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Through Stone and Sea (Noble Dead Saga: Series 2 #2)

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,069 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
The Noble Dead Saga is a national bestselling phenomenon. Now the epic finds the young scholar Wynn Hygeorht, without Magiere and Leesil to guide her, continuing her own dangerous quest — pursued by the forces of darkness.

Wynn is determined to recover the ancient texts she brought back from the castle in the Farlands. She has only one hint to their location: She overhead o
Hardcover, 424 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by Roc Hardcover (first published December 18th 2009)
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Mark Stratton
Jan 17, 2011 Mark Stratton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do not like Wynn. She is too headstrong, too convinced that she knows better than everyone else and as a result is less inclined to stop and listen. Which makes her believable, compelling and somebody to root for in spite of this. Chane is still a cypher, and as much a plot device as a substantial character, but what do you do with a walking dead man? His most common usage is as somebody to frustrate Wynn.

My favorite characters in this book are the Dwarves. They know what they are about, and w
May 10, 2012 Ruthless rated it it was amazing
I REALLY enjoyed this read, although I wanted to punch the Duchess in the face more than once. It's my first book in this series so I cannot compare to previous books but I found the lore fascinating and non hokey lore is hard to do in this genre. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series. Wynn is a bonehead at times, but she does capture the spirit of a (nutty) academic in search of truth pretty well. Although I still don't understand what the big deal was by stopping fish boy from tu ...more
May 10, 2016 Tammie rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars. It was enjoyable, but the reason I didn't give it four stars is because I'm tiring of the same old plot devise of the villain secretly following and spying on the main character. It was so over used in the first series. I enjoyed most everything else about the book. I do think the writing has gotten better. The characters seem less cardboard now than they do in the original series. I'm also continually fascinated by Chane. I really would like to see things heat up between Chane and ...more
Feb 05, 2013 Viridian5 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Through Stone and Sea by Barb & J.C. Hendee, the second book in their second Noble Dead series, had its moments--mostly in laying out the dwarves' culture and architecture, though I wish they'd further emphasized how odd it must be for non-dwarves to be deep underground for days--but for me was hampered by having Wynn as its main protagonist. She mostly spends the book sticking her nose where it doesn't belong and lying to, sneaking around, and stalking people, which she doesn't do well, lea ...more
Apr 09, 2010 Shanon rated it it was ok
Shelves: dfc-2, 2010, dark-fantasy
Wynn was a great addition to the Noble Dead series. I loved how she balanced out Magiere & Leesil and her interactions with Chap were priceless. She brought something different to her companion’s mad rush into danger. Unfortunately, as the main character of this portion of the series everything has shifted from a treacherous adventure to a quest for knowledge. We get a VERY short insight into their travels while hearing a tale told by a dwarf. I found myself wishing I was following them agai ...more
Jul 22, 2011 Potterfiend rated it did not like it
I really enjoyed the first Noble Dead Series, and I enjoyed the 1st installment in Wynn's trilogy; this book, however, was just bad. Too much "telling," and it was interminably slow. I really like the sage aspect, but the plot and characters of this one were poorly constructed. Everything that happens seems so contrived, and I got quite impatient with the "wraith's" POV. They were too long and too frequent, and ultimatley not necessary. I actually ended up skipping several parts of this book,and ...more
Feb 15, 2011 Whitney rated it it was ok
In this particular series (a continuation of the Hendees' Noble Dead saga) most of the action centers around Wynn (a prominent semi-main character from the first series) and at first that's an intriguing change -- as in the last series Wynn seemed smart but spent much of her time being protected/occasionally helping and also occasionally tripping up her companions Magiere, Leesil and Chap. Wynn's exasperating headlong naivete and rashness seem to cling too strongly to her character in the second ...more
Mar 16, 2010 Alexei rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2010
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Forgotten Realms Queen
Jan 17, 2012 Forgotten Realms Queen rated it really liked it
Shelves: low-fantasy, fantasy
Ahh Wynne. Indomitable of spirit, high in honor and justice, but a bit lacking in common sense and survival instinct. I think that's why I'm not too keen on her. She always needs saving.

Anyway! here we have the second installment of Wynne's search for the Noble Dead and the mysteries of a long lost past. Traveling with Shane, Chap and Lilly's daughter Shade, the unlikely trio enter the realm of the dwarves and face off once more against the wraith that fought them in the first book.

In the proces
Jun 09, 2013 Corrielle rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
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Lisa King
Sep 07, 2013 Lisa King rated it liked it
Wynn, Chane and Shade journey across the bay from her home city of Calm Seatt to the Dwarven city of Dhredze Seatt in search of the texts. Reine Faunier-Areskynna, Duchess of Faunier also journeys to Dhredze Seatt but for a very different reason. The Duchess impeded Wynn's search in the last book and proceeds to impede her once again. The wraith survived the last book and he's back to harass Wynn and her friends.

A lot happens in this book. A lot. The events that unfold in this novel have far-re
The continuing saga of the so-called "Noble Dead" just won't die. The current storyline is the second "saga" in an over-arcing..."epic?" The original series was rather exciting, and there are moments of excitement in this volume, but the main character is a sage and rather naive. She is indecisive and sometimes quite dense.
Another issue is that the book sometimes reads like a language primer. The protagonist and her guild are involved in translating old documents among other tasks regarding a
Dec 17, 2012 Jenifer1223 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
The more I read about Wynn and Chane...the more I LOVE THESE CHARACTERS!

This series featuring Wynn and Chane gives a totally new perspective to the saga. It gets away from the heavy, typical fighting and really gets into a mental stratagem type game that Wynn has to figure out. Yes, Chane is there for the "heavy lifting," but even he uses his mind more than brawn. I enjoy this new approach, but I can see why fans of the original series may not like it because they want that Magiere and Leesil t
Feb 05, 2014 Lisa rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
I've read all the books in the Noble Dead series #1 and also "In Shade and Shadow", the first one in series #2. That one, I enjoyed very much. It had some plot and purpose to it and a mystery - the murdered sages. This book, however :::yawn:::. I get the feeling that the maybe the authors couldn't think of what next to do with Wynn, Chane, and Shade. The trio follow a single clue and end up in dwarven territory. They get on a subterranean tram. Shade doesn't like it. They're in one dwarven city. ...more
Aug 10, 2011 Brian added it
Ridiculously confusing and long winded. So much of Wynn is trying to do makes no sense. The point of the story gets lost and the author never goes back and re-explains it. I usually think my favorite authors spend too much time in the next book of the series going back to explain what happened in previous book...this one didn't do it enough. And the main characters don't have any chemistry. There is little reason for them to be together, except that the author decided they would be, at least fro ...more
May 31, 2011 Roberta rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, paranormal
Wynn continues her quest to discover more about the ancient Enemy. This time she travels with Chane--a Noble Dead vampire and Shade a Majay-hi--dog descended from the Fay to the land of the dwarves.

The story is fairly straight forward; she must uncover ancient history and compromise her ethics to do so. A wraith she thought dead follows her, and she must help combat it.

The novel itself is part of a cycle that I can only guess will lead to a second war with the Enemy.

The best thing about the bo
Apr 14, 2012 Ken rated it liked it
I liked this one better than the previous one but it still suffered.

It takes place right where In Shade and Shadow ended. After learning about a mysterious sect called Stonewalkers whom are suspected of harboring the documents Wynn discovered . Wynn, Chane and Shade are off to visit the Dwarves. She hunts down Hightowers family and discover that Hightowers brother is a Stonewalker. After some detective work she finds the location of the Stonewalkers and the documents. She also stumbles upon a se
Mar 11, 2010 Alli rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-2010
I'm about halfway through this right. About 100 pages in I got fed up with being confused about what the hell was going on and went back and read the dust jacket only to discover that this was book two of the second series set in one particular world. At least I know now why I don't know what the back story is. I'll finish it, and eventually go back and at least read the first book in the series, if not the first series as well.

Updated 11Mar10: I did finish the book a few weeks ago, and in the e
Jul 16, 2011 Elaine added it
Shelves: nobel-dead
i really enjoyed reading the continuing tale of wynn, i was hoping that magiere and leesil may have been brought back into the series. I don't mind the character of wynn even tho at times shecan be a little stroppy and inpatient which seems to get her in trouble. I'm curious to always keep reading to hope that more is told but only a little more information is ever dropped. The fact that there is now a further 4 orbs kinda ruined it has it would have been better to just have the 1 and that way m ...more
Ruby Ridge
Mar 28, 2016 Ruby Ridge rated it liked it
Maybe it has been too long since I read #1 in the series, but the first series was a lot better, this is really too slow. Will read the next in the series in the hope that the action/pace pick up. 3 stars for the world-building.
Feb 02, 2016 Colleen rated it it was amazing
I've been a fan of this series for a long, long time so naturally I'm gonna love the latest installment. The world is still just as fun and detailed as ever, and I love following the new lead characters on their mission, which is still related to the mission in the first half of the series. However, if I had to pick a negative it would be that the main group of characters from the first half of the series (Magiere, Leesil and Chap) were a bit more exciting to read about and I still find I miss t ...more
Tara Logan
Apr 10, 2016 Tara Logan rated it it was amazing
I adore this series!!! I have reread the beginning books at least 4 times. Always a good read by Barb Hendee.
Feb 18, 2016 Miro rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, czech
Po precitani tejto knihy mam zmiesane pocity. Mozno je moj pohlad ovplyvneny tym, ze sa jedna o cesky preklad a urcite aj tym, ze je to vlastne prva kniha z celej serie, ktoru som precital. Z tych mien, jazykov, a miest spomenutych v tejto casti som mal riadny gulas. Da sa to vlastne porovnat, ako ked som prvy raz cital Silmarillion. Niektore akcie v deji sa mi pacili, ine som si nevedel dost dobre v mysli predstavit, takym sposobom, ako boli popisane. Napriek tomu sa mi knizka celkom pacila.
Dec 22, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing
she writes better with her husband. I don't see his name here though.
Tanya Eby
Vampires, sages, dwarves, under-mountain cities, Stonewallers, wraiths, and unexplained creatures....what's not to like? I love narrating this.
Jul 17, 2010 ♦Jennifer♦ rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
Overall, I had a great experience reading Through Stone and Sea. My only complaint is that it gave away some spoilers to the first noble dead series. Things that I would have much preferred learning by reading about them. However, the plot and characters makes Through Stone and Sea a valuable addition to the fantasy genre.

See the full review here.
Jul 14, 2012 Jade rated it really liked it
Shelves: love-this-series
Ohhhhh, I struggled through this book! I really, really wanted it to grab me until I devoured it in one sitting like all the previous books - but it just didn't happen! I am finding Wynn really irritating and that is usually enough to turn me off a book or series but I am still going to keep reading as I do love the Noble Dead series. I am looking forward to the fourth book when Magiere, Leesil and Chap come back into the story.
Apr 09, 2010 Kharm rated it liked it
Shelves: want
As much as I'm enjoying Wynn, Chane and Shade, I want to follow Margerie and Leesil!

I agree with another reviewer who said that Wynn seems to be a bit off her meds in this book. She has always been more controlled, but in this book she's just barreling about without almost any planning. Maybe it's supposed to be character development, but if so, she's developing in a bad way.
Jan 20, 2015 Mitchell rated it really liked it
An Endeavour book, so not something I'd normally read - but the authors are interesting in person. This is Book 2 of Series 2 - so basically book 8 - of which I've read just this book and the previous. Fantasy vampires, interesting but complicated. Might be worth a reread starting from book 1 (which I've not actually read). 4 of 5 - more so if it wasn't a vampire book.
Not as engaging as the first part of this long series as it doesn't involve the dhampir or her half elf sidekick with issues. Still the world created is getting better and more complicated. The culture of the Dwarfs are now explored and their role in the long forgotten war that Wynn the Sage sees as coming again since the Great Evil ain't dead yet.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 04, 2015 11:58AM  
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  • Silver Zombie (Delilah Street, Paranormal Investigator, #4)
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  • Waking Nightmares (Shadow Saga #5)
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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.

Over the years, we've lived in Washington State, Idaho, Colorado, and now moved ju
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Other Books in the Series

Noble Dead Saga: Series 2 (3 books)
  • In Shade and Shadow (Noble Dead: Series 2, #1)
  • Of Truth and Beasts (Noble Dead, Series 2, #3)

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