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In Shade and Shadow by Barb Hendee
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Oct 25, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy
Read in November, 2011

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 denigrated, isolated, and deprived of everything she brought back with her... this is far from the homecoming she expected.

Then, a few months into the translation efforts on those texts, sages carrying folios of the texts through the streets are being murdered, and the folios are stolen from the bodies, yet the sages and royalty are obstructing investigations of the crimes. Wynn feels that undead are responsible, and since she's the only one who seems to believe in them it's up to her to stop the killer and retrieve the texts.

While most of the series so far has shown a lot of action, In Shade and Shadow is more of a mystery set in a fantasy setting, though it does have some action pieces. Wynn really annoyed me during the first arc so I was glad she's much less annoying here.

Recommended. I'll get to the next book.
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