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Dhampir (Noble Dead) [Kindle Edition]

Barb Hendee , J.C. Hendee
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)

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Book Description

She hunts the realm's most dangerous game.

Her fees are exorbitant.

She's worth every coin she receives.

Or is she?


Magiere has earned a reputation as the most formidable vampire slayer in the land. Villagers far and wide welcome her with both awe and disdain—grateful to her for ridding their towns of the undead menace, but finding themselves made poorer for their salvation. Magiere knows she's dealing with simple folk, who only wish to have their superstitions silenced, and sees nothing wrong with exploiting them for profit.


Now, tired of the game, Magiere and her partner, the half-elf Leesil, are ready to hang up their weapons and settle down in a place they can finally call home. But their newfound peace will not last—for Magiere has come to the attention of a trio of powerful and dangerous vampires who know her true identity—and fear the birthright that flows through her veins. And they will stop at nothing to keep Magiere from fulfilling her destiny.


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Magiere and her half-elf partner, Leesil, have the cleverest con in the land. Magiere claims to be a vampire hunter, while Leesil impersonates a vampire, and in a spectacular show of theatrics, she "kills" him--for a hefty sum, of course. But Magiere's modus hits closer to home than she thinks, for when she faces down a real vampire, she wins. Now fighting her natural calling, Magiere arrives with Leesil in the town of Miiska, where they intend to make an honest living as tavern owners. Unbeknownst to the pair, a group of vampires, led by the nefarious Rashed, resides in Miiska. When Welstiel Massing, a mysterious older man, confronts Magiere, claiming she is "the one," and she has an almost-deadly encounter with Rashed, Magiere discovers her true nature: she is a dhampir, a part-human, part-vampire warrior whose purpose is to battle vampires. The discovery leads to a pulse-pounding showdown with Rashed and his gang. This Buffy-like story in a medieval setting won't disappoint vampire aficionados. Kristine Huntley
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“A fabulous entertainment wrought with mystery, adventure, and sharp-toothed wit.”—Mark Anthony, author of Beyond the Pale
Dhampir kept me turning pages…a broad new world.”—Mindy L. Klasky, author of The Glasswrights’ Journeyman


Product Details

  • File Size: 559 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451459067
  • Publisher: Roc (January 7, 2003)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002D9ZMJA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,973 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for Vampire Fans! January 8, 2003
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I've read one previous novel by Barb Hendee, Blood Memories, and was impressed enough by the experience that I decided to read Dhampir. Let's begin by saying that I am not regretting that decision.
This is the first novel of a series, the next of which will not be available until January 2004. She is writing with her husband this time, J.C. Hendee, but the integration of their writing styles is seamless. If you liked the writing style of Blood Memories, you won't even notice that J.C. Hendee has come aboard. I count this as a good thing, because I liked Blood Memories quite a lot.
The story revolves around Magiere and her partner, Leesil (a half-elf), who are an awsome vampire slaying duo. Magirere is more special than she realizes; let's just say that she has some interesting ancestors. When the two decide to retire, their peaceful plans are interrupted by a trio of undead who know more about Magiere's birthright than she does herself.
This novel is set more in Tolkien's universe than in Laurell K. Hamilton's, Tanya Huff's, or P.N. Elrod's, but it should still satisfy fans of those authors. Still, it is one of the best introductory novels I've read in a long time. I hope that the rest of the series lives up to the promise.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action-packed!! June 2, 2003
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STORY: The "charlatan" vampire hunters Magiere and Leesil go from town to town exploiting the fears of the locals. Magiere is tired of such a life and without Leesil's knowledge buys a tavern on the coast announcing to him that she is retiring and he is coming with here. Little do either know, that the little coastal village where they are headed is a nest of vampires. Through the story Magiere finds out she is specially equiped to fight vampires for real and not pretend. Aided by Leesil, their "special" hound Chap and some townsfolk they fight for thier lives and future dreams.
1) Setting - Could have used a map of the world. Each time a place is described I wanted to start drawing so I can get in my head where every city, town, or region is in relation to the others. This fantasy setting only has humans, quick reference to elves and of course other races or monsters referred to. With that said, I didnt feel at any point that the story needed these things, YET. There is so much room for the authors to take and create a more vivid world. What they've created here is a functional envioronment that is very small in scope and works for this first story installment.
2) Characters -
a) Protagonists - I really liked the three main protagonists: Magiere, Leesil, and their hound Chap. Each had their strenghts, weaknesses, and secrets. It was a nice twist that all three have travelled several years together, yet there is so much they don't know about each other or themselves. Nice character growth and relationships through the story.
b) Antagonist - The best thing about the vampires is that each one comes into his/her mental abilities differently.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic new vampire story! Two thumbs way up! March 3, 2003
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For several years Magiere, Leesil, and Chap have been moving from village to village, earning their living by ridding frightened and superstitious people of the undead creatures that plague their lives. But the whole thing is merely a sham, an elaborate game they have concocted, and Magiere is no true Hunter. Or is she? Finally tired of playing `the game' for so long, Magiere is ready to call it quits and settle down to a simpler and easier way of life, running a tavern. But what she and Leesil don't realize is that Magiere really is a Dhampir, a Hunter, and what they have been playing at for so many years will soon become a shocking reality. Vampires (and other undead creatures) really do exist, and they have decided that the Hunter is a threat that must be eliminated.
I am very, very impressed with how the authors have created a vampire story set in a true fantasy world. It felt real and natural, and was a refreshing change from the norm! The world building was very well done, the characters were vivid and compelling, and it had a nice dash of mystery and intrigue. There was also lots of great action, humor, sadness and grief, and questions of selfishness, sense of duty, and honor (or doing 'the right thing'). The story sucks you in from the very beginning and there is never a dull moment. I read this one from the first page to the last, without ever putting it down.
I loved how Magiere and Leesil's relationship was portrayed, and how they were both far from perfect, even as far as having secrets that they knowingly, or unknowingly, kept from each other. We are introduced to them at an important junction in their lives, and along the way we are given tantalizing glimpses into their past which, amazingly, never breaks the flow of the story.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars refreshingly innovative horror January 18, 2003
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As a child Magiere was shunned by the townsfolk because her father was a traveling noble and her mother was a peasant woman. They made her life so miserable that she ran away from home at seventeen carrying only a magical knife and two amulets that her father left behind for her. She worked at any job she could find, traveling from town to town until she met the half-elf Leesil. Together they worked the perfect con, pretending she was a vampire hunter who could rid the town of a vampire that was in the area.
After she saved enough money, Magiere bought an inn in the town of Miiska. Nobody could be more surprised than Magiere and Leesil to learn that a trio of vampires lived in the town and what's more they know about her since she killed one of their kin. Magiere comes to learn she is the natural enemy of the vampire, a DHAMPIRE born of a mortal woman and a vampire father, with powers she must learn to use if she doesn't want to end up being a vampire's meal.
Barb and J.C. Hendee have written a refreshingly innovative horror novel where the protagonists and antagonists act according to their own nature. The vampires serve as worthy adversaries for the Dhampir to destroy if she can and the reader will be rooting for her all the way. After years of being homeless, Magiere and her half elf companion finally have a home and they will do everything in their power to protect it. The plot is meaty and juicy with unexpected turn so that readers are already anticipating the next surprise.
Harriet Klausner
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Dhampir is one of the best
Barb and jc hendee have made one of the best series I have read! Dhampir i found to be an excellent book.Magerie is half human half vampire an impossible creation. Read more
Published 1 month ago by April Millman
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful
this is a wonderful story. the authors are geniuses and I.can rtf wIt to start the next book in the series!
Published 4 months ago by Khrystyanna Schunke
5.0 out of 5 stars a book everyone must read at least once
Most amazing series ever I would recommend to everyone who like vampire books with a twist and it just keeps getting better
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite books
I have read and re-read this book a number of times. I have even purchased it and given it as a gift to a number of friends. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Charrlie
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
My best friend actually recommended this book to me and I'm so glad she did. The dry humorist me laughing and the fighting scenes described in the book were very well written. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sonnel de Guia
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting fantasy novel, but needs to be more exciting
Good read. I think I picked up this book in a pile of discounted books at a bookstore. Seemed like an interesting story to read that would be a page turner. Read more
Published 8 months ago by R. Brummett Jr.
1.0 out of 5 stars don't waste your time
This series of books are just horrible. Poor writing, poor plot. Just plain bad. If I could invent a time machine, I would use it to warn myself not to read these books.
Published 9 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of a find
Four and a half stars.

I picked up this book at a Half Price Bookstore this past weekend on a whim and, cheesy cover aside, I ended up enjoying it quite a bit. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Veronica L. Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars Start of a Noble series ?
Not really the style of book that I like to read, but felt like a change and the series sounded interesting after talking to a couple of friends. Read more
Published 11 months ago by EuanSlight
5.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting!
I'm not really into much fantasy type books but oh my gosh, this book blew me away! Recommended by a friend and read in a week, Dhampir is now one of my favorite books of all time. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kimberly J. Grisham
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