Sister of the Dead by Barb & J.C. Hendee

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Saga of the Noble Dead

Book Review: 1 Treasure Boxes
Saga of the Noble Dead, Series 1, Book 3 (S1, B3)
Publisher: Roc; 1st ed edition (January 4, 2005), Paperback: 416 pages, Language: English, ISBN-10: 045146009X, ISBN-13: 978-0451460097


Margiere, a dhampir; Leesil, a half-elf; Wynn, a young scholar and Chap, a fay-creature in the form of an intelligent dog continue their adventures, this time tracking down Margiere’s past. And a very interesting past it is, the story reveals how Margiere came to be and hints at why she was created.

Barb and J. C. Hendee have written two series in the Saga of the Noble DeadSister of the Dead  is the third book in the first series.  There are six books in Series One. Series Two has Wynn, the scholar from series one; Chane, an undead vampire; and Chap’s offspring as the protagonist.  Currently there are 3 books in series two. There is also a third series expected at some point in the future. The series falls into the high-fantasy genre.  The story takes place in a simpler time where there are no modern conveniences and if you want to get somewhere you either walk, ride a horse or take a boat.  The story is told in the third person narrative primarily from Magiere’s perspective.  But at times it is also  from some of the other characters, including the vampires.

After reading just the first few pages, I thought the book was good.While I was reading the beginning, I enjoyed it, the only problem was finding the time to read, probably because I found it a bit slow in the middle.  The story did have a few conclusions, but it didn’t really resolve anything although it did reveal more about Margiere’s purpose and her relationship to Welstiel.  Their adventure will continue in the next book, which will take them to the source of the evil. Hopefully, it will be more like the second book.

I gave this book 1 treasure box. And I am not rushing out to read the next book, I am not sure if I ever will.

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Traitor to the Blood by Barb and J.C. Hendee

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Saga of the Noble Dead

Book Review: 1 Treasure Box
Noble Dead, Series 1, Book 4 (S1B4)
Publisher: Roc (January 2, 2007), Sold by: Penguin Publishing, Format: Kindle Edition, File Size: 591 KB, Print Length: 416 pages, Language: English, ASIN: B000S1LE6K

The story has a great beginning with our unlikely heroes protecting the peasants that are being slaughtered by the tyrants forces. We get more insight into Leesil’s history, he has come back home to the town where his family was held captive and forced to become assassins. Leesil is searching his past in hopes of finding his partents.  He ran away from them to escape his horrific existance, but at a potential cost of his parent’s lives. This book looks closely at tyranny and what it does to the people that have to live under it, how it decimates hope and destroys community.

Barb and J. C. Hendee have written two series in the Saga of the Noble DeadTraitor to the Blood is the fourth book in the first series. This series has Margiere, a dhampir; Leesil, a half-elf; Wynn, a young scholar and Chap, a fay-creature in the form of an intelligent dog as the protagonists. There are six books in Series One. Series Two has Wynn, the scholar from series one; Chane, an undead vampire; and Chap’s offspring as the protagonist.  Currently there are 3 books in series two. There is also a third series expected at some point in the future.

The story line did not really progress much with this book.  There was very little action in this book and not very much happened. Although I did enjoy the action scene in the beginning as well as the escape scene at the end. I was a bit frustrated with the plot idea that it is better to keep an evil tyrant alive than allow the country to fall into mayhem and civil war if he was to die.  I thought this was rather stupid.  Why would this happen? If the tyrant can keep things together, why then can not someone else?  But we need to accept this premise for the story to continue. We do get to learn a bit more about Leesil and his past.  It was also rather surprising to learn that Chane did not die. During this book we come to realize that the Evil Enemy is being sought my many different groups.

The story did have a conclusion to the plot-line of searching out Leesil’s parents, but it did not resolve anything about the Evil Enemy.  I haven’t been overwhelmed with this series, I am not sure if I am going to read any more books.  There are so many other, better series out there.  Maybe one day I will try again as I am curious see how it all ends.

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Thief of Lives by Barb & J.C. Hendee

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Saga of the Noble Dead

2 Treasure Boxes Saga of the Noble Dead, Series 1, Book 2 (S1B2) Publisher: Roc; First Edition edition (January 6, 2004), Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages, Language: English, ISBN-10: 0451459539, ISBN-13: 978-0451459534

Magiere, Leesil and Chap continue their adventures. One of the vampires from book one escaped and is now causing trouble in another town, Magiere has been called in to save the town.  In the process she meets a new character in the book, a young scholar named Wynn. Welstiel re-appears and we learn more about him and his plans.We learn more about the Elves plus alot more about Leesils’s history which was interesting. Barb and J. C. Hendee have written two series in the Saga of the Noble Dead.  Thief of Lives  is the second book in the first series.  There are six books in Series One. Series Two has Wynn, the scholar from series one; Chane, an undead vampire; and Chap’s offspring as the protagonist.  Currently there are 3 books in series two. There is also a third series expected at some point in the future. The series falls into the high-fantasy genre.  The story takes place in a simpler time where there are no modern conveniences and if you want to get somewhere you either walk, ride a horse or take a boat.  The story is told in the third person narrative primarily from Magiere’s perspective.  But at times it is also  from some of the other characters, including the vampires. I really enjoyed this book, much more than book one.  I decided to read this book because sometimes it takes a while to build up a storyline, also I had nothing else to read so I thought I would give it a chance.There was good character development in this book for everyone. Welstiel and his machinachinations are interesting and grap your attention. The book was good in that it was a complete story yet it also alluded to a bigger mystery.  It kept you wanting more, which was why I went out and bought the third book.  If you want to read about a new high-fantasy concept with Dhampirs and Elves then you might want to give this series a try. To Purchase: “Thief of Lives” from Amazon, click here or on picture above

Dhampir by Barb & J.C. Hendee

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Saga of the Noble Dead

Book Review: 1 Treasure Boxes
Saga of the Noble Dead, Series 1, Book 1 (S1B1)
Publisher: Roc (January 7, 2003), Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages, Language: English, ISBN-10: 0451459067, ISBN-13: 978-0451459060

I like the premise of the series because it is different from your run of the mill vampire stories.   The Noble Dead series are fantasy books with vampires, vampire hunters and elves. It is original. The series revolves around Magiere, who had a human mother and a vampire father. This makes her special, she can go out in the day, yet she also has special powers which make her the perfect vampire hunter. Her traveling companion is Leesil a half elf who has his own secrets. To round out the group there is a very special, long-lived dog named Chap.  In the beginning of the book Magiere and team are scamming villagers into believing they are vampire slayers, by the end of the book, they become what they have been pretending to be.

Barb and J. C. Hendee have written two series in the Saga of the Noble DeadDhampir  is the first book in the first series.  There are six books in Series One. Series Two has Wynn, the scholar from series one; Chane, an undead vampire; and Chap’s offspring as the protagonist.  Currently there are 3 books in series two. There is also a third series expected at some point in the future. The series falls into the high-fantasy genre.  The story takes place in a simpler time where there are no modern conveniences and if you want to get somewhere you either walk, ride a horse or take a boat.  The story is told in the third person narrative primarily from Magiere’s perspective.  But at times it is also  from some of the other characters, including the vampires.

I liked Dhampir because although it was predictable, there were enough new surprises to keep it interesting.  I also really liked the characters. I did not find it to be very captivating, yet it was interesting enough to hold my attention. There are a couple of rousing battle scenes between Magiere, Leesil and chap against a trio of vampires.  I liked how the vampires are painted as individuals with good and bad qualities (while most of them,) at times you feel sorry for them.

I enjoyed the book enough to be intrigued to see where the series was going so I read the next book in the series: Thief of Lives. If you want to read about a new high-fantasy concept with Dhampirs and Elves then you might want to give this series a try.