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Sister of the Dead

(Noble Dead Saga: Series 1 #3)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  4,057 ratings  ·  105 reviews
The Noble Dead saga continues as Magiere and Leesil, the slayers of the undead for Dhampir and Thief of Lives, embark on a quest to uncover the secrets of their mysterious origins — and those responsible for orchestrating the events that brought them together...

Magiere is a dhampir — half-human, half-vampire — sired for the purpose of slaying the undead. Outside the village of Chemestúk,
Kindle Edition, 420 pages
Published January 4th 2005 by Ace
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When I started Sister of the Dead I was eager to pick up where we left Leesil and Magiere and their newly admitted feelings for each other. Unfortunately there was little romance between the two. They seemed like an old married couple. And they were grumpy a lot. Then there was also the addition of another character that joined them on their travels. I wasn't crazy about the idea. Three is usually a crowd and Wynn seemed rather annoying. I did still want to find out more about who Magiere was an ...more
lynne naranek
May 31, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
Moving along in the tale of Magiere the dhampir, her companion and now lover Leesil the half-elf, their fay-in-flesh-form Chap and now the addition of Wynn the scholar. In this book they seek to find out about Magiere's history.

I really like how this overall story is developed book by book, more and more details emerging as we progress through each one.

Magiere's one-track mind (vampires/other monsters = to be killed, no matter the circumstances surrounding their "making", or the lif
Sara Gruer
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book much more than book 2. Book 1 has been my favorite so far...
Nov 21, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fiction
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Alex (HEABookNerd)
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: genre-fantasy, 2018
Series: Noble Dead #3
Rating: 4 stars - it was enjoyable

On a journey to discover where she came from Magiere and Leesil travel north, along with their Fay dog Chap and a young sage, Wynn. But as they travel further north they encounter strange creatures, more questions, and a truth that might be too much for Magiere.

I'm really enjoying this series and I'm glad we get some answers with Sister of the Dead, though of course, there are still some question left. Magiere's history and how she was born/>On/>
They still suck at fighting the undead. Never do they win or even survive without luck or rescue.

Mag and Lees are an awful couple and a worse team. Always lying to each other, arguing in public, distracting each other in fights.

Mag remains everyone's pawn.

Authors are incapable or unwilling of producing a satisfying climax. Dramatic model of story = fail, fail, fail, fail, underwhelming partial success.
Kelly Ross
I really want to like this series. I'm just struggling again with an author who makes a female heroine that is supposed to be Betty bad ass and she can't beat her way out of a wet paper bag. Not only can she not beat an undead unless it's the dumbest thing on the planet she can't even beat an unskilled alive country bumpkin. I mean really you want us to believe that the two "hunters" cannot even touch the undead sorcerer but the whiny little sage was able to put 2 crossbow bolts into it. It almo ...more
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: noble-dead
I'm loving this series. Besides the vampires, elves, half-breeds, and magic dogs, they added necromancers, zombies, more ghosts and more magic. Great fun and easy to read, this series just keeps getting better. More horror, mystery, action, adventure, and suspense. This book, and series as a whole, is highly recommended.
Mandy Galileo
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
can't wait for more :)
Oct 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I so enjoy this series
Jacqueline Lam
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, mystery, magic
A matchmaking fey hound? Indeed!
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
It's been quite some time, but I remember the first two being a bit slow... so, better.
Kenny Bellew
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m reading through this series. Another good one on to the next one.
Lindsey Nielsen
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best one in the series yet, the characters are finally growing up
The Abibliophobic  Guy
Now I know that these guys can't write endings. That's the third book in a row, where they have failed to deliver a climactic, awe inspiring ending. In the end, it lets the book down and leaves me/the reader feeling dejected and distinctly meh. However, the majority of the plot was really well done and was probably worthy of a four stars. But, overall, this was a frustrating Three Stars.

Plot: Three Stars

This plot line was great and poor. The whole book was generally brilliant, even if it lacke
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-copy, read-2017
These books get better with each installment!
Jun 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, vampires
I had a love/hate relationship with the first two Nobel Dead novels; book three tips the balance a little toward hate. In Dhampir and Thief of Lives, the rough beginnings gave way to fast-paced climaxes that kept me turning pages, and the interaction between Magiere and Leesil made up for the sometimes weak characterization and the often weak worldbuilding. Unfortunately, Sister of the Dead just isn't as good as its predecessors.

Magiere's and Leesil's relationship felt flat, and while Wynn has great
Leah Benes
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sister of the Dead
Barb and J.C. Hendee

Magiere, Leesil, Chap, and a sage named Wynn are on a hunt to find out about Leesil's and Magiere's pasts. The majority of the book takes place in Droevinka, a continent. They encounter a small village that is under a curse. A powerful sorcerer named Vordana has been sucking out the life of this small village. Every tree was bear and every human and animal and simply skin and bones. Magiere and Leesil fought with thi
Now that I finished it, I'm a little torn.

The flashback technique, not really working for me. Didn't like how it was handled in the first book, didn't like it here.
The heroine is an annoying whiny ungrateful brat, more often than not, although she's growing on me.
The sage Wynn in this book is even worse! Good grief she's unlikeable. Even if I do continue to read the series, I won't be reading her offshoot.
I just can't help thinking each of these books would be
Mishel Forte
Jan 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SISTER OF THE DEAD is a great contribution to the Noble Dead series. I think it's really a spotlight for development on the characters and their background. The authors know how to throw twists in the plot to make a reader think and re-think certain aspects of the story. I appreciated the efforts they made and had a blast sifting "discovering" things along with the characters themselves. Old mysterious are resolved while new ones are being created.

I was slightly disappointed when I o
Book Review: 2 Treasure Boxes

Margiere, a dhampir; Leesil, a half-elf; Wynn, a young scholar and Chap, a fay-creature in the form of an intelligent dog continue their adventures, this time tracking down Margiere's past. And a very interesting past it is, the story reveals how Margiere came to be and hints at why she was created.

Barb and J. C. Hendee have written two series in the Saga of the Noble Dead. Sister of the Dead is the third book in the first series. There are six books in
Nov 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sister of the Dead begins the morning after Thief of Lives ends. This is a series that absolutely must be read in order or it will make no sense. I am so glad that I am reading the books now instead of when they first came out because a waiting a year between books would have ruined the flow of the story for me.

As I get deeper into this series, I am enjoying it even more. The characters are all complex. They all have their own secrets and moral codes. Each has a past that they would
Jack Graham
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Lisa King
Leesil is desperate to find out if his mother, Nein'a, is alive and really held prisoner in the Elven lands. However, his quest is put on hold as Magiere, Leesil, Chap and Wynn continue their journey as they make their way to Droevinka and to Magiere's home town in a bid to learn more about her past. Is Aunt Bieja still there? Who was her father? What really happened to her mother Magelia? How does Welstiel fit into everything? As usual on adventures, the heroes always find more than they bargai ...more
Sep 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7-fantasy
This book 3 of the Noble Dead series follows Magiere & Leesil, along with Wynn & Chap on the voyage to find information about Magiere's past and who her father was. Interesting. More mystique of this Noble Dead world is revealed. Leesil, Chap and Chane are still the most likeable characters, whereas the two women: Magiere & Wynn are at times difficult. We learn more about Magiere and why she is the way she is. This understanding and her new expression of love for Leesil make her more ...more
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hmm... this installment in "The Noble Dead" series was not my favorite. Why? Well, in the journey of every hero/heroine there is a low point, a nadir, that seems so awful that the character must either be crushed by the loss or rise as a phoenix from his/her ashes. Though I have not yet read the other books in the series it had better be the nadir (the bottom of the bottom) for the story. And though I certainly want to feel a sense of reality in my books, I really loathe it when the crushing los ...more
May 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sister of the Dead is a notable improvement over the preceding two books in the Noble Dead series. While the earlier books did a good job of establishing intriguing characters in Magiere and Leesil, they tended to be a bit repetitive and inconsistently paced.
Here, the character development that came before pays off. In Sister of the Dead we learn quite a bit about Magiere and the mysterious Welsteil, and yes, about Chap as well. Leesil plays an integral part in this book, but one senses that the n
Feb 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book, and all of this series, more than I did. The stories are good, not spectacularly original but still entertaining in a traditional Dracula-vampire kind of way.

But the writing...ugh. Wordsmithing is definitely not their strong point. I'd hoped after writing a book or two they'd have learned a few things about stringing words together, to avoid unnecessary descriptions and head-hopping and rambling. But this one seems even worse. The clunkiness of the
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series keeps getting better and better. I loved learning about Magiere's past even though learning about it is worse than the characters and I thought. I thought I knew who her father was I was wrong. You find out not only who her father is but hiw she came to be. She meets someome who was there even. She is a strong character and doesn't wilt when anything gets thrown at her. She doesn't let that she is in a relationship with someone she loves stop her from what she wants and needs to do. ...more
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite
Sister of the Dead continues Magiere's journey towards an, as of yet, unknown purpose. This book is a great addition to the series as we are able to learn a bit more about what a Dhampir is and how she came to be.

I thoroughly enjoy the addition of Wynn and Chane in this book. Though I'm not overly thrilled about a certain event that I shall not name as to not spoil the book.

It is interesting to me that people complain about the book not offering conclusive's book 3 in a series
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Noble Dead Saga: Series 1 (6 books)
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