This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.The Dead Seekers by Barb Hendee, J.C. Hendee
Series: Dead Seekers #1
Release Date: January 3, 2017
Publisher: Ace Books
Format: ARC, E-book
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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."
Dark, intriguing and a real page turner! I enjoyed this story immensely and did not want to put this story down. Throughout this tale you are given just enough information to form a plausible assessment of the situation but are left with enough doubt that it draws you into the story because you just have to know what is going on! It was a fantastic spirit hunt from beginning to end!
This story starts out shrouded in mystery with the introduction of two different characters whose lives encounter trauma and intersect without their knowledge of each other. You are left wondering who was Tris, what was Tris, exactly what happened at his birth? Then the story switches to Mari and you are left wondering what exactly happened to the Móndyalítko family, what exactly is she? Although, I was able to figure out what “else” Mari was pretty quickly, I liked that additional ability as it added to the story in several parts.
Tris Vishal’s character is haunted, lonely and fixated on what he considers his one cause, to capture and put rouge spirits in a final resting place. Though he was born with the ability to see spirits he had not until recently put them to use. With the help of his friend and mentor, Heilman “Heil” Tavakovich, Tris has started to gain a better understanding of capabilities but is really still in the early stages of self-discovery. I really enjoyed learning about him and his talents over the course of the story.
Mari Kaleja’s character is determined to find the person responsible for her family’s slaughter and she will not be turned aside from her mission. The all-consuming focus she has on discovering who the Dead’s man really is has brought her to Tris’s doorstep. She is not so far gone in her quest that she is beyond reason. She wants proof of guilt before she takes her prey and it is this caution that compels her to travel with Tris. I liked that her character was feminine but was ruggedly so. She lived by the mantra to keep her enemies close and once she started traveling with Tris she did not try to make friends or put her guard down. She kept her eyes on the prize and used her wits to see the truth in the situation.
There was little character development in this book which actually works just fine. You spend time getting to know the characters and seeing how the whole spirit hunting is done. There is action, the pace is great from scene to scene, and you will develop a connection to the characters. Not an all-consuming connection but enough that you will want to continue with this series. I know that I am completely on board for the next installment in this series!
*Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group & NetGalley for this eARC of The Dead Seekers*