Barb and J. C. Hendee live in a quirky little town near Portland, Oregon, with two geriatric and quite demanding cats. Barb's short fiction has appeared in numerous genre magazines and anthologies. She is the author of the Vampire Memories series. J.C.'s poetry, nonfiction, and short fiction have also appeared in many genre magazines. Visit their website at www.nobledead.org.
The half-elven warrior Leesil; his part-human, part-vampire lover, Magiere; the human sage Wynn; and their canine companion, Chap, enter the forbidden Elven Territories in search of Leesil's mother, now imprisoned by a caste of elven protectorsAor assassins. Along the way, their encounters with the elves bring unexpected allies and implacable enemies as their steps bring them closer to the knowledge of who they truly are and what destiny lies in wait for them. The authors of Traitor to the Blood have crafted a tale of ancient enmities, longstanding treacheries, and a hidden evil and peopled it with fascinatingly complex characters. Suitable for most fantasy collections, their latest novel, along with its series predecessors, has particular appeal for fans of fantasy quests and vampire fiction. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
The Hendees' entertaining fifth installment in the Noble Blood series (Traitor of Blood, etc.), a hybrid crossing Tolkienesque fantasy with vampire-infused horror, finds half-vampire Magiere and half-elf Leesil in the Elven Territories, searching for Leesil's imprisoned elven mother, Nien'a. The pair are accompanied by their preternaturally intelligent canine protector, Chap, and Wynn, a human sage who can connect psychically with Chap. On their mission to rescue Nien'a from her own people, the gang must battle the hateful elven leader, Most Aged Father, and his followers' prejudice against the human race. In an intriguing parallel adventure, the elegant vampire Welstiel, with the help of his undead companion, Chane, continues his quest for "the orb" that will free him of his blood lust. New readers might find the plot mystifying at times, but fans will enjoy the ongoing clash between elves, humans and the undead. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
"A mix of The Lord of the Rings and Buffy the Vampire
Slayer." -New York Times bestselling author Kevin J.
Anderson "A real page turner." -Booklist