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Dhampir (Noble Dead Saga: Series 1 #1)

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She hunts the realm’s most dangerous game.
Her fees are exorbitant.
She’s worth every coin she receives.
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.
Paperback, 376 pages
Published January 7th 2003 by Roc
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Mike (the Paladin)
Mar 16, 2015 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 the last "confrontation" I was more than ready for it to finish up. hit another one of my "pet peeves", the "vampires" are somewhat twisted from traditional vamps...but not too much or badly done. At least the vamps here aren't cute, cuddly, lonely, romantic, blood suckers.(and they don't "sparkle".) Also to act
Jan 03, 2009 Mark rated it it was ok
Two con-artists/adventurers try to settle down to life in a town, but unbeknown to it holds a lair of vampires. 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 mysteriou
Aug 06, 2007 Kylene rated it it was amazing
The Hendees (husband and wife team) pair up to write
this "Buffy meets Lord of the Rings" series that is very addictive!! The series is not finished yet, which is the downside, but the good news is that they have 4 books out, enough to get on a roll. The series is about a
half-vampire, half-human woman who starts out as a thief but finds out she has special talents. Pretty fun and fast read! Individual titles are:
- Dhampir
- Thief of Lives
- Sister of the Dead
- Traitor to the Blood
Ahhhh.... A little bit conflicted about this one. Overall, I liked it enough to want to read the sequels.

What I liked and didn't like:

The Plot:
(-) Basically, it's a book about one "fake" vampire hunter, one fake vampire and one magic dog who end up hunting vampires for real.
(+) Although the plot is rather predictable, there were quite a few surprises for me! I really liked the fact that the main characters start up as crooks, cheating villagers out of their money by pretending to vanquish imagi
Apr 12, 2012 Chelsea rated it liked it
Recommends it for: folks who like vampires
Before I launch into my review, I just gotta ask, why do people always have to make stew in fantasy novels? How about goulash? Pasta? 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."

Brief recap:

Magiere (which I couldn't figure out how to pronounce, so I
Mar 10, 2008 Kim rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fantasy fans, vampire aficionados
Leesil and Magiere have a pretty good con game going on---he pretends to be a vampire, she pretends to "slay" him, and thus they bilk innocent villagers out of their hard-earned cash. But Magiere has tired of this life, and when she decides to buy an inn and retire, a mysterious old man shows up insisting that she is a dhampir, or half vampire, half human, and the perfect vampire hunter. Thus begins one of the more interesting vampire series I have read lately: Barb and J.C. Hendee's "The Noble ...more
Barbara ★
I liked the premise of this book and I liked the first few chapters until I realized it was all a scam. I kept waiting for something supernatural to happen with Magiere and Leesil. Their "adventures" are rather boring but they turned out to be interesting characters nonetheless.

The move to respectibility was a good start but the new town had real vampires and the town expected the "vampire hunter" to take care of the problem and so did I. Somewhere around page 200 the action heated up and Magier
Oct 23, 2014 Jim rated it liked it
A pretty good new series. A bit of a downer. Sword & sorcery setting with a half vamp as a hero. Kind of an interesting world. Certainly not a 'must read' but if you come across a copy, you won't be wasting your time. The other books in the series are even a little better. Her writing improves, I think.
Jan 11, 2011 Ithlilian rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed the set up of this book. The main characters go around robbing poor peasants of their money by pretending to be vampire and hunter. It turns out that thievery is in one of the character's blood as hunting is in the other. The hunter decided to settle down and manage an inn, and her partner goes along for the ride. On the way there the duo meet a few real vampires. The hunter denies what is right in front of her face. All of that was pretty interesting, and that was the front part of th ...more
Aug 21, 2012 S.A. rated it it was ok
Let's write a fantasy. Let's populate the fantasy with lots of places. Let's act vague about where those places are in the grand scheme of things, well, some are to the north, some are to the south, some have names that sound Slavic, and well, who cares, this is a fantasy.

Wrong. World building fail.

Characters, well, let's see, the half Elf is easily dismissed until toward the end when you want him to turn around and bitch-slap the so-called heroine. The serious, brooding female slayer/heroine is
Apr 25, 2008 Ken rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Buffy fans
Recommended to Ken by: Kim Bea
I recommend this book, and the three-star rating I'm giving it feels a little harsh. (Three and one half stars, anyone?) Barb and J.C. Hendee have created an appealing protagonist, essentially a vampire slayer a la Buffy, but not a carbon copy of Whedon's creation at all. Her personality, background and hang-ups are certainly her own, not stuck somewhere in Sunnydale. Her companion, Leesil, has an interesting backstory himself, and such a thoughtfully conceived character earns his share of the n ...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Nov 07, 2010 Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews rated it really liked it
This is the first book in the Noble Dead series. Magiere and her half-elf partner, Leesil, have the cleverest scam in the land going. Magiere pretends to be a vampire hunter, while Leesil impersonates a vampire who is always killed in the end. They end up sucking up all the villagers money and leaving. However, after the last scam, Magiere decides to quit. She has already saved alot of money up and intends on opening up a tavern and retiring for good.

Magiere eventually meets a mysterious man na
Nov 11, 2010 Evey rated it really liked it
Shelves: bit-lit
Très bonne surprise!
Mélange de Fantasy avec un grand F et de vampire. Écriture fluide et super agréable. Histoire très très sympa! Avec une superbe trame sous jacente.
Perso accrocheurs et même les méchants ;).
Adrian Phoenix
Jan 09, 2010 Adrian Phoenix rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampires, fantasy, own
I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series. I loved the characters!
May 07, 2014 Danielle rated it it was amazing
My cousin recommended this series to me and I'm so glad that she did. I love the dark aspects that this book has. The characters are quite enjoyable. I loved reading about all the different creatures and the mystery that came with each and every character. It was fun reading about each characters past as well. Besides Vampire Academy I haven't read anything about dhampirs and I enjoy reading about the main character very much. She is such a strong character that doesn't show much of her emotions ...more
Bella (Bella's Wonderworld)
Die Halbvampirin Magiere und der Halbelf Leesil ziehen durch die Dörfer umd den Bürgern ihr Geld abzuknöpfen. Um dies zu bewerkstelligen täuscht Magiere von eine Vampirjägerin zu sein. Da die Menschen sehr abergläubisch sind und an das Übernatürliche glauben, überlassen sie dem Gaunerpärchen bereitwillig ihr gespartes Geld. Doch Magiere möchte vortan ein normales Leben führen und beschließt mit Leesil in einem kleinen Hafenstädtchen eine Tarverne zu eröffnen.

Auf dem Weg in ihr neues Leben begegn
Mar 22, 2011 Books-treasureortrash rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
Book Review: 1 Treasure Box

I like the premise of the series because it is different from your run of the mill vampire stories. The Noble Dead series are fantasy books with vampires, vampire hunters and elves. It is original. The series revolves around Magiere, who had a human mother and a vampire father. This makes her special, she can go out in the day, yet she also has special powers which make her the perfect vampire hunter. Her traveling companion is Leesil a half elf who has his own secrets
Jul 11, 2012 Kara rated it did not like it
I am on page 162 and I have yet to get to the part where I just can't put the book down. I have been reading this book for two weeks. I went on vacation and was on long plane rides and instead of reading (which I always do) I either slept or watched my Ipod. I am not an electronic junkie. I usually go through 3 books during a week vacation, I couldn't get through this one. I am guessing it is because I feel absolutely no attachment at all to the characters, so I really don't care what happens.
Melinda Snodgrass
I'm back! I'm no longer a PKD judge so I can write about what I'm reading. So, I grabbed this two weeks ago when I was in L.A. Even though I have the IPad for flights (download books, read _and_ listen to music all at the same time), I need a paperback book when the plane is taking off and landing, and I can't use electronic devices. A really nice sales person at the Bookstar in Studio City recommend this and another book.

I enjoyed this book, enough so that I want to continue reading the series.
Sep 06, 2011 Chris rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Cover looks more interesting than the story was.
Bottom Line: Try before you buy
I haven't read any of the Hendee work before, so I started reading this with complete neutrality. Having read the brief synopsis of the book, the story seemed like it could be good...vampires, vampire slayer ridding the world of the fiends, town by town...all good stuff.
However, this book sorely missed the mark. The main character, wasn't all that intriguing, despite her job title. And her relationship with her partne
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John Margaritsanakis
Jan 10, 2013 John Margaritsanakis rated it really liked it
At my wife's insistance I gave the first book in the Noble Dead Saga a try. See, this took some convincing - I am naturally suspicious of all those books (and there are many, too many these days) featuring bad-ass hot chicks with swords on the cover.

Well, as it turns out it was pretty decent. The plot, if rather predictable (the big mystery through the entire novel is spoiled by its freakin' *title*, come on!) was satisfactory and the characters while not as three dimensional or developed in th
Jan 10, 2012 Cameron rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, it was very different from most vampire novels that I've read. Magiere is known as a vampire hunter, the funny thing is, she's never killed a vampire, in most cases, things happen in villages and people blame vampires, Magiere comes in and for a fee rids the town of the vampire. Magiere and her partner the half elf Leesil and her wolf dog Chap travel from village to village conning them out of their money. Although at the last village, withn the help of Chap, she kills what sh ...more
Ben Arispe
Jan 23, 2012 Ben Arispe rated it really liked it
I was very surprised with this book. I've been eyeballing it for years now, and I never picked it up due to the oversaturation of vampire stories in recent years. My mistake. This story was intantly addictive. Magiere is a charlatan turned real vampire hunter. The authors give just enough backstory to keep you guessing, yet not enough so you see the end coming. My one complaint is mimor, that is we could have seen a bit more detail in the fight scenes. My guess is that changes in the later books ...more
Sep 19, 2011 Tess rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and it's series. This book begins the adventures of Magiere and Leesil; who think that they are settling their life when they are given a nasty surprise. They find that their lies have come true and they have to deal with it. The characters are far from perfect but still find their way into your heart. Even the villains are difficult to hate completely. Hendee does a wonderful job of writing from multiple points of views. The story is told from multiple characters' views depend ...more
Kate Haskell
Jan 27, 2016 Kate Haskell rated it really liked it
I enjoy this book in the same way that my mother-in-law enjoys action movies. At no point during my reading am I putting on my critical theory glasses; I'm simply enjoying the plot on a purely surface level. The fantasy setting and the relationship between Leesil and Magiere (which hits the Dave-and-Maddie, will-they-or-won't-they notes in just the right way to draw out my inner romantic) create some kind of gestalt that I'm powerless to resist.

I'll be honest. I'm not qualified to tell you wheth
Jun 01, 2013 Stefan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Damphir is an excellent novel for vampire lovers. It weaves an exciting tale of self-discovery and straightforward action. Magiere and her half-elven partner, Leesil, have been traveling the country side duping innocent villages into paying her to "remove" the undead from their midst for a healthy sum. When they happen upon a town with real undead; things change dramatically for the duo.
Each character has a past they would just as soon forget. The characters are very well developed and at times
N.C. Reed
May 07, 2015 N.C. Reed rated it it was amazing
I first read this book years ago, unaware that it was the start of a fantastic series.

I'll warn you now; this series is made for those who enjoy a well told tale that spans continents as well as life spans. It's a rare thing for me to be waiting at a book store to pick up a book, but for the Noble Dead series, I have done just that.

Complex characters with flaws as real as yours and mine, a weaving plot that has been centuries in the making, treachery, scandal, betrayal, but also love, friendsh
Mein Hime
Feb 01, 2015 Mein Hime rated it liked it
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Dec 13, 2014 Josh rated it it was ok
I was intrigued by the story on the back cover years ago when this came out but just now got around to reading it. It sounded like a pretty original take and I was hoping for something akin to "Vampire Hunter D".

This wasn't really that bad for a debut novel - I try to be more lenient with such and there isn't really anything wrong with the writing. The main problems are the pacing and the scale. The book just drags, because it shouldn't have taken an entire novel for the story to play out. The a
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Like most writers, I've worked at many jobs in my life, including teaching pre-school until I completed my master's degree in Composition Theory. Between 1993 and 2006, I taught college English while writing fiction on the side, some independently and some with my husband and life-long partner J.C.

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Other Books in the Series

Noble Dead Saga: Series 1 (6 books)
  • Thief of Lives (Noble Dead, Series 1, #2)
  • Sister of the Dead (Noble Dead, Series 1, #3)
  • Traitor to the Blood (Noble Dead: Series 1, #4)
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