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News, commentary, and fiction by Barb Hendee, co-author of the Noble Dead saga (www.NobleDead.org); author of the Mist-Torn Witches series, the Vampire Memories series, and more.

The fiction works of Barb Hendee

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[LAWLESS LANDS] [HOMEWARD] [FORGOTTEN]

The “Alone with…” Romances

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[Alone with a Soldier] [Alone with a Thief]

The Mist-Torn Witches Series

Set in the world of the Noble Dead Saga

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[MW1: The Mist-Torn Witches] [MW2: Witches in Red] [MW3: Witches with the Enemy] [MW4: To Kill a Kettle Witch]

The Vampire Memories Series[complete]

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[VM1: Blood Memories] [VM2: Hunting Memories] [VM3: Memories of Envy] [VM4: In Memories We Fear] [VM5: Ghosts of Memories]

The Noble Dead Saga

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Series/Phase 1

[S1B1: Dhampir] [S1B2: Thief of Lives] [S1B3: Sister of the Dead] [S1B4: Traitor to the Blood] [S1B5: Rebel Fay] [S1B6: Child of a Dead God]

Series/Phase 2

[S2B1: In Shade and Shadow] [S2B2: Through Stone and Sea] [S2B3: Of Truth and Beasts]

Series/Phase 3

[S3B1: Between Their Worlds] [S3B2: The Dog in the Dark] [S3B3: A Wind in the Night] [S3B4: First and Last Sorcerer] [S3B5: The Night Voice]
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Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier

by John G. Hartness, Seanan McGuire, Faith Hunter, David B. Coe, Laura Anne Gilman, Barb Hendee, Jake Bible

Fiction [eBook & Trade Paperback]

A wild ride through the weird western world with New York Times Bestsellers Seanan McGuire, Faith Hunter, and 18 other amazing writers of western stories!

"The Time Traveling Schoolmarms of Marlborough County," by Barb Hendee

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Homeward

by Barb Hendee

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Homeward contains six connected stories set in the world of the Noble Dead Saga as taken from the "Homeward" collection in T·N·D·S: Tales from the world of the Noble Dead Saga. Follow the adventures and budding romance of Jan, a half-gypsy peasant turned vassal, and Julianna, the strong-willed young woman taken in by Jan's family.

In "The Keepers," Jan and his parents arrive at the keep above the village of Chemestúk, where Jan's father must become the vassal lord of the fiefdom. Determined to prevail, despite the place’s dark reputation, they find the ugly rumors concerning the keep are all too true.

"The Reluctant Guardian" and "Captives" follow the terrors of civil war as Jan, Julianna, and those they love are faced with everything from military conscriptions to roaming gangs of violent deserters.

"Claws," "The Sleeping Curse," and "Silent Bells" take Jan and Julianna out on the open road with Jan's extended family of traveling gypsies. Amid encounters with shape-shifters, magic, curses, and intrigue, their feelings for each other deepen but grow more confusing. Will either one of them ever confess such feelings to the other?

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Forgotten

by Barb Hendee

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In Forgotten, a young woman faces darkness and magic to protect those she cares for.

Elena's adventures begin when she finds herself living as mistress to Lord Stefan Korbori, who is trapped inside his manor by the curse of an undead sorcerer. He begins sinking into madness, endlessly wandering the same rooms and passages.

Willing to do almost anything to save him, Elena undertakes a journey upriver.

In seeking a cure and a way to release Stefan from the curse, Elena must accept the help of Cooper, a handsome and stoic barge master. This sets her on a new path as she battles sorcerers, curses, murderous charlatans, ghosts and demi-gods from across the veil between the mortal world and that of the Fay spirits.

In addition, Elena becomes torn between her loves for two very different men, both who wish to protect her in their differing ways and to possess her.

Forgotten contains four connected novellas—each continuing where the previous one ends:

  1. The Forgotten Lord
  2. The Forgotten Mistress
  3. The Forgotten Village
  4. The Forgotten Daughter
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The “Alone with…” Romances:

Alone with a Thief

Barb Hendee

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Grace McMillan is alone, living in an isolated farmhouse at the base of the Cascade Mountains. Lost in grief, she tries to recover from the death of her father.

Sean Watson is running after suddenly finding himself an accessory to robbery and murder. Driving north in blind panic, on impulse, he heads towards the mountains. In a forested area, he abandons his car and travels on foot, until he comes across a seemingly abandoned farmhouse, a place to hide.

In the night, Grace is awakened by a sound.

She finds herself facing a desperate man surprised at the sight of her, and he instantly takes control. Days and nights pass with two strangers trapped together. As she comes to learn his situation is more complicated than it seems, he finds that hers is more tragic than his. Can they risk trusting each other?

Grace’s instincts are torn between fear and need as she finds herself alone with a thief.

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The “Alone with…” Romances:

Alone with a Soldier

Barb Hendee

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Anna Taylor hides from the world as much as she can. She works in a college library, then hurries home to the safety of an inherited vintage apartment in Denver, a haven from which to escape her past.

Then, one night, when a brutal snowstorm strikes, she brings in a homeless Army veteran and his dog. The alternative was to let them freeze.

But now, she is home alone with a stranger, trapped by weather. Soon, she discovers he has secrets of his own, and cautiously, she begins helping him. Though they create a connection, she can’t allow herself to get too close, lest he discover that her secrets are far worse than his. As his feelings for her grow stronger, to her surprise, she fears losing him. Can she maintain the growing connection and still keep him in the dark?

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The Noble Dead Saga: Series/Phase 3: Book 5:

The Night Voice

Barb and J.C. Hendee

The New York Times bestselling authors of First and Last Sorcerer present the final breathtaking chapter in their epic Noble Dead saga…


With much relief, Magiere, Leesil, and Chap prepare to hide the last two of the powerful orbs. Once this last great task is completed, Magiere can take Leesil home to a life of peace.

Then, rumors reach them that a horde of undead creatures, slaughtering everything in their wake, are gathering in the far east regions of the Suman desert. This gathering could only be caused by the Ancient Enemy awakening.

With no other choice, Magiere tells Leesil they cannot go home yet. They must go to the desert and seek to learn if the rumors are true… and if so, face an awakening evil: The Night Voice.

“A mix of The Lord of the Rings and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”
—Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times Bestselling Author
“The Noble Dead Saga… is no simple myth, but rather a true epic, which stands at the highest levels of fantasy lore.”
—BSCReview
“The Hendees never fail to impress and entertain.”
—SciFiChick.com
“[An] endlessly intriguing horror-fantasy mix.”
—Monsters and Critics
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The Mist-Torn Witches Series: Book 4:

To Kill a Kettle Witch

Barb Hendee

National bestselling author Barb Hendee returns to the world of the Mist-Torn Witches, as two sisters who can see the secrets of the past and the mysteries of the future begin a quest to save the family they never knew existed…


Powerful prince Malcolm is facing ruin in the wake of a curse that has destroyed his harvest. He blames the band nomadic Móndyalítko who summer in the meadow below his castle—and he is determined to root out the people who caused the blight by any means necessary.

When Céline and Amelie Fawe, descended from the Móndyalítko, learn that their mother’s people are under suspicion of sabotage and treason, they set out to use their magical gifts to save their estranged relatives and learn about their own origins.

Now it’s up to the sisters—along with their motley escort, including a prince’s lieutenant, a shape-shifter, and an old woman with a murky past—to discover the source of the curse to restore life to the ravaged land and protect the innocent from unfair vengeance.

Praise for Barb Hendee

“Complex characters, relationships, and interesting stories… plenty of suspense, danger, intrigue, and a bit of romance. Barb Hendee’s novels are not to be missed.”
—SciFiChick.com
“[The Mist-Torn Witches] will hold readers spellbound.”
—RT (Romantic Times) Book Reviews
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The Mist-Torn Witches Series: Book 3:

Witches with the Enemy

Barb Hendee

The national bestselling author of The Mist-Torn Witches returns to a world of princes and power, magic and mystery, where two women have the ability to reveal the future and uncover the past…


When seers Céline and Amelie Fawe fled Shetâna under threat of death, they vowed never to return. Yet, less than a year later, they are summoned back—to aid the man who once tried to kill them…

The cruel prince Damek is on the verge of closing marriage negotiations with the powerful family of a young noblewoman when his intended’s sister is murdered. To keep the engagement from falling through, Damek must expose the killer quickly—and he needs the seers’ powers to do so. Though the Fawes’ patron, Prince Anton, fears that bringing Céline and Amelie to Shetâna places them in grave danger, he is honor-bound to help his brother Damek.

Only none of them is prepared for the peril that awaits them at Castle Kimovesk&mdas;for someone in the court is determined to prevent the marriage from happening, no matter how deadly the cost…

Praise for Barb Hendee

“[An] engaging fantasy novel… Clues as to the sisters’ magical heritage, hints of romance, threats both supernatural and human, and courtly intrigue combine for a fun fantasy mystery.”

—Locus

“Complex characters, relationships, and interesting stories… plenty of suspense, danger, intrigue, and a bit of romance. Barb Hendee’s novels are not to be missed.”

—SciFiChick.com

“[The Mist-Torn Witches] will hold readers spellbound.”

—RT (Romantic Times) Book Reviews

“A great page-turner.”

—Open Book Society

“Terrific!”

—Bitten by Books
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The Mist-Torn Witches Series: Book 2:

Witches in Red

Barb Hendee

Céline and Amelie Fawe can see into anyone’s past and future simply by touching them. They have used their powers to secure sanctuaryand a fine apothecary’s shopin the village around Castle Sèone. But their continued safety has a price…


Far to the north, the men of an isolated silver mining community are turning into vicious “beasts” that slaughter anyone in sight. The mines belong to the noble family of Prince Antonruler of Castle Sèone and Céline and Amelie’s patronand Anton’s tyrannical father has ordered his son to solve the mystery as a test of his leadership. He has no choice but to send the witches into the perilous north, to use their abilities to discover the cause of the transformations. Given how much they owe the prince, the sisters have no choice but to accept.

Together with the over-protective Lieutenant Jaromir, Céline and Amelie enter the dark world of a far off mining camp tainted by fear, mistrust, and enslavementand haunted by men turning into massive, mad wolves without warning. Now, the two must draw upon strength and cunning they never thought they possessed not only to solve the mystery, but to survive…

Praise for Barb Hendee

“Incredibly vivid.” —SciFiChick.com

“Hendee knows how to hook her readers.” —Seeing Night Book Reviews

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The Mist-Torn Witches Series: Book 1:

The Mist-Torn Witches

Barb Hendee

National bestselling author Barb Hendee presents a dark, fascinating new world and the story of two sisters who will discover they have far more power than they ever envisioned…


In a small village in the nation of Droevinka, orphaned sisters Céline and Amelie Fawe scrape out a living selling herbal medicines in their apothecary shop. Céline earns additional money by posing as a seer and pretending to read people’s futures.

But they exist in a land of great noble houses, all vying for power, and when the sisters refuse the orders of a warlord prince, they must flee and are forced to depend on the warlord prince’s brother, Anton, for a temporary haven.

A series of bizarre deaths of pretty young girls are plaguing the village surrounding Prince Anton’s castle. He offers Céline and Amelie permanent protection if they can use their “skills” to find the killer.

With little choice, the sisters enter a world unknown to themof fine gowns and banquets and advances from powerful men. Their survival depends on catching a murderer who appears to walk through walls and vanish without a traceand the danger around them seems to grow with each passing night.

Praise for The Mist-Torn Witches

“Clues as to the sisters’ magical heritage, hints of romance, threats both supernatural and human, and courtly intrigue combine for a fun fantasy mystery.”

Locus

“…a must-read, full of suspense, drama, and magic. I didn’t want this one to end.”

—SciFiChick.com

Praise for Barb Hendee

“Hendee has a gift for intricate psychological plots, and her characters are some of the best in current fantasy.”

Booklist

“Those looking for an alternative to Patricia Briggs or Ilona Andrews won’t be disappointed.”

—Monsters and Critics
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The Vampire Memories Series: Book 1:

Blood Memories

Barb Hendee

A bold new series from the USA Today bestselling co-author of the Noble Dead saga.

Nothing stays in the dark forever…


Eleisha Clevon is no angel, although she has the face of one. A vampire, she's far older than she looksand she makes men yearn to care for her. A few even survive the experience. Eleisha might not like to kill, but she knows self-preservation must come first.

So when an old vampire friend kills himself, Eleisha is shocked. What she finds afterward shows how world-weary he had becomehoarding drained corpses and keeping records of vampires' actual names and addresses. Now the police know who Eleish is and, more alarmingly, what she is. But she soon realizes that being known may have its proseven if it puts her and her kind at risk.

“A mixture of solid action, high-quality characters, and plausible settings.”
Booklist
“Filled with action, but also contains a strong cast… The heroine especially is an intriguing person.”
Midwest Book Review
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The Vampire Memories Series: Book 2:

Hunting Memories

Barb Hendee

A bold new series from the USA Today bestselling co-author of the Noble Dead saga.

“Even vampires have secrets.”


When she reads those words, Eleisha Clevon knows she has to respond to the vampire Rose de Spenser's letter. Both reluctant predators, they venture outside only when the hunger becomes unbearableand feel guilty when ending human lives.

But Eleisha has learned a way to draw blood from her victims without killing them. She wants to share this knowledge with like-minded vampires and forge a united front against Julian Ashton, a vampire who preys on his own kind.

To win Rose to her cause, Eleisha must risk meeting her face-to-face, knowing full well she might be an agent of Julian'sbut never expecting the revelations Rose has to share about Eleisha's own vampire origins.

“[A] mixture of solid action, high-quality characters, and plausible settings.”
Booklist: review journal of the American Library Association
“Fans of Carrie Vaughn, L.A. Banks, and Patricia Briggs should check this out.”
Monsters and Critics
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The Vampire Memories Series: Book 3:

Memories of Envy

Barb Hendee

Her wiles are irresistable. Her hunger… insatiable.


A reluctant vampire, Eleisha Clevon has made a home for herself and other vampires in Portland, Oregon. Despite the risks, she is determined to locate all vampires who still reside in isolation so she can offer them sancturary and, more important, so she can teach them to feed without killing. She is shocked when she learns that a lost vampire may be living as close as Denverand she has to handle this one more carefully than any she has ever approached.

Simone Straford is a beautiful, delicate-looking creature from the roaring twenties who enjoys playing elaborate games with mortals, stoking their passion for her before finally draining them of their blood.

When Eleisha and her protector, Philip Branté, go to Denver to search for Simone, what they find is far worseand more seductivethan either one bargained for.

Praise for Hunting Memories

“One of the year's better vampire novels…”
Booklist: American Library Association
“Gripping.”
Darque Reviews
“Enjoyable and creative… a thriller of a vampire tale.”
Midwest Book Review
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The Vampire Memories Series: Book 4:

In Memories We Fear

Barb Hendee

There's a new vampire in town.


Eleisha Clevon lives a quiet life in Portland, Oregonfor a vampire. She has learned to feed without killing humans and to train others of her kind. Along with her protector, Philip Branté, and their human companion, Wade Sheffield, she seeks out other vampires to offer them a community and to show them they do not have to exist alone.

Now, a series of killings in England point to a newand feralvampire. Eleisha, Philip, and Wade travel to London to make contact with the terrified creature, to offer him sanctuary and stop the bloodshed. But the vampire they find is not what they expected. Maxim is centuries old, with no memory of living anywhere besides the forest and feeding on animals. Now, he’s gained a taste for human blood. Philip thinks he’s too dangerous to save, but Eleisha won’t give up… even at the cost of Philip’s love and her own life.

“Dramatic… part soap opera, part supernatural thriller.”
Publisher's Weekly
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The Vampire Memories Series: Book 5:

Ghosts of Memories

Barb Hendee

“Hendee has a gift for intricate psychological plots, and her characters are some of the best in current fantasy.” —Booklist

With her vampire protector Philip Branté and their human companion Wade Sheffield, a former police psychologist, Eleisha Clevon searches the world for isolated vampiresand offers them sanctuary. She wants to provide a home where she can teach them to follow the Four Laws that will protect them and their kind.

But not all vampires want to live by anyone’s rules but their own. Christian Lefevre has been posing a psychic, catering to the upper crust of Seattle society by making contact with their dead loved onesand leaving his clients faint and weak after each encounter. Now Eleisha must confront the most deadly predator she has ever faced—or lose everything she has fought to protect…

Praise for the Vampire Memories Novels

“Gripping.” —Darque Reviews

“Enjoyable and creative.” —Midwest Book Review

“Dramatic… Part soap opera, part supernatural thriller.” —Publishers Weekly

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The Noble Dead Saga: Series/Phase 1: Book 1:

Dhampir

Barb and J.C. Hendee

She hunts the realm's most dangerous game…

Her fees are exorbitant…

She's worth every coin she receives…

Or is she?


Where it all began…

Magiere has earned a reputation as the most formidable vampire slayer in the land. Villagers far and wide welcome her with both awe and disdain, grateful to her for ridding their towns of the undead menace, but finding themselves made poorer for their salvation. Magiere has always known she's dealing with simple folk who only wish to have their superstitions silenced, and she's never seen anything wrong with exploiting them for profit.

Now, tired of the game, Magiere and her partner, the half-elf Leesil, are ready to hang up their weapons and settle down in a place they can finally call home. But their new found peace will not last. For Magiere has come to the attention of a trio of powerful and dangerous vampires who recognize her true identity — even if she does not — and who fear the birthright that flows through her veins. And they will stop at nothing to keep Magiere from fulfilling her destiny.

“In DHAMPIR, Barb and JC Hendee mix the Lord of the Rings and Buffy the Vampire Slayer with a healthy dose of The Sting for an engaging adventure that is both humorous and exciting.”
—Kevin J. Anderson, Hidden Empire, Dune: The Butlerian Jihad
DHAMPIR kept me turning pages, from the eerie prologue to the final satisfying word. With its complex heroes, refreshingly multi-faceted villains, and carefully choreographed fight scenes, this novel opened a broad new world. Well done!”
—Mindy L. Klasky, The Glasswright's Apprentice
DHAMPIR is a fabulous entertainment wrought with mystery, adventure, and sharp-toothed wit. In this winning first fantasy novel, Barb and J.C. Hendee conjure a misty world populated with lively undead villains and an appealing pair of rogues-turned-heroes you'll find yourself rooting for from Page One. Fast-paced action and mounting suspense will keep you turning the pages long after the sun's gone down. (Just be sure to hang the garlic by the window.) DHAMPIR ends with the promise of continuing adventures. I'm looking forward to getting bitten again.”
—Mark Anthony, Beyond the Pale
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The Noble Dead Saga: Series/Phase 1: Book 2:

Thief of Lives

Barb and J.C. Hendee

On the heels of Dhampir, Barb and J.C. Hendee's acclaimed Fantasy debut, comes Thief of Lives, the new novel featuring Magiere and Leesil, Slayers of the Undead…


Magiere the dhampir thinks that her nights of hunting vampires are over. After settling down in her newly adopted village of Miiska — now vampire-free, thanks to her and her half-elf partner, Leesil — she looks forward to quiet days tending to her tavern.

But far away in the capital city of Bela, a prominent councilman's daughter has been found dead on her own doorstep... and all signs point to a vampire. Knowing that the battered and burned village of Miiska could use an infusion of cash, Bela's town council offers a generous bounty to the dhampir if she will slay their vampire. Magiere resists, wanting nothing more than to forget her past and ignore her half-vampire nature. Only Leesil can persuade Magiere to follow her destiny — before more innocent lives are claimed by darkness.

“Readers will turn the pages of this satisfying medieval thriller with gusto.”
—Kristine Huntley, Booklist: review journal of the American Library Association
“Nothing is simply good versus evil in this world, where the undead and the living alike are personable, believable characters…”
—Jen Talley Exum, Romantic Times Bookclub Magazine
“The multifaceted personalities of [Magiere and Leesil] are what make this series so enjoyable.”
—Sandy Auden, SFX Magazine
“The story is complex and will keep you guessing until the end. Each character is finely crafted like the weapons they carry.”
—Alisa McCune, Sime~Gen Inc.
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The Noble Dead Saga: Series/Phase 1: Book 3:

Sister of the Dead

Barb and J.C. Hendee

The Noble Dead saga continues as Magiere and Leesil, the slayers of the undead from 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 village of Chemestúk, where she was born and raised, stands her father's keep. Within its walls, she hopes to discover the secrets of her past and figure out why a vampire would wish to breed a creature capable of slaughtering his own kind....

But there are those who don't want Magiere to learn the truth — and when her half-elf partner, Leesil, makes a startling discovery in the keep, he can understand why. Before Leesil can reveal the truth to Magiere, they must vanquish a creature of unimaginable and unlimited power who has damned a small village of people with a horrifying curse...

“Fabulous entertainment wrought with mystery, adventure, and sharp-toothed wit.”
—Mark Anthony, Author of Beyond the Pale
“Another satisfying entry in the Hendees' lively series.”
—Kristine Huntley, Booklist: American Library Association
Sister of the Dead and its predecessors involve readers on a visceral, highly emotional level and fulfill a craving for nifty magic, exciting action scenes, and a strong heroine who defies genre clichés.”
Romantic Times Bookclub Magazine
“The Hendees have created an intriguing series characterized by nonstop adventure, multilayered mysteries, and enough blood-sucking characters to satisfy even the most hard-core vampire fan.”
—Paul Goat Allen, Barnes & Noble Review
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The Noble Dead Saga: Series/Phase 1: Book 4:

Traitor to the Blood

Barb and J.C. Hendee

“The Hendees' bestselling Noble Dead series (Sister of the Dead, etc.) makes the leap from mass market to hardcover… Fans of the series are sure to be pleased, while the novel stands well enough on its own to attract new readers.” —Publisher's Weekly

Born a half-breed to an elven mother and human father, Leesil was raised in the Warlands as assassin, spy, and slave to Lord Darmouth, ruler to one of its independent provinces. But Leesil's mother trained him too well, and he used his skills to escape, leaving his parents to suffer Darmouth's wrath for all such traitors and their kin. Now, with newfound purpose in the company of his beloved Magiere, Leesil returns to confront the sins of his past and uncover his parents' fate.

Unable to turn him from this dangerous course, Magiere follows Leesil into the darkness of his past in the Warlands. Knowing what may happen should Darmouth learn of Leesil's return, she is prepared to slaughter any who may try to take him from her. But Magiere's own past may well pose a more deadly threat. Two creatures of unfathomable power continue to stalk her — one who believes she's the key to his salvation, and one who seeks to destroy her... and all those she loves.

“This is one of those books for which the term dark fantasy was definitely intended.”
Chronicle
“…the Hendees' Saga of the Noble Dead features generous helpings of blood-sucking horror and whodunit mystery elements. Literally overflowing with nonstop action, this cool amalgam of genres will appeal to readersalive and undeadwho enjoy taking that occasional literary walk on the wild side.”
—Paul Goat Allen, Barnes & Noble Review
“The Hendees' bestselling Noble Dead series makes the leap from mass market to hardcover with this winning fourth novel… Fans of the series are sure to be pleased, while the novel stands well enough on its own to attract new readers.”
—Publishers Weekly
“The personal conflicts of the heroes mirror the larger struggles in their world and provide a solid foundation for this tale of love and loyalty in a world of betrayal.”
—Jackie Cassada, “[SF/Fantasy column]”, Library Journal
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The Noble Dead Saga: Series/Phase 1: Book 5:

Rebel Fay

Barb and J.C. Hendee

“A mix of The Lord of the Rings and Buffy, the Vampire Slayer.” —New York Times bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson

The Noble Dead Saga has been hailed as “fabulous entertainment wrought with mystery, adventure, and sharp-toothed wit.”* Now the “action-packed”** adventures of Magiere and Leesil continue as they journey into the dangerous and mysterious Elven Territories… * Mark Anthony, author of The Last Rune series ** Midwest Book Review


Desperate to free his mother from a caste of ruthless elven assassins, Leesil pushes on through the mountains at the height of a harsh winter. Obsession blinds him to reason, and he and his companions — his beloved Magiere, the sage Wynn, and their canine protector, Chap — find their lives at stake under the hardships of the wilderness. Should they survive, they still face the perils of the Elven Territories, a culture of tranquil beauty, savage customs, and deep-rooted hatred and fear of all humankind.

Magiere was created with strange powers by a shadowy, long-forgotten enemy of many names — an enemy whom Leesil was trained from childhood to kill. Unbeknownst to them, Chap brought them together at the command of his kin, the Fay, to forge an alliance that might have the power to stand against the forces of dark magics.

In the place of his birth, Chap must guard his companions from enemies and allies alike, though he is not always certain which is which. And as they uncover the truth, they discover just how close the enemy has always been.

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The Noble Dead Saga: Series/Phase 1: Book 6:

Child of a Dead God

Barb and J.C. Hendee

“Any list of the best writers of vampire novels working today must include the dynamic duo of Barb & J.C. Hendee.” —Rambles

“A mix of The Lord of the Rings and Buffy the Vampire Slayer,”* the Noble Dead Saga has won legions of readers with its epic adventure, bloodthirsty evil, and imaginative characters. At last, long sought secrets will be revealed… and old scores settled. * New York Times bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson


For many months, Magiere and Leesil have searched for a forgotten artifact, even though its purpose has been shrouded in mystery. All Magiere knows is that she must keep the orb from falling into the hands of a murdering Noble Dead: her half brother, Welstiel. And now dreams of a castle locked in ice lead her south, on a journey that has become nothing less than an obsession…

Accompanying Magiere and Leesil are the sage Wynn; their canine protector, Chap; and two elven assassins-turned-guardians who must fight their distrust of this sister of the dead. For forces more powerful than they some may even say fate are rallying around Magiere, arming her for the conflict to come, because finding the orb may be just the beginning of the challenges that await her.

“Interspecies distrust, grand ambitions, and the lure of dangerous secrets protected by the undead drive the action in this neat mix of horror with more traditional fantasy elements.”
Publisher's Weekly
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The Noble Dead Saga: Series/Phase 2: Book 1:

In Shade and Shadow

Barb and J.C. Hendee

Hailed by New York Times bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson as “a mix of The Lord of the Rings and Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” the Noble Dead Saga has become one of the premier dark fantasy sagas. Now a new chapter begins as a young woman discovers her true potential for heroics against the shadows of evil…


After escaping the castle of ancient vampires with Magiere and Leesil, Wynn Hygeorht has returned to Calm Seatt, home of the Guild of Sagecraft, bearing texts supposedly penned by vampires from the time of the Forgotten History and the Great War. Her superiors seize both the ancient texts and her personal journals, dismissing her tales of the undead as delusional fancies.

But the guild's scholars have not dismissed the texts. Without Wynn's consent, they begin sending the texts out to scriptoriums for copying. Then one night several pages disappearand the two sages charged with conveying these pages are murdered. Suspicious of the Guild, separated from the only friends she fully trusts, and convinced the Noble Dead are responsible for the killings, Wynn embarks on a quest to uncover the secrets of the texts, unaware of her allies from unexpected quarters…

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The Noble Dead Saga: Series/Phase 2: Book 2:

Through Stone and Sea

Barb and J.C. Hendee

“Another must-read… the Hendees, if given a chance to complete their entire saga, may yet produce a combined fantasy masterwork that will surely stand on the highest pinnacles of literary fantasy lore… As always, the Hendees keep 'em coming.  —Bookspot Central

The “endlessly intriguing”* Noble Dead Saga is a national bestselling phenomenon with its unique blend of “Tolkienesque fantasy [and] vampire-infused horror.”** Now the epic finds the young scholar Wynn Hygeorht, without Magiere and Leesil to guide her, continuing her own dangerous questpursued by the forces of darkness.  * Monsters and Critics  ** Publisher's Weekly


After escaping the castle of ancient vampires with Magiere and Leesil, Wynn Hygeorht has returned to Calm Seatt, home of the Guild of Sagecraft, bearing texts supposedly penned by vampires from the time of the Forgotten History and the Great War. Her superiors seize both the ancient texts and her personal journals, dismissing her tales of the undead as delusional fancies.

But the guild's scholars have not dismissed the texts. Without Wynn's consent, they begin sending the texts out to scriptoriums for copying. Then one night several pages disappearand the two sages charged with conveying these pages are murdered. Suspicious of the Guild, separated from the only friends she fully trusts, and convinced the Noble Dead are responsible for the killings, Wynn embarks on a quest to uncover the secrets of the texts, unaware of her allies from unexpected quarters…

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The Noble Dead Saga: Series/Phase 2: Book 3:

Of Truth and Beasts

Barb and J.C. Hendee

“Another must-read… the Hendees, if given a chance to complete their entire saga, may yet produce a combined fantasy masterwork that will surely stand on the highest pinnacles of literary fantasy lore… As always, the Hendees keep 'em coming.    —Bookspot Central

In each of its novels, the Noble Dead saga has swept readers into “action sequences that fantasy lore is made of”* and “Tolkienesque fantasy [and] vampire-infused horror.”** Now young journeyor sage Wynn Hygeorht finds herself cast into the wilds on a dangerous quest for knowledge that may instead lead to her own doom…  **Publishers Weekly


Wynn has returned safely to the Guild of Sagecraft with her companions, the vampire Chane Andraso and Shade, an elven wolf. Though Wynn managed to regain her seized journals, she received only a glimpse of the ancient texts penned by forgotten vampires, and once again, the volumes have slipped from her grasp. The price for her brief success may prove costly.

For the animosity of her guild superiors has grown even fiercer. This time, instead of cloistering her, they purposely give her a mission so tedious, it will keep her out of the way for as long as possible. But Wynn has her own plans.

She sets out in search of another dwarven stronghold: a place few have ever heard of called Bäalâle Seatt. It may well be the last resting place of an orbone of five such mysterious devices used by the Ancient Enemy in the mythical war of the Forgotten History. Whatever caused Bäalâle to fall to the enemy, she knows that one mythical figure was somehow involved: the infamous Lord of Slaughter. And that dwarven mass murderer's direct descendant, an errant stonewalker, will never let Wynn out of his sight.

If only that were all she had to worry about.

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The Noble Dead Saga: Series/Phase 3: Book 1:

Between Their Worlds

Barb and J.C. Hendee

“The Noble Dead Saga… is no simple myth, but rather a true epic, which stands at the highest levels of Fantasy Lore.”  —BSCReview

“A unique tale of vampires and half-vampire undead hunters set against a dark fantasy world ruled by tyrants,”* the Noble Dead Saga continues to entrance readers with action-packed adventures and an intriguing mythology. Now national bestselling authors Barb and J.C. Hendee present the long-awaited return of dhampir Magiere and half-elf Leesil…  * Library Journal


Wynn Hygeorht receives unexpected visitors at the Guild of Sagecraft. Magiere and Leesil, along with the elven wolf Chap, have come for her, but Wynn can't afford to leave. She needs access to the texts within the guild's archives, which may help her decipher the locations of the last two orbs sought by the Ancient Enemy.

There are five orbs in total. Magiere and Leesil have two of them in safe-keeping. Chane Andraso, the vampire who loves Wynn, has hidden the Orb of Earth on her orders. To complete her taskand protect the orbsWynn must remain sequestered from her friends

But she's essentially a prisoner. One of the guild's superiors is just as eager for Wynn to translate the ancient texts, but she knows the others will not permit her to share that knowledgeknowledge Magiere and Leesil desperately need if they're going to stop the Ancient Enemy from unleashing war on the land.

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The Noble Dead Saga: Series/Phase 3: Book 2:

The Dog in the Dark

Barb and J.C. Hendee

The Noble Dead series has been hailed as “a crowd-pleasing mix of intrigue, epic fantasy, and horror.”* Now, national bestselling authors Barb and J.C. Hendee present the latest thrilling novel following the adventures of the dhampir Magiere and half-elf Leesil…   * Publisher's Weekly


Barely escaping the city of Calm Seattand the elven assassins hunting themMagiere, Leesil, and the elven dog Chap sail south in their quest to find the powerful orb of Air before their enemies do. But they are not alone, much to their frustration.

The aging elven assassin, Brot’an, has forced himself on them by offering his protection for Magiere from enemies among his own caste. Chap doesn’t believe this ruse and seeks to uncover the assassin’s true agendaas well as the cause of the secret civil war that has erupted into the open among Brot'an's people.

Meanwhile Magiere is struggling with her own dark nature, using Leesil’s love as an anchor to keep her grounded. For the personal price she paid to procure the orb of Fire up in the northern “Wastes” was more than she thoughtand more than she wants to reveal to anyone else.

But that is exactly what the cunning Brot’an wants to know. And he is willing to do whatever it takeseven if he must reveal his own dreaded secrets that may cost the entire party their lives.

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The Noble Dead Saga: Series/Phase 3: Book 3:

A Wind in the Night

Barb and J.C. Hendee

National bestselling authors Barb and J.C. Hendee present the latest thrilling novel in their epic Noble Dead saga…


In her quest to find the Orb of Spirit, Wynn Hygeorht is torn between two men who hate each otherher vampire protector, Chane Andraso, and the elf Osha, who has tender feelings for her. Now a strange series of clues leads them to a remote keep built on the dark cliffs of the coast of Witeny. The young duke there has been undergoing some disturbing changesand so have the people and livestock in the outlying villages. Wynn has no idea what awaits her at this keepan old enemy who wants nothing more than to see her dead.

At the same time, Dhampir Magiere, Leesil, and Chap continue their desperate search for the Orb of Air, still burdened with the master assassin, Brot’an, and the elven outcast girl, Wayfarer. Still hunted by a team of assassins, they escape on the first available ship only to find themselves under the power of a sadistic captain. Even if they manage to survive this voyage, there is a trap waiting for them at the journey’s end that is beyond anything they can imagine…

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The Noble Dead Saga: Series/Phase 3: Book 4:

First and Last Sorcerer

Barb and J.C. Hendee

National bestselling authors Barb and J.C. Hendee present the latest thrilling novel in their epic Noble Dead saga…


Waylaid in their quest for the orb of the Air, Magiere, Leesil, Chap, and Wayfarer have all been wrongly imprisoned. But it is Magiere, the dhampir, who suffers the most as a cloaked interrogator employs telepathic torture.

Arriving at the Suman port city in search of Magiere, Wynn Hygeorht and her companionsincluding vampire Chane Andrasoseek out Domin Ghassan il’Sänke for assistance, which proves no easy task. The domin is embroiled in a secret hunt for a spectral undead with the power to invade anyone living and take the body as its host.

Even if Wynn can manage to free her friends from prison, battling this entirely new kind of undead hidden inside host bodies may be a challenge none of them can survive…

“A mix of The Lord of the Rings and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”
—Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times Bestselling Author
“The Noble Dead Saga… is no simple myth, but rather a true epic, which stands at the highest levels of fantasy lore.”

—BSCReview
“The Hendees never fail to impress and entertain.”
—SciFiChick.com
“[An] endlessly intriguing horror-fantasy mix.”
—Monsters and Critics