Dhampir (Noble Dead Series #1)

Dhampir (Noble Dead Series #1)

by Barb Hendee, J. C. Hendee

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ISBN-13: 9781101099261
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/07/2003
Series: Noble Dead Series , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 89,917
File size: 372 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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“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


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Dhampir (Noble Dead Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 180 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.
Odinsgothi on LibraryThing 30 days ago
This book is amazing. Before you judge me as a dude who loves anything undead, regardless of quality, consider this.. I have not read a fantasy/horror book and enjoyed it in years. The language is simple, easy to follow, no flashing confusing fight scenes lasting 5 pages and getting boring. The story is great, and i burned through the book in under 3 days.
bonbonsandreveries on LibraryThing 30 days ago
Dhampir is about the travels of a half-elf (Leesil), a dog (Chap), and a half-vampire (Magiere). The story begins during their last job. Magiere and Leesil con villages into giving them money in exchange for her hunting services. This involed Leesil disguising himself as a vampire and Magiere pretending to kill him in front of the villagers. Before performing her services, Magiere would convince the town to give her almost every penny they had as payment. After this last job Magiere and Leesil move to Miiska and open a tavern (really just a bar with a faro table). Before arriving, Magiere and Chap fought and killed a vampire, although they mistook him for a crazy villager. When they arrive, the vampires residing in town are out to kill Magiere before she can kill them. However, Magiere is done with ¿killing¿ vampires. All she wants is to live a quiet life, running her tavern. But all those rumors she and Leesil spent so much time and effort spreading about her hunting skills have finally cought up with her, and no one will let her live quietly. She is a vampire hunter after all. Magiere was raised in a small village by her aunt. She was hated by the other villagers because her father was thought of as evil even though Magiere never knew him. Magiere is very quiet and keeps her thoughts to herself. On the outside, she is very hard and cold, but deep down, she is very caring. Whenever a vampire threatens her, the half-vampire in her comes out. When this happens she can¿t speak or think coherently-its all instinct. Leesil is Magiere¿s half-elf companion. He was born a servant warrior. His past is so sad. The lord that owned his family made sure he was trained to kill-which he did. When he finally escaped, he made his living stealing. After meeting Magiere, they devised a plan to make money together. Even though they¿ve worked and lived on the road together for a few years, they barely know anything about the other. They have a mutual agreement to keep their pasts in the past. Leesil¿s dog, Chap, is very protective of both Leesil and Magiere. He was given to Leesil as a gift from his mother. Chap has similar fighting and healing abilities as Magiere which baffles Leesil. Chap is so adorable. He is the perfect guard dog. He is also the perfect lapdog. The three main vampires are Rashed, Ratboy, and Teesha. Teesha¿s story was heartbreaking. She had a great and happy life until she was forced to leave her home. I was very conflicted in terms of which side I was rooting for: vampires or Leesil and Magiere. The vampires were the ¿bad guys¿ but I liked them. Their pasts were so complicated and full of sorrow that I could not hate them no matter what they did. However, I did not like what they did. Most of the killing that took place in the story was VERY unnecessary. The vampires think Magiere is out to get them when she doesn¿t even know they exist. Instead of hiding, leaving, or waiting to see what happens, they attack her before she can attack them. In doing this, they reveal themselves to her and anger her. Now she wants them dead because they threaten the peaceful life she wants. So both sides resort to their natures instead of doing what they want. It¿s a whole he-said-she-said type situation. I liked this book. It wasn¿t great. I so badly wanted there to be at least a little bit of romance between Leesil and Magiere. But alas, there was not. The dialogue was very well written and natural. The whole book was pieced together nicely. The characters had in-depth histories and personalities. The final battle scene was very suspenseful. Throughout the first half, I wasn¿t exactly turning the pages quickly. Eventually it started to pick up-I was eagerly flipping to find out what happened next. This book is very bloody and violent. But there are funny moments. This husband-wife writing team are not afraid to kill their characters. I enjoyed it and will be reading the next book in
ghilbrae on LibraryThing 30 days ago
Overall it's a fun, light read, not very engaging but enough to keep you reading. The characters, despite their flaws and the effort to give them a background, are quite plain and sometimes seem a bit silly.I don't know if I'll give a try to the rest of the series, but I don't feel very compelled to do it right now.
d4ni on LibraryThing 30 days ago
This book (and series) is a great combination of the vampire genre with traditional fantasy. Set in a European-influenced fantasy world, the Hendees throw vampires into the mix to make things more interesting. The result is a unique experience packed with action and not bogged down by ridiculous romance like many vampire stories. There is a love story here, but it takes a back seat to the mystery and Magiere's discovery of her heritage and abilities. A fun read and a great start to the Noble Dead saga.
slothman on LibraryThing 30 days ago
Magiere and her partner Leesil have been providing a valuable service: allaying the fears of superstitious peasants who are afraid of the legends of vampires. They put on a show to convince the locals that the vampire they've been imagining is dead, collect a fee, and move on. They've finally saved up enough money to buy an inn... and now life gets complicated.Magiere discovers she's half vampire. Leesil just happens to have training as a spy and assassin. His dog Chap appears to have supernatural powers. And they're being dragged into real vampire hunting for once, a nasty and lethal business, and they're not happy about it...The series begins with a well-imagined world that tweaks some of the classic vampire tropes and sets up the longer-term elements of the story. Some of the coincidences of the background look rather conveniently like the game master needed to put the player characters together in the same party, but as the series unfolds they turn out not to be coincidences at all.
TheBooknerd on LibraryThing 30 days ago
Boring and slow -- couldn't even finish it.
cequillo on LibraryThing 30 days ago
An interesting series with a unique take on vampires. The characters are well developed and memorable, and the plotting is very well paced and keeps you turning the pages.
DonnerLibrary on LibraryThing 30 days ago
Dhampir is a very dark book. Even when Magiere and Leesil play at destroying vampires, the fear of the villagers is so real that the act of destroying the creature must be done in the expected manner. I was instantly caught up in the secrets kept by the characters and how their pasts influenced their current actions. One of the things that I loved about this story was that the reader not only gets to know Magiere and Leesil but the trio of vampires as well. The vampires have such strong personalities and histories, making them much more sympathetic than generic monsters would have been.
kw50197 on LibraryThing 30 days ago
Not the best vampire novel I've read but not the worst either. Neither Magiere nor Leesil's characters stand out. The only reason to read on is the curiosity factor. Why was Magiere created and why would a Noble Dead create a creature who could destroy his own kind ? Who is Welstiel Massing and what are his motives for helping Magiere ? What is Chap and why is it he can detect vampires ? It is these questions which keep the story interesting enough for me to want to read on.
HEABookNerd 4 months ago
Though not a romance, I really enjoyed Dhampir because I found the characters so interesting and I wanted to keep reading to see what happened next. I would say the writing is pretty basic but the pace and flow of the story is done well. Everything is told through several different character's point of views and the reader also gets some basic history on both Magiere and Leesil, as well as some of our vampires. What I found so interesting was that the whole conflict essentially centers around misinformation and then revenge. It's Magiere and Leesil versus the vampires but both believe the other side started the fighting. It's not necessarily a clear cut good vs evil because both sides are filled with grey. There's also a nice reflection in personalities between our "heroes" Magiere, Leesil, and Chap (their dog), and our "villains" Rashed, Teesha, and Ratboy. They might be at war with each other but they're also so similar in just wanting a normal life. I loved our primary character, Magiere, because she's tough, strong and never gives up. Magiere has been on her own for a while and she doesn't let anyone close except Leesil and even he doesn't truly know Magiere. As they fight the vampires again and again, Magiere begins to go through a transformation into her dhampir self but with no idea what's going on she tries to fight it. Leesil as well has secrets and he's incredibly troubled by his past as an assassin for a warlord. These two misfits find friendship in each other and as more of Magiere's history is revealed, there bond grows deeper. I can't wait to read more in this series! I want to know more about Magiere and Leesil and after the teasing epilogue I want to see what will happen next.
Mendoza on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Vampire lore set in a fantasy world with elves and other beings - this is one of my favourite series. A mixture of mystery, horror, suspense, romance, friendship, and unlikely heroism mixed with memorable, enjoyable characters on both the good and bad sides - while I wished at times for more in depth explanations into the characters lives I understood that this was the beginning of a 6 book series.
hoosgracie on LibraryThing 5 months ago
sdtaylor555 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Excellent Book. The good guys were flawed, and the bad guys had depth! Great writing. I can't wait to read further in the series.
jshillingford on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Yes, I was lured in by the remarkable cover by Luis Royo. I was happy to find the novel inside was as hot as the cover on the outside! This is the first of The Noble Dead series, following the journey of half-vampire, half-human Magiere (a dhampir). Magiere and her half-Elven partner Leesil dupe villagers into paying them to chase off vampires. But, there charade is about to become all too real. For vampires do exist, and Magiere was created to kill them. Excellent series that gets better with each volume.
Nikkles on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I'm not really much for vampire stories normally, but this is a well written set of books. the characters are compelling even the evil ones. The stories have a lot of action, but can get a little moody as is common in vampire and vampire hunter novels. Probably not for someone trying to break into the fantasy or vampire genre.
Alera on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Less than 24 hours to read. Seriously was far more awesome then I thought it would be. It slightly reminds me of Buffy...and I am by no means the first to make that comparison. Tis awesome and I am looking forward to reading the rest. YAY FOR NEW FANTASY SERIES. (I'm so easy.)
Anonymous 5 months ago
Was recommended by a friend and not disappointed. The plot rolled quicky with good writing and great characters. I'm already looking forward to reading more in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Second time reading this book and it still holds my attention as if I've never read it.
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anne_jindra More than 1 year 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.