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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