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    Heartbreaking!

    This is the 5th book of Sanctuary, so many different characters that play an important role in the protection and future of all that live within. I would suggest that you read all the books in the series, so you get to know all the characters and the roles they play even though they are each standalones. They are all very good! This is the story of Gretchen, a Sister of the House of Lamidae and Alek a Gryphon and last of his kind, Protector of Sanctuary. Theirs is a forbidden love that has grown over 15 years of torture for Gretchen who has loved Alek when at 11 years of age she first looked upon the larger than life Protector. Alek has just realized that the child has grown into a woman and that his Gryphon wants her for his own, but he doesn't know what his beast does, having fled the veil as a teenager and being the last of his kind with no one to school him in the ways of the Gryphon. It is forbidden for any supernatural to be with one of the Sisters, they can only lay with humans to beget more Sisters to strengthen the sight. Gretchen has avoided laying with any human for 15 years. She only wishes to be with Alek and escapes the castle to be with the man she loves where they forge a bond that may very well be the salvation, if not the destruction of Sanctuary. Xerses has accomplished what he has been unable to achieve for thousands of years, he has removed the biggest defense in Sanctuary, but no matter what he tries, he has not been able to penetrate Sanctuary to it's fullest and his obsession will be his downfall. So much loss, pain and so many tears. I am an emotional mess. But I feel that all the loss and the forbidden love will overcome, at least I hope so. Ms. Shannan outdid herself with this one!
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    Best one yet !!

    Book #5 in this series finds us still in Sanctuary and still battling that hideous beast Xerse' and after reading this book I hope to goodness he is found and killed slowly, painfully, and torn to shreds. I do not even have the words really. I enjoyed this story and the story of Gretchen finally admitting her love for her Beast aka Alek aka Gryphon. But so much transpires once they decide to be together it is hard to stay happy for this couple. The members in Sanctuary have a battle of epic proportions to deal with and so many are lost. And yes the Author ripped my heart out with one of those deaths. I never saw that coming. The end left me wanting, hoping, and praying perhaps it really did not happen. But alas I think it does and all I can say is. I hope the next book in this series comes soon and that it gives me the revenge I need for my character. I enjoyed this book and would recommend you start with book one in this series. Although if you read from this book forward you would not miss a character or have, your heart ripped out hahaha.
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    Beauty and the beast - on steroids!

    It's like Beauty and the Beast on steroids!! Gretchen is a Lamidae sister and her duty is to have meaningless sex with a troupe of men in the hope of spewing forth a squad of children so that the Seer's visions become clearer and they can then track down more Protectors. Someone should maybe take a good look at Gretchen cos she is still a virgin and wants to stay that way. Unless of course she can get grumpy, brooding Alex to be her first. Alex has enjoyed his daily visits with Gretchen in the library. He has been there as she grew from inquisitive child to beautiful woman. He's not very happy when he realises that the Sisters are planning on basically forcing Gretchen to mate with some random human! Rose, the Lamasseu leader of Sanctuary has a battle on her hands protecting her people from her former brother in law. She needs all the help she can get and understands that it may not be palatable but she needs the seers visions to be sharper. Alex and Gretchen are magically marvellous. Alex may be 4000 yrs old but he is still a man and wants a mate. He just never envisaged who it would turn out to be! The Sisters are like a baby factory! I'd hate it there and I can so sympathise with Gretchen, she is being treated as a brood mare or womb for hire! I'm hoping that Xerxes will get his comeuppance soon cos I really need for him to have a bloody, long drawn out downfall!!
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    This book will knock your socks off!

    I will not attempt to summarize all the background story, as it is rather complex, but Krystal Shannan does a terrific job at recapping everything that has happened so far, so that a newcomer to the series will be able to enjoy it as much as a long-time fan. Gretchen is a Sister of the House of Lamidae, led by Rose. Gretchen is a Seer, and she has never left the castle where the Sisters reside. They are human but their collective powers as seers will allow them to strengthen their visions, thus making it possible to find the two remaining Protectors of the supernaturals on Earth, so they can eventually go home to Veil. All this is neither farfetched nor convoluted, as Krystal Shannan makes it all crystal clear – no pun intended. The Sisters must have children with human males, and Gretchen has resisted that requirement from the beginning, but time is running out for her. She is secretly in love with Alek Melos, a Gryphon, Alek is also enamoured of Gretchen, but anything more than friendship between them is forbidden, as Alek is a shifter. What are they to do? And dear readers, don’t presume for one second that you have guessed what will happen! MY GUARDIAN GRYPHON is a fabulously exciting book with breathtaking action sequences, and startling plot twists. Our favourite villain, the revoltingly mesmerising Xerxes, has definitely not mellowed, and he has even more secrets than I ever thought. Sanctuary is not safe anymore, and not everyone gets out alive! Amidst all the chaos and the violence, it turns out that Xerxes is not the only one keeping secrets. The worldbuilding of Sanctuary is already astounding, and Ms. Shannan adds to the mythology of this amazing series. The more you read MY GUARDIAN GRYPHON, the more you learn, the more you want to know! Krystal Shannan is an extremely talented writer, and it is always fascinating how well she conveys the characters’ various voices. MY GUARDIAN GRYPHON is told from 3 points of views: that of Gretchen’s, Alek’s, and Xerxes’, and all three are as different as the characters themselves. Even more surprising is that the sex scenes are totally Gretchen’s and Alek’s; even the sex scenes differ from book to book, and are entirely adapted to the specific characters, and this something that few authors seem to care about; here the sex scenes are of such tenderness, your heart will melt. Gretchen’s ordeal is absolutely heartbreaking, and Alek rises to the occasion. MY GUARDIAN GRYPHON is fast-paced, thrilling from the beginning, of boundless originality, and the imagery throughout is stunning. I didn’t know much about Gryphons, and Ms. Shannan painted an amazing visual of Alek as a Gryphon. This book is bursting with colours and emotions; a fabulous, fabulous read! I cannot wait for the next instalment of this fantastic series; it will be explosive! By the gods, don’t miss MY GUARDIAN GRYPHON! I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
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    OMG!!!!

    I loved the book!!! I've read every one in the series thus far BUT Krystal Shannon!!!! Why did you have to kill Eli😭😭😭😭!!!!! Rose I won't miss but Eli!!! My heart hurts for Gretchen's ordeal. All in all a very good read. Please kill Xerxes already.
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