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In Shade and Shadow

(Noble Dead Saga: Series 2 #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,606 ratings  ·  86 reviews
The national bestselling Noble Dead saga is one of those [series] for which the term dark fantasy was definitely intended (Chronicle). After her adventures with Magiere and Leesil, Wynn Hygeorht has returned to the Guild of Sagecraft, bearing texts supposedly penned by vampires from the time of the Forgotten History and the Great War. Seized by the Guild's scholars and sen ...more
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Published January 6th 2009 by Roc
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I should probably start by saying that I really enjoy the noble dead saga. So, I really enjoyed this chapter in it because at this point the world is familiar and fun to escape to.
However, I will say that it is probably the weakest of them yet, with maybe the exception of the very first noble dead novel. I always found the main character of this series (Wynn)to be one of the most annoying characters of the previous novels. So I was kind of concerned when I realized this was the character they w
Jan 12, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

The second Noble Dead series begins with a whimper. The books in the first series were enjoyable, if uneven in their pacing. The characters' interplay and unfolding personal histories kept my interest piqued and helped to support a gradually unfolding journey through the overall arc of the series.

In Shade and Shadow leaves most of the characters from the first series behind -- at least for now. The story focuses on Wynn, who was an integral part of the first series, but not a main character. I l

Oct 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
In Shade and Shadow by Barb & J.C. Hendee is the first book in the second arc of their Noble Dead series. This time the focus is on Wynn, the sage. She's brought some of the ancient texts she found in Child of a Dead God to the home city of the Guild of Sagecraft but never expected the sage authorities to call her delusional about the undead she's seen and confiscate the texts and even her journals. They're translating them but Wynn isn't allowed to participate or witness. Publicly denigrate ...more
May 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wynn has left Magiere and Leesil to their adventures and has returned to the Guild of Sagecraft in Calm Seatt with the manuscripts she rescued. The guild has sealed the manuscripts and only a few senior masters are allowed to read them. Wynn, being a journeyor is denied access. When the messengers carrying folios of pages from the manuscript are killed while returning to the guild, the guild has to compromise. They allow Wynn access. The killer is now trying to kill her as well. Wynn is convince ...more
Very good! I thoroughly enjoyed reading more about Wynn and look forward to reading more of her adventures. I'm glad she and Chane have been reunited and can't wait to see what develops there. It will be interesting to see how this series and the other are tied together later.
J C Steel
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting read. Wynn's not my favourite character in the Noble Dead series; she was overshadowed by Leesil and Magiere in the earlier books, or possibly not as thoroughly fleshed out. I headed all the way down to a mental two stars in the first third of this book, as Guild of Sages daily life went on...and on...and on. And then, thankfully, it picked up, the plot got its rear in gear, Wynn developed a backbone, and one of my more favoured characters from earlier books showed up, an ...more
Forgotten Realms Queen
It took me some time to read this one, as it was an intellectual murder mystery focusing on a character that I did not really care for or focus on in the Noble Dead series. Plus it had been so long since I read the last one that a lot of it felt like news to me.

So here Wynn is off and running again to find more ancient Noble Dead that might still be alive to stop the reassurance of an ancient war. Interesting to see if she hooks up with Magaire and Leesil again. I kinda hope so.
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7-fantasy
Coming straight from Series 1, when I realized that Magiere and Leesil weren't in this story, I almost stopped reading thinking maybe I wouldn't waste my time on it then. But I am so glad I kept with it because I really ended up liking this one and read through it quickly. Wynn, Chane and a surprise new character create a new trio, and were enough to keep the story going. But of course I am still wondering where the other trio went and want to hear from them again. Well on to the next.
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having not read any other books in this series I still found it easy to follow along the story line and not feel lost or confused.
Well written story line, good characters, and interesting twists.
Jul 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vampires, wraiths & sages, oh my! :)
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, čj
Sedmá kniha série Vznešení mrtví. Nevěděla jsem, co mě čeká, předešlých šest knih bylo o Magieře a Leesilovi (které opravdu miluji. :)), proto jsem byla opatrná, když jsem se dozvěděla, že teď bude příběh probíhat z pohledu Wynn. Té Wynn, která mi tak neuvěřitelně lezla na nervy a kterou jsem měla stokrát chuť vyškrtat z děje.
Věřte nebo ne, já jsem si Wynn konečně oblíbila. :)

Dostáváme se do úplně jiného světa než je ten Magieřin, plný násilí a bojů. Wynnin svět učenců je... no svět plný učenc
I was really excited about the next series of the Noble Dead saga following Wynn because I started to feel that a new adventure with Magiere, Leesil, and Chap would have been an old adventure in a new city. Further, I found myself identifying with Wynn more than any other character by the end of the first series. (This is what happens when I don't go out and make friends.) I was a little surprised that Wynn never crawled into her bed and stared at the wall, especially since I kept hoping an acti ...more
Richard Hernandez
Another great tale set in the rich world of the Noble Dead begins here.

I miss the wonderful characters from the first series, Magiere (a dhampir: a vampire/human hybrid), Leesil (a half-elf, an elf/human hybrid, with a dark past), and Chap (an elemental Fay born into the body of a majay-hì, elven hounds of a wolf lineage), but so does Wynn Hygeorht, their friend and the sage protagonist in this story.

SPOILER START: We are introduced to Chap's majay-hì daughter, and reintroduced to another old
Linda Fast
I chose to purchase this book based on the cover alone. The picture was very interesting, it consists of a girl holding a glowing orb with a large wolf/dog beside her and a menacing cloaked figure standing aways back of her in an alley between old buildings that reminded me of old England.
Wynn Hygeorth has just returned to reside in the Guild of Sagecraft which is in the first castle of Calm Seatt, Malourne. She has brought ancient scripts from a vampire castle which are seized by her superior
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite
As a person who simply loves Wynn's character...I am super excited about this second series in the Noble Dead Saga that will focus on her as the protagonist.

What I love about Wynn is that she is not the super strong heroin..her strength is in her mind. In this book she has yet to realize this strength as she does spend a frustrating amount of time wishing for her friends Magiere, Leesil, and Chap...but all things in due time I think.

My suggestion when approaching this book...look at it as a br
Jan 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This first installment of Wynn's series was a bit of a disappointment

Wynn returns to her Sage home base with the books and documents Wynn Magiere and Leesil took from the Castle in the Pock Peaks. She is treated like a pariah and a slow witted simpleton. Chane has followed Wynn to the city. Meanwhile the sages have undertaken a massive decoding of the Wynn's documents. Someone is hunting the decoded pages and the Sages who are carrying them, Wynn is the only one who realizes what is happening an
Dec 12, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark-fantasy
I really enjoyed the 1st Noble Dead series so I was very excited for the 2nd series to come out and watch the story unfold. However, I had a hard time getting into this book. It was slow moving and nothing much seemed to happen until the end. The ending left me excited for the rest of the books & I have high hopes there will be more action.

Part of my dislike could be that I missed Margierie and Lessil. Wynn, the sage that travelled with Margierie & Lessil, returns as the main character.
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jen by: Melissa Comeau
Favourite Character: Ghassan il'Sanke

Wynn is back from her journey with Magiere, Leesil and Chap, she is now at her homeland guild in Calm Seatt. However, she is unhappy, the texts she brought back were taken from her and she cannot have access to them or the translations. Everyone thinks she's crazy, when she tries to explain what happened to her on her journey. They won't believe she saw vampires, that Chap is a majay-hi or that Magiere is a dhampir. Not only that but someone or something is k
Feb 22, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 1 of the 2nd series of the Noble Dead Saga, this volume centers on the journeyor Sage, Wynn Hygeorht, and the events that transpire when she returns to her Guild with the hardwon texts from her adventures with the dhampir Magiere, elf Leesil and majay-hi' Chap. Suddenly, Wynn is an outcast from her peers and superiors and her journals and the mysterious texts have been sequestered away from her. The texts are being laboriously and secretively translated but suddenly murders are occurring se ...more
Lisa King
Wynn has come back to her own country bearing the texts she and Chap hand-picked from the ice-encased castle in the previous series. The thing is, her guild is treating her like she is witless and have barred her from helping with the translation of the mystery texts. Wynn is joined by two companions, one old, one new. Before long a black cloaked figure is murdering sages and Wynn is compelled to find the texts, her journals and stop the murderer.

I never really liked Wynn and it's hard to really
Mar 17, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
A nice start to the second part of the Noble Dead series. I definitely missed the presence of Magiere, Leesil and Chap, and the fact that Wynn wasn’t really one of my favorite characters in the first part of the series didn’t help my initial hesitation at beginning this second part. However, the reader is introduced to a few new characters, whether or not they appear later on in the series will remain to be seen, and Wynn is reunited with Chane.

Forewarning, the first 2/3 of the book is kind of s
Nov 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At first I was not too excited about this book when I found out that while it was a continuation of the series I was reading, it didn't have the main characters from the previous six books. I was hesitant if it would even be any good but I was surprised! It was probably my favorite so far out of all of them! I had started it just as a book to read when I went to bed but all homework was pushed aside for two days while I read the entire thing. It left me craving more and I can't wait for the next ...more
A solid new entry in the Hendees' series. The focus has shifted from the Magiere and Leesil duo to their annoying tagalong Wynn, who's spent the last year or so between books maturing and getting less annoying. There was a lot of recap, which actually proved helpful rather than redundant for me, but might irritate anyone who's read the previous volumes more recently. One of the things I've always liked about these books is the sympathetic viewpoint on the villains; while the big bad of the book ...more
This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For
The beginning of the second series of the Noble Dead, this book picks up about six months or so after the last book of the first series. Unlike the previous series, which primarily focused on Mageire and Leesil, this focuses on the sage Wynn; off the top of my head, I believe only two characters from the first series appear in this volume (although I suspect a few more others will eventually pop up before the series is over).

Without giving anything away, the story picks up some loose threads del
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really neat book. I read it really quickly and I am glad I purchased the second book. There is a series connected to this one that comes before but they supply you with enough information to connect to this book and understand what is going on and who is who. I felt sorry for Wynn who was misunderstood throughout the book but I am glad that her friends showed up to help her out. This is a new Fantasy series that I discovered at Books A Million after scanning the shelves repeatedly. Ve ...more
Mar 29, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sort of like The Outlaw Demon Wails, I get the feeling that this story, while bland, is necessary for the series to continue. What I've come to call a "transition story." It's a slow start to a new series, but I hope it will get better, unlike the previous series. The first Noble Dead series started off so well, but didn't hold up over time. I loved the first two or three books, but started losing interest as the story unfolded and The Big Evil was revealed. I especially didn't care for the auth ...more
Wendy Holcombe
Oct 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first started this book I thought I wouldn't like it nearly as much as the original Noble Dead Series. Wynn on her own, I just couldn't believe she could carry a whole book. Then there are some other interesting characters that do show up, and some reminders from the past.
I probably would give this book more of a 3 1/2, but the writing is very good, and it kept me intrigued enough that I didn't realize how long I'd been reading a few times so that ups it a notch for me. The ending of the
Cat Wright
Jan 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book 1 in a new series taking off from the Dhampir series. It has one of the secondary characters in the leading role. Wynn has gone back to her home land, back to the Sages's Guild to bring them the ancient texts she found in the ice castle. There is some weird twists as another character from the previous series shows up. I wasn't sure how I would like this book as Wynn was never one of my favorite characters but it was well written and had a good plot. I just miss the main protags fro ...more
Sophie A.
Jan 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the Noble Dead Sagas. All the characters have such depth and dimension and you really feel yourself connect with them, good guys and bad alike. In every story there's the good guys and the bad guys. We already know that a vampires who feed on the living are bad guys, but the authors description of the characters, their internal conflicts, and what makes them tick adds a whole new perspective.

I love the setting and I feel myself totally immersed in the Hendee's mythical world every time I
Jul 23, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I really enjoyed the noble dead series, but I was unsure about a new series with Wynn as the main character. It's not that I didn't like her, I just didn't think she was a strong, or interesting enough character to carry her own book. In some ways I was right, it took a while for the book to get going, but Chane, Shade, and Domin il'Sanke kept things pretty interesting. In the end, I was kind of proud of Wynn. She's not a kick ass, tough chick heroine, but who said that every heroine has to be? ...more
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