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Child of a Dead God (Noble Dead Saga: Series 1 #6)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  2,465 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
For years, Magiere and Leesil have sought a long-forgotten artifact, even though its purpose has been shrouded in mystery. All Magiere knows is that she must keep the orb from falling into the hands of a murdering Noble Dead, her half- brother Welstiel. And now, dreams of a castle locked in ice lead her south, on a journey that has become nothing less than an obsession?
Paperback, 464 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Roc (first published January 2nd 2008)
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In my review of the fourth book of this series, I already outlined my basic summation of the entire series' strengths and weaknesses. The strengths being its ability to avoid the majority of pitfalls of the TWO overdone genres from which it hails and the subtle depiction of the major relationships. The weaknesses being the general mediocrity of both prose and subject matter.

In this book, these things don't really change, but a new weakness rears up. Namely, pacing. I can be wildly forgiving abou
Aug 08, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once more with feeling, please?

I was disappointed in this last book of Series 1 of the Noble Dead Saga. I ended up giving it 3,5 stars, which is a shame cause these series deserved a better ending.

Like always it took a little while for the action to pick up and the story to get interesting, but this time it took particularly long and only in the last 100 pages did I feel a connection with the characters and what was happening.

The Hendees have a tendency of being overly descriptive and telling
Child of a Dead God (Noble Dead series 1, Book 6) Overall: I really did enjoy this series, despite the whining. And despite Wynn. Who I hear a lot of people really love. It's got a lovely mishmash of urban fantasy and high fantasy, albeit more high than urban as it goes on. The main characters are well imperfect but overall likeable, except Wynn, the world is really well developed, and internally consistent, and the books are easy enough reads, despite the fairly complex worlds. Notably they do ...more
Jan 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Child of a Dead God is the sixth book in The Noble Dead series by Barb and J.C. Hendee. This fantasy series that follows Magiere (a Dhampir, who is a cross breed of several different races) and Leesil (her lover who is a half breed elf, Chap (one of the majay-hi in a wolf-like body, although I see him as more of a big fuzzy siberean husky sort) and Wynn, a mage, finds the group with elf protectors trying to get south in order to recover an artifact that EVERYONE wants.

Of course the oily vampire
Apr 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
The good news is that Child of a Dead God is a book that is quite easy to skim. The sad news is that it is a rather boring book, especially since it is suppose to close a series. The book could have easily been half the length. It takes roughly 100 pages for anything to happen. Magiere though physically present, seems absent for a book that is suppose to be about her. She's just there, there is no real life to her. In fact, the only two characters who have any life are Wynn and Chap. Sadly, the ...more
Mar 07, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately this book was a disappointment. The author insists on making up Elven names that no one can pronounce and creating a convoluted story that actually doesn’t go anywhere. It’s a shame, because I really enjoyed the first two books in the series.

This book tracks Leesil and Magiere as they continue to pursue the “item” of power that haunts Magiere and Westiel’s dreams. Some of the story is interesting, but most of it leaves you wondering if the author will ever get to the point. Of cou
May 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
I've enjoyed this series quite a bit. And I suspect there will be more in the future. So far Child of a Dead God is my favorite book in the series. I really began to enjoy all of the characters again in this book. Wynn still did her getting lost bit, but I enjoyed reading about her. Quite a few changes come at the end of this one, but it just makes me want to find out what comes next.
Apr 20, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
after i've been so long in the series it's hard to say if i really like it! lots and lots of traveling into the cold and even when it's supposedly done, it's not done...come on - tell me the point already!
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7-fantasy
Action packed, this was the best in the series in a long time.
Will Wynn ever learn to stay when & where she is told to stay? That repeated mistake is getting annoying. But the story line is exciting again.
LordRhys Talismond
Excellent Book, I like books with more standard takes on Vampires, and not many include Dhampirs. Will be looking forward to reading the next series which will take Magiere and Leesil in a new direction.
Child of a Dead God, Book 6 of the Noble Dead series, is the last featuring Magiere the dhampire female who was made to kill the undead, and her partner in crime, and lover Leesil, an elf who was last scene saving his mother from captivity under the Most Aged Father. Of course, who can leave out Chap and Wynn from the storyline?

Only one story is left to be completed; Magiere's search for the Orb and the castle she keeps seeing in her dreams, as well as the voices of the Dreamer telling her to co
Catherine Fitzsimmons
The last book in the first series of this duo’s Noble Dead saga, this story culminates the story of the last five books into Magiere the dhampir’s quest for a mysterious orb sought after by her vampiric half-brother Welstiel.

I picked up Thief of Lives, the second book in the Noble Dead saga, several years ago, and soon acquired the first book and have been following the series since. Thief of Lives was a fun, fast-paced, action-oriented story of a reluctant vampire hunter called upon to save a b
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Getting my thoughts together for this took me longer than it usually does to get my thoughts together. I first want to say that even though it was slow getting into this one it was still written very well that I still wanted to keep reading. Again Wynn annoyed me quite a bit because again, she didn't listen to what Leesil had told her and created a mess yet again. Wynn as a character is a very smart young woman, but she isn't good at following instructions because she always wants to help as muc ...more
This is the sixth (and supposedly last) novel in The Noble Dead series by Barb and JC Hendee. It was about what you would expect given the fourth novel.

I would have given this four stars except that the ending really ruined everything for me.

In this book Magiere and crew continue their journey to the castle Magiere keeps seeing in her dreams and to the supposed artifact there. The story of their journey there is twisted with that of the Most Aged Father and the small rebel group of elves run by
Hmm. So I managed to plough to the end of this one. Such a shame. There was so much action, but the plot was left unresolved. Having been through thick and thin with the characters, from starting as charlatans to potential saviours of the world, I was hoping that this book would be a closure.
You'd have thought that since Magiere and Leesil have the McGuffin and Chap, Wynn and Osha forming a fragile partnership, Welstiel getting his comeuppance, Chane wandering off with some books that the Hendee
Aug 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Another good entry in the Noble Dead series. If you haven't read the previous books in the series, you'll want to go back to Dhampir and start from there.

This time out, our protagonists journey to their ultimate destination, in search of the mysterious object which has driven them, and the cruel Welsteil, from the start. As with some of the other Noble Dead books, I found the pacing a bit off-kilter: the first part seemed slow-going, but it eventually picked up steam. The authors, in this book,

Lisa King
In a nutshell, Magiere, Leesil, Chap, Wynn, Sgaile and Osha sail around the Elven lands and are stranded on the shore after a horrible event. They journey on foot into the forests and into the mountains where they find what Magiere has been dreaming about for so long. It's a hard journey and there are consequences. We just can't see them yet.

The main story arc of finding the orb that Welstiel has wanted for ever and a day has concluded but a longer story arc has unfolded. Most Aged Father wants
Child of a Dead God by Barb & J.C. Hendee was involving and a fast read, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I did the last book, Rebel Fay. While I appreciate that their mission involves a lot of travel, I felt that too much of the book is devoted to everyone suffering and often starving as they trudge along on foot.

Still, Child of a Dead God has some very important events resolved, as Magiere and her group get closer to reaching the castle that haunts her dreams and contains the magical obje
Forgotten Realms Queen
I have really enjoyed Barb Hendee's Noble Dead saga, and I am sad to see it end, but this book doesn't seem like a true ending. I enjoyed the storyline, it was quite an enjoyable book to read, but there was no closure at the end.

The main characters, Leesil and Margaerie are off on a quest to save the world essentially. They complete their quest, head back home, and two nights later are off and running again with their companions Chap and Wynn. The End.

To me, this does not seem like an ending, bu
This is supposedly the last book in the Noble Dead Series. The events in the book take place after Magiere and Leesil rescue Leesil’s mother from her imprisonment in the Elven Territories. Disturbed by dreams guiding her to a mysterious castle, Magiere leads Leesil, Wynn, Chap, and their Elven protectors south. Her dreams have told her little else. On their trail is Magiere’s half-brother, Welstiel, a vampire desperate to be freed from his bloodlust. For Welstiel, Magiere is the one who can guid ...more
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite
Child of a Dead God really gets back to the foundation of this story. There is plenty of Noble Dead action going on and it really helps since there hasn't been a ton of it to focus on in the last two books.

There is plenty of traveling which adds to the adventure and you really get the feel that the characters are actually going towards something.

Magiere still annoys me...but I wonder if that might be a permanent fixture now. I sill don't like Osha..that is definitely permanent. But, that doesn
May 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In general, I loved this entire series. However this last book, Child of a Dead God, although a page turner, had a somewhat anti-climatic ending. There were some slow points that however integral to the story, seemed to drag. And the title character, Magiere, seemed somewhat in the background until the final 100 pages or so. Wynn, the sage, seemed more in focus because of the pivotal role she played because of her knowledge of languages and the Forgotten times. This being somewhat understandable ...more
Feb 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book I read in the Noble Dead series because I had seen it on a list of new releases and it seemed interesting. I did not know it the sixth book in the series but once I found out there were other books I immediately requested them from my library. That being said the books have enough detail and subtle recap so you can read the book and not feel like your are lost.

While I love fantasy stories and tales of vampires and creatures and such I am not well versed in all the storie
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jen by: Melissa Comeau
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Vickey Foggin
Jul 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This six-book epic concludes! I felt a sense of accomplishment that I'd gotten through it as the last two books were very boring. This one has a bit more action, but Margiere has been (figuratively) lobotomised and spends the entire book staring into the distance muttering to herself. That means the slack has to be picked up by Wynn and Chap, who are not really strong enough characters to carry the story. But they had to build Wynn up a bit so she could be the star of the next trilogy, I guess. ...more
Well, the book rounds out the first series of the Noble Dead nicely. Loose ends are tied up, with enough left open for future exploration.

The authors have grown over the course of the series, but they're still not super strong. I'm a bit conflicted as to whether or not I'll pick up the next series because of the solid mediocrity of this one.

But the fact that it's really just a continuation of this series will probably draw me back in.

As I've said before with this series. You could do worse. You
Crystal-lynn Bee
Mar 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone that love vampire novels
I finished this book today, yay finally.

I avoided the end for long enough, I did not want this book to end. I found this book very interesting, it was an attention grabber in my opinion.

I think the reason for my love of this book was the characters, I LOVED them. It was hard to pick my favourite characters in this novel because I found them all to have thier quirks that I loved. The one downfall with the characters though, was not being able to pronounce thier names.

I thought the action was ama
Rebecca Saxton
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book starts out with everyone trying to get to the "orb" that keeps persisting in Magiere's in dreams. I very much enjoyed the book and the resolution did not disturb me. It leaves for the possibility of a new adventure for Magiere and Leesil. The only thing that disturbed me through the last couple books was that Magiere actually listened to the voice in her head. The fact that an unseen force was influencing her to find the "orb", would make you think that she would not do anything that t ...more
Sep 07, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've read the whole series which started out well enough. But I must say I felt cheated after finishing it.The authors didn't manage an ending ,rather they left a cliffhanger and then started another series. Which would have been acceptable but the storyline ended up being a dud. I read this series with a small book club otherwise I would have stopped at the 3rd book. It lacks imagination and flow. I expect the character to develop with this many books, and relationships to grow and change. I ex ...more
Oct 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who has read the other books and likes fantasy/vampire books.
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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 j
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Other Books in the Series

Noble Dead Saga: Series 1 (6 books)
  • Dhampir (The Noble Dead Saga, Series 1, #1)
  • Thief of Lives (Noble Dead, Series 1, #2)
  • Sister of the Dead (Noble Dead, Series 1, #3)
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