The Dead Seekers by Barb and J.C. Hendee

January 2nd, 2017 Kimberly Review 38 Comments

2nd Jan
The Dead Seekers by Barb and J.C. Hendee
The Dead Seekers
by Barb Hendee, J.C. Hendee
Series: Dead Seekers #1
Published by: Penguin
Genres: Fantasy
Source: Publisher
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n 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."

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The Dead Seekers by Barb and J.C. Hendee is the first novel in their newest fantasy series. This was my first encounter with this author duo, but the premise intrigued me. For fans, this series takes place in the same world as their Noble Dead Saga. A light fantasy, with intriguing characters and dark, mysterious undertones I am eager to read more.

The Dead Seekers is told by our two main characters, Mari Kaleja and Tris Vishal. We also get a little perspective from Tris’s mentor, an alchemist which I found equally fascinating. Mari is a cat-shifter whose family was wiped out in the woods by a dark shadow in her youth. Since then she has sought revenge. Tris Vishal a noblemen by birth but lives atop an alchemist’s shop and travels from village to village using his powers to remove spirits from this world.

I quickly slipped into this world and story. I appreciated that we were given both perspectives. The world building isn’t overly complicated and allows you to enjoy the fast-paced tales. Tris was a bit of mystery with his rare talents and the darkness surrounding it. He is a bit of a loner and keeps people at arm’s length, so his interactions with Mari became interesting. Mari is a character seeking revenge and believes that Tris is the one she seeks. Despite her anger and thirst for revenge, she needs to be sure. Thus she follows him, and an incident soon has them traveling as companions.  The more Mari learns, the more confused she becomes.

It appears as if each book will feature encounters with unsettled spirits.  I loved the cases they encountered. We deal with one minor and one major case. Dead Seekers reminded me a bit of the Greywalker series by Kat Richarson.  The Hendee’s managed to create suspense and a level of darkness with these spirits and Tris’s ability. I loved the added element of alchemy and enjoyed the character of Heil. He added some tension, snark, and banter to the mix.

The tension between Tris and Mari was fun, suspenseful and had me guessing. We aren’t sure if Tris is truly a hero. As I said, he is troubled, and his gift comes with equal parts darkness.  Wrong or not I pictured Benedict Cumberbatch as Tris.  I think these two work well together. Despite the questions, we see a certain level of trust and companionship build. Could there be a romance? It is hard to say at this point, although there is the potential for one as their friendship/partnership grows.

All in all Dead Seekers was a sound beginning to this series and has me curious about other works by this writing team.

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About Barb Hendee

Barb Hendee

Like most writers, she has worked at many jobs in her life, including teaching pre-school until she completed her master’s degree in Composition Theory. Between 1993 and 2006, she taught college English while writing fiction on the side, some independently and some with her husband and life-long partner J.C. Over the years, they’ve lived in Washington State, Idaho, Colorado, and now south of Portland, Oregon. She loves the Northwest, and thinks it’s a great place to write. They have a lovely and talented daughter, Jaclyn, who lives in Houston, Texas along with their wonderful and talented son-in-law, Paul, and adorable granddaughter, Harper.
J.C. and Barb sold Dhampir in 2001, which changed their lives considerably. It was published in January 2003. In May of 2006, they were both able to quit their teaching jobs and move into full-time writing. They’ve published a book in the Noble Dead Saga every year since upto 2016 and the final (14th) volume, The Night Voice. In 2008, Barb sold the idea for the Vampire Memories series to their editor, Susan Allison, at Roc Books. we are glad our books have found an audience because they love to write fiction more than anything else in the world… and Barb say’s she’s not really good at anything else.

About J.C. Hendee

J.C. Hendee

J.C. lives with his spouse and writing partner Barb and two cats (Cinders and Ashes) south of Portland, Oregon, and about a hour from the west coast. During his earlier life, his poetry, non-fiction, and short fiction appeared in a number of genre publications. Together with Barb, he authors the series and books of the Noble Dead Saga (a.k.a The Saga of the Noble Dead, the Noble Dead Series), their first novel-length collaborations starting in 2003. He and Barb also author the ongoing series and sequences of short ebook only works in the project known as “Tales from the world of the Noble Dead Saga.” As an ex-academic with a masters in English, he has taught multiple workshops, classes, and seminars related to fiction writing inside and outside of academia. He also spent 10 years as a partner in an IT firm with national and international clients where he specialized in intra/extranet document and data management systems before becoming a full-time author.

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38 Responses to “The Dead Seekers by Barb and J.C. Hendee”

  1. Melliane

    It sounds like an interesting one. I didn’t ask for it but maybe I should have. I used to try some of her old other series but not sure I finished it… it’s been years.

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  2. Kim

    Happy New Year, Kim! I’ve had my eye on the couple Barb and J.C. Hendee it seems forever and just have not had the chance to read one of their books. This sounds like something I could get into, especially with the mention of an alchemist. Thanks for the great review 🙂

  3. Kristin

    You sold me when you mentioned the Greywalker series but on first impressions, this book reminded me of a series we all read a couple of years back that, for the life of me, I cannot remember!!! It was trilogy authored by a couple, too. I’m just too lazy to go hunting for it. But I like the sound of this series both for the new-to-me authors and the ghost angle. Awesome review!!!