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Dhampir (Noble Dead Series #1)
     

Dhampir (Noble Dead Series #1)

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by Barb Hendee, J. C. Hendee
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A fabulous entertainment wrought with mystery, adventure, and sharp-toothed wit.”—Mark Anthony, author of Beyond the Pale

“Dhampir kept me turning pages…a broad new world.”—Mindy L. Klasky, author of The Glasswrights’ Journeyman

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451459060
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Series:
Noble Dead Series , #1
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
257,498
Product dimensions:
4.22(w) x 6.76(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
“A fabulous entertainment wrought with mystery, adventure, and sharp-toothed wit.”—Mark Anthony, author of Beyond the Pale
 
Dhampir kept me turning pages…a broad new world.”—Mindy L. Klasky, author of The Glasswrights’ Journeyman

 

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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Dhampir (Noble Dead Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 162 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite series of all time. This book is great, and they just get better from here on out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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anne_jindra 6 months ago
Dhampir is being a half breed vampire before it was cool. It sounds like a cursed life, but Magiere's turned everything to her advantage. She and her partner, the lovely Leesil, have traveled the countryside, playing 'vampire slayer' and collecting plenty of money from people who suddenly became haunted by one of the unearthly evils. Set in a fantasy world, Dhampir is not to be confused with Vampire Academy. The one is poppy and fun, Dhampir is older, darker and way more emotionally intricate. Magiere is no hero, but she's given a chance to become one after she starts to get caught out for her crimes. It's not a grateful populace that gives it to her, it's the vampires she hunts- and they aren't making nice about it. Her relationship with her partner is tangled, they stay apart on purpose, but they have no other loyalties. Her past is lost, even to her, but it holds a lot of secrets that other people are interested in. The places they go are rural, and uneducated and have the distinctly fantasy flair- this isn't about mythology that's hiding in the light. For something completely different, and emotionally stirring, try Dhampir. http://badfantasyrx.blogspot.com/2016/10/october-is-vampire-month-dhampir.html
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, very hard to start and slow in the beginning but if you stick to it you won't want to put it down
SFreaderBC More than 1 year ago
Great Book, very fast paced. I read this book in 3 days. I had seen the 9th book in the series in Savannah Ga but decided to try out the first book instead, now I've decided to read the whole series and have gotten books 2 and 3.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not a big vampire fan but this book series is always has something new and interesting thrown in to keep it intreging.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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SmalltownSR More than 1 year ago
A good read.
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It got me hooked on the whole series!
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Chocolate-Peanut-Butter More than 1 year ago
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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Ovickery More than 1 year ago
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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