Thursday, March 3, 2011

Traitor to the Blood by Barb & J. C. Hendee

Traitor to the Blood (The Noble Dead)
Title:  Traitor to the Blood
Authors:  Barb & J. C. Hendee
Publisher:  Roc
Publication Date:  January 2006
Format:  Hardcover, 368 pages
Age Group:  Adult
Series:  Noble Dead Series 1, Book 4

After finding out some of the secrets of Magiere's past in Sister of the Dead, it is now time for the companions to try to determine what happened to Leesil's parents after he fled his life as an assassin for the warlord Darmouth.  The journey is more dangerous than the group had anticipated as they find themselves caught in the middle of a scheme to murder Darmouth which would leave the land in a state of civil unrest.  They are also still being tracked by two from Magiere's past who seek to use them for their own purposes.

Each book in the Noble Dead saga pulls the reader deeper and deeper into darkness and secrets.  Leesil and Magiere know so little of their pasts and each thing they discover only seems to lead to more questions.  Details uncovered along the journey reveal that they have been guided and used for far longer than they suspected and they still do not understand why.  There is some larger purpose to their journey that remains a mystery.

My comments about the characters, emotions, and action in reviews of previous books in this series continue to hold true for Traitor to the Blood.  The characters are complex and full of conflicting emotions.  They hide things from themselves and each other which only leads to more conflict.  Their concern for each other sometimes leads to action without thought with the inevitable consequences.

The Hendees have created a dark world full of conflict and pain.  But the bond Magiere and Leesil share provides some hope that together they can find the answers they seek and perhaps do some good along the way.

I borrowed Traitor to the Blood from my local library and there was no expectation of a review.

My reviews of previous books in this series (in order):
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