96. Guardians, by Heather Frost
Guardians is the conclusion to Frost's Seers trilogy, so if you haven't read the previous books, I apologize in advance for any inadvertent spoilers!
At the end of the previous book, Demons, Patrick has a vision where he sees Kate, the seer he loves, dying. Guardians opens with Patrick determined to protect Kate at all costs--even if his protection means that Kate is unable to help defeat the Demon Lord.
This book started off quite slowly, I thought. For all the talk at the beginning of the book about how much danger everyone is in, there's little actual threat in their day-to-day life, and Patrick, Kate, Kate's friend Lee, and Kate's twin sisters go about their daily business much as usual--although the looming threat does intensify when Kate discovers that the Demon Lord has put a million dollar bounty on her head.
Luckily, the last third of the book is much better than the first two-thirds. After a failed attempt to kill the Demon Lord, Kate finds herself and her family surrounded by enemies. The peril this time is very real and the pacing of the plot moves swiftly toward the end. A few plot moments were even genuinely shocking.
At the end, though, I was a little disappointed that some of the real peril was resolved with less consequence than their could (should?) have been. And while I liked the characters, I didn't love them--for one thing, I started to get annoyed at how often Patrick and Kate told each other what wonderful people they were. I'd rather *see* their wonderful characters in action than hear, again, about how virtuous/smart/brave etc. they are.