Traitor to the Blood (Noble Dead Series #4)

Traitor to the Blood (Noble Dead Series #4)

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by Barb Hendee, J. C. Hendee
     
 

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The adventures of Magiere and Leesil continue as they journey into Leesil's savage homeland seeking the family-and secret burden-he abandoned long ago.

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The adventures of Magiere and Leesil continue as they journey into Leesil's savage homeland seeking the family-and secret burden-he abandoned long ago.

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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
Publishers Weekly
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.
Library Journal
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.
From the Publisher
This is one of those books for which the term dark fantasy was definitely intended. (Chronicle)

...fabulous entertainment wrought with mystery, adventure, and sharp-toothed wit. (Mark Anthony, author of The Last Rune series)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451460905
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/02/2007
Series:
Noble Dead Series, #4
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
4.24(w) x 6.84(h) x 1.12(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
This is one of those books for which the term dark fantasy was definitely intended. (Chronicle)

...fabulous entertainment wrought with mystery, adventure, and sharp-toothed wit. (Mark Anthony, author of The Last Rune series)

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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Traitor to the Blood (Noble Dead Series #4) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
VampressSJ More than 1 year ago
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.
SmalltownSR More than 1 year ago
Great story, excellent action.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keep them coming! 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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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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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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