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The Dead Seekers
Dead Seekers #1
Barb & J.C. Hendee

January 3, 2017 / ISBN 9780451469342

Reviewed by Jan Fields


Tris Vishal is a nobleman who has put his whole life behind him to take up the task of banishing dangerous ghosts throughout villages of the eastern continent. Mari Kaleja lives with just one goal: vengeance on the one responsible for the death of her family when she was a small child. Their obsessions bring them together, but there's more than a little question of which of them will survive the encounter. Although the idea of dangerous ghosts whose touch brings death to the living is nothing new in the genre, the authors brought a freshness to the concept through these two interesting and compelling characters. This is clearly the first in a new series, and I'd enjoy learning more about these characters and this world. Though there are plenty of unanswered questions, the story still felt satisfying in the end, which is a delicate balance to manage. The ghosts are wonderfully creepy, and Mari's secret makes her a daunting character while still believable. The authors also did a good job of weaving in backstory without making the story feel overly stalled by those flashbacks, though I hope they don't overuse the business of having the characters become frozen/lost in their memories. It can quickly become unbelievable. This first book needed a lot of flashbacks to work, and probably pushed the envelope on using that technique, but I would expect to see a lot less of it so it doesn't feel so contrived. Beyond that, I enjoyed the book and flew through the story, completely engrossed and eager to see how things unfold. This is definitely a series I'll be watching for.

Reviewer Janis Fields is the author of over two dozen books for children and adults including Threads of Deceit, Ghost Light Burning, Wellspring of Magic, and Emerald Dragon.
Reviewed 2017