Child of a Dead God, by Barb and J.C. Hendee, is the 6th and final book in the Noble Dead saga.
Magiere, Leesil, Wynn, and Chap leave elven lands for the South. Magiere has been having disturbing dreams driving her to an artifact in that direction. But she is not the only person after the artifact. Her evil half-brother and one of the Noble Dead, is following Magiere hoping to get his hands on it. And a group of elf assassins will do anything to bring the artifact back to their own lands.
Knowing this is an end of sorts (a spin-off series is planned for next year) to my favorite vampire fantasy series, I began reading this with a little sadness and higher-than-average expectations. Each installment has gotten a little more dark and violent. The character development has gotten more in-depth as well, to the point where I’ve actually found myself attached to some of the darker vampire characters. The Hendee’s have become true masters of character and world building. This is a fast-paced, action and adventure-filled dark fantasy. The vampires are cunning, the elves are deceptive, and Magiere doesn’t even know what the object she’s searching for is supposed to do.
While some of the plot lines that have arced over the entire series have been tied up in this sixth novel, the ending has definitely been left open for the coming spin-off series. I’m looking forward to seeing which characters this new series will follow, and more of the fabulous dark fantasy world that the Hendee’s have created.
Review of Book 5 in the Noble Dead series can be read here: