Through Stone and Sea (Noble Dead Series #8)

Through Stone and Sea (Noble Dead Series #8)

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by Barb Hendee, J. C. Hendee
     
 

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Young scholar Wynn Hygeorht remains determined to recover ancient texts she brought back from the castle in the Farlands. To do so, she will have to journey to the mountain stronghold of the dwarves with two uncertain allies as guides. But there she will find more puzzles and questions buried in secrets old and new-along with an enemy she thought destroyed...

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Young scholar Wynn Hygeorht remains determined to recover ancient texts she brought back from the castle in the Farlands. To do so, she will have to journey to the mountain stronghold of the dwarves with two uncertain allies as guides. But there she will find more puzzles and questions buried in secrets old and new-along with an enemy she thought destroyed...

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Publishers Weekly
The second Noble Dead dark fantasy series continues with this slow, methodical sequel to 2009's In Shade and Shadow. Despite the ruling of her mentors at the Guild of Sagecraft, feisty young scholar Wynn Hygeorht is still determined to regain and translate the mysterious ancient texts she fought so hard to recover in 2008's Child of a Dead God. Following up a clue, Wynn and her companions, undead Chane Andraso and memory-reading magical canine Shade, journey to the dwarven city of Dhredze Seatt to seek out the grim Stonewalkers, who guard the dwarven dead. Sau'ilahk, a murderous wraith, follows in hopes of recovering those same texts. The plot here is more mystery than quest, focusing on dwarven culture and secrets. Readers seeking epic action and revelations will have trouble hanging on until the breathless rush at the end.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101171486
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/05/2010
Series:
Noble Dead Series , #8
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
110,605
File size:
645 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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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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Through Stone and Sea (Noble Dead Series #8) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
Mira-Rose More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all-time favorite series, and I think if anything . . . the writing just keeps getting better. I liked Wynn and Chane from their first entrances "on screen" back in THIEF OF LIVES, so I was pleased when the Hendees announced that these two characters were getting their own trilogy. But this is a saga, so these books simply build upon the larger story, and I read on Barb's blog that she and JC have just signed on for three more books after this trilogy--to continue the saga. I'm hoping Magiere, Leesil, and Chap will return. But THROUGH STONE AND SEA is a wonderful novel. Again, the writing is just top notch. The main characters are deep and complex, and even the side characters jump off the page as "real." I was so interested to see how the entire culture of the dwarves was developed here, and I haven't read any other fantasy novels that take place in a dwarven city, so this was new ground for me--and it was quite fun. My only possible criticism--or maybe caution--would be that until this novel, I think any reader could have picked up one of the books in the series and understood the overall arc of the larger plot developing. As this novel is the eighth in the series, I'm not sure someone could come in at this point and understand everything without having read a few of the previous books. But it's still an amazing and entertaining read.
CraigInMaumee More than 1 year ago
I liked reading the Noble Dead series, but the Hendees need to stop developing the story and start getting to the action. In their latest book "Through Stone and Sea", the authors spend too much time getting to anything dramatic. Yes the drama, when it finally arrived, was good but way to brief. This seems to be a problem with many of their books in the Noble Dead Series. Too much time is spent building up the final scene, and when the final scene arrives, its way to short and lacking in anything substantive with respect to the storyline. The authors spend way to much time developing characters and ideas. The pace needs to pick up with the next book or I'm going to abandon this series.
SmalltownSR More than 1 year ago
How to rate this book?  I did enjoy it very much.  However, the first 3/4 of the book, while informative, dragged on, and took me awhile to read.  The last 1/4 was very exciting, and made me want to keep reading.  The same thing happened in book 7; I really hope it doesn't continue into book 9.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The last one was slow but this one made it worth reading the prior. Very good book just like rest :)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
As noted in "CONS", I have felt at times the author is stretching the series into more books to keep a franchise going. Still overall, a read I look forward to...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nice story line
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book flowed effortlessly from the previous book. Wynn, Chane, and Shade get into one escapade after another in her quest to discover what was in the documents from the lost library that would cause a murderous rampage by a spectre. At times, you want to shake Wynn and ask her what she is thinking though. The book was engrossing and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good series, some plot lines that are not expected
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love to read this series. It is very entertaining and I just can't put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These authors produce interesting story lines and deliver a good story consistently.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you enjoyed the rest of the noble dead series you will enjoy this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read a lot of fantasy books - but RARELY anything with vampires. But I saw that the writers are teachers so figured the writing had to be good. I've not been disappointed with any of their books. Great charcters, great writing and I love the mystery-type storyline.
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