Traitor to the Blood by Barb & JC Hendee
Series: Noble Dead Saga #4
Published: January 3, 2006 by Ace
Born a half-breed to an elven mother and human father, Leesil was raised in the Warlands as assassin, spy, and slave to Lord Darmouth, ruler to one of its independent provinces. But Leesil’s mother trained him too well, and he used his skills to escape, leaving his parents to suffer Darmouth’s wrath for all such traitors and their kin. Now, with newfound purpose in the company of his beloved Magiere, Leesil returns to confront the sins of his past and uncover his parents’ fate.
Unable to turn him from this dangerous course, Magiere follows Leesil into the darkness of his past in the Warlands. Knowing what may happen should Darmouth learn of Leesil’s return, she is prepared to slaughter any who may try to take him from her. But Magiere’s own past may well pose a more deadly threat. Two creatures of unfathomable power continue to stalk her — one who believes she’s the key to his salvation, and one who seeks to destroy her… and all those she loves.
I was really excited to learn more about Leesil in Traitor to the Blood and while I enjoyed the development of his history, I didn’t like this one as much as the first books. A lot of that stems from the repetition of events that we’ve seen in each of the previous books. Magiere and Leesil are still working to uncover their pasts, Wynn is still butting heads with Magiere (though they’re better in this one), Welstiel and Chane are still quietly following behind the group, manipulating actions, and Magiere is once again called on to kill a vampire ravaging the city.
Outside of that I did enjoy a more steady Magiere as she works to remain the rock for Leesil’s troubled mind and emotions. Being back in the Warlands is really taking a toll on Leesil as he’s forced to confront his past as a Warlord’s assassin. He’s also filled with guilt over running away as a teenager when he knew that it was essentially signing his parent’s death warrant. As his mental state deteriorates, Magiere is there to try to offer comfort and understand the parts of Leesil that she’s never really known.
I’m curious to see how this series continues but I’m hesitant over the obvious increase in Wynn’s role as a lead character and the possible development between her and Chane. I’m not really invested in either of these characters, and in Chane’s case, I actively dislike him, so we’ll see how things go.
3 stars – it was good
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