Mindhealer (Watcher Series #5)

Mindhealer (Watcher Series #5)

by Lilith Saintcrow

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"In the Watchers series, Saintcrow writes stories that are almost always nonstop action from beginning to end. Her women are kick-ass strong, her men ruggedly handsome and dedicated to the women they serve. It isn't a bad combination at all." --CJReading

The Witch:

The attacks are brutal, leaving the victims unconscious and broken. A powerful Mindhealer might be able to piece together what's happening to these crushed bodies and shattered minds, so Caroline Robbins is pulled away from her relatively quiet life. A Mindhealer is incredibly vulnerable to the Dark--and Caro refuses even the idea of having a Watcher. She won't have another man die in front of her, and that's that. Unfortunately, the Watcher she just ran into has other ideas . . .

The Watcher:

Caro, the witch Merrick rescues from the dogs of the Dark, is obnoxiously stubborn, infuriating, and seemingly determined to throw herself into every dangerous situation possible. It's enough to drive a man insane, and definitely enough to make a Watcher frustrated. How is he supposed to protect her, especially when she insists she doesn't need a Watcher? But Caro is going to need all of Merrick's skill and strength sooner than anyone guesses. The attacks haven't stopped, and the closer Caro gets to solving the mystery, the more danger she's in. Because she's the next victim--unless Merrick can save her. And Merrick just might die in the line of fire if Caro can't find a way to keep her Watcher safe.

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: 2940151292771
Publisher: ImaJinn Books, Inc.
Publication date: 04/15/2008
Series: Watcher Series , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 204
Sales rank: 242,470
File size: 3 MB

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Mindhealer (Watcher Series #5) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review** Caro was a strong mindhealer going to Altamira. She specially trained the mindhealers and seers. Caro had been a foster kid who heard voices. Trev was Caro's little brother and wanted her to travel with a watcher. He was a light bringer, an air witch. Merrick was a watcher who saved Caro's life as she'd gotten lost and had been attacked. He then realized she was his witch. Humans and psychics were being attacked. That had started about 6 months ago. They were found mostly on the north side of town. There was a sense of something not right. Only mindhealers could smell that the air was fowl around someone that had been attacked. There had been 14 attacks, 8 victims were already dead. Having their own witch was the only way the watcher could make up whatever bloody acts or series of acts had tortured them into becoming something inhuman to atone for it. Caro was a mindhealer, very mentally and physically strong. She was a good person through and through. She could be stubborn and determined. When she decided something, it was nearly impossible to change her mind. She was afraid to have another watcher. I really enjoyed her character. Merrick was mentally and physically strong. he knew his job and knew it well. Then he saved Caro and knew she was his witch. He didn't feel he deserved her, but he'd give his all to protect her, even against her will. I rooted for him all through this story. I loved this story, the characters and the plot. I do hope another comes out. I highly recommend it.
plappen More than 1 year ago
Part of a series, this book is about a modern-day society in the middle of a long-term war between the forces of Light and Dark. Caroline (Caro) Robbins is a Mindhealer, a special kind of witch. She has the ability to go into the mind of someone who has been psychically ravaged by Dark forces, and repair the damage. During an ill-advised drive to a safe house in the city, Caro almost becomes the next victim. She is rescued by a Watcher named Merrick, and brought to the safe house. Watchers and Witches are never supposed to physically touch; if they do, the physical reaction is something like a severe electric shock. When Merrick touches Caro, and nothing happens, he realizes that the two are bonded. The Watcher/Witch relationship is much more than just a lifelong, 24-hour bodyguard. Merrick is bound by honor and duty to never let Caro out of his sight, and to sacrifice his life, if necessary, to keep her alive. This is despite Caro's extreme disinterest in having another Watcher. Her previous Watcher died in the line of duty, and she is determined to not go through that again. The safe house is under nearly constant attack by Dark forces, despite being covered in magical protection spells. Being saved by Merrick, more than once, has not blunted Caro's very wide stubborn streak. During one trip inside a victim's mind, a waiting Dark carnivore almost makes a psychic, and physical, meal out of Caro. Merrick is tormented by not wanting to disobey her, wanting to handcuff her, and sit on her, to keep her out of danger, and the tendency of his crotch to do the thinking, instead of his brain. Do they survive the attacks? My only complaint about this book is that it is not the first in the series; I am one of those who has to read a series in order. It's a first-rate piece of writing, with enough romance and emotion between Caro and Merrick (maybe a little too much). Even for those who don't think that they like dark fantasy stories, this is very much worth reading.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think I like this one the best of the series. They've both got a bit of the 'I am not worthy' going, but Merrick is willing to ignore it in favor of keeping her safe, and Caro is eventually convinced he really doesn't want to leave. The story - the situation - is interesting, and definitely left open-ended (so there could be more Watcher books!), but what I really enjoy is the characters and their interactions. I think I like Merrick and Caro best of all the Watchers and Lightbringers. No whining or cringing here - or at least, not enough cringing, in Merrick's view! I need to read the whole series again. I definitely prefer her romances to Dante Valentine, and probably to Jill Kismet, I should also check out her YA books. Saintcrow writes very solidly and realistically, and I don't like the books that don't leave enough room for hope. The romances are a nice mixture of darkness and light - nothing's easy, but things end better than they began.
Justy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the 5th book in the Watcher series and I think it is my favorite. Merrick is great fun, more 'human' than some of the other watchers have been. He needs it as the witch he bonds with tests his convictions all the way through the book. Caro is determined to never have another watcher and does all she can to make Merrick leave her alone. Of course this isn't going to happen and the road to acceptance is fun to follow.
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JeriTRyan More than 1 year ago
The Mindhealer by Lilith Saintcrow is the fifth book of the watchers series and I have to admit that I do not know the other books – so this was a first for me. I really liked the world that the author created but I had serious issues with Caro. I totally could not connect to her as she felt more like a child. Merrick on the other side is a pure male – so it totally needs magic to make this work for the reader and somehow it did not fully work for me. The writing itself is good and the storyline is intriguing therefore I do not regret the time I spend with this book. I just could not fully enjoy it. But still I think I will pick up the other books at some point to get a better feeling for this author.
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