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Dhampir by Barb Hendee
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Mar 10, 08

Recommended for: fantasy fans, vampire aficionados
Read in January, 2004

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 Dead." The Hendees have created an imaginary world with a pre-modern, Eastern European feel, which only grows more complex as the series goes on. Even more impressive than their world-building, however, is the care with which they have crafted their characters, who have realistic strengths and flaws, and whose backstories are gradually revealed throughout the series. The vampires, though clearly villains, are not two dimensional caricatures, and even Chap, the dog, has a backstory of his own! There's plenty of action here, which doesn't get in the way of character development, and the first book does a nice job of balancing tied up loose ends with the hint of things to come. I recommend this book (and this whole series) for those looking for a new take on imaginary world fantasy, or a different kind of vampire tale.
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