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Through Stone and Sea: A Novel of the Noble Dead (Noble Dead Saga 2) Hardcover – January 5, 2010

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The second Noble Dead dark fantasy series continues with this slow, methodical sequel to 2009's In Shade and Shadow. Despite the ruling of her mentors at the Guild of Sagecraft, feisty young scholar Wynn Hygeorht is still determined to regain and translate the mysterious ancient texts she fought so hard to recover in 2008's Child of a Dead God. Following up a clue, Wynn and her companions, undead Chane Andraso and memory-reading magical canine Shade, journey to the dwarven city of Dhredze Seatt to seek out the grim Stonewalkers, who guard the dwarven dead. Sau'ilahk, a murderous wraith, follows in hopes of recovering those same texts. The plot here is more mystery than quest, focusing on dwarven culture and secrets. Readers seeking epic action and revelations will have trouble hanging on until the breathless rush at the end. END

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Product Details

  • Series: Noble Dead Saga 2 (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Roc Hardcover; 1st edition (January 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451463129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451463128
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,512,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By SciFiChick VINE VOICE on January 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
When Wynn returned from her adventures with Magiere, Leesil, and Chap, her guild quickly confiscated her texts and journals from her travels. Now, with the company of Chane and Shade, Wynn goes in search of the ancient texts, taking them to the heart of dwarven territory. But a dangerous enemy follows them, searching for something amidst the texts. Wynn's search will take them into the dwarves Underworld, a place kept secret for a reason.

The Hendees have continued their complex world-building of the Noble Dead series to incorporate dwarves and their unique and fascinating culture. And once again, we follow Wynn on another suspenseful adventure. Chane has joined her, constantly battling his hunger and undead nature to kill. Both characters continue to grow and develop, along with their trust for each other. Shade, the daughter of Chap, is an incredible character as well. Even though she's a wolf and doesn't speak with words, Shade can speak with images and memories that Wynn is able to decipher.

In this latest installment of the Noble Dead saga, incredible world-building and intriguing characters are the best part of this quest-like fantasy. But there's still plenty of suspense, danger, mystery, and surprising revelations. The Hendees never fail to deliver quality, captivating stories that always impress. This series remains one of my all-time favorites, and one I always recommend.
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Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed the initial Noble Dead series - great characters, interesting villains and cool story.
With this series you take the top 3 characters and push the mediocre side kicks to the forefront, then eliminate the main bad guy (his side kick become one of the main good guys) and make the main bad guy basically mist with limited thought, background and unknown motivation. And what you have is boring.

(SPOILER ALERT) But wait there's more. The first book is good guys try to beat bad guy from getting to some books and kill the bad guy in the end. In Through Stone and Sea you find out they DIDN'T kill the bad guy and this story line is the good guys try to beat bad guy from getting to some books and kill the bad guy in the end (new city). BUT WAIT HE'S STILL ALIVE. Why do I have a feeling book 3 in this series will be the same rehash of the first two. You know what I won't know because I won't be reading it.

Supporting characters in this book. Mean dwarf lady who won't see reason. Mean lady who won't see reason. And some even less interesting supporting cast. Even the dog is weaker in the novels.

I like their writing style but the content is just so weak in this series I just can't see moving forward with it unless the real main characters come back. FYI I think everyone agrees the best thing in a story is a great bad guy - mist that barely thinks is not a good bad guy. Those mini-chapters put me to sleep.

If you were ok with the first book in this series you'll like this one less. No progress. No sense of completion for either side. Ho hum.
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I loved the first series of these books and couldn't put them down. The second series which is based on Wynn is very boring and I had to fight with myself to pick it up to read. I hope the other books bring back Magiere, Leesil and Chap because the books really need them! I don't think I can clearly recommend these books at this time unless the following books bring the characters from the first series back in. BORING!
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Format: Hardcover
I have read and enjoyed all of the books in this series but am disappointed with the direction the authors have taken. i have become so accustomed to magerie and lessil that having this offshoot with wyhn and chane just throws me. the authors were going strong with the story line of finding and protecting the orb and figuring out the past history and what is now happening and trying to tie it altogether. then with the last two books they go off on a tangent with barely mentioning magerie and lessil. all i can say is i hope the authors come back to thoes two and soon.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I initially started this whole series with "Through Shadow and Shade." I realized quite quickly that there was a whole series before this book. I read "Dhampir" and then I read "Through Stone and Sea" and I found that I liked the second series a bit better for now. I only mention this because I have a lot less back story from not reading the first series.

I enjoyed "Through Stone and Sea." I got easily caught up in the world building, in the settings, the Dwarves, and the mysteries. It wasn't an exciting adventurous book per say, but it was interesting. The characters felt real and relatable (at least some) and I enjoyed the feeling that this whole series is slowly building itself up to some grand finale. I enjoyed it and can't wait to read the next book in line.
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Format: Kindle Edition
while I am sure this book is the "set-up" for the next two it drags on and on with little action until the end, few answers about some new characters and too much time spent on past reflection so you know who, what and why about some characters and events (this book doesn't really stand alone outside of the Noble Dead series, so I kinda get a new reader would need that) maybe the next one is better, but this was a LOT of underground slogging around and little insight to the why and where yet...and Chane seems to be wearing out...can't we get some miraculous cure for him, he is such a sad character
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