A Wind in the Night by Barb and JC Hendee
In her quest to find the Orb of Spirit, Wynn Hygeorht is torn between two men who hate each other—her vampire protector, Chane Andraso, and the elf Osha, who has tender feelings for her. Now a strange series of clues leads them to a remote keep built on the dark cliffs of the coast of Witeny. The young duke there has been undergoing some disturbing changes—and so have the people and livestock in the outlying villages. Wynn has no idea what awaits her at this keep—an old enemy who wants nothing more than to see her dead.
At the same time, Dhampir Magiere, Leesil, and Chap continue their desperate search for the Orb of Air, still burdened with the master assassin, Brot’an, and the elven outcast girl, Wayfarer. Still hunted by a team of assassins, they escape on the first available ship only to find themselves under the power of a sadistic captain. Even if they manage to survive this voyage, there is a trap waiting for them at the journey’s end that is beyond anything they can imagine.
Magiere, Leesil, Chap, Wayfarer, and Brot’an are off in search of the Orb of Air, with assassins hot on their tail. Meanwhile, Wynn searches for the last orb. This instalment follows both parties, along their journeys. But the story focuses a bit on Wynn’s group with an intriguing mystery.
A Wind in the Night is the 12th book in the Noble Dead saga, book 3 of series 3. I thoroughly enjoyed this new story in this rich, fantasy world. Full of mystery, intrigue, and interpersonal drama – it was hard to put down. The suspense builds with in a climactic finale for Wynn, Chane, Osha, and Shade. But it leaves off in a cliffhanger for Magiere and Leesil as they arrive at their destination, with enemies lying in wait. I eagerly await the next in the series as the story comes to a head. The strengths of this long-running series are the vivid characters and complex stories. This unique, high fantasy with vampires, elves, and other magical creatures never disappoints.