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The Dog in the Dark

(Noble Dead Saga: Series 3 #2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  623 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Barely escaping the city of Calm Seatt - and the assassins hunting them - Magiere, Leesil, and the elven dog Chap sail south to continue their quest to find the powerful orb of Air before their enemies do. But they are not alone, much to their frustration.

Aging elven assassin Brotan has forced himself on them by offering his protection. Chap doesnt believe this ruse,
Hardcover, First Edition, 458 pages
Published December 31st 2012 by Roc
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Thaddeus Nowak
Feb 15, 2013 rated it liked it
I want to start by saying I really enjoyed the start of the Noble Dead Series . Dhampir was something new that I had not expected when I first read it and that invested me strongly in the characters.

The Dog In The Dark, is the second book in the third series. I should mention that the whole "series" so far is broken into three groups:

The first part of the series consists of 6 books which focused primarily on Magiere (a Dhampir), Leesil (a half-elf assassin), and Chap (a fay born into the form
Shawn Spjut
May 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Dog in the Dark; Barb & J.C. Hendee, 2013; ROC

"The Dog in the Dark" is book thirteen in the Noble Dead series that has been broken up into three parts. And as much as I enjoy the Hendee team books (Barb & J.C.), I have to say its starting to become a struggle to get through these last two ("Between Their Worlds"). It's not that the writing has deteriorated or that I've suddenly developed an aversion to elves, dampirs, fey, and things that go bump in the night. But what I am
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Hmm...this has to be my least favorite book so far in the series.

Good things:
- I liked the added narrative from Brot'an's point of view as it brought a new perspective to some events, particularly as I am not a fan of Leesil or Leanalham.
- Filled in what happened in the Wastes.
- Magiere continues to...develop, shall we say.

Bad things:
- There were too many flashbacks and there wasn't enough action happening in the main storyline.
- The last few pages...argh! Now I have to wait another year...
- I
Sep 17, 2012 rated it liked it
I have really enjoyed this series. So why only three stars? I would love to give 3.5, but don't have option with this app.

That said, there were far too many flashbacks & they played havoc with continuity for me. Some of tensions between the players seem to just drag on as no one seems to be able work out their issues and that is problematic.

Of course we know that Bot'an'duive is the proverbial dog in the dark. Yet we also see this sentence, 'Until then Chap lingered in the dark.'
Ian James
Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
too many flashbacks to catch us up with what happened during the Wynn Series. I honestly wish that we will see more of Wynn, Chane and Osha in the next book.
J C Steel
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it
My main problem with this book was that the sheer number of ellipses leading into flashbacks got me to the point where my eyes started rolling very quickly.

Flashbacks are well and good if you absolutely must drop some backstory in, but this book was about 75% backstory...all conveyed via flashbacks. A better title would have been 'Memory Lane'.
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
So I accidently read these out of order. All of a sudden, the last one makes much more sense. I really enjoy this story, but I am still trying to decide how I feel about the story progressing mostly through a progression of flashbacks.
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Answered a lot of questions.
Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I didn't like flashbacks being such a large portion.
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Magiere, Leesil, and Chap take center stage once more as they journey to find the location of yet another powerful orb that the ancient enemy might use to return and start another war. Now in the company of the deadly Brot'ânduivé and the young Leanâlhâm, the group finds themselves tracked by the Loyalists of Most Aged father - most of which have personal scores to settle in addition to completing their task for their beloved "father". Magiere and the others will have to face the events of the ...more
Michelle Leah Olson
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:
*ARC received from the author in exchange for an honest review

I'm a NOBLE DEAD SAGA groupie. I won't deny it. Since discovering the Hendees and this series in the 90's I eagerly await each and every release. When I got an Advance Reader Copy of Dog in the Dark I was beyond thrilled.

Despite the length, I absolutely devoured it, and immediately upon finishing, knew that 5 Skulls wasn't enough for this book. I have loved this Saga
J.M. Wasko
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
"What was in a name? Everything?" Those following the Noble Dead Saga by the Hendees will no doubt infer the contents of this installment by it's title. The elven assassin, Brot'an, accompanying the series' protagonists, Magiere, Leesil, and Chap, steals the show in this edition, which continues the model of the previous book. That is, the traditional battle against various types of undead that characterizes the series takes a back seat in order to flesh out and begin to conclude the battle ...more
Dec 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Nobel Dead series
Shelves: vampires, fantasy
I have been reading this series since the beginning, though I started with book three and had to backtrack. I love the characters because they are not always who you think they are. Each is searching and hoping to be more than what is expected of them from various factions.

This entry does not have the action of series one, or the interesting fumbling in matters over their head of a scholar like series two. What is does have is a chance to fill in all the gaps between the ending of one series and
Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nobel-dead
I was waiting for this book as I wanted to know what happened to Magiere, Chap and Leesil and in that respect I was not let down.
Magiere is becoming an interesting character and the more she searches for the Orbs the more I believe she is finding her true self, I did find Leesil and Chap to becoming a problem in Magiere doing this for there own reasons.
The orbs are still only left as back ground information in these books and I now believe that more needs to known especially after what Chap
Lisa King
Sep 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Magiere, Leesil, Chap, Brot'an and Leanâlhâm sail south leaving behind Wynn, Chane, Shade and Osha in Calm Seatt. Our heroes at sea are pursued by six assassins sent by Most Aged Father. The sea voyage is relatively calm except for the internal tension between our heroic trio and the master assassin Brot'an until they reach the free port city of Drist.

The novel is plagued by flash backs. Everyone and I mean every single character has one. It slowed the action down drastically for me. Yes, I
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 Star Rating - Recommended Age: 15+
Like the Wheel of Time, this series will not die, nor does it need to. The plot is so complex, you still can't see the end game. This was a more laid back, comfortable read for me. The action was at a minimum, compared to the other books, but the confrontations between the elves and Magiere's group were dramatic. The fight scenes are always choreographed well. A lot of the backstory is played out through memories, which gives much more detail than just a
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
This was much better than the previous book. I was much happier to be back with Magiere, Leesil, and Chap and their newly acquired companions. We finally get to hear about what happened in the Wastes, the discovery of the second orb, the hiding of both orbs, all while they slowly move onward towards the third orb. (Or fourth I guess since Wynn also found one.) I also enjoyed the additions of Brotan and Leanalham to this book and we got to hear their stories that brought them to where they ...more
Apr 19, 2013 rated it liked it
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Joe Aguiar
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
An improvement over the stale "Between Their Worlds" is both start of the search for the next orb by Magiere, Leesil and Chap along with the elves that both accompany them and are pursuing them. It is also part flashback as each character reminisces as they sail on events that happened to them while the last trilogy focussed On Wynn, Shade and the Noble Dead, Chane. it's a bit repetitive at times as characters relate the same events from their point of view but, there is far more actual action ...more
Melanie Rodriguez
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
It was nice to return to the narrative involving Magiere, Leesil, and Chap. As much as I enjoyed the second series that detailed Wynn's adventures with Chane and Shade, I still had questions in the back of my mind concerning the original three main characters (and this book definitely gives you some answers on what happened in the Wastes). I also found the narrative concerning Brotan, aptly named the Dog in the Dark, intriguing and I would like to see more of it. I continue to sit by wondering ...more
Jul 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The story progresses...kind of! It's been a long climb for a short slide with this series. You find out what Margiere, Leesil, & Chap were up to during the Wynn Spin Off, but the story doesn't really move forward other than that. They travel but don't get anywhere. I found the stylistic choice of constant flashbacks really annoying--there is one point where two people tell a story and you flash between their memories AND the people listening. It's really boring to read a couple of pages ...more
Richard Hernandez
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
I've been enjoying the Noble dead series less and less with each book post the original series of six books that were focused on Magiere, Chap and Leesil, those were great. The second three book series held my interest because of the characters, but the story dragged, and I hoped for more moving forward. Unfortunately, the third series that Dog in the Dark is part of has suffered from an agonizingly slow pace, lack of progression, and a loss of spark between the characters it's as if the writer ...more
Dec 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent continuation of the series. I really love how much detail the authors add to the story line. It makes picturing the world in which the story takes place very real. This book was very interesting to me as I always wondered about Brot'an and his reasons for coming along with Magiere, Lessel and Chap. This book supplied some of his reasons along with much more. There is still much to learn about the characters and I can't wait for the next book in this series. In some cases when a series ...more
Jessica Rice
Mar 20, 2014 rated it liked it
A real fast following book with plenty of action but also very much felt like a filler novel to the real action. I think Im starting to really prefer Wynn's story as I was getting tired of Chaps constant suspiciousness, Magieres guilt for not controlling/understanding her true nature & Leesil's bad decisions. I feel like all they need is someone from the X-men to teach them how to deal. I just wanna say to Magiere "embrace your monster side & learn about it so you can better understand ...more
Cassandra Ulrich
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Dog in the Dark by Bar & J.C. Hendee did not disappoint as it journeyed with Magiere, Leesil, Chap, and now Brot'an with Leanalham on their way to find yet another orb by ship. Flashbacks informs the reader on what happened while Wynn and Chane fought their own battles in Calm Seatt. Of course, the journey was more like a chase by enemies from Brot'an's elfin caste. The fight scenes were amazing. Definitely worth the read on its own or in order as the second book in the third series of ...more
The story has always relied on flashbacks to give multiple plots and here are some major ones. The title refers to an elven charterer that is a major player in the earlier books where the adventure takes place in The Elven Territories. Brot'an is the super, bad ass assassin and old rebel against crazy Most Aged Father. His name is the translation that titles the book, so obviously, it centers on his role in this epic. He is also one whose motives remain an unknown factor.
Kelly Allard
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Definitely my least favorite of the series. The narrative transitions and constant flashbacks were not up to par. I found it difficult to immerse myself at all until the last 50 or so pages.
I would have enjoyed it more had the happenings of Magiere, Leesil and Chap (and the an'croan featured) had been their own book and not presented as a series of retellings constantly ended with "but (s)he kept most of the details to them self".
Dion Cassidy
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This one was more of a catch up of Leesil, Chap and Magiere, not much happens but it fills in what they have been up to.

Another orb, we catch up with the Elves and all of their politics as well.

You do get the feeling you are going somewhere but not fast. Also you get a glimpse of what the true cost is of this quest and what it does to a person.

I still do love the series and will be continuing, but I wouldn't rank this as my favourite in the series.
Disappointing follow-on in a fantasy series I read for the Endeavour Award. I expect more from these authors and this series. This book just fell over from its own weight. It was too complicated just in general but made almost unreadable by much of the action being told as memories of previous actions. And it had crazy name disease. And yet the base world and characters has great potential - telling almost any one of the character's stories from start to finish would have made a decent book.
Cheryl Minekime
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another fine installment of the Noble Dead saga. At last we find out what happened to Magiere, Leesil and Chap in the Wastes while Wynn has had her hands full dealing with the intrigue and obfuscations of her superiors in the Guild of Sagecraft. Unfortunately Most Aged Father's reach is long and his minions still harry them even half a world away.
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