Book Review: Lilith Saintcrow’s Fire Watcher

Posted August 1, 2012 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews

I received this book for free from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Lilith Saintcrow’s Fire Watcher

Fire Watcher


Lilith Saintcrow

paranormal romance that was published by ImaJinn Books on May 5, 2006 and has 188 pages.

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Other books by this author which I have reviewed include Hunter’s Prayer, Redemption Alley, Flesh Circus, Heaven's Spite, The Demon's Librarian, Dead Man Rising, Steelflower, The Devil’s Right Hand, Saint City Sinners, To Hell and Back, Death's Excellent Vacation, Chicks Kick Butt, Dark and Stormy Knights, Angel Town, Storm Watcher, Cloud Watcher, Mindhealer, The Iron Wyrm Affair, The Red Plague Affair, Dark Watcher, To Hell and Back

Third in The Watchers series based in Santiago City. The couple focus is on Remy and Elise Nicholson.

My Take

I guess I keep hoping that Saintcrow starts writing better characters. I do like the concept of the series and Saintcrow does write a nice homey sort of atmosphere. But I have a really difficult time with characters where I’m cheering for the good guys to die. Mari was so stupid in Storm Watcher, 2, and now there’s the idiotic Elise. When she goes to the warehouse, I found myself hoping the bad guys would take her out.

Sure, it’s kind of interesting to have some really hot warriors who can take out anything or any number of bad guys, but when they’re so meek and mild outside of battle. I dunno…I do love their devotion, though.

Elise, well, Elise just irritates the hell out of me. Whining all the time, angry at everyone if they just look at her. She refuses to listen to anything anyone says. She’s irresponsible — how old is she anyway, 10? — and the blinders she wears don’t help much.

The route Saintcrow chooses to get Elise to understand that Remy truly is here to help was a clever idea. I did like that.

Oh, yeah, I can see how awful that is “Theo and Mari are both happy. Yuck…

The Story

An ancient magical talisman has been found. And not by the good guys. Remy missed digging it up by just days and now he’s on its trail. One that leads him to his witch.

The Characters

Elise Nicholson is a fire wielding witch who sings with a band and paints. Her fire power has only increased her anger so that any little thing sets her off. I’d like to throw a match… Vann works at his Uncle Charlie‘s pawnshop when he’s not playing bass with Elise and Trevor is a new member of the band taking the recently deceased Mark’s place on drums.

Remy, a.k.a., the Hunter, is a Cajun boy whom the Circle Lightfall has had hunting down treasures and magical artifacts for some time now. Rescued from a wrongful conviction sentencing him to life in prison, he has become a Watcher, trained in battle and ignoring pain. Unless he should find his Lightbringer.

Theo and Dante came together in Dark Watcher, 1, while Mari and Hanson were the focus of Storm Watcher. Together, the three witches are the Guardians of Santiago City. Suzanne was their mentor and died in the first story. Abra is an Old One who sells information.

Lightbringers are witches. The Brotherhood is businessmen who want the power and artifacts to make money; the Crusade is a religious organization that wants to bring the Inquisition back for witches; and, the Circle Lightfall is an organization that wants to protect witches and psychics.

The Cover and Title

The cover looks like it’s from a graphic novel with Remy poised to fight the rainbow-colored monster coming over the edge of a building in this confluence of brick buildings in a back alley.

The title is about Remy for his witch is a fire power and he is her Fire Watcher.