This is a continuation of The Watchers series by Lynnie Purcell. That was such a great book series. This series begins a few years after the last series ended, about three years. After reading The Hunter, I must say that I am not quite as crazy about The Guardian Series so far.
The book is enjoyable. Clare and the other Saints travel the world saving people from the bad Watchers. The story opens with Clare on a mission in Bangkok when she encounters a potential threat who disappears as quickly as she appears.
Susan the Ranger makes another appearance, contacting Clare about a new horror threatening the peaceful little town of King’s Cross. This thing is pure evil and can infect victims. It creates a vision in Daniel that turns him into a nightstalker. Clare has to chase him for two days before catching him. Then, she has to stab him in the shoulder to keep him from running off again. She has to invade his mind to reach the logical person who is Daniel.
Clare and Daniel return home only to learn that Reaper is suspiciously missing. Once Alex realizes that Reaper is missing, she knows she can find him. She knows they are connected enough that she can find him out in the woods and she knows right away that there is something not quite right with him. Yet, she wonders if they should break up. So, she avoids him. This particular story arc is not really the most logical and is one of my least favorite of all the storylines from all the books. Alex, who has a vital character from the beginning is barely a part of this book.
The Hunter is a tar creature that was trapped by Farrah because it had become so evil. As far as villains go, it is definitely different. How do you know who fight when the bad guy could be wearing anyone’s skin? At the same time, how do you convince a desperate group of watchers that your death will do nothing to change their fates?
This book seems to lag sometimes with nothing actually happening… nothing except hunting for the Hunter, talking to the Angel Mathias and helping Daniel’s brain have a seizure. When the fight finally comes it is sort of anti-climatic. The excitement starts when Mathias gets involved in the fight as well. He and Clare make a great team for destroying tar monsters.
The cliff-hanger at the end of the book, however, is brilliant. There is such a strong desire to see what happens to Clare, when and how she and Daniel find each other again, etc…
Overall, this book is a good read. It is not as great as the books in The Watcher Series, but it is just the first book of The Guardian Series. It is obvious that Lynnie loves these characters. I look forward to reviewing the rest of the books in this series.
Overall a 3 out of 5 stars.