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Dhampir (Noble Dead Series #1)

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Overview

She hunts the realm’s most dangerous game.

Her fees are exorbitant.

She’s worth every coin she receives.

Or is she?

Magiere has earned a reputation as the most formidable vampire slayer in the land. Villagers far and wide welcome her with both awe and disdain—grateful to her for ridding their towns of the undead menace, but finding ...

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Overview

She hunts the realm’s most dangerous game.

Her fees are exorbitant.

She’s worth every coin she receives.

Or is she?

Magiere has earned a reputation as the most formidable vampire slayer in the land. Villagers far and wide welcome her with both awe and disdain—grateful to her for ridding their towns of the undead menace, but finding themselves made poorer for their salvation. Magiere knows she’s dealing with simple folk, who only wish to have their superstitions silenced, and sees nothing wrong with exploiting them for profit.

Now, tired of the game, Magiere and her partner, the half-elf Leesil, are ready to hang up their weapons and settle down in a place they can finally call home. But their newfound peace will not last—for Magiere has come to the attention of a trio of powerful and dangerous vampires who know her true identity—and fear the birthright that flows through her veins. And they will stop at nothing to keep Magiere from fulfilling her destiny.

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Editorial Reviews

Fred Cleaver
Dhampir maintains a high level of excitement...—The Denver Post
Don D'ammassa
A well conceived imagined world, some nasty villains, and a very engaging hero move this one into the winners' column.—"Critical Mass" Book Reviews
KLIATT
Magiere is a professional charlatan, bilking superstitious villagers by pretending to slay vampires. But she and her half-elven partner have been on the road a long time, and she wants to retire to coastal Miiska. How was she to know that the town was actually the home of three powerful, dangerous, very real vampires? And while she doesn't believe in them, they believe in her and fear her. When mysterious attacks begin, the only one who can help her is Welstiel, a mysterious man who calls her a "dhampir," a half-vampire and hunter of the undead. Magiere must grow into this new role, and fast: her life and the lives of those she loves depend on it. This Buffy-in-medieval-Transylvania novel is fast moving and fun, and belongs in all fantasy collections. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, Penguin Putnam, Roc, 375p., Root
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451459060
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Series: Noble Dead Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 192,734
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 4.34 (w) x 7.12 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Barb and J. C. Hendee live in a quirky little town near Portland, Oregon, with two geriatric and quite demanding cats. Barb's short fiction has appeared in numerous genre magazines and anthologies. She is the author of the Vampire Memories series. J.C.'s poetry, nonfiction, and short fiction have also appeared in many genre magazines. Visit their website at www.nobledead.org.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Newly discovered super series

    I began by buying book 4 of this series as used. Little did I know at the time that is was an 8 book series. I was hooked! I had to read the 1st book Dhamphir. It was great! The story line made sense and the plot thickens with more than one story line being told. But all are inter mingled to become one great tale. I can see this book series as a mini series on tv or a weekly show like Vampire Diaries. I have now read the second and can't wait to see what happens in the third. The only problem I have had is locating this series in hardcover. I highly recommend the Noble Dead Series for anyone interested in Vampire Reads and Great Fiction.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2003

    Like Neo would say it.....Whoa...(sry, could resist)

    That was wicked awesome. I've had bad experiences from vampire books after reading one book since i thought i'd be into it. It was pretty gross, romantically that is. but this was sooo awesome. Magiere kicks butt, and Leesil is hilarious. My friends and I see him as the drunk version of Legolas. All the characters were great and it's wicked when Magiere goes all excorist on em'. Heh heh, yes, I have a sick mind. So sue me. And the ending you have to love. it pretty much screams,'Yup, sequel, thats right!' Oh, puh-lease, like the line 'We shall meet again' doesnt hint anything. And if there isnt a sequel.....someone.....must......pay....*shrug* Or I'll just find some other series to get into. Either works.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2014

    Mediocre

    While I feel the authors' vampires and world are pretty generic, I am not deducting stars for that. The reason I am deducting two stars is that the authors violate the "show, don't tell" golden rule all the time. It makes it feel very juvenile or young adult at best. But the violence of the book really precludes this as a YA title; leaving me to wonder who this book is really written for.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    Unique

    I am not a big vampire fan but this book series is always has something new and interesting thrown in to keep it intreging.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    What I liked about this vampire/supernatural novel is the fact i

    What I liked about this vampire/supernatural novel is the fact it wasn't filled with over the top romance/sex. It is an interesting storyline with great character build and execution. I will definitely read all the books in the series. I would like to see more in depth build up of the different life forms/characters that live within this world.

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  • Posted January 22, 2014

    A good read.

    A good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2013

    Excellent

    My favorite series of all time. This book is great, and they just get better from here on out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2012

    Loved it!

    It got me hooked on the whole series!

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  • Posted May 9, 2012

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    I enjoyed Dhampir enough that I bought the next two books and wi

    I enjoyed Dhampir enough that I bought the next two books and will continue with the series. The characters are unique and interesting -- not necessarily likeable, but understandable and compelling. The background and world building was intriguing, and made me want to know more. There is little romance, but the relationship between Magiere and Leesil is handled in a believable and grow-up way -- they don't act like a couple of twelve year olds with their first crush.

    My only problem with the book was the multiple POVs. Too much time was spent with secondary characters, learning their back stories, and it didn't really further the plot, and in some cases it actually slowed down the action. If you can get over this small obstacle, the shifting POVs is handled much better in the next two books. Not quite as much time is spent with scenes that don't further the plot.

    I do recommend this as a solid first book, and as a way to get into the rest of the series, which gets better.

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    Posted January 23, 2012

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  • Posted January 5, 2012

    Highly Recommended- will get your imagination running!

    A great book, full of imagination as she travels through the torment of her past to fight for her future life

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2011

    I hated it

    I love anything that is remotely supernatural! I love it all, vampires, werewolves, ghosts, you name it...but this book did not capture my attention one bit. Espescially after many other series I have read, I wasn't impressed.

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

    Intense!

    Very well written. I cannot put it down! If you love interesting and exciting vampire tales, this series is for you.

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  • Posted May 5, 2011

    wonderful storyline and characters.

    i saw this book in the bookstore multiple times, and kept putting off buying it. i finally got it on my nook and loved it. the characters are excellent, and well developed through a storyline which is planned and executed superbly. altogether, a wonderful read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2011

    enjoyable read

    I was so hoping for an interesting vampyre series that was quick reading, could lose myself in and not be able to put it down. I WAS NOT disappointed. I have already ordered #2 and #3....I have had three kindles and love them......I also don't understand why the B & N ebooks are soooo expensive. I guess they are afraid they'll end up like Borders....

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

    AMAZING!!

    What a book! I loved, my friends loved, so will you!

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  • Posted March 29, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Fun read.

    I'm not a typical sci-fi/fantasy reader but I have enjoyed this series immensely.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Fantastic series

    This review is about the entire "Noble Dead Series" - excellent and exciting read. I would recommend to all who enjoy science fiction/fantasy. Also will read again. I completed Series 1 and the first 2 books in Series 2. Am waiting impatiently for book 3 in Series 2. They can't come fast enough.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

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    It was an ok read

    Not something I loved, or couldn't put down, but nothing really bad either. Mostly it was predictible.

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  • Posted June 5, 2009

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    Addictive

    I fell in love with this series from the first few chapters. These books are completely addictive. The writing is amazing, it is almost like a movie, you see marg fighting and then it flips and chap wakes up and hears something and runs over and he sees marg fighting a vampire. That kind of writing keeps you involved in the story line. These books are amazing and I would recommend them to anyone that is into vampires, action, and just a great read

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