Thief of Lives

Thief of Lives

by Barb Hendee

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...

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.

Read the Book "Thief of Lives" Online

This inevitably leads up to the big confession and results in them being angry in addition to the stress/unhappiness. "There's actually more I haven't told you." Magiere's dampened anger flared at the thought that he'd once more left something until after the fact. Or must you treat everyone like dirt including your closest companion? All in all if you like vampires, you may enjoy this series.

I'm glad I did, as the authors use every opportunity to rehash the events of the first book in the second. This is another book following the trend of telling the story from EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER'S point of view. I want to live a normal life, but don't you dare forget I'm half vampire! I have a special gift I'll rub your nose in, but I don't want to actually use it! Sounds like a plan!" For a couple of "hardened" con artists, Magiere and Leesil are idiots.

Magiere hat sich ihren Traum einer eigenen Taverne erfüllt, doch ihre Herkunft macht ihr einen Strich durch die Rechnung: ihr Wesen als Dhampir prädestiniert sie zur Vampirjagd, der sie im ersten Teil der Reihe gezwungenermaßen nachgegangen ist. Wie immer ist Magiere ihr Ruf voraus geeilt und so bittet der Stadtrat von Bela die Dhampir um Hilfe, den untoten Mörder zu fassen. Um die Stadt Miiska und damit auch ihre Zukunft in der Taverne zu sichern, muss sie den Auftrag annehmen und macht sich mit Leesil auf die Reise. Aber nicht nur Magieres Vergangenheit wird ihr zum Verhängnis, auch Leesils Vorgeschichte holt ihn ein und den beiden steht wieder einmal ein Kampf auf Leben und (Un)Tod bevor ... Zu wenig Offenheit fördert das Misstrauen zwischen den beiden und während sich der Halbelf im Klaren über seine Gefühle zu Magiere ist, will sie sich auch hier die Wahrheit nicht eingestehen. In Magiere hat er einen festen Punkt im Leben gewonnen, an dem er sich festhalten kann und auch ihm machen die vielen Geheimnisse zu schaffen, die zwischen ihnen immer wieder zu Konflikten führen. Mit wenigen Worten werden die Situationen und Gefühle genau erfasst - wie man sich die guten alten Blutsauger eben so vorstellt :) Mit einem schnellen Tempo darf man in diesen Büchern nicht rechnen, dafür mit einer faszinierenden Geschichte, bei der jeder Charakter eine tiefgehende Vergangenheit hat, die sehr gut veranschaulicht wird.

Not because I didn't enjoy it or because the story isn't pretty good. Still a pretty good "brain candy" series, I plan to read the next one (if not right away, hopefully soon. This is a good vampire tale with a couple of subplots that haven't managed to overpower the story or each other and are still there, not great but not bad either.

While the characters are still a little two dimensional, they're improving in depth and there's a lot less inherent stupidity in their actions to drive the plot.

I felt the plot was pretty much just a rehash of book one.

Once again this series impresses me with its ability to pull me into the story with its strength in plot and characters. Magiere, Leesil, and Chap's continuing evolution is fantastic reading. These vampires have personality with hopes, desires, and interests just like the rest of humanity. Magiere feels an inherent revulsion to vampires.

While everyone else sees an undead hunter, Magiere is still learning how to use her dhampir side. Thief of Lives was another great adventure for Magiere and Leesil and I loved watching these two learn to hunt the undead.

While THIEF OF LIVES has a similar storyline to DHAMPIR I still enjoyed the heck out of it =) A surviving member of the first set of vampires from DHAMPIR has started his own coven in the capital city. After a councilman's daughter is found brutally killed, the town of Bela decides to call on Magiere to investigate and hunt the killer down.

Between 1993 and 2006, I taught college English while writing fiction on the side, some independently and some with my husband and life-long partner J.C. Over the years, we've lived in Washington State, Idaho, Colorado, and now moved just south of Portland, Oregon. I am so glad my books have found an audience because I love to write fiction more than anything else in the world...