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Dhampir (Noble Dead) [Mass Market Paperback]

Barb Hendee , et al
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1 Feb 2003 Noble Dead (Book 1)

Magiere has cultivated a reputation as the most formidable vampire slayer in the land. Villagers everywhere welcome her with both awe and dismay, grateful to her for removing the undead menace, but finding themselves poorer for their salvation.

Magiere has never had a problem with exploiting superstition for profit. Now, tired of this game, Magiere and her half-elf partner are ready to retire. But Magiere has attracted the attention of vampires who recognize her true identity - even if she does not - and who fear her birthright and latent power. They will do anything to stop Magiere from realising her true potential.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton / Signet; Reissue edition (1 Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451459067
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451459060
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 7.1 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,974,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...A well conceived imagined world, some nasty villains, and a very engaging hero move this one into the winners' column. -- Don D'ammassa, SF CHRONICLE

...LORD OF THE RINGS and BUFFY... with a healthy dose of THE STING... -- Kevin J. Anderson, author of DUNE: THE BUTLERIAN JIHAD

...This Buffy-like story in a medieval setting won't disappoint vampire aficionados. -- Kristine Huntley, BOOKLIST, American Library Association

...Wrought with mystery, adventure, and sharp-toothed wit... winning first fantasy novel! -- Mark Anthony, author of BEYOND THE PALE

...fabulous entertainment wrought with mystery, adventure, and sharp-toothed wit.... -- Mark Anthony, author of Beyond the Pale

...high level of excitement through interesting characters, both heroes and villains, colliding in well-written action scenes. -- Fred Cleaver, THE DENVER POST

...kept me turning pages, from the eerie prologue to the final satisfying word.... -- Mindy L. Klasky, author of The Glasswright's Apprentice

...mix the Lord of the Rings and Buffy the Vampire Slayer with a healthy dose of The Sting... -- Kevin J. Anderson, author of Hidden Empire and Dune: The Butlerian Jihad

A well conceived imagined world, some nasty villains, and a very engaging hero move this one into the winners' column. -- Don D'ammassa, SF CHRONICLE

This Buffy-like story in a medieval setting won't disappoint vampire aficionados. -- Kristine Huntley, BOOKLIST

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A powerful new fantasy adventure series with appeal to fans of both Tolkien and Buffy. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Not so long ago, there was a pervasive sense, even among horror fans, that the vampire genre was dead, that it had been bled dry of all creativity and effectiveness. We now know better, of course. One of the more recent scintillating entries in the vampire genre is Dhampir by Barb & J.C. Hendee. If you're a vampire fan, you will almost certainly enjoy this formidable work of dark fantasy literature. While I wouldn't go so far as to equate it with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it is exciting both viscerally and intellectually.
Magiere has built quite a reputation as a vampire hunter; she doesn't come cheap, but she always gets her vampire. Of course, her "vampire" is always her trusty half-elven partner Leesil playing the role of the undead fiend. It's a living, but Magiere has grown tired of the game, tired of basically robbing villages of their wealth; it's not as if the superstitious folks across the land actually need protecting since vampires don't exist in the first place. She has just purchased a tavern in the coastal city of Miiska, and she can't wait to get there and start a new life. Then she is attacked one night by a man with supernatural strength and abilities; lucky to survive the fierce fight, she is left troubled by the emotional and physical changes she experienced in the heat of battle. Although she does not realize it at first, a trio of vampires awaits her in Miiska and plots to destroy her, thinking this famous "hunter" is coming to destroy them. She doesn't even know what she is yet, though - not only is she truly a vampire hunter, she is a dhampir. While she is a mortal being, the vampire half of her blood gives her the ability and specialized skills to kill the Noble Undead.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sword & Sorcery Vampire Slayer 28 Dec 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A friend recommended this paperback to me, and I'm glad he did. The cover quote of "A mix of 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'" is perhaps pushing it a bit, but the book is a fun adventure, set in a typical swords & sorcery setting - but with some rather nasty and persistent vampires in the background!
It took me a while to warm to our heroine Magiere, the vampire slayer, and her sidekick, because they were con artists, supplying a fake vampire, pretending to kill it, and taking more of a reward than any poor village could afford without starving for the rest of the winter. But gradually, once the real vampires get involved, the tale heats up. Magiere wants to retire and run an inn... but the local vampires, used to picking off villagers as they require them, have decidedly different ideas. Well-drawn characters, exciting conflicts - if this general description tempts you, I don't think you will be disappointed...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vampires Beware... 8 Mar 2006
I must admit that I`m very picky about what I read so when I picked up this book I thought I was going to end up disappointed - but I was wrong.
The reason I thought I would end up disappointed is that this book takes a while to warm up for me, in fact it was almost halfway through the book that it finally hooked me.
The book focuses on Magiere, a `Dhampir` born of a human mother and a vampire father, Leesil, a half-elf, and his dog Chap.
With the help of Leesil playing the undead, Magiere plays on superstition on every village her and her partner come accross and plays the "Hunter" to rid these villages of their undead.
However after an unknown number of years Magiere grows tired of the `Game` and buys a tavern so she and Leesil can settle down and retire for some peace and quite.
However, things aren`t so simple and when she faces an actual vampire and kills him she doesn`t realise she has set in motion a whole new situation she could never have foreseen.
Now the `Hunter` has become the `Hunted` and Magiere is left to discover her heritage, her abilities and just how deep her courage really goes.
Although this book takes a while to warm up it is worth sticking with and eventually leaves you longing for more.
I highly recommend `Dhampir` as it is well written, different and above all develops the charactors well.
My final opinion is that you will not be disappointed by the book if you give it the chance it so richly deserves.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Readers Review 12 Sep 2003
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A good start to a promising series , vampires in a medieval setting with a modern view on survival . The Hero party a Human Woman ? an Elf and a well bred dog keep the interest with their character development , A good plot with a couple of twists to surprise and entertain . Even the good guys have a bad day .. Future plot lines are nicely inserted you know this is going to continue and give a reason for waiting for the latest book .
I recommend this to any fantasy afficiados although it has a vampire content the story makes good fantasy reading . Enjoy .
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars engaging stuff 14 Feb 2005
This was pretty good. It has hints of a mediaeval Buffy about it but it has a very different feel to it.
Two con artists are pretending to be vampire slayers and conning innocent villagers when they actually come across a real vampire and it appears that one of the con artists does have latent vampire killing skills...
Where this was different was that it avoided the traditional fantasty 'quest' and end of the world scenario and goes for a low key conflict set in a small town. Characters are developed and explored (including the vamps) as the story moves on.
Very enjoyable and I await the next one with keen interest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read
I first read this book by accident when the library gave me the wrong book however I liked it so much that I went out and bought it and then proceeded to buy the series as well :)... Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Yawn
I love me a good vampire story, but this is not one. The storyline was formulaic, the characters fairly shallow, but I got through it. Read more
Published on 28 Oct 2009 by L. R. Richardson
4.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable!
Margiere is my kind of girl. She really is. Leesil, her business partner actually described her as being `heartless' and my own stone of a heart might just have skipped a beat. Read more
Published on 20 May 2009 by R. Radia
5.0 out of 5 stars Before the series lost the plot......
I have a fondness for gutsy female heroines who kick undead behind and Dhampir is my absolute favourite book of this kind. Read more
Published on 1 May 2009 by Ashleigh
4.0 out of 5 stars A great start to the Noble Dead series, looking forward to reading the...
I'm not a big fan of vampire novels as a rule, but as this was set in a medieval period I thought I would give this book a chance, and I must say that i'm glad I did, this book has... Read more
Published on 11 July 2008 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, dangerous action and intrigue
Dhampir is a strong read; good pacing, solid narrative, interesting and complex characters. It puts to good use elements of the gothic, medievalism and paranormal/mythical... Read more
Published on 19 April 2008 by Jessica
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable return to my early reading habits
When I was at school, I would only read the books that were necessary for the exams I had to take. Once I started work, the daily commute eventually persuaded me that reading would... Read more
Published on 20 Nov 2006 by Steven Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!!!! FANTASTIC!!!
I am soooooo pleased I made the effort to get into this book. Other reviewers have already said nearly everything much better than I ever could, so I will just say this - You will... Read more
Published on 15 Jun 2006 by Book-mad mama
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