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Child of a Dead God (2008)

de Barb Hendee, J.C. Hendee (Autor)

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Sèrie: Noble Dead Saga (6)

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For years, Magiere and Leesil have sought a long-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.--From publisher description.… (més)
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Magierre and Co go to the place she's been seeing in her dreams, brought upon by the black cloud thing. Get there, find some ultra-powerful artifact, leave and go their separate ways.

This sucked. It was nothing but bickering, fighting, distrust and non-hope the whole way through. There was no joy, no light, no happiness. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Child of a Dead God (Noble Dead series 1, Book 6) Overall: I really did enjoy this series, despite the whining. And despite Wynn. Who I hear a lot of people really love. It's got a lovely mishmash of urban fantasy and high fantasy, albeit more high than urban as it goes on. The main characters are well imperfect but overall likeable, except Wynn, the world is really well developed, and internally consistent, and the books are easy enough reads, despite the fairly complex worlds. Notably they do a fairly good job of the reminding you what happened before without taking the Dresden route of giving a precis of each preceding appearance every time a character shows up from an earlier book.
 
Best bits: Chap. Hyperintelligent fay dogwolf, with a sense of humour and a ton of snark. And stuck up elves, always the best kind. And the one funny thing about Wynn, how she keeps walking in on Magiere and Leesil having a bit of alone time.
 

 
But: Irrelevant title much? And worse, way to wrap up the series guys, by starting a new one. 
 
So, they have this down to a template now: Leesil and Magiere wander off on an impossible mission, and when they are near to achieving it, Wynn goes and gets herself lost, and/or taken prisoner, and they have to save her, and that accidentally solves the whole problem. 
 
Makes me wonder, what on earth would Leesil and Magiere do if Wynn wasn't such a twit? I mean they'd never get anywhere. Oh hang on, they managed just fine in the first couple of books didn't they. And where is my sarcasm font when I need it.
 
I did enjoy most of this book, because I love the elves. Still glorious a-holes, even the nice ones (heck, even the half-ones; Leesil needs a good shaking a couple of times in this book, although not as many as usual.) And I love the fay dog, Chap. If the Hendees wrote an entire series set amongst the Majay-hi and the elves, I would be a happy reader, as long as Wynn wasn't in it. Maybe some more of the living wooden ships too, I'd like that.
 
So why am I whining? Because I expect a major six book story arc/series to have an ending, and this one just doesn't.
 
Does everyone get to go home? Nope, they either got there and are leaving again, or aren't there yet.
 
Does everyone find twue wove? Well, sorta, Leesil and Magiere finally get their HFN, for like, a week, because they're off on another adventure instead of having a honeymoon.
 
Did any of the bad guys get their comeuppance? Well, one of them did. If you count the puppetmasters of the Aged Father and the thing that whispers in the dreams, that's one for three. 
 
Half the characters I do like are now ex-characters, but a whole bunch of new mysteries were introduced  - who really is Li-kän? Who put her to work? What happened to her two companions? Why did Leesil, Magiere and Chap all see basically manifestations of their own ancestry in the castle? Although considering Magiere's origin, there's a semi-obvious answer to that one. So why leave it hanging in the last book of the series?
 
I guess many readers are just glad the series continues, but I'm not a happy camper. I like some actual wrap-up in my wrap-up. It could have easily been done without leaving quite so many hanging threads, not least because most of these were only introduced in this last book.
 
I can handle a ten book series. Or a 20 book series. So why set me up like this? Why use the conceit of multiple series, if the same characters will be continuing the same missions, or dealing with the consequences of the same missions, in the next one? ( )
  krazykiwi | Aug 22, 2016 |
This isn't so much a review but more so a memory to myself. I'll always remember that this way the book I had by my side when my grandpa was dying. I never read it. it was just a comfort thing. I was mostly watching after him. I miss him so bad. Love you Grandpa Fink! Grandma will be there eventually to annoy you. We all know how stubborn she is though. I got the family watching over here! ( )
  ShelbyFink | Apr 28, 2016 |
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  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
This is the sixth (and supposedly last) novel in The Noble Dead series by Barb and JC Hendee. It was about what you would expect given the fourth novel.

I would have given this four stars except that the ending really ruined everything for me.

In this book Magiere and crew continue their journey to the castle Magiere keeps seeing in her dreams and to the supposed artifact there. The story of their journey there is twisted with that of the Most Aged Father and the small rebel group of elves run by Leesil's mother.

While it was good to finally make some progress towards the artifact I was disappointed in the story progress of this book. We never really found out what the artifact did or what exactly was guarding it. We also never really found out what the Most Aged Father wanted with the artifact or what the rebel group of elves was trying to accomplish with Leesil.

Given all the above I don't understand how this could be the last book in the series. In fact the book basically ended with all of the characters at the start of a new adventure.

On top of that, the characters' journey home seemed rushed compared to the deliberate journey they took to the castle. It really seemed like the authors suddenly realized the book was getting too long and that they had to quickly tie up some loose ends and get the characters sent home quickly. The ending of the book really did not match the style or pacing of the beginning of the book.

If there is yet another book added to this series, I don't plan on reading it. The last couple books of this series have just been too much of a disappointment and a struggle for me to get through. ( )
  krau0098 | Feb 3, 2010 |
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Hendee, J.C.Autorautor principaltotes les edicionsconfirmat
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For years, Magiere and Leesil have sought a long-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.--From publisher description.

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