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.