Dark Watcher (Watcher Series #1)

Dark Watcher (Watcher Series #1)

by Lilith Saintcrow


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Dark Watcher (Watcher Series #1) by Lilith Saintcrow

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780975965320
Publisher: BelleBooks
Publication date: 10/08/2004
Series: Watcher Series , #1
Pages: 178
Sales rank: 567,462
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)

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She sensed a glamour, a spell to help people see only what they wanted to see when they looked at him. She narrowed her eyes, looking under the shield of magick, and saw that he was wearing knives strapped to his body, and a pair of bright silver guns. And to top off the utter impossibility, he had the leather-wrapped hilt of a sword poking up over his left shoulder.

What, he just couldn't find anything else to wear this morning? she thought, and found herself backing up.

Theo took two more startled steps back, her left hip hitting the glass cabinet that held the cash register. She barely noticed the flare of pain that caused. "What are you?" she asked, and saw something--a blush--rising up his clean-shaven cheeks. Blushing. A man who knew her name came strolling into her shop wearing guns, and he was blushing?

"You might not believe me," he said, and pulled something that looked like a business card out of his pocket. He offered it to her, still not looking up at her face. "I have several things to tell you, and I just..." He trailed off.

Theo couldn't back up any more. The glass cabinet was behind her. The air in the store stirred uneasily, the wards sensing her fear. How had he gotten through them, armed like that? "What are you?" she asked again. "Was that you, following me last night?"

He was still offering her the card. "All I can tell you right now..." He broke off and glanced at Suzanne. Theo looked back at Elise, who was leaning against a bookcase, grinning. "...is that you're in danger, and I'm here to help."

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Dark Watcher (Watcher Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Circle of Lightfall assigns Dante the Watcher to protect healing Lightbringer Theodora Morgan. Upon seeing her for the first time at her shop the Magick Cauldron bookstore, Dante informs his peer Hanson that he cannot understand why the Dark would attack this green witch, two other witches (Elise Nicholson and Marianne Niege), and their teacher Suzanne Hanson explains the enemy is on a Crusade and these three naive Lightbringers and their ignorant mentor are a beacon in the Dark that the other side wants snuffed. Dante quickly realizes that Theo is his witch by simply being able to touch her as he knows a Lightbringer¿s touch brings pain to a Watcher due to part of their nature that includes a Dark element except if she is his. However, he also learns she is ignorant about the whole war and her being a Lightbringer surrounded by the forces of the Dark. Instead she just gently wants to heal him from his mental anguish although he frightens her. --- DARK WATCHER is a fascinating paranormal romance that opens the Watcher saga. The story line is fast-paced once Dante enters the bookstore to talk to Theo with the other three females hovering protectively near her especially Suzanne. Whereas Theo is a gentle healer, readers never see Dante¿s dark side even while battling deadly adversaries although that is referenced too often so that he seems incomplete. Still fans will appreciate Lilith Saintcrow¿s paranormal modernization of the Crusade. --- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
A truly great read!! The fantasy genre is richer for the writing of this book and the reader will be richer in experience in the reading of it. A story that should thrill any fantasy fan. In the world of magic, Theodora is a powerful young witch and member of a coven of four. They are women with many enemies through no fault of their own, enemies who seek to destroy them and others like them. Dante and Hanson are watchers, sent to protect two of the witches when they discover the number is four and help is needed to keep them alive. Dante is strongly drawn to Theodora and looks on her as 'his' witch. He will do his duty whether or not she looks on him with favor. Dark Watcher sparkles wit color and a sense of suppressed excitement as Dante and Hanson try to keep their witches plus two alive until help can arrive. Their battles with the forces of darkness are terrific and terrifying, edge-of-the-seat reading. The description in this book is so well drawn, you will see clearly the characters. You will smell and see the green aura that follows Theodora as she goes out to help others knowing she puts herself in mortal danger. Highly recommended as a book that will please any reader, offering a glimpse into the world of magic as not seen before. Enjoy. I sure did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All Thea wanted was a simple life, running her magic shop with her best friend Suzanne, maybe getting to go to Mexico someday. She's hardly the type you'd expect to be one of the most powerful Lightbringers to ever live, but she is, unknown to herself until her Watcher finds her. In taking her under his protection, Dante draws her into the war between light and darkness that has raged for centuries. As the passion between them ignites, so does the battle, forcing them to make choices and sacrifices that will affirm life and rend their hearts. In this story, the contrast between the lightly humorous world Thea has existed in and the seriousness of her new life has the same effect of light and shadow in a Renoir, making a sharp distinction in the mind's eye so that the poignant end is even more so.
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Sable677 More than 1 year ago
I haven't read a book by Lilith Saintcrow that I haven't liked, and Dark Watcher proved to be another amazing read by this author. In Dark Watcher, Saintcrow has created a new world full of magic and the paranormal with Light and Dark as well as action/adventure and even some romance. Theo and Dante are the book's main couple although they are surrounded by some great secondary characters in Theo's friends and Dante's fellow Watcher. Both Theo and Dante are well developed throughout the book and it is easy to see why these two are perfect for each other with Theo being the light to Dante's dark. The book is full enough twists and turns to keep the reader interested, and while this book could be read as a standalone, it sets up the next book perfectly. Overall Dark Watcher proved to be an amazing read, and I am looking forward to reading more from this series. Received a copy of Dark Watcher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
matiah More than 1 year ago
Dark Watcher by Lilith Saintcrow is the first book of the Watcher Series.  The story comes to an ending per say, there are no cliffhangers, but things are left open for the next installment. In a modern world where witches are hunted, the watchers are their guardians.  Theo is a rare witch called a Lightbringer.  Unfortunately for Theo, her ability brings unwanted attention from mean ugly things that are meant to hunt her down.  Enter Dante.  Dante’s sole purpose in life is to watch over witches.  He is supposed to protect them from the aforementioned mean ugly things.  Dante is a tortured sole whose suffering will not be eased until he finds the one special witch that is meant to be his and his alone.  In other words, he hurts until he finds The One.  You know, the yin to his yang, the peanut butter to his jelly, the cheese to his crackers.  As it just so happens, Theo is the one for Dante.  The story involves them dancing around each other while trying to find a way to fight the evil forces that be. The world Saintcrow has created is somewhat original.  Consisting of witches, demons, and crusaders a group of women and their watchers have to stave off the evil that is after them.  The plot isn't bad, it is a pretty simple and straightforward one of good vs. evil.  Saintcrow’s writing is smooth, and is easily read.  It is just the characters and the action of the story that I had some problems with. I hate to criticize any writer’s body of work.  But I was given this ARC in exchange for an honest review so honest I must be.  That being said, I will be as respectful as I possibly can. The characters seemed a little flat to me.  They didn't seem very deep and didn't evolve very much, if it all, throughout the story.  They very much are at the end who they were in the beginning.  In a novel such as this, I would have liked to see a little development.  Also, the action seemed a little stagnant.  Nothing every really seemed to happen.  Sure you had a few fights between Dante and the creepy crawlies, but I felt like the characters were going around in circles most of the time. The choice of dialogue was somewhat nice.  It was clean and lacked some of the more unfavorable descriptive terms often found in romance novels.  Just to be clear there are no naughty scenes in this book.  It is PG rated. For example, words like slurp, juices, etc. were not to be found. However, the dialogue was a bit repetitive.  Everyone just kept saying the same things over and over.  Nothing ever seemed to get accomplished really, just voicing the same thoughts again and again. Overall, the book wasn't bad (trust me I've read worse), just a little boring to me.  The events and dialogue of the story just didn't hold my attention.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great new take on witches and the evil that stalks them.
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