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  • Series: Noble Dead (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; First Edition edition (January 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451459539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451459534
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #556,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Former con-artists-turned-vampire-slayers Magiere (a half-vampire, half-human called a dhampir) and her half-elf partner, Leesil, return in this sequel to Dhampir [BKL Ja 1 & 15 03]. After she had taken care of the vampire problem in Miiska, her and Leesil's adopted village, Magiere assumed her vampire-hunting days were over. Now a successful tavern owner, she wants nothing more than to forget about vampires. But when a vampire kills a councilman's daughter in the city of Bela, Miiska officials pressure her to go hunt down and kill the vampire. At Leesil's urging, she reluctantly agrees. The trip gets off to a bad start when three hired thugs try to kill Magiere aboard the ship to Bela, and when she and Leesil begin investigating, Magiere is puzzled by the deliberate nature of the crime. Clearly, someone was trying to send a message. But was the sender a vampire or some other sinister, dark force? Readers will turn the pages of this satisfying medieval thriller with gusto. Kristine Huntley
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Readers will turn the pages of this satisfying medieval thriller with gusto. Kristine Huntley, BOOKLIST, REVIEW JOURNAL of The AMERICAN LIBRARY Association pressure is brought to bear on Magiere... Maybe she doesn't have it any easier than BUFFY at that. Earnest Liley, SFRevu --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 24, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When I read Dhampir, I wasn't sure if it was intended for an extended run or not, but here is the next volume of what now appears to be at least a trilogy. This is good news, as the Hendee's have managed to create two strong characters and put together a plot that still maintains it's mystery and draw at the end of two volumes. Magiere is a dhampir, daughter of a vampire and a human. At the end of the previous volume (in which a vampire killing scam suddenly turns out to be serious) she discovers that dhampirs have significant and deadly powers of their own. Her companion is half-elven Leesil who also hides many mysteries. Trained as an assassin, Leesil was happily pursuing a life of crime until he met Magiere. Just for a moment, at the beginning of Thief of Lives, the couple has settled into the routine of running an inn.
Nothing lasts, of course, and in short order Magiere, Leesil, and Chap the wonder dog have been maneuvered into heading for the capital city of Bela to hunt the vampire responsible for killing the daughter of a prominent councilman. They arrive to discover that they are not particularly welcome - even less so when they announce that the killer may be one of the privileged classes. And instead of one vampire there are two, or maybe three, or ... Add a dog with unexpected skills, another elven killer, some mages, and a return visit by Welstiel Massing (who has hidden agendas of his own) and you have a good picture of what life is like for Leesil and Magiere.
Not counting their own relationship, which has become clouded by their discovery that being a dhampir is more than having a funny ethnic designation.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sharron Albert on January 25, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If Dhampir could be considered a good breakfast, this sequel is definitely a hearty lunch. Herein we return to the world of Magiere (half vampire), Leesil (half-elf) and their "dog" Chap. Hoping to settle down in their new home after ridding the town of its vampire nest, fate, their reputation, and meddlers intervene. To save their small community, they travel to Belas to find and destroy its vampire, who is now killing among the nobles. As they succeed, they find out more about their own hidden or unknown pasts, meet new companions, and identify their quest and at least one of their enemies. There's fast action and character development, even among the vampires.
This time I didn't hesitate when I saw there was a new book. I bought it and read it immediately. Mind you, not too many books or authors get this treatment. Some, like Cherryh, get bought immediately and set aside until I have time to savor her dense storylines. But for light entertainment, especially when recovering from a cold, this is as good as it gets, if you like vampires, well-written fantasy, and a promise of more to come. Although this can be read without doing so, I recommend you read Dhampir first.
It still feels like someone's fantasy role-playing campaign, but it's a campaign in which I would have liked to play. I await for dinner with appetite...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E E Knight on January 19, 2004
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Dhampir was one of those novels that I wished had a few more chapters. I hated to close the book. So after a year's wait I was thrilled to be able to pick up pretty much where our sometimes gallant, sometimes conniving trio left off.
The Hendees spread their literary wings a little on this outing and take the reader on a ride to the city of Bela where a vampire is eating pieces of the Upper Crust. With lashings of mystery and political intrigue, a few new weapons, some more glimpses into our heros' origins, and almost a high fantasy-noir environment, misfits Magiere and Leesil follow Chap's nose right into the thick of things.
I found the story satisfying. One thing I would really like to see in the next book is a map of the Hendees' world. I hope they can convince their publisher to offer one in the next volume.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fantasychick18 on September 27, 2004
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The first book was certainly a good and pleasent surprise, so I immediately picked this one up as soon as I put down the first. This book was a great sequel and an excellent stand alone book.

Our three unexpecting heroes, Magiere, Leesil, and Chap, the magical hound, are all trying to settle down to become tavernkeepers. Naturally they can't and are soon sent to the city of Bela, where political intrigue and vampire violence meet them at every turn.

The great thing about the series is that the main characters are so dynamic and round that they constantly surprise you. For instance, Magiere is so calculating and cold, yet she is niave enough to not think that people wouldn't have heard about her exploits. Lessil is a paradox in and of himself. Chap is pile of questions that I certainly enjoy pondering.

The villians in this book aren't as great as the first. Ratboy is back and is not the same Ratboy that we loved to hate. Ratboy's lover, Sapphire, is about as shallow and stupid as they come. Chane is the new face on the block and is the best antagonist next to Westiel Massing. Massing is as enigmatic as ever and just as manipulating too. Chane makes up for the two others in his family, because he is smart and savy enough to almost make you want to like him, but...

The world that the Hendees created is refreshing and savory. Each book expands this great world into something that keeps me coming back for more. Keep up the great work!
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