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The Dead Seekers by Barb Hendee
Narrator: Alyssa Bresnahan
Series: The Dead Seekers #1
Published by Recorded Books on February 17, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 10 hours, 58 minutes
Amazon, Audible, Audiobook
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 Móndyalítko 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.
This new Dead Seekers series is related to the Noble Dead Saga series, (actually 3 series with a total of 14 books), which I have not read. I have read this author before, a husband and wife writing team, and liked them, so when the opportunity came up for this audio I got it. This is slightly against my OCD of doing everything in order but I’m dealing with it.
I have a bit of an aversion to historical and fantasy and horror, but I am finding that with the right story and / or right narrator, I love it. I am unable to determine, as yet, why some work for me and some do not. This one works, so well.
Alyssa Bresnahan did a wonderful job with this story. I loved the way she made the voice unique and somehow they really suited the time period and characters. It made it so easy to listen and I wanted to listen all the time! I thought this was a better narration than when I listened to her on the Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr.
If a book stays in my head and I keep wanting to know more and what will happen next, I know it was a great book. I’m invested in the characters and world. The world building was at a comfortable pace but I want to know more than we learned in The Dead Seekers. I fully intend to go read / listen to the related series.
Tris and Mari are the main characters. They both have great emotional pain and compassion for others, with a strong integrity and moral code. Tris, however, blame himself for everything. Mari starts the story blaming Tris as well. But she decides she must verify he is to blame before taking her revenge. So it begins.
There is action and a sort of magic in the battles of fighting spirits of the dead. Some of them are horribly malevolent. Tris and Mari slowly get to know one another, which also allows us to learn about them. There is also so much of human nature, class cultures to add to the tale.
I can’t find anything about the next book, it is listed as a series, but I wanted it the minute I finished. Highly recommended.
You can listen to a clip on Amazon here.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Anne: 2017 Audiobook Challenge
- Anne: 2017 New Release Challenge
I find that some narrators work better for some genres than others. I could see how a narrator that you enjoyed for this horror/fantasy book, but not like her as much for YA. I’m glad that you enjoyed this one. Great review.
Anne, I read this series but perhaps I will switch to audio for the next, since it sounds like the narrator did a wonderful job!