Title: The Dead Seekers | Series: Dead Seekers #1 | Author: Barb & J.C. Hendee | Publisher: Ace | Publication date: January 3rd 2017 | Num. Pages: 328 | Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal | How I owned it: ARC copy kindly provided by the publisher
3 stars – A good start to what could be an interesting series
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
In the New York Times bestselling Noble Dead saga, Barb and J.C. Hendee created an engrossing mix of intrigue, epic fantasy, and horror. * Now, they present a bold new series set in the same world, where the destinies of two hunters shaped by the shadows of their pasts are about to collide…
In the dark reaches of the eastern continent, Tris Vishal travels from village to village, using his power to put unsettled spirits to rest. He works alone, having learned that letting people close only leads to more death. Still, he finds himself accepting the help of the Mondyalitko woman who saves his life a woman whose gifts are as much a burden as his own.
Mari Kaleja thirsted for vengeance since the night her family was taken from her. She has searched far and wide for the one she thinks responsible, known only as The Dead s Man. But before she can kill him, she has to be sure. Mari hopes traveling with Tris will confirm her suspicions. But as they embark on a hunt where the living are just as dangerous as the dead, she learns the risks of keeping your enemy close…
Because it s no longer clear who is predator and who is prey.”
The Dead Seekers is the first in a new series from Barb & J.C. Hendee which follows in the same vein as their Noble Dead series with strong characters and a good storyline. The Dead Seekers follows Tris – or as he is known throughout the book The Dead’s Man – a ghost hunter with the ability to see, interact with and control the dead after he was stillborn; and Mari, a shape-changing gypsy/traveller (known as a Mondyalitko) whose parents were killed when Tris was a child outside of his ancestral home who is convinced that The Dead’s Man is responsible.
The story begins with the birth/death of Tris and subsequent miracle of his rebirth and with the slaughter of Mari’s family a few years later. It then follows Tris as he performs his job as a ghost hunter and banisher of nasty spirits; Mari manages to track him down after a prolonged period of hunting him herself and follows him to his next job which involves the banishing of a spirit who has been kept on this plane against her will by her mother.
Mari saves Tris’ life the first night they are together as no one else can kill her prey and then continues to save his life on many occasions throughout the remainder of the book which is at odds with her nature to kill him as she believes he is the one responsible for murdering her family when she was a child – in a way, he is which is explained really well later on in the book at the end when their investigations into the spirit of the town take them further afield to a city barracks where several people are dying in odd manners.
The depiction of the ghosts were in themselves quite good, particularly how they weren’t depicted as what I refer to as basic ghosts but instead each one had a description of how they actually died – for example head wounds or missing limbs etc. which I quite liked. I also liked the tension between Tris and Mari which was eventually eased towards the end of the book once Mari realised who and what Tris actually was. The description of Mari as her other side was also written exceedingly well with a more animal personality at the forefront rather than the human side of her as with most shape-changers.
In all, it was an interesting concept with a couple of nifty little bits here and there that I liked. I look forward to the next installment.