The Dead Seekers

The Dead Seekers

In the New York Times bestselling Noble Dead saga, Barb and J.C. Hendee created an engrossing mix.......

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Title:The Dead Seekers
Author:Barb Hendee
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ISBN:0451469348
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:328 pages

The Dead Seekers Reviews

  • Shelley
    Dec 18, 2016

    *Source* Publisher

    *Genre* Fantasy

    *Rating* 3.5

    *My Thoughts*

    The Dead Seekers is the first installment in authors Barb & J.C. Hendee's new series called Dead Seekers. This is a series that is set in the same world as the Noble Dead saga. You don't have to have read the previous series to enjoy this book. The Dead Seekers is told by two main characters: Mari Kaleja and Tris Vishal. This book is different from the Nobel Dead in that it doesn't feature vampires which has been a staple of the duo's

    *Source* Publisher

    *Genre* Fantasy

    *Rating* 3.5

    *My Thoughts*

    The Dead Seekers is the first installment in authors Barb & J.C. Hendee's new series called Dead Seekers. This is a series that is set in the same world as the Noble Dead saga. You don't have to have read the previous series to enjoy this book. The Dead Seekers is told by two main characters: Mari Kaleja and Tris Vishal. This book is different from the Nobel Dead in that it doesn't feature vampires which has been a staple of the duo's previous series.

    *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*

    Expected publication: January 3rd 2017 by Ace Books

  • Beth
    Oct 14, 2016

    Tris is a known as the “Deads Man”, he is hired to remove ghost/spirits of the dead to rest. They pay him and he moves on.

    Mari wants vengeance for her family’s death and she blames the “Deads Man”.

    A chance encounter in the woods makes Mari question want she thought about the “Deads Man”, so she decides to stay with him until she has proof of his evil deeds. What she discovers is more shocking than she could have ever imagined.

    was a quick and enjoyable read without complex, mind

    Tris is a known as the “Deads Man”, he is hired to remove ghost/spirits of the dead to rest. They pay him and he moves on.

    Mari wants vengeance for her family’s death and she blames the “Deads Man”.

    A chance encounter in the woods makes Mari question want she thought about the “Deads Man”, so she decides to stay with him until she has proof of his evil deeds. What she discovers is more shocking than she could have ever imagined.

    was a quick and enjoyable read without complex, mind boggling detailed world building that can bog down the storytelling. Team Hendee focuses on the tale and building the character connections. Classified as dark fantasy, I have to say that this is a lighter fantasy, even with "Dead" in the name. Of course you have the blood and gore but the overall flow of the story is a fast, clear tale.

    For me, the best part of the book was Mari and Tris, completely likable and compelling characters.

    I received this ARC copy of

    from Berkley Publishing Group - Ace in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication January 3, 2017.

    My Rating: 4 stars

    Written by: Barb Hendee and J.C. Hendee

    Series: A Dead Seekers Novel

    Sequence in Series: Book 1

    Hardcover: 336 pages

    Publisher: Ace

    Publication Date: January 3, 2017

    ISBN-10: 0451469348

    ISBN-13: 978-0451469342

    Genre: Fantasy | Magic

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  • Magdalena
    Jan 02, 2017

    The Dead Seekers is the first book in a new series and that is something that I'm bloody happy about since I really loved this book! And, now I will try to write a review about a book I love which I hate to do since I just want to say read it, it's brilliant. But, I will try to be a bit versatile than that.

    The book starts off with Tris Vishal being born. But, he never breaths and the midwife has to tell his poor parents that the baby is stillborn. Then, the midwife notices that he starts to brea

    The Dead Seekers is the first book in a new series and that is something that I'm bloody happy about since I really loved this book! And, now I will try to write a review about a book I love which I hate to do since I just want to say read it, it's brilliant. But, I will try to be a bit versatile than that.

    The book starts off with Tris Vishal being born. But, he never breaths and the midwife has to tell his poor parents that the baby is stillborn. Then, the midwife notices that he starts to breathe when she carries him away, but there is something strange about him that will mark him as different from others. He has the ability to send spirits back to where they come from. But, he also risks the lives of everyone who is close to him. Mari Kaleja learns this the hard way as a child when her whole family is slaughtered by spirits. Now she first for revenge, and it's The Dead Man she is after. But, when she finally finds Tris must she be certain that he is the right one. But, traveling with him may not be the best idea. She watches him, and he is not as she had expected. Could this really be the man she has been chasing all these years?

    I found myself really enjoying this book, both the setting and the characters. Trish whose gifts are a burden for him and Mari who has spent years looking for revenge. I'm usually not much for romance in books, but one can't really say it's any romance in this book since it's more two lonely people getting to know each other (with a hint of romance). And, that's probably one of the reasons I love the book so much. There is no lusting or instalove.

    As for the story itself. I loved getting to know more about Tris power, and Mari's own secret is interesting and very handy. It was also great reading about how their relationship developed from an uneasy alliance to more of a worry about each other, although Mari still wanted to kill him. But, she is a bit conflicted. The last part of the story is the best when they have to figure out who is killing soldiers. Is it a spirit or a revengeful man/woman?

  • Carrie
    Dec 24, 2016

    Mari Kaleja has spent her life seeking revenge on whatever creature had killed her entire family when she was only ten years old. Having watched the attack and being the only survivor Mari had been pushed away and told she was cursed so revenge is the only thing she ever focused on since the incident in the woods. Mari has heard tales of the Dead's Man and has followed the path to his doorstep seeking her revenge but before she kills him she must know for sure that he is the one that stole her f

    Mari Kaleja has spent her life seeking revenge on whatever creature had killed her entire family when she was only ten years old. Having watched the attack and being the only survivor Mari had been pushed away and told she was cursed so revenge is the only thing she ever focused on since the incident in the woods. Mari has heard tales of the Dead's Man and has followed the path to his doorstep seeking her revenge but before she kills him she must know for sure that he is the one that stole her family's lives.

    Tris Vishal is the one who is known as the Dead's Man. He was born stillborn but regained life only to grow up knowing there was something completely different about him. Tris has the ability to control and vanish ghosts that have a hold still on this plain so he has put his abilities to use traveling from village to village helping those in need. When Tris meets Mari he asks her to accompany him on his latest task but he can see the hatred in her eyes and only wonders why.

    The Dead Seekers is the first book in a new series but it is set in the world from the authors previous series the Noble Dead saga. I have not read the other series myself but one of my biggest concerns with this read was the lack of world building in the story so perhaps it would have helped to read the other books. This story however is different in the fact that those contain vampires and Tris has the ability of controlling the dead so they don't seem connected otherwise.

    Other than the world building I was also left with wanting more of an explanation to Tris and his abilities in the story. We do get to slowly know more about Tris and his upbringing and how he came to do what he does currently in the story but there was still more explanation that could have taken place to understand who or what he is. However, Tris himself does not really know about his powers so I think this is why there isn't a better explanation.

    Overall, not too bad of a start to the new series, I would be interested to see what happens with Mari and Tris in the later books after the ending of this one.

    I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    Dec 26, 2016

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

    For so long I’ve been wanting to read something by Barb and J.C. Hendee, and with The Dead Seekers being the first of a new series, I figured there’s no better time and place to jump onboard! Better yet, later I was even more excited to learn that the book is set in the same world that was made well-known by the authors’ popular Noble Dead Saga.

    Things kick off with a prologue which introduces readers to the story’s two p

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

    For so long I’ve been wanting to read something by Barb and J.C. Hendee, and with The Dead Seekers being the first of a new series, I figured there’s no better time and place to jump onboard! Better yet, later I was even more excited to learn that the book is set in the same world that was made well-known by the authors’ popular Noble Dead Saga.

    Things kick off with a prologue which introduces readers to the story’s two protagonists. What should have been a happy time instead turned to sorrow as Tris, the baron’s only son and heir, was born without breath. But even when the baby was revived, the disturbing circumstances around his apparent miraculous recovery only causes more fear and unease. Thirteen years later in another time and another place, young Mari was in the woods with her family making camp after a long day of travel when they were suddenly ambushed by violent spirits. Being a shapeshifter, Mari was able to take her cat form and escape, but everyone else was killed. Ever since that day, she has been searching for the one she believes is responsible for her murdered family—the mysterious figure known as the Dead’s Man who is said to have the ability to command spirits.

    When the main story starts in earnest, both Tris and Mari have grown to adulthood and are living very different lives, though without knowing it, the two are linked by their tragic pasts. Tris had experienced something very similar to what Mari saw in the woods all those years ago, and now he travels to wherever he is called, banishing spirits for a living. While a close encounter with a spirit would usually mean death to any normal person, Tris however possesses a remarkable power enabling him to touch ghosts and destroy them. It is this ability that initially makes Mari suspect that Tris may be the Dead’s Man she is looking for, though at their first meeting she has to admit he is nothing like she expected. Wanting to make sure she has found the right mark before killing him, Mari decides to stick around and observe Tris as he makes his way to his next assignment to banish a particularly troublesome spirit.

    The Dead Seekers is perhaps best described as a mystery in three distinct parts. First Tris and Mari travel to a small village, where the ghost of a girl who died under peculiar circumstances has been coming back to haunt the people she knew. But this humble intro soon leads our protagonists to uncover an even bigger conspiracy in the middle section, requiring them to travel to a border garrison where they realize their spirit problem isn’t so simple anymore. The last third of the book is the resolution where everything ties together and ends in a satisfyingly explosive way. As plotlines go, it’s a pretty straightforward and “on-rails” experience even if the story is no less enjoyable because of it. However, this also meant the authors had to rely mainly on flashbacks and memory sequences to explain anything that took place in the past, and these weren’t always integrated very smoothly.

    This also might not be a terribly deep or sophisticated fantasy novel, but it will hit the spot if you’re simply looking for a light and fun read. Most notably, I found the book weaker in the areas of world-building, though to be fair I am a newcomer to the Hendees’ work and the bulk of this novel’s audience will probably know the world already from the authors’ previous series. That said, I don’t want to make is sound like world-building aspects are completely lacking though, because I definitely saw enough to make me care and want to know more. I also loved the characters. Mari and Tris are fascinating and memorable, and so easy to root for. I’m really enjoying their dynamic so far (they are a good example of an amazing non-romantic male/female team-up!) and the story even leaves plenty of room for their alliance to grow.

    The Dead Seekers is a great introduction to a new series that’s all about ghostbusting, fantasy-style. What the story lacks in impact, it makes up for with pure, fantastic fun. There’s an addictive quality to it that will make you want to pick up the next book and dive straight back into this world to spend time with Tris and Mari. Already I’m looking forward to see what our protagonists will be up to next.

  • Yodamom
    Nov 03, 2016

    This is a fantasy about a man, basically a ghost hunter who can drive murderous spirits out of his realm and give them true death. People call him the Dead’s Man. They fear him, avoid him, till they need him, then he comes and wrangles the dead. He hunts the dead but Mari, hunts him and plans on murdering him for, well she has good reason.. There is a small doubt that drives her to be sure before she he is the one. She decides to travel with him and gather her proof just to make sure.

    There is a

    This is a fantasy about a man, basically a ghost hunter who can drive murderous spirits out of his realm and give them true death. People call him the Dead’s Man. They fear him, avoid him, till they need him, then he comes and wrangles the dead. He hunts the dead but Mari, hunts him and plans on murdering him for, well she has good reason.. There is a small doubt that drives her to be sure before she he is the one. She decides to travel with him and gather her proof just to make sure.

    There is a lot of deaths, nasty vengeful ghosts, someone dark and pure evil, and no sex, no romance. Yes, you heard right, none. They stick with the program and concern themselves with the deaths, ghosts and the other thing about to kill them instead of desire. I almost got down and kissed the ground in thanks. Yes, I do hope there is a little something in the future.

    There was another big thing for me to be thankful for. The main female character didn’t gasp a hundred times. This overused emotional burst of breath has been a trend lately that makes me, gasp. Ha ! Mari, is strong, even after her life was mangled and tossed, she is above gasping. Thank you again. I really should kiss the ground now. She is focused, a bit hyper focused at times but she deserves to be a little wacko here. Oh and she has one really cool talent. Read the story, you see.

    I really enjoyed unique twist on the ghost hunter story. Tris, is a fascinating characters that has a lot more to do and I need to know more about his other half. Gasp, his other half ? Read the story, you’ll get no more here.

  • SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews
    Dec 29, 2016

    rather enjoyed this fast paced fantasy book it makes you keep turning the page and before you know it you are done.

    I liked the world building that was rather enjoyable and easy to follow. The same goes with the characters.

    The characters are easy to relate to and follow, but you really never know who you can trust up to the end.

    I enjoyed the suspense we get throughout the book that keeps you guessing.

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  • Kimberly
    Dec 23, 2016

    The Dead Seekers is told by our two main characters, Mari Kaleja and Tris Vishal. We also get a little perspective from Tris's mentor, an alchemist which I found equally fascinating. Mari is a cat-shifter whose family was wiped out in the woods by a dark shadow in her youth. Since then she has sought revenge. Tris Vishal a noblemen by birth but lives atop an alchemist's shop and travels from village to village using his powers to remove spirits from this world.

    I quickly slipped into this world a

    The Dead Seekers is told by our two main characters, Mari Kaleja and Tris Vishal. We also get a little perspective from Tris's mentor, an alchemist which I found equally fascinating. Mari is a cat-shifter whose family was wiped out in the woods by a dark shadow in her youth. Since then she has sought revenge. Tris Vishal a noblemen by birth but lives atop an alchemist's shop and travels from village to village using his powers to remove spirits from this world.

    I quickly slipped into this world and story. I appreciated that we were given both perspectives. The world building isn't overly complicated and allows you to enjoy the fast-paced tales. Tris was a bit of mystery with his rare talents and the darkness surrounding it. He is a bit of a loner and keeps people at arm's length, so his interactions with Mari became interesting. Mari is a character seeking revenge and believes that Tris is the one she seeks. Despite her anger and thirst for revenge, she needs to be sure. Thus she follows him, and an incident soon has them traveling as companions. The more Mari learns, the more confused she becomes.

    It appears as if each book will feature encounters with unsettled spirits. I loved the cases they encountered. We deal with one minor and one major case. Dead Seekers reminded me a bit of the Greywalker series by Kat Richarson. The Hendee's managed to create suspense and a level of darkness with these spirits and Tris's ability. I loved the added element of alchemy and enjoyed the character of Heil. He added some tension, snark, and banter to the mix.

    The tension between Tris and Mari was fun, suspenseful and had me guessing. We aren't sure if Tris is truly a hero. As I said, he is troubled, and his gift comes with equal parts darkness. Wrong or not I pictured Benedict Cumberbatch as Tris. I think these two work well together. Despite the questions, we see a certain level of trust and companionship build. Could there be a romance? It is hard to say at this point, although there is the potential for one as their friendship/partnership grows.

    All in all Dead Seekers was a sound beginning to this series and has me curious about other works by this writing team.

    Copy provided by publisher.

  • Lola  Reviewer
    Dec 11, 2016

    3.5 stars.

    This is a light enough fantasy book that it can easily be read without it requiring much from the reader, except for their attention.

    Tris can see, interact with and control the dead. He is known as ‘‘the Dead’s Man.’’

    Mari’s parents died, and Mari thinks the Dead’s Man has to do with that.

    So now that the both of them are together, heading to who-knows-where on an adventure, she has countless occasions to slit his throat.

    But Mari wants to be sure he was the one who killed her parents be

    3.5 stars.

    This is a light enough fantasy book that it can easily be read without it requiring much from the reader, except for their attention.

    Tris can see, interact with and control the dead. He is known as ‘‘the Dead’s Man.’’

    Mari’s parents died, and Mari thinks the Dead’s Man has to do with that.

    So now that the both of them are together, heading to who-knows-where on an adventure, she has countless occasions to slit his throat.

    But Mari wants to be sure he was the one who killed her parents before carrying on with her revenge plan.

    I personally think the whole taking revenge against the ones who caused my parents’ demise is getting old. Some books center on that only but are being creative about the world so much that I don’t mind it.

    THE DEAD SEEKER doesn’t have a complex world building.

    But what it does have is two very loveable main characters who do not jump on one another twenty pages after they met, although Tris sees Mari naked in the first couple of pages.

    That is great. Another great thing is the little mystery cases as part of the plot that have to do with bad ghosts.

    It’s definitely fast-paced and entertaining, but I wouldn’t be quick to compare it to GAME OF THRONES or any other complex fantasy series.

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    Feb 04, 2017

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    THE DEAD SEEKERS was just the book I needed to get me through this flu - it's light, escapist fantasy with creative world-building, but simplistic enough that I didn't need to expend too much brain power on what was going on.

    DEAD SEEKERS is set in a world that appears to be based off Eastern Europe. Mari is a member of the Mondyalitko (seems to be based off the Romany), but has been on her own since an otherworldly being murdered her parent

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    THE DEAD SEEKERS was just the book I needed to get me through this flu - it's light, escapist fantasy with creative world-building, but simplistic enough that I didn't need to expend too much brain power on what was going on.

    DEAD SEEKERS is set in a world that appears to be based off Eastern Europe. Mari is a member of the Mondyalitko (seems to be based off the Romany), but has been on her own since an otherworldly being murdered her parents. She assumes the being was a member of the undead, and since Tris Vishal is the one man around capable of controlling them, she assumes it was his doing. That's why she's determined to kill the man known as The Dead's Man.

    When Mari meets Tris, however, he isn't what she expected. Far from the shadowy man of villainy she imagined him as, Tris is closer to being a Ghostbuster and travels around from village to village, offering his services to banish ghosts for a nominal fee.

    THE DEAD SEEKERS kind of has a weird format, because Mari and Tris solve several "cases" that are interconnected but are also distinct: there's the ghost of a girl who appears to have starved to death in a matter of hours; the ghost of a man who is determined to have vengeance; and the shadowy specter who murdered Mari's parents, and has ties to Tris, as well. It kind of reminds me of the "arc" storylines that anime shows like Jigoku Shoujo, Vampire Princess Miyu, and Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni have, where you have like question and answer arcs that provide answers to some questions even as they raise more questions that will be answered later on.

    I didn't really like Mari's character much. She falls into a character template I really don't like: the impulsive, over-aggressive female character. She's so determined to prove that she's capable that she (stupidly) runs headlong into overt danger. Tris's character was more interesting. I liked the origin of his abilities, and thought his tragic backstory was well done. His mentor, Heil, was also an interesting character, and I was sad that we didn't get to see more of him in this book.

    What kept me from rating THE DEAD SEEKERS higher is that a lot of the dialogue felt very wooden. There was enough action that I was never bored, and I liked the idea of a world where ghosts freely roam the earth, but at the same time, I felt like it would have been so much better with characters who were better "fleshed out" (pun slightly intentional).

    THE DEAD SEEKERS is also slow to start, but in my opinion worth the wait.

    I'm actually more interested in her first "Noble Dead" series, specifically the first,

    . Are each of her Noble Dead sagas focused on a different type of "dead" creature? If so, that's an incredibly cool idea, and I want in. I'm not sure I'd shell out $8 since I don't really have a feel for her style yet, but if that book goes on sale in the Kindle Store then heck yes, count me in.

    I'm always happy to find new fantasy novels written by female authors, and The Dead Seekers series (so far) is a creative and interesting one that manages to stand out in a thoroughly turned-over genre. I'd be willing to give this author another try, and see if she becomes an auto-buy for me. ;)

    3 to 3.5 stars.