Hendee These are the epic adventures of Magiere, a dhampir half human, half vampire , and Leesil, her half-elf lover, vampire hunters in a high-fantasy world, fighting a higher undead, known as the Noble Dead. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Please try again later. Read an Excerpt.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Dhampir by Barb Hendee. Hendee Goodreads Author. Her fees are exorbitant. Or is she? Magiere has earned a reputation as the most formidable vampire slayer in the land.
Villagers far and wide welcome her with both awe and disdain — grateful to her for ridding their towns of the undead menace, but finding themselves made poorer for their salvation.
Now, tired of the game, Magiere and her partner, the half-elf Leesil, are ready to hang up their weapons and settle down in a place they can finally call home. But their newfound peace will not last — for Magiere has come to the attention of a trio of powerful and dangerous vampires who know her true identity — and fear the birthright that flows through her veins.
And they will stop at nothing to keep Magiere from fulfilling her destiny. Get A Copy. Mass Market Paperback , pages.
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To ask other readers questions about Dhampir , please sign up. See 1 question about Dhampir…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jun 07, Mike the Paladin rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy. This isn't "great literature".
It doesn't claim to be. It's pure, unadulterated, open, and proud, brain candy. I enjoyed it. There were a few times that it got too drawn out At least the vamps here aren't cute, cuddly, lonely, romantic, blood suckers.
Also to act This isn't "great literature". Also to actually have a "Dhampir" you have to "re-write" the legend a bit. I mean after all a "vampire" is physically, a dead body Confession time, while I haven't used the word dhampir in my writing, I have used a version of the idea, not handled this way, or a "dhampir" in this book's sense", but a version of it.
Over all I enjoyed this book and plan to run the next book in the series down. For fantasy fans, for horror fans even for vampire fans, this will probably be a good read. Update: I originally wrote this review in , then went out and bought the rest of the series. I have yet to read them View all 4 comments. Jan 03, Mark rated it it was ok.
Oh yeah, and everybody has a mysterious past that haunts them as it forces them into confrontation. Actually I liked this book more than I expected. The authors seem to care about the characters, including the bad guys, and that is a rare gift in fantasy writing. On the other hand, the writers have a number of minor weaknesses.
Sentences are awkward, descriptions are bumbled, a mysterious enigmatic stranger appears about 73 exaggeration times with mysterious enigmatic advice, both good and bad guys regularly suffer mortal wounds and miraculously recover to fight the very next day, etc.
The front cover blurb describes this as a mix of Lord of the Rings because it has an elf? This superficial thoughtlessness bugs me. Might as well call midget wrestling like Lord of the Rings because, hey, it has dwarfs and they fight in a ring. View all 3 comments. Apr 16, Gavin rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy.
This was a regular fantasy story that read a lot like an UF in terms of feel and style. I liked the weird mixing of genres and felt it really worked for this story.
Magiere is a travelling vampire hunter. She is in high demand with the local villages as she has a fearsome reputation of always getting the job done. A job that is made a lot easier by the fact that she is actually a con artist and the "vampire" she rids the villages of is her business partner and travelling companion Leesil! Things This was a regular fantasy story that read a lot like an UF in terms of feel and style.
Things go awry for the duo when their last job, before retiring to run a tavern, sees them run into an actual vampire. It was a fun story. Neither Magiere or her half-elf companion Leesil believed in vampires so they took a bit of time to realize they had run up against a nest of true vampires and before they knew it they were being dragged into a war with a group of them despite the fact that they were trying to retire to the quiet life.
The fantasy world was a fun one. It was a fairly average medieval European setting but mixed in a bunch of fantasy creatures like elves, vampires, ghosts, and even a magic dog! Magiere and Leesil were not your average fantasy heroes as they started out as con artists and then after that mostly just wanted to live in peace but I did eventually warm to the duo and found them easy to root for. We got hints in this opening book that both characters had interesting and mysterious backgrounds that they had not even gotten around to sharing with each other.
The big positive for this book was the fact that we also got POV's from the vampires. I felt that added real depth to the story as the group of vampires all had their own distinct personalities and had dreams, motivations, and backstories of their own. It was so successful a ploy that I actually found myself sympathizing with the vampires at times in the various battles!
It really makes a big difference to any story when the reader is invested in the characters from both sides of a conflict. That is so much more satisfying that just a simple monster squashing tale! The writing felt weirdly stilted but that did not seem to hurt the tale any as I got sucked into the story and found this a pretty compelling read. This was actually a reread for me as I read this way back in the day but the truth is it was a lot like a first read as it had been so long that I did not remember a thing about the story outside of the fact that Magiere was a dhampir.
I had some vague memories of what this series was in general and what its strengths and weaknesses are and it seems my memories were spot on in that regard. All in all I was quite happy with this. Not the best fantasy I've ever come across but engaging and very readable and I'll definitely be pressing onto the next book in the series to see what else Magiere and Leesil get up to on their adventures. It is worth noting that if this was an actual UF I'd rate it as one of my favourites.
Rating: 4 stars. Audio Note: I felt like Tanya Eby did a great job with the audio. Apr 28, Chelsea rated it liked it Recommends it for: folks who like vampires. Shelves: fantasy , vampires , reviewed , stew-and-tunics. Before I launch into my review, I just gotta ask, why do people always have to make stew in fantasy novels?
How about goulash? Chicken and dumplings? Half-elves cannot live on stew alone! Also, stew is not travel food. It's called stew because it has to STEW for a few hours before you eat it. No one would say "Gee, we've been walking all damn day, let's wait a few more hours for our stew to simmer before we can eat.
Saga of the Noble Dead
A dhampir is a mortal, born from the union of a vampire and a human. Dhampirs have pale skin and dark hair, with blood red highlights. Around vampires, dhampirs' pupils expand to cover their entire iris and their eyes water uncontrollably. Their canine teeth lengthen.
Noble Dead Series
Dhampir (Noble Dead Series #1)
Hendee  is a set of chronological books in series, and chronological series in a saga that tells the story of protagonists drawn together in a struggle against the little-known and little believed-in Noble Dead higher undead such as vampires that herald the return of a long forgotten age in a fantasy world. It begins with an unlikely trio drawn together as charlatans who use their skills to cheat peasants by the common superstitions concerning the undead. Soon enough they find that not all superstitions are completely false; the bits of truth they hold could lead to something far worse that has been long forgotten. In Series 1, Book 1, S1B2: Dhampir , Magiere is unaware of her inner nature, the discovery of which leads the trio into a tangled path that uncovers hints of the Forgotten History and of what may be coming by the end of Series 1. At the start of the story, the two " half-breeds ", together with Chap, make a reasonable living pretending to be 'vampire-hunters'. Eventually the inevitable happens; they cross paths with genuine vampires, one form of the Noble Dead or highest form[s] of the undead. These charlatans are plunged unwillingly into a dark reality of true undead and into their own dark fates as well as other personal secrets they kept hidden even from each other.