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Sister of the Dead

(Noble Dead Saga: Series 1 #3)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  4,189 ratings  ·  111 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 villag
Kindle Edition, 420 pages
Published January 4th 2005 by Ace
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Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This third instalment of the Noble Dead series was another enjoyable one. The series is fantasy but it reads just like an UF in terms feel and style. It really works as we get a good mix of action, intrigue, and even a bit of romance but none of it at the expense of getting to know the characters!

This story of this one changed things up a bit. In the first two books Magiere, Leesil, and Chap were hunting down a nest of vampires in a village or town. In this one they were hunting down the truth o
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 life they might
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
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Alex (HEABookNerd)
Series: Noble Dead #3
Rating: 4 stars - really 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 questions left. Magiere's history and how she was bo
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.
Aug 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally we get to see Magiere's origin story, so we can move on to finding Leesil's mom (a much more interesting quest, in my opinion). I liked having Wynn along - she showed real courage sometimes as a human among non-humans. Chap seems more boring now that his origins have been revealed - I liked him better as just an intelligent dog. ...more
edge of bubble
Mar 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, vampires
Imagine chracters who are experienced travellers, they lived travelling for years, in the time of horses, wagons, camping in the tree shades and simple walking. And our imaginary friends are travelling yet again to another city where they'll set on a mission and then get back to their inns. Now picture them doing all the walking, sea voyage, camping out in the woods, escaping from an inn on fire and many other old fashion travelling stuff with their belongings in a chest like a blushing bride wi ...more
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. ...more
Oct 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I so enjoy this series
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. ...more
Mandy Galileo
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
can't wait for more :) ...more
Jacqueline Lam
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, magic, mystery
A matchmaking fey hound? Indeed!
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.
Sarah Ehinger
We learned a little more about Magiere's origin story here. Definitely a "middle" book as there didn't feel like a ton of action or resolution. ...more
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
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 g
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 this evil creature with the help
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 opened SISTER
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 better if 50-100 pages were k
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 Series One.
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 rather forge
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
Jack Graham
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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 likeable bu ...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
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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.

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