Saturday, June 25, 2011

Sister of the Dead-Book Three of the Noble Dead series

Written By: Barb & J.C. Hendee
Copyright: 2005
Publisher:  Penguin, ROC
Pages 416

This is the third book in the Noble Dead series. My first two reviews can be found here, and here.

This story is a continuation of Thief of Lives. No time has elapsed since the ending of our last story. 

Magiere, Leesil and Chap are still looking for answers, both to Magieres true origins, and to the fate of Leesils mother. 

Magiere is a Dhampir, created of a noble dead father and human mother. Her one and only purpose in life, (or so she's been told) is to hunt and kill vampires. 
What little information she has about her history and purpose, has come from Welstiel Massing, a man who seems to know too much about her, and whom she has discovered is actually a noble dead himself. 

Leesil, a halfblood elf, is on a quest of his as well. He desperately seeks to  discover the fate of his mother, who he believed had been killed as a result of his own actions. A guilt he has lived with for years.

Chap, a fey, self confined to the body of a large wolf-like dog, wants nothing more then to stop Magiere from finding out the horrifyingly brutal details of her past. 

They are joined on this journey by Wynn, an apprentice sage who is able to understand Chap, and who's knowledge of histories and languages may hold the key to revealing the answers they seek.

After some debate, our uncomon crew decide to travel to Chemestúk as it is on their path North to the Elvin lands. This is the place of Magieres upbringing, the place where she was hated and shunned. Yet, here we meet the one person who loved and accepted her, Aunt Bieja. 

The clues found in Chemestúk drive them even further from their Elvin destination, much to Chaps dismay. As they journey onward, they happen upon a dying town in desperate need of the hunters help. The choice to aid this town and it's people, brings our crew face to face with an undead vampire the likes of which they have never seen. One who is able to draw the life-force, not only from humans, but from the very world around it.

Believing the creature destroyed, they finally travel to the place of Magieres creation. As the atrocities committed to bring her into existance are revealed, she is confronted by her true enemy. 
Will she follow this entity and fully become the monster within...?

The way I see it: The bond between Magiere and Leesil is cemented in this sequel, and the vital importance of that relationship is revealed. Chaps role as puppet-master and his conflict with his fellow fey are brought to light with much more detail this time around, (something I enjoyed) All of the gory components involved in the making of Magiere are laid out before us as well. Wynns true role and that of Leesils mother are yet to be uncovered.

The bad, the bad, and the ugly: Trying to put this into words...Oh, I know...this was the longest 416 pages of my life. It seemed to me that there were parts of this book that were completely out of place, almost as if they were just thrown in to up the page count. It detracted from the story to such an extent, that there were times I actually dreaded picking the book up. As a matter of fact, If I wasn't so enamored with the main characters, I wouldn't have.

Love it or Leave it: I can't say I loved it :( I can say this, If about a hundred pages of randomness were edited out, It would have been fabulous, and of the same standard as the first two books. 

Will I purchase the next in the series? Not right away, but I believe I will eventually. I enjoyed the first two very much and I did love the parts of this book that focused on...well, the storyline.


DesLily said... Best Blogger Tips

wow, you are just buzzing right along with your reading!

I know what you mean about being overly wordy in some books.. but then again if you read an Dickens or Wilke Collins.. it's the norm! But then again.. sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't! I hope the next book is better!

Cath said... Best Blogger Tips

It does seem that some authors could do with a bit of stricter editing. Ramble, ramble, ramble seems to be the order of the day. Okay if it's relevant but sometimes it just isn't and editors need to tell authors so. Sorry this series has a few drawbacks for you.

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

A great review, it sounds like it has some wonderful characters - I have to confess I did not know exactly what a
Dhampir was until now so thanks for that.

animewookie said... Best Blogger Tips

Pat: I hope so too, but It will be a while before I find

Cath: Agreed :D I think it's the first review I haven't been content with the book. I almost felt guilty writing

Petty: You know...It really does, Oh, and I didn't know until I read the first book either :D

Novroz said... Best Blogger Tips

Great review...even though you didn't like it. How many volume does this series have?

By the way...good look in my giveaway :)

Melissa (Books and Things) said... Best Blogger Tips

Aw... sorry you didn't love this one. It's too bad, the world looked like it would have potential. I don't think I would have enjoyed it either. Thanks for the honest review!