Sister of the Dead by Barb & JC Hendee
Series: Noble Dead Saga #3
Published: January 4, 2005 by Ace
Magiere is a dhampir — half-human, half-vampire — sired for the purpose of slaying the undead. Outside the village of Chemestúk, where she was born and raised, stands her father’s keep. Within its walls, she hopes to discover the secrets of her past and figure out why a vampire would wish to breed a creature capable of slaughtering his own kind…
But there are those who don’t want Magiere to learn the truth — and when her half-elf partner, Leesil, makes a startling discovery in the keep, he can understand why. Before Leesil can reveal the truth to Magiere, they must vanquish a creature of unimaginable and unlimited power who has damned a small village of people with a horrifying curse…
I’m really enjoying this series and I’m glad we get some answers with Sister of the Dead, though of course, there are still some question left. Magiere’s history and how she was born is a tragic story and it weighs heavily on her shoulders. She was created by evil but she wants to be so much more and this internal fight creates a lot of tension for Magiere. Helping to keep Magiere grounded is her relationship with Leesil, the only person she’s ever opened up to and I liked the softer way they treated each other in this book. It’s not unusual for Magiere and Leesil to bicker, I’d even say they enjoy it, but it was a nice change to see them be vulnerable together.
Leesil continues to be an intriguing character for me and I can’t wait to get more of his story. He’s agreed to put off finding out more about his mother and her people in order to help Magiere but now that she has her answers, it’s time for Leesil to get his. Another interesting development is Wynn, a young sage, who is traveling with Magiere and Leesil to lend her knowledge once they reach the Elven lands. She’s innocent and naive in a lot of ways but she also helps to remind Magiere and Leesil about what they’re fighting for.
A lot is revealed in Sister of the Dead and it’s pretty action packed as the group confronts creatures and magic they’ve never encountered before. Magiere is learning to control her dhampir side and each new battle teaches them more about the undead world. I can’t wait to see where this series will go.
**Reader Safety: Rape of a secondary character (on page)
4 stars – it was enjoyable
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