Dark Watcher (Watcher Series #1)

Dark Watcher (Watcher Series #1)

by Lilith Saintcrow

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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

BN ID: 2940150751323
Publisher: ImaJinn Books, Inc.
Publication date: 10/08/2004
Series: Watcher Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 188
Sales rank: 236,033
File size: 3 MB

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Dark Watcher (Watcher Series #1) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 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.
Darla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is another author I discovered while bloghopping--this time, through a religion blog called "God and Consequences" which is no longer around. Darnit.Theodora is a witch who's finally found a place where she can settle down, with three other magically-inclined women. All she wants is to be safe and comfortable, and maybe to take a nice vacation to Mexico, lie on the beach a while.But that's not very likely, when there are forces out there who want her dead.Enter Dante, a Watcher, who works for Circle Lightfall, a paranormal organization. It's his job as a Watcher to watch over a witch--Theodora in particular.Watchers are formerly violent men who were saved from death and turned into guardians with supernatural strength. Being around witches is painful for them, unless it's the one witch who's their witch (aka soulmate). The prospect of finding their one witch keeps them in line.So Dante and a buddy show up and protect Theo and friends. Somewhere along the line, he gives her the low-pressure spiel about joining Circle Lightfall.Okay. Not going to write a synopsis of the entire book, though it's tempting. I think a very large part of why I didn't love this book is the glut of paranormal romance out there. If I'd never read about real witches before, or guardians, or supernatural soulmates, I'd be enthralled. As it is, I didn't see anything here that I haven't seen a hundred times before.I also didn't really bond with the characters. The women all seemed... muted, somehow. They didn't seem to want anything very strongly. In fact, their main goal is a negative--to be left alone. Even when the climax comes and they do have to fight for their peace, they take what to me seems to be a lazy and short-sighted (or maybe just narrow) option. Even Theodora's desire for a vacation in Mexico--it's mentioned pretty frequently, but she doesn't seem to really want it all that badly--it's just something she daydreams about off and on.The men were better--they were fighting for something. And I never did understand why Theo & co. were so against Circle Lightfall, beyond a bland wish to be peaceful.My biggest problem with the book was the ending: I could not understand why they made the choices they made. But more than that, I couldn't forgive them for their isolationist point of view.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not bad. Makes me want to read the others in the series again - this is the first and I'm reading it fourth. So I knew pretty well what happened - even about the spell and Suzanne - but now I can't remember in detail what happened later on, with Hansen and the others. I do remember some of the things I learned as a reader about Circle Lightfall and Watchers - Dante is less down on himself than some of the others, he's merely willing to totally subordinate himself to his witch (except in the matter of her safety). Not bad, not wonderful, but a good intro to this universe.
Kiratala More than 1 year ago
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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