Traitor to the Blood (Noble Dead Series #4)

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"Born a half-breed to an elven mother and human father, Leesil was raised in the Warlands as assassin, spy, and slave for Lord Darmouth, ruler of an independent province. But Leesil's mother trained him well, and he used his skills to escape, leaving his parents to suffer Darmouth's wrath for all such traitors and their kin. Now with newfound purpose in the company of his beloved Magiere, Leesil returns to confront the sins of his past and uncover his parents' fate." Unable to turn him from this dangerous course, Magiere follows Leesil into the
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"Born a half-breed to an elven mother and human father, Leesil was raised in the Warlands as assassin, spy, and slave for Lord Darmouth, ruler of an independent province. But Leesil's mother trained him well, and he used his skills to escape, leaving his parents to suffer Darmouth's wrath for all such traitors and their kin. Now with newfound purpose in the company of his beloved Magiere, Leesil returns to confront the sins of his past and uncover his parents' fate." Unable to turn him from this dangerous course, Magiere follows Leesil into the darkness of his past in the Warlands. Knowing what may happen should Darmouth learn of Leesil's return, she is prepared to slaughter any who try to take him from her. But Magiere's own past may well pose a more deadly threat. Two creatures of unfathomable power continue to stalk her - one who believes she's the key to his salvation, and one who seeks to destroy her...and all those she loves.
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In the fourth installment of Barb and J. C. Hendee's Saga of the Noble Dead (Dhampir, Thief of Lives, and Sister of the Dead), unlikely protagonists Magiere and Leesil -- a half-dead vampire hunter and a half-breed elf -- travel back to the treacherous place of Leesil's birth to uncover the mystery surrounding the fate of his parents.

Living in the lawless Warlands in a region ruled by a tyrannical sovereign named Darmouth, Leesil and his parents were essentially prisoners to their lord's will. Forbidden to leave Darmouth's province, Leesil's parents knew that their son would be summarily killed if they disobeyed. But when young Leesil, who was being trained to be one of Darmouth's assassins, saw a rare opportunity to escape his sadistic master, he did so. Now, almost a decade later, Leesil returns "home" with his crew (Magiere, a precocious young sage named Wynn, and a dog named Chap who is much more than he seems) to learn if his parents are still alive; and, if so, their possible whereabouts. What he finds instead is, not surprisingly, more questions…

Although largely an adventure fantasy comparable to Elizabeth Haydon's Symphony of Ages saga and David B. Coe's Winds of the Forelands sequence, the Hendees' Saga of the Noble Dead features generous helpings of blood-sucking horror and whodunit mystery elements. Literally overflowing with nonstop action, this cool amalgam of genres will appeal to readers -- alive and undead -- who enjoy taking that occasional literary walk on the wild side. Paul Goat Allen
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The Hendees' bestselling Noble Dead series (Sister of the Dead, etc.) makes the leap from mass market to hardcover with this winning fourth novel to feature vampire hunter Magiere, who's half-vampire herself, and her half-elf partner, Leesil. Raised in the Warlands, Leesil must return there to investigate the fate of the parents he betrayed and to seek redemption for his sins as an enslaved assassin for the evil Lord Darmouth. Accompanying Magiere and Leesil are two appealing supporting characters: Wynn, an idealistic elf, and the dog Chap, who's actually a fay in canine clothing. In Venj tz, Darmouth's city, Leesil goes to his father's only confidant, the feline-loving innkeeper Byrd, but wonders if he can trust the man, as Byrd is also an informant for Darmouth. Meanwhile, none other than Lord Darmouth himself calls upon Magiere's vampire-killing skills. Fans of the series are sure to be pleased, while the novel stands well enough on its own to attract new readers. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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The son of an elven mother and a human father, Leesil is raised as a slave and trained to be an assassin and spy for his master, Lord Darmouth. Unwilling to kill on command, Leesil escapes, only to return with his beloved companion, the dhampir (half-vampire) Magiere, to discover the fate of the parents he left behind. In their hardcover debut and the fourth title of their "Noble Dead" saga, the Hendees (Sister of the Dead; Dhampir) have crafted a unique tale of vampires and half-vampire undead hunters set against a dark fantasy world ruled by tyrants. The personal conflicts of the heroes mirror the larger struggles in their world and provide a solid foundation for this tale of love and loyalty in a world of betrayal. A good choice for most fantasy collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451460660
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/3/2006
  • Series: Noble Dead Series , #4
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.24 (d)

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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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  • Posted March 14, 2010

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    A must read for any science fiction reader!

    Barb and J.C Hendee are at the top of their game in this series about the Noble Dead. I can't begin to say enough about any of their fabulous books. You can read the series in any order you choose because they do explain, in a limited way, what has happened to Leesil, Magiere, Chap and Wynn in the past books, but it is FAR better to read them in the order that they were written. I have found this to be true in any series that other authors have written. This way you really come to know the characters and see them develop. Each of the books reveals more to you about one of the characters.
    The plots are wonderful also! I found myself having a very hard time putting down one of the books. When I finished one, I couldn't wait to get on to the next. I was very sad when I came to the end of the last book. I could go on reading about the four main characters for a long, long, long time.

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  • Posted May 5, 2014

    Great story, excellent action.

    Great story, excellent action.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    Keep them coming! Great read! Loved the detail/intrigue and

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    Great read! Loved the detail/intrigue and history of the elven people that Leesil learns is his heritage. I especially liked the background on the assassin caste. Can't wait for the next book! Keep reading the series! It is so worth it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    Great read!

    I started this series about a month ago, and I was not able to put it down!! The characters are well thought out and you can really feel for them. Each one has their own, secret past. The world is imaginitive and appealing. Great new take on the hype that is vampire, as well as other mythical creatures. Set in a medieval world you can't help but get lost in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    Excellent story.

    I don't generally read this sort of series but this one has been captivating and well worth the time. Very solid characters and story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2006

    Brother not Father

    Listen the man and his companion who follows the Dhampir are her half brother and companion, her half brothers father raped her mother while he was a vampire. I have not finished Traitors of the blood yet but so far so good, (I got it this morning so far I'm half way through)

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    terrific entry in a fine series

    Magiere is a dhampire, born of a human mother and a vampire father. Her birth involved the death of five different species including an elven and a dwarf because she was brought into being for a specific purpose known only to her father. He searches for an orb that will allow him not to need human blood but his dreams tell him that for his quest to be successful he needs a dhampire. At the moment, Magiere¿s father and a companion follow her and her lover into Lord Darmouth¿s province in the Warlands. --- Leesil was an assassin, slave and spy for Lord Darmouth as were his parents but one day he got fed up with the atrocities he committed and ran away. He needs to know if his parents still live and expects to find the answers in his home province. A friend tells Leesil that his elven mother and human father were last seen running into the lower levels of Lord Darmouth¿s keep. Leesil, Magiere, the sage Wynn and the fae dog Chap investigate this puzzle. None of the band knows that two opposing forces, the vampire and elves, are maneuvering them and danger doesn¿t just come just from Darmouth but from enemies they don¿t even know exist. --- Magiere and Leesil are two outcasts who are on a quest that puts them against people who have different plans for them. There is a lot of intrigue in TRAITOR TO THE BLOOD which is one of the reasons it is so hard to put down. Readers finally learn a lot about Leesil¿s past and his homeland is reminiscent of the old Soviet Union as he and his fellow travelers try to find out what happened to his family. The love that Leesil and Magiere share gets them through some dangerous events. Readers will eagerly await the next book in this terrific series. --- Harriet Klausner

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