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Barb and J.C. Hendee
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Book 1
2003, Jan, Roc
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Who recommends: Linda
Who discommends: Barbara, Danielle

Here's another book for you vampire lovers.

Magiere and her half-elf partner, Leesil, have made a reputation as vampire hunters; however, in truth, they have been running a scam for years. Magiere is now ready to retire from it and start a new business with a newly acquired bar. But her life changes when she is attacked by a creature who calls her "hunter" and is almost impossible to stop. His death brings on the vengeance of the real vampires.

I highly recommend this book. It has lots of action, intriguing characters, and a plot that keeps you guessing. It was fascinating to learn about the backgrounds of the main characters. Magiere and Leesil have worked together for years, but they guard each other's right to privacy so much that they don't even know each other's past. The attack on Magiere changes that.

Leesil finds himself having to use skills from his past and Magiere actually starts changing physically as she fights the vampires. There is a mysterious character, Welstiel Massing, who gives her hints of what is happening to her. (The title of the book might help, too.)

I really enjoyed DHAMPIR but had one quibble. You come to know the vampires well, and the two main ones were actually what I consider "good, but circumstances (possibly manipulated) seemed to be against them. There is obviously something more going on that won't be revealed until the next book. And although a lot of the mystery involving Magiere's past are revealed, there is much more to come.

There wasn't any romance between Magiere and Leesil, but I live in hope. They may have worked together and respected each other for years, but they didn't really know each other. Now that events are forcing revelations, I'm hoping something develops as the series continues.--Linda (15 Jan 03)

Pretty much disliked this one from the start. A hard-to-like secondary character that didn't grow on me, and after about a third of the book, I thought the plot was in an eddy.--Barbara (15 Jan 04)

I can't comment about DHAMPIR since I got stuck about a third of the way through and never finished. It's not awful; it's just not grabbing me, and with (extremely) limited reading time these days, my new policy is not to read anything that I don't feel excited about. Technically speaking, I guess that's a discommend...--Danielle (6 May 04)

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