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The Noble Dead: Rebel Fay - Barb Hendee

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Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Author: Barb Hendee, J. C. Hendee / Hardcover / 384 Pages / Book is published 2007-01-02 by Roc

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      25.08.2008 16:25
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      Full on fantasy fiction

      Following the reviews for the books previous to this one in the series; Rebel Fay

      Magiere is a Dhampir, half human, half vampire, created only to destroy full vampires. Her partner, Leesil, is half human and half elven, he brings his own skills and history to a set of books detailing a colossal journey, a series of life threatening adventures and no end of personal intrigues from the main characters and their interwoven destiny.

      Having read the others in this series in rapid succession I was waiting with baited breath for Rebel Fay and I was not disappointed.

      The clarity of the story could be mistaken for simplicity but the history, the politics and the cultures of the book and it's characters are broad. There is so much which could yet be explored, allowing for many varied branches of this story.
      Leesil and Magiere's relationship is one which begs hope in the reader and the ultimate mission is almost an aside to the importance of the 'humanity' between them.

      The title indicates a reference to Magiere and Leesil's canine companion, Chap, the Majay-hi, a fay dog/wolf, given to Leesil as a child and blessed with conciousness and intelligence, interpreted and communicated by their academic companion Wynn. Rebel Fay suggests the book is more about Chap than it really is, but it certainly ties up a few of the loose ends regarding Chaps involvement and his curious powers.

      The end of this particular book didn't grab me as much as the others, they all provoked a groan 'Is that it?'. However, I was still first in line on Amazon for the next book in the series.

      If you've read the other books you'll know how entrancing the characters can be and if you like similar fiction and characterisation (Lord Of The Rings, Buffy The Vampire Slayer etc) you'll be in wonderfully familiar yet tantalising ground here.

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