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The Noble Dead: Traitor to the Blood - Barb Hendee

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Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Author: Barb Hendee, J. C. Hendee / Hardcover / 368 Pages / Book is published 2006-01-03 by Roc

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      25.08.2008 11:23
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      Fantastical fiction to suit those who love LOTR and BTVS

      Following the reviews on the rest of the series, this is book 4 of the Nobel Dead Saga, Traitor To The Blood.

      The title immediately gives the reader a hint of what might be in the story arc of the book, you wouldn't be wrong either!

      So, the story so far is of Magiere, a Dhampir and Leesil, half elf and half human. After events in the very earliest books in the series, they are travelling with their sage friend Wynn and Leesil's revered Majay-hi Chap.

      Pursued in secret by two of the Noble Dead, full vampires with their own intent, Magiere and Leesil have been seeking information about Magieres creation, each intrigue involving Leesil to a greater extent and his destiny is bound to hers.
      Now they are under scrutiny from Leesils clan, there have already been attempts to assassinate him but as the story takes a great leap forward, Leesil own involvement appears more by design than accident, though his clan do not approve.

      Leesils unfortunate history, his experience as a dangerous assassin in the employ of a dark lord is brought to the forefront of his awareness. He now finds he must find his mother, who he abandoned to protect from his vile employer, believing simply vanishing would be the best thing.

      His excellent skills have served him well and his secret array of developed weaponry must be revealed to protect her and his beloved Magiere.

      Magiere's own problems have not receded and she is still in danger, still pursued and her ultimate destiny still unrevealed.

      I especially liked this book within the series, it has a greater feel of atmosphere about it, a realm of magic and strongly bound in honour, training, history and respect.
      The comparison, drawing on vampires and elves, of LOTR meets BTVS is more true than ever but with a stronger leaning towards LOTR as we enter Elven lands and journey beside Leesil into his homeland.

      The characters are now well known to us, yet their backgrounds continue to show us why they are as they are and much is explained of their emotional development and their personal beliefs and concerns.

      Thankfully the series does not end yet, there is more to come, tying up the tangled web of stories interwoven with that of the Dhampir.

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