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The Dead Seekers (A Dead Seekers Novel) by Barb Hendee & J.C. Hendee
Review by Jon Guenther
Ace Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451469342
Date: 03 January 2017 List Price $27.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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If you're looking for good, page-turning entertainment you can pretty much count on Barb & J.C. Hendee to bring it every time. The Dead Seekers is no exception.

Set in the same fantasy world as their Noble Dead saga, the story follows Tris Vishal who is somewhat part mercenary ghost fighter, part spirit-chasing adventurer. In contrast to him is Mari Kaleja who has some interesting talents of her own. I won't say more to prevent spoiling the novel, but together these two form an amazing team and an intriguing start to this new series.

One of the pros I've found in this book is that I am relatively familiar with the authors' other series, and I can assure you this is totally accessible on its own, so you won't need to really read the other books before this one. It stands completely on its own. Moreover, the book is well-written. The interplay between the minor characters and our heroes is interesting, and the magician-alchemist Heil, who is really only introduced later in the book, ended up being one of my favorites.

What I liked most about this novel was the story was really part thriller and part mystery. This interesting blend carried me through to a satisfying conclusion. I had a little bit of trouble with two key areas, but again it would reveal too much to give details. Suffice to say that a specific motivation on the part of Mari that was intended, I believe, to create internal conflict didn't quite land for me with the impact I would have thought it should have to the story. I also found myself a little underwhelmed by the powers Tris demonstrated. His process for vanquishing spirits just wasn't that interesting a facet of the magic.

Those detractors stopped short putting The Dead Seekers completely over the top for me. But I didn't enjoy the book any less for it. I've followed Barb & J.C. Hendee's work for quite some time now, and I can say confidently they've never disappointed me. The Dead Seekers was no exception. I really liked it and recommend it for anyone who enjoys paranormal series in an epic fantasy setting.

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