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OF TRUTH AND BEASTS
Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy
A strong quest motif and meticulous worldbuilding are the hallmarks of this third book in the second Noble Dead Saga. The Hendees excel at delivering action and intrigue, and the story moves along at a good pace. Wynn is an appealing heroine, strong and determined, but flawed enough to keep her from becoming insufferable to readers. Because of the intricacies of the narrative, familiarity with the other books in the series is recommended for newcomers.
Young journeyer Wynn continues her quest to uncover the truth behind the Forgotten History. She is aided in this quest by her vampire-protector Chane and Shade, a majay-hi. When she safely returns to her guild with the lost texts that offer clues to the Forgotten History, the writings are confiscated by her guild and Wynn is sent on a tedious errand.
She is determined, however, to find the lost dwarven stronghold of Baalate Seatt and recover the device that may be hidden there. Accompanied by Ore-Locks, a rogue stonewalker with his own agenda, the trio sets forth, pursued by the wraith Sau’ ilahk, who is equally determined to stop them. (ROC, Jan., 432 pp., $26.95)
Reviewed By: Donna M. Carter
Published: January 2011