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Sister of the Dead - Barb Hendee

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Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Author: Barb Hendee, J. C. Hendee / Paperback / 416 Pages / Book is published 2005-01-04 by Roc

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      24.08.2008 22:57
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      A good read, part of a grippping saga

      Following the previous reviews on the beginnings of The Nobel Dead Saga, the story continues in The Sister Of The Dead.

      Magiere is a dhampir, half human, half vampire, created only to slay the undead. Leesil is her half human, half elven partner who travels at her side.

      Outside the village of Chemestuk, where she was born, Magiere finds her father's keep. Deep inside lie the secrets to her creation, her father and his intentions, but there are those who don't want Magiere to learn the truth.

      When Leesil makes a terrifying discovery in the keep, we understand why, but before revelations can be made they must destroy a creature of phenomenal power which has damned a small village of people with a terrible curse.

      Following them as they travel and adding yet another story arc, are the two Noble Dead Welstiel and Chane, each substantial characters in their own right and each with curious stories of their own.

      Chane is by now irrevocably linked with Wynn, Magiere and Leesil's enormously useful academic travelling companion, but even she iss unaware of their pursuers.

      I have really enjoyed the saga so far, I love the complexities of the story. That's not to say it is too complex, in fact it is easy reading but follows a wide range of activity and an ever changing landscape as the key characters travel endlessly, seeking answers to old questions and pursuing the solutions to new problems.

      Very juicy and highly recommended to lovers of fantasy fiction. It's described as a cross between LOTR and BTVS and I entirely agree.
      The writing is less drawn out than Tolkein and the quips less American high school than Joss Weedon's creation but the journey equally fraught at times and the length of the eventual adventure is most likely no less abridged than the Fellowship Of The Ring.
      It isn't a hugely complex book, it could be read with speed and be enjoyable, for someone not absorbing every word. I don't find that possible with this series, I can only skim read when bored. I find myself absorbing each word of these and enjoying the variety of the story arcs, the breadth and depths of characters and the perpetual enjoyment of a new book yet to come.

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