The Dead Seekers by By Barb and J.C. Hendee : Review

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In the New York Times bestselling Noble Dead saga, Barb and J.C. Hendee created an engrossing mix of intrigue, epic fantasy, and horror. * Now, they present a bold new series set in the same world, where the destinies of two hunters shaped by the shadows of their pasts are about to collide…
In the dark reaches of the eastern continent, Tris Vishal travels from village to village, using his power to put unsettled spirits to rest. He works alone, having learned that letting people close only leads to more death. Still, he finds himself accepting the help of the Mondyalitko woman who saves his life a woman whose gifts are as much a burden as his own.
Mari Kaleja thirsted for vengeance since the night her family was taken from her. She has searched far and wide for the one she thinks responsible, known only as The Dead s Man. But before she can kill him, she has to be sure. Mari hopes traveling with Tris will confirm her suspicions. But as they embark on a hunt where the living are just as dangerous as the dead, she learns the risks of keeping your enemy close…
Because it s no longer clear who is predator and who is prey.

Every now and then I stumble across a book that makes me ask myself how I hadn’t heard about it sooner, or how I had never read anything else the author has written. This is one of those times. The Dead Seekers by Barb and J.C. Hendee was a fun and immensely satisfying read that I was unable to put down once I had started reading it. Barb and J.C. do an amazing job of hooking you in the first few pages of the story and not letting you go until the very end. Never again will I assume that just because I have never heard of an author or a book before I request a copy to review, that it is safe for me to read just a few chapters before going to sleep. I was still reading The Dead Seekers at 4 AM in morning and didn’t stop until I had completed it.

The Dead Seekers is one of those books where I liked pretty much every aspect of the story and find it difficult to put my finger on any specific part of it. The characters the authors created were just fantastic. I absolutely loved reading about Tris and Mari and the way they grow as people throughout the book was great. I always find it interesting when we get such deep insights into how a character becomes who they are, or where they came to be. Even the secondary and tertiary characters that we are introduced to throughout the book were fully fleshed out and believable — no one felt like they were mere extras in the background of a movie.

I didn’t even realize that The Dead Seekers was part of the same world as Barb and J.C. Hendee’s Noble Dead series until days after I had finished reading it. Though, looking back at the book, it really should have been obvious. The world building in The Dead Seekers was just too good for it to have been a debut novel, though I’m glad I went into this story so uninformed without any expectations. I now have to go out and buy all the books in the Noble Dead series.  If The Dead Seekers is anything to go by, then it’s going to be amazing.

I’ve already added The Dead Seekers to the list of books I keep on hand for when someone is looking for a recommendation. I’m eagerly awaiting the book two and I know it’s going to be a difficult wait.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

8.5

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Shane believes firmly that it is impossible to own too many books which is probably why every surface of his house is covered in books, magazines, and graphic novels. He reads just about anything but he is most passionate about science fiction and fantasy and has been known to obsess over a book or series for years at a time.

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