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Monday, December 26, 2016

REVIEW: Noble Dead, Series 3 by Barb & JC Hendee

Between Their Worlds marks the first in five books meant to finish out the Noble Dead series. Magiere, Leesil, and Chap are back to help Wynn discover the locations of the remaining orbs in order to keep them from being acquired by a rising ancient power. Unfortunately, Wynn is held prisoner in her once thought home, the guild of Sagecraft.  With separate plans, Magiere, Leesil and some unlikely allies plan to rescue her as does Chane. Whether they all like it or not their stories will continue to entwine.

Interesting book if a bit slow in pacing since it all revolves around Wynn's rescue. More character and relationship building than significant arc plot but a good bridge for the remainder of the series.

Final rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

A group devided after the events of Between Their Worlds, Magiere, Leesil and Chap set sail on their quest to find the Orb of Air, none too happy about their other companion, aging elven assassin, Brot’an, distrusted by the entire group. As Magiere struggles to fight her own dark nature, readers learn more about their quest to retrieve the Orb of Fire all the while the group is determined to steer clear others who wish them harm.

Final rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Dhampir Magiere, Leesil, and Chap continue their desperate search for the Orb of Air, still burdened with the master assassin, Brot’an, and the elven outcast girl, Wayfarer. Still hunted by a team of assassins, they escape on the first available ship only to find themselves under the power of a sadistic captain. Even if they manage to survive this voyage, there is a trap waiting for them at the journey’s end that will have readers shrieking in dismay!

In the parallel story, Wynn, Chane, Osha and Shade continue to search for the Orb of Spirit. Our beloved sage struggles with her confusing feelings for both Chane and Osha. Their travels lead them to the home of a young duke acting strangely. Too soon they discover that these changes are related to their own journey as well as a dangerous foe.

The best book of this series thus far. I loved the parallel story telling! Lots of twists and turns to keep readers interested!
Final rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Waylaid in their quest for the orb of the Air, Magiere, Leesil, Chap, and Wayfarer have all been wrongly imprisoned. But it is Magiere, the dhampir, who suffers the most as a cloaked interrogator employs telepathic torture.

Wynn, Chane, Shade and Osha arrive, seeking the help of Domin Ghassan il’Sänke, to learn more about their quest and also save their companions. Their help is needed in turn since he domin is embroiled in a secret hunt for a spectral undead with the power to invade anyone living and take the body as its host--something Wynn knows all too much about.
This fourth book is a quick read for those wanting to make sure the crew is out of peril and back along their journey. This is a rather complicated plot with some excellent twists!

Final rating: 4 out of 5 stars

It all comes to an epic end in The Night Voice. Magiere must embark on one last journey to retrieve final orb while also resisting the Night Voice trying to lure her to its side. Rumors of undead hordes gather for an epic battle have all the companions scurrying to prepare fore war but betrayals seem inevitable when even more deadly secrets reveal themselves.

I was wholeheartedly satisfied with the conclusion. The journey is pretty epic, the battle won with plenty of sacrifices along the way. I like where the authors left these characters but admit to a bit of a breakdown during the epilogue. A fitting end to a fantastic fantasy series.

Final rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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