BOOK ONLINE Dhampir Author Barb Hendee – shelving–for–books.co.uk
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THE GROUP OF VAMPIRES ALL HAD group of vampires all had own distinct personalities and had dreams motivations and backstories of their own It was so successful a ploy that I actually found myself sympathizing with the vampires at times in the *Various Battles It Really Makes A Big *battles It really makes a big to any story when the reader is invested in the characters from both sides of a conflict That is so much satisfying that just a simple monster suashing tale The writing felt weirdly stilted but that did not seem to hurt the tale any as I got sucked into the story and found this a pretty compelling read This was actually a reread for me as I read this way back in the day but the truth is it was a lot like a first read as it had been so long that I did not remember a thing about the story outside of the fact that Magiere was a dhampir I had some vague memories of what this series was in general and what its strengths and weaknesses are and it seems my memories were spot on in that regard All in all I was uite happy with this Not the best fantasy I ve ever come across but engaging and very readable and I ll definitely be pressing onto the next book in the series to see what else Magiere and Leesil get up to on their adventures It is worth noting that if this was an actual UF I d rate it as one of my favourites Rating 4 stars Audio Note I felt like Tanya Eby did a great job with the audio I am on page 162 and I have yet to get to the part where I just can t put the book down I have been reading this book for two weeks I went on vacation and was on long plane rides and instead of reading which I always do I either slept or watched my Ipod I am not an electronic junkie I usually go through 3 books during a week vacation I couldn t get through this one I am guessing it is because I feel absolutely no attachment at all to the characters so I reall The Hendees husband and wife team pair up to writethis Buffy meets Lord of the Rings series that is very addictive The series is not finished yet which is the downside but the good news is that they have 4 books out enough to get on a roll The series is about ahalf vampire half human woman who starts out as a thief but finds out she has special talents Pretty fun and fast read Individual titles are Dhampir Thief of Lives Sister of the Dead Traitor to the Blood Two con artistsadventurers try to settle down to life in a town but unbeknown to it holds a lair of vampires Oh yeah and everybody has a mysterious past that haunts them as it forces them into confrontationActually I liked this book than I expected The authors seem to care about the characters including the bad guys and that is a rare gift in fantasy writingOn the other hand the writers have a number of minor weaknesses Sentences are awkward descriptions are bumbled a mysterious enigmatic stranger appears about 73 exaggeration times with mysterious enigmatic advice both good and bad guys regularly suffer mortal wounds and miraculously recover to fight the very next day etcPS The front cover blurb describes this as a mix of Lord of the Rings because it has an elf and Buffy the Vampire Slayer because vampires are illed when in fact this book is nothing like either of those This superficial thoughtlessness bugs me Might as well call midget wrestling like Lord of the Rings because hey it has dwarfs and they fight in a ring. Tle down But their new found peace will not last For Magiere has come to the attention of a trio of powerful and dangerous vampires who recognize her true identity even if she does not and who fear her birthright and the power that flows through her veins They will stop at nothing to prevent Magiere from fulfilling her desti. A pretty good new series A bit of a downer Sword sorcery setting with a half vamp as a hero Kind of an interesting world Certainly not a must read but if you come across a copy you won t be wasting your time The other books in the series are even a little better Her writing improves I think Leesil and Magiere have a pretty good con game going on he pretends to be a vampire she pretends to slay him and thus they bilk innocent villagers out of their hard earned cash But Magiere has tired of this life and when she decides to buy an inn and retire a mysterious old man shows up insisting that she is a dhampir or half vampire half human and the perfect vampire hunter Thus begins one of the interesting vampire series I have read lately Barb and JC Hendee s The Noble Dead The Hendees have created an imaginary world with a pre modern Eastern European feel which only grows complex as the series goes on Even impressive than their world building however is the care with which they have crafted their characters who have realistic strengths and flaws and whose backstories are gradually revealed throughout the series The vampires though clearly villains are not two dimensional caricatures and even Chap the dog has a backstory of his own There s plenty of action here which doesn t get in the way of character development and the first book does a nice job of balancing tied up loose ends with the hint of things to come I recommend this book and this whole series for those looking for a new take on imaginary world fantasy *Or A Different Kind *a different Gone (Gone, kind vampire tale Before I launch into my review I just gotta ask why do people always have to make stew in fantasy novels How about goulash Pasta Chicken and dumplings Half elves cannot live on stew alone Also stew is not travel food It s called stew because it has to STEW for a few hours before you eat it No one would say Gee we ve been walking all damn day let s wait a few hours for our stew to simmer before we can eat Brief recapMagiere which I couldn t figure out how to pronounce so I started calling her Maggie in my head and Leesil Inew a girl in high school named Leisel and it was hard to disassociate the two at first I ept imagining this half elf pl This isn t great literature It doesn t claim to be It s pure unadulterated open and proud brain candy I enjoyed itThere were a few times that it got too drawn outby the last confrontation I was than ready for it to finish up Andit hit another one of my pet peeves the vampires are somewhat twisted from traditional vampsbut not too much or badly done "At Least The Vamps " least the vamps aren t cute cuddly lonely romantic blood suckersand they don t sparkle Also to actually have a Dhampir you have to re write the legend a bit I mean after all I liked the premise of this book and I liked the first few chapters until I realized it was all a scam I ept waiting for something supernatural to happen with Magiere and Leesil Their adventures are rather boring but they turned out to be interesting characters nonethelessThe move to respectibility was a good start but the new town had real vampires and the town expected the vampire hunter to take care of the problem and so did I Somewhere around page 200 the action heated up and Magiere finally finally started to act like a hunter I understand that this is the first book in the series and must build She hunts the realm's most dangerous game Her fees are exorbitant but she's worth every coin she receives Or is she Magiere has earned a reputation as the most formidable vampire slayer in the land Villagers far and wide welcome her with both awe and disdain grateful to her for ridding their towns of the undead menace but fi.