"Fantastic urban fantasy"
As a Helper to Protector Alana Devlin, Carrick "Rick"
Murphy watches her back and protects her when she is
battling creatures from the Otherworld. His vocation
doesn't leave him much time for a love life but when he
meets librarian Ruth Westland he can't help but falling in
love with her and cherishes having a normal relationship
with her. This proves to be a difficult feat when he has
to keep leaving her to battle a monster killing men in a
horrible fashion in Las Vegas.
Devlin believes a sorceress summoned these creatures from
the Otherworld to do her bidding. When Alana's sister
Fiona casts a spell she sees the sorceress and draws a
picture of her. Rick recognizes her as Joan's next door
neighbor Lisette. The Devlin sisters ward Joan's apartment
to protect her but all it does is make Lisette want to
harm Joan. Rick uses his strength, with the help of the
Devlins to keep Joan safe but nobody is prepared when
Lisette grabs him. Only Joan, using her empathic powers,
has a chance of saving Rick before Lisette kills him.
Jennifer A. Ruth has written a fantastic urban fantasy in
the tradition of the works of Tanya Huff and Mercedes
Lackey She place magical creatures in a mundane world and
makes them so believable that readers will entertain the
possibility that these magical entities actually exist.
There is enough fantasy, horror and romance in THE
GUARDIAN to keep fans of the three genres very happy.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted August 12, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 25, 2007