by Lilith Saintcrow
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Pub Date 21 Aug 2020 | Archive Date 06 Apr 2021
BelleBooks, Inc., ImaJinn Books
The Watchers, Book 6
He’s not the only one watching her. . .
For years Jorie Camden has been quietly helping her police friends pursue cold cases, and she’s paid the price over and over again, her talent for Finding stretched to the limit. Now something different is stalking the streets, taking children--something old, and foul, and Dark. The cops won’t admit there’s a problem, so what can a Lightbringer do but solve the mystery on her own?
Caleb is a Watcher of Circle Lightfall, and his mission is simple: protect the witch he’s assigned to--the witch who just happens to be able to touch him without causing agonizing pain. It’s his one shot at redemption, and it’ll take every weapon he has, plus his willingness to play dirty. Even if his witch seems to be chasing something no one can see.
Yet something Dark is indeed in their city. And now that it’s aware of pursuit, it has plans for Jorie and her talent--plans not even Caleb might be able to stop. . .
“Darkly compelling, fascinatingly unique. Lilith Saintcrow offers a breathtaking, fantastic ride.” --NYT bestselling author Gena Showalter
“The story will keep you on the edge of your seat. . .” --KD Did It Edits on The Demon’s Librarian
“This mind-blowing series remains a must-read for all urban fantasy lovers.” --bittenbybooks.com on Dante Valentine
About the author: Lilith Saintcrow lives in Vancouver, Washington, with her children, dogs, cat, a library for wayward texts, and assorted other strays.
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This book is immensely fascinating. I just couldn't put it down. I had a good.laugh at "Dreads don't belong on Wonder Bread"! This story is a finely crafted leap into a world.of Lightbringers, Watchers and the Dark. I highly recommend it.
Watcher Caleb is newly assigned to guard Jorie, a seer witch whose visions help her to "find" people and who uses gift to help the local police close cold cases, but Jorie and Caleb are also warriors in a battle kept secret from the mortal world and now the case connected Jorie's visions may have a perpetrator that is not an evil human but a dark presence.
It's been years since the last Watcher book. I am not sure how a new reader dropped into this world will pick things up, but I have a fondness for the series, having read the others when they were first published at a time when I was scouring the world for anything and everything in the new paranormal romance genre. I was happy to get another tale of another Watcher, a tortured gray souled "knight in leather", and the bright souled Lightbringer witch he is dedicated to protect, the witch who just so happens to be the only one whose presence can bring him freedom from pain. To call this PNR is a bit of a stretch. There is a bond but there isn't much in the way of romance - or even lusty longing. But then again events keep Caleb, a Watcher who is on the edge of the despair which signals his end, and Jorie, a psychic being plagued with visions of evil, in motion for most of the story and what brief moments of downtime they have is due to injury. Also both feel that they are unworthy, which gets in the way of being a true team.
One of the things that was interesting about this installment, is that we actually get to see a bit of the structure of the organization of Witches and Watchers, which was interesting, along with a new kind of witch (and a male one at that) we've never met before. It's been years since I read the other books but this felt a bit like it should be the foundation for more books, and more like there was the strengthening of what could be a background arc. I would be happy if there were more, I still enjoy this mate bond trope where the bond heals a tortured soul, and would happy to read more even though I do wish there was a just a wee bit more of the physical and emotional bonding in the stories.
As a warning: the Lightbringers and Watchers fight the Darkness, and what they battle here is truly evil and targets children - the attacks aren't 'in the moment' but there are a few gruesome descriptions of the aftermath.
ARC courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley- release date 8/21/2020
It’s been a while since I’ve read this author, but she’s been one I’ve liked. I saw this book, and even though it is part of a series, I thought I’d go ahead and try is as it seemed like it could be read as a standalone. I really didn’t have a problem with this being the sixth book, and to be honest, I think I’ve read some of the others but don’t remember. LOL! Anyway, this is a world where those with talents are watched over, so they aren’t killed by the Dark creatures, but their Watchers are changed every month. Jorie is a witch who I adored. She was both extremely kind and very tough. I loved how she wasn’t one who had to prove her strength, either; she knows when to let others fight her battles. I forgot how much I liked this author, and I hope she writes another book in the genres I like. Recommend. I was provided a complimentary copy which I voluntarily reviewed.
Ok, I found this extremely Interesting, as in I couldn’t put it down, but I have no idea what’s going on. Is this Earth in current times? Earth in the future? An alternate Earth? Why do these powers exist? Did they just happen, or are people born this way, or are they lab created? I am confused and I need to go back and start with the first novel. Four stars because it needed a prelude for newbies like me.
The story "Finder" is about a witch, Jorie, whose power is that she is drawn to crimes that have occurred. She has this incredible need to find the source of the crime and solve it. In the story every witch is vulnerable to the "dark" and thus has to have a watcher assigned to them. Jorie is assigned a watcher named Caleb who is determined to protect her.
I loved the development of the magical parts of this book. Jorie's dreams and how the dark creatures try to get to witches any way they can. I felt like it was well explained and created an interesting story overall. The romantic link between the watcher, Caleb, and the witch, Jorie could have been further developed. They did not have many moments in the story where I felt they had an emotional connection. It was like they just immediately were in love with no build up.
Overall a good book. I would recommend it just for the magical mystery storyline.
This is the first in the series The Watchers and can be read with no problem as a stand alone novel.
Jorie is a witch sho is liikeable and readers will be able to connect with her right away. The author ability to bring a fun characters to life with a dark background makes her stand out. Reader will love her because no one has to tell her to stand bac because she knows who she is and her strengths. The story is well paced, easy read for those who like supernatural suspense.
This story stands out because the author uses her ability to tell an amazing story with characters that feel read in a world that is not really real.
Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of Lilith Saintcrow Finder.
I received an advanced reader's copy of Finder (The Watchers Book 6) by Lilith Saintcrow from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This was the first book by Lilith Saintcrow that I had read and I was pleasantly surprised to find an enjoyable new author to follow.
I'm always a little leery about jumping into an on-going series without having read the prior novels, but the author - without belaboring things or slowing down the plot - explained new terms and made it pretty easy to catch up. The first thing I noticed was the world building in this novel. Lilith Saintcrow did a great job of making the universe that The Watchers series occupies feel very real and well rounded.
I quite liked the dynamic between witch Jorie Camden and her Watcher, Caleb. Even though it was obvious from their first meeting that the potential for love/soulmates was there, this was not a case of insta-love or adoration (which is good). I thought the pace of how the two primary characters first found common ground and learned to work together, then formed a relationship past witch/Watcher, and lastly fell in love was believable.
Both characters were well fleshed out and seemed real/true to the human experience (flaws and all). I like how both were vulnerable in ways and could act as a complement for the other to balance vulnerability and strength. Jorie and Caleb both had lots of layers and it made for a fantastic story.
The plot was well paced. Not too little or too much action, it really was "just right." When there wasn't action, you could see how the stage was being set for the next arc or see how Jorie and Caleb used that time to get to know each other and grow closer.
All in all, Finder by Lilith Saintcrow was an exciting read and I would recommend it to any romance/fantasy reader.
This is the first book by Lilith Saintcrow I read in a long time and I loved it.
It's a gripping and highly entertaining read that kept me hooked till the end.
Great world building and characters, a good romance and a very enjoyable plot.
I can't wait to read the next book, highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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