Thief of Lives by Barb & JC Hendee
Noble Dead Saga #2
Magiere and Leesil have defeated the vampires in Miiska and are ready to settle back into running their tavern. But that all ends when a letter from the Council of Bela arrives asking for Magiere’s services. While everyone else sees an undead hunter, Magiere is still learning how to use her dhampir side. With new allies and old enemies, Magiere and Leesil must learn to put aside their expectations and embrace their new purpose.
Thief of Lives was another great adventure for Magiere and Leesil and I loved watching these two learn to hunt the undead. Magiere’s dhampir powers are also developing in new ways and this scares and intrigues her. Much of this story centers around our characters accepting the new status quo and learning where to go from there. Much of this comes with new knowledge they gain through a growing friendship with Wynn, a member of the Guild of Sagecraft. With Wynn’s intelligence and moral compass, I hope to see more of her going forward.
Some elements throughout were reminiscent of the first book, Dhampir, making some things feel like a recycling of already used ideas. But overall, there was a lot of knew revelations, questions, and mysteries to sink my teeth into, pun intended. I’m also really excited for the budding romance between Magiere and Leesil because at the heart of it I always want a good love story. After feeding Magiere his blood to save her life in the previous book, they’ve both felt a connection that wasn’t there before and the more they go through the closer they get. I can’t wait for more!
4 out of 5 stars
Magiere the dhampir thinks that her nights of hunting vampires are over. After settling down in her newly adopted village of Miiska — now vampire-free, thanks to her and her half-elf partner, Leesil — she looks forward to quiet days tending to her tavern.
But far away in the capital city of Bela, a prominent councilman’s daughter has been found dead on her own doorstep… and all signs point to a vampire. Knowing that the battered and burned village of Miiska could use an infusion of cash, Bela’s town council offers a generous bounty to the dhampir if she will slay their vampire. Magiere resists, wanting nothing more than to forget her past and ignore her half-vampire nature. Only Leesil can persuade Magiere to follow her destiny — before more innocent lives are claimed by darkness.
Published by Ace on January 6, 2004
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