Tuesday, February 17, 2009
In Shade and Shadow by Barb and J.C. Hendee
In Shade and Shadow is the start of a new dark fantasy series by the Barb and J.C. Hendee writing team. It features Wynn Hygeorht, a character from their Noble Dead series, and is a spinoff (of sorts) of that series. In this book, Wynn has returned to the Guild of Sagecraft, bearing ancient texts that she believes were written by vampires before the Great War and the Forgotten History. As it turns out, the texts are highly controversial and carefully guarded by the Guild, even from Wynn. When someone starts killing sages to steal the ancient writings, Wynn determines to find out who is behind the thefts and what is in the ancient texts. This book is not as action packed as the earlier Noble Dead books, but I hope the Hendees used this book to lay the groundwork for future books in the series. I was happy to see the return (and possible redemption?) of the vampire Chane. For those not familiar with Hendee writing team, start with Dhampir.