is Kim. Thank you everyone who stopped by. Now go read that book!

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