Monday, May 30, 2011

Thief of Lives

Written By: Barb & J.C. Hendee
Copyright: 2003
Publisher:  Penguin, ROC
Pages 410

This will be my forth book in Quest The First.
Quest The First : Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time criteria. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres

This is the second book in the Dhampir series. To read my first review click here :D

 Magiere, Leesil, and Chap are happy in their home in Miiska. They're about to reopen the newly rebuilt Sea Lion and it seems that life will finally have some normalcy for the trio. 
 Since the burning of the main trade wherehouse the town is in dire straits, and its people have little to no money to live on. There are many who resent Magiere and her companions, although most realize the fire was a necessary sacrifice in order to rid their town of Noble Dead. 
When a proposal comes to Magiere from the city of Bela that would earn her enough money to rebuild the wherehouse and save Miiska, she can not refuse....or can she? The offer would require Magiere to become the hunter again, and that transformation is something she simply can't come to terms with.

The way I see it: This book is written so that even if you hadn't read Dhampir, you would still understand what's going on. It delves further into Leesil and Magieres' relationship, which forces both of them to battle their individual demons. It also exposes many of the hidden secrets behind Chap, Leesils "Dog" and the infamous Welstiel, the noble who taught Magiere what she truly was in the first story. 

The bad, the bad, and the ugly: A little too much background info from the first book IMO. Also in the first half of the book the Magiere/Leesil up/down, back/forth thing got a bit annoying. Lastly, the cover....In my mind, (and that's the one that counts right these characters are a Lot better looking :D

Love it or Leave it: All in all...Gotta go with Love it. The initial annoyances worked themselves out. I also immensely enjoyed uncovering Chaps' story, as I find him to be highly entertaining :D


Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I wonder if I can comment as 'anonymous'...

I had the first book from the library but had to take it back before I could read it. I'll try to remember the series when RIP comes up as they sound ideal for it.

Cath from read warbler

animewookie said... Best Blogger Tips

Yes it worked!!! Thank you Cath :D You and Pat are Definitely She sent her comment by e-mail :D It truly warms my heart <3

DesLily said... Best Blogger Tips

testing.. testing 1.2.3

DesLily said... Best Blogger Tips

It Works!!!!!!! were any others having a problem??? (I know there were sure alot of them having the problem listed in blogspot help area)

....Petty Witter said... Best Blogger Tips

I take it that if you found there was a lot of information repeated from book one I could start reading the series with this book - it sounds well worth a look.

Cath said... Best Blogger Tips

Testing... Pat says I should be able to comment as me now so here goes... it looks like it'll work. :-)

animewookie said... Best Blogger Tips

DesLily: YES!!! Ty :D

Petty: You absolutely could. If I had started when Dhampir was originally released and then had to wait for this one, I'm sure I would have appreciated the back info much more :D

Cath: Roger that!! I hear you loud and clear :D

Novroz said... Best Blogger Tips

It's an interesting way to give your verdict. From the second last paragraph...I'm not sure I want to read it.

Thanks for sharing it,Kel

animewookie said... Best Blogger Tips

Novroz: Yes it was a little back and forth for me, but when I look at the book as a whole, there was absolutely more good than bad. I actually picked up the next in the series a couple of days