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Blood Memories (Vampire Memories, No. 1) [Barb Hendee] on efycymepodor.tk * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Eleisha, a vampire, is far older than she.
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She works in a college library, then hurries home to the safety of an inherited vintage apartment in Denver, a haven from which to escape her past. Then, one night, when a brutal snowstorm strikes, she brings in a homeless Army veteran and his dog. The alternative was to let them freeze. But now, she is home alone with a stranger, trapped by weather. Soon, she discovers he has secrets of his own, and cautiously, she begins helping him.
As his feelings for her grow stronger, to her surprise, she fears losing him. Can she maintain the growing connection and still keep him in the dark? With much relief, Magiere, Leesil, and Chap prepare to hide the last two of the powerful orbs. Once this last great task is completed, Magiere can take Leesil home to a life of peace.
Then, rumors reach them that a horde of undead creatures, slaughtering everything in their wake, are gathering in the far east regions of the Suman desert. This gathering could only be caused by the Ancient Enemy awakening. With no other choice, Magiere tells Leesil they cannot go home yet. They must go to the desert and seek to learn if the rumors are true… and if so, face an awakening evil: National bestselling author Barb Hendee returns to the world of the Mist-Torn Witches , as two sisters who can see the secrets of the past and the mysteries of the future begin a quest to save the family they never knew existed….
Powerful prince Malcolm is facing ruin in the wake of a curse that has destroyed his harvest. The national bestselling author of The Mist-Torn Witches returns to a world of princes and power, magic and mystery, where two women have the ability to reveal the future and uncover the past…. Yet, less than a year later, they are summoned back—to aid the man who once tried to kill them…. But their continued safety has a price….
He has no choice but to send the witches into the perilous north, to use their abilities to discover the cause of the transformations. Given how much they owe the prince, the sisters have no choice but to accept. Now, the two must draw upon strength and cunning they never thought they possessed not only to solve the mystery, but to survive…. National bestselling author Barb Hendee presents a dark, fascinating new world and the story of two sisters who will discover they have far more power than they ever envisioned….
With little choice, the sisters enter a world unknown to them — of fine gowns and banquets and advances from powerful men. Their survival depends on catching a murderer who appears to walk through walls and vanish without a trace — and the danger around them seems to grow with each passing night. Eleisha Clevon is no angel, although she has the face of one. A vampire, she's far older than she looks — and she makes men yearn to care for her. A few even survive the experience. Eleisha might not like to kill, but she knows self-preservation must come first. So when an old vampire friend kills himself, Eleisha is shocked.
What she finds afterward shows how world-weary he had become — hoarding drained corpses and keeping records of vampires' actual names and addresses. Now the police know who Eleish is and, more alarmingly, what she is. But she soon realizes that being known may have its pros — even if it puts her and her kind at risk. When she reads those words, Eleisha Clevon knows she has to respond to the vampire Rose de Spenser's letter.
Both reluctant predators, they venture outside only when the hunger becomes unbearable — and feel guilty when ending human lives. But Eleisha has learned a way to draw blood from her victims without killing them. She wants to share this knowledge with like-minded vampires and forge a united front against Julian Ashton, a vampire who preys on his own kind. To win Rose to her cause, Eleisha must risk meeting her face-to-face, knowing full well she might be an agent of Julian's — but never expecting the revelations Rose has to share about Eleisha's own vampire origins.
A reluctant vampire, Eleisha Clevon has made a home for herself and other vampires in Portland, Oregon. Despite the risks, she is determined to locate all vampires who still reside in isolation so she can offer them sancturary and, more important, so she can teach them to feed without killing. She is shocked when she learns that a lost vampire may be living as close as Denver — and she has to handle this one more carefully than any she has ever approached. Simone Straford is a beautiful, delicate-looking creature from the roaring twenties who enjoys playing elaborate games with mortals, stoking their passion for her before finally draining them of their blood.
Eleisha Clevon lives a quiet life in Portland, Oregon — for a vampire. She has learned to feed without killing humans and to train others of her kind. Now, a series of killings in England point to a new — and feral — vampire. Eleisha, Philip, and Wade travel to London to make contact with the terrified creature, to offer him sanctuary and stop the bloodshed.
But the vampire they find is not what they expected. Maxim is centuries old, with no memory of living anywhere besides the forest and feeding on animals. She wants to provide a home where she can teach them to follow the Four Laws that will protect them and their kind.
Christian Lefevre has been posing a psychic, catering to the upper crust of Seattle society by making contact with their dead loved ones — and leaving his clients faint and weak after each encounter. Now Eleisha must confront the most deadly predator she has ever faced—or lose everything she has fought to protect….
She hunts the realm's most dangerous game…. Her fees are exorbitant…. She's worth every coin she receives…. Magiere has earned a reputation as the most formidable vampire slayer in the land. Villagers far and wide welcome her with both awe and disdain, grateful to her for ridding their towns of the undead menace, but finding themselves made poorer for their salvation. Magiere has always known she's dealing with simple folk who only wish to have their superstitions silenced, and she's never seen anything wrong with exploiting them for profit.
Now, tired of the game, Magiere and her partner, the half-elf Leesil, are ready to hang up their weapons and settle down in a place they can finally call home. But their new found peace will not last. For Magiere has come to the attention of a trio of powerful and dangerous vampires who recognize her true identity — even if she does not — and who fear the birthright that flows through her veins. And they will stop at nothing to keep Magiere from fulfilling her destiny. On the heels of Dhampir , Barb and J.
Magiere the dhampir thinks that her nights of hunting vampires are over. After settling down in her newly adopted village of Miiska — now vampire-free, thanks to her and her half-elf partner, Leesil — she looks forward to quiet days tending to her tavern. But far away in the capital city of Bela, a prominent councilman's daughter has been found dead on her own doorstep Knowing that the battered and burned village of Miiska could use an infusion of cash, Bela's town council offers a generous bounty to the dhampir if she will slay their vampire.
Magiere resists, wanting nothing more than to forget her past and ignore her half-vampire nature. Therefore, he couldn't hypnotize his human prey to make them forget about his feeding, so he had to kill every one of them. The other vampires decided to kill Julian because of his inability to follow their laws, but Julian discovered their plans and killed beheaded most of them instead.
Julian is still on the look-out for older vampires who follow and might continue to spread knowledge of the hated laws. Here is Julian's tragic history in a nutshell:. The high rating in violence is particularly due to several graphic blood-lust scenes in Memories of Envy.
Hunting Memories : Barb Hendee :
Or, in Source Mode: Like most writers, I've worked at many jobs in my life, including teaching pre-school until I completed my master's degree in Composition Theory. Between and , I taught college English while writing fiction on the side, some independently and some with my husband and life-long partner J. I love the Northwest, and it's a great place to write. We have a lovely and talented daughter, Jaclyn, who lives in Houston, Texas along with our wonderful and talented son-in-law, Paul. It was published in January , and we've published a book in the Noble Dead Saga every year since.
In May of , we were both able to quit our teaching jobs and move into full time writing. I am so glad our books have found an audience because I love to write fiction more than anything else in the world Eleisha Clevon has the face of a teen angel, but she is no angel. Unlike most vampires, she doesn't like to kill, but self-preservation comes first. When an old friend destroys himself by walking into sunlight right in front of her, Eleisha is shocked. And what she finds afterwards points to how very sick of his existence her friend had become—piling drained corpses in the basement and keeping records of other vampires' real names and addresses.
Because now, there are policemen on the case: They know who Eleisha is, and, even more dangerous, what she is. It's one big yawn. I like the idea of each vampire being assigned a specific 'survival gift' when they change -- there's intriguing possibility there Nope. I like the idea of each vampire being assigned a specific 'survival gift' when they change -- there's intriguing possibility there, given some of the gifts wouldn't be so blatantly useful as sexual thrall or super strength -- but that's all I can say.
The single most interesting character is killed off somewhere in the first third. The hamfisted and abruptly overwhelming reliance on psychic communication, telepathy, mind control, blah blah blah.
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Standard issue DNF 2-star. Oct 23, Faith Hunter rated it it was amazing. Very dark urban fantasy. This is the first book of a series, limited 3rd person POV, with rich detail and intense internal dialogue. The characters all all dynamic and very different from the Nobel Dead series, yet it reads just as easy. I admit that I am totally hooked and started on book 2 in the series five minutes after I finished this one!
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Go get this book! Eleisha is one of only a handful of vampires in the world. Once a servant in a lord's castle in Wales, she was turned in the s at the age of seventeen by Julian, the lord's son, a man everyone fears. She's put on a boat to America with a very specific responsibility: In America, Eleisha finds friendship with another vampire, Edward, who teaches her how to hunt, how to feed, how to ensure mortals never discover what she really Eleisha is one of only a handful of vampires in the world. In America, Eleisha finds friendship with another vampire, Edward, who teaches her how to hunt, how to feed, how to ensure mortals never discover what she really is, and how to use her gift.
When turned, a vampire's singular personality trait as a human becomes a tool of manipulation with which to lure mortals. Eleisha's own gift is to appear angelic but helpless, weak and vulnerable - and make people want to help her, protect her, rescue her. Little changed over the course of years, decades, centuries - not for the small clan of vampires: But everything changes when Edward commits suicide, dramatically bursting into flames when he steps into the sun - right in front of the police.
Now Eleisha is on the run, and not just from the police but also from a telepathic police psychologist who has somehow linked to Eleisha.
Unable to turn to the cold and brutal Julian, she runs to Maggie in Seattle First published in , long years before the vampire craze took off some time in I remember it well - I'd just finished reading Twilight and about two months later, so had everybody else and suddenly vamps were IN! The present-day dates have been moved to make it more current, but I don't think it needed it. It reads fresh and modern and is solid Urban Fantasy - no dash of Romance here, not even a whiff, as they tend to have these days. Hendee is also co-author of the Nobel Dead series, a Fantasy series featuring vampires, which I've yet to read.
I've got the first book, Dhampir, just haven't got around to it. There are a few authors who were writing about vampires in new ways, long before they became mainstream. Credit where credit's due. Eleisha narrates, though there are flashbacks told telepathically through memories that shift to third-person. Eleisha's voice is at once strong and vulnerable. She's come a long way, matured hard, and can fend for herself, hold her own, fight and kill efficiently when necessary, albeit reluctantly.
The others think she's weird for genuinely liking William, and for seeking out the companionship of other vampires - they've been taught by Julian that they should always be alone. As vampires, they're traditional - sleep all day, sun will kill them, as will fire and decapitation - and yet not: And they're messy eaters. They have their personalised gift and, as Eleisha learns, something extra too. Overall they struck me as surprisingly vulnerable, but more organic for it. It could be their self-induced loneliness, their superiority complexes that mask a pathetic desire for companionship.
It makes them sympathetic - alien, but understandable. I liked that Eleisha's inhumanity - her non-humanness - was there to see, as well as the residues of her humanity. She's unapologetic about what she does to survive, but is also keen to explore ways of changing their methods of feeding without killing.
The male vampires are more varied - Julian is more insane, insecure and deluded than plain evil though maybe that combination is one definition of evil, especially when acted upon? Structurally, it's fast-paced for the most part but free of the worst traits of genre fiction, traits ever more prevailing today - the things that make my right eyelid tick: It's why I haven't read any Kushiel since , even though I keep buying the new books I loved the stories, but the writing style got on my nerves and I needed a break , and why Rita Herron's abysmal Dark Hunger got such a bad review from me.
Dramatic standalone sentences which get their own paragraphs should be used sparingly, or they won't be dramatic anymore. Just irritating to the point of being obnoxious. I can't bring that up without diverting into a mini-rant.
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Thankfully, Hendee's narration is just right: However, the story itself did start to lose my interest towards the end for a bit. It lost momentum with all the flashbacks, as good and necessary as they were and interesting to read too. The ending was too static to give a suitable climax after all that build-up, and left me less interested to read Eleisha's next story. May 25, StarMan rated it really liked it Shelves: There are fewer than 10 vampires left in the entire world, or so our heroine vampire has been told for ages.
Most of them remain hidden. But then one of the vamps suddenly commits suicide. And our heroine encounters a man with most unusual talents. She begins to wonder if what she has believed for years is all just a lie. And who is the cop who knows about hidden vampire society? No werewolves, fairies, or goblins. Perhaps one other type of supernatural creature here or in Book 2 , but I won't tell. Recommended for those who want some real vampires in their vampire novels. This is a moderately serious paranormal book, but it's not super-dark or terrifying. I'd say it's somewhere between Anne Rice denser, darker and Charlaine Harris lighter, sillier.
Oct 15, Julie jjmachshev rated it liked it Shelves: I enjoyed reading "Blood Memories" by Barb Hendee. This is definitely an urban fantasy vice romance novel at least so far and there is at least one more novel to come as there is no one special relationship that the story focuses on. Instead, it's an interesting look at a young woman turned vampire to be a caretaker but not given any information on her existance.
The story is told mostly in first person from her POV and it's strangely fascinating to read about how she lives and how she learned I enjoyed reading "Blood Memories" by Barb Hendee. The story is told mostly in first person from her POV and it's strangely fascinating to read about how she lives and how she learned to continue her existance.
The story of how she came to be is told in a kind of flashback and as she learns more from the few others of her kind she knows, her ideas of how to live change and grow. A more cerebral type of vampire story, but compelling nonetheless. Sep 30, Jean rated it really liked it Shelves: Don't let the cover fool you, this isn't like other Urban Fantasys. The plot set up on the back cover serves more as a catalyst then anything, driving a mediation on what it means to be immortal, different, a vampire?
How does living for so long, and how does coming to be that way, affect you? Even at it's slowest and most introspective the pacing clips along at a good speed. There are some real heart-string pulling moments. Every character is drawn in detail, even the worst of the antagonists is Don't let the cover fool you, this isn't like other Urban Fantasys. Every character is drawn in detail, even the worst of the antagonists is far from being labeled evil.
For me it didn't have the hypnotic draw that the Noble Dead books have, but it is a good read and I definitely recommend it to fans of the series, and to anyone looking for a vampire story that isn't run of the mill. May 07, Katie babs rated it it was ok. Blood Memories is about vampire, Eleisha Clevon who has been around since the mid-nineteenth century ever since she was turned into a vampire by another, Julian, who wanted her to take care of his crazed father, William Ashton for all eternity.
That did not happen, and Julian was ashamed by what he did, so he banished both Eleisha and William to the states. They were able to survive and have been living in Portland, Oregon Blood Memories is about vampire, Eleisha Clevon who has been around since the mid-nineteenth century ever since she was turned into a vampire by another, Julian, who wanted her to take care of his crazed father, William Ashton for all eternity.
They were able to survive and have been living in Portland, Oregon for almost a century. Since William cannot hunt, because he is still a feeble old man with dementia, Eleisha gives him rabbits to feed on. Eleisha is able to look young and vulnerable to those she targets. This allows her to overpower her prey and suck their blood, and most importantly, their life force out of the bodies.
She has also has a very close vampire friend, Edward Claymore, who helped her when she first came to America. Edward decides he can no longer live as an undead predator. He kills himself while Eleisha watches. Eleisha is not the only one to witness Edward's suicide, as two police officers arrive on the scene and see a man come running towards them in flames. Eleisha has no choice to run for safety.
She and William find sanctuary with Maggie, another vampire from her past. Soon these two women are hunting together and for a short while Eleisha feels safe. Unfortunately, the two cops who saw Edward go up in flames, have been looking for Eleisha. These two men are empaths and one of them, Dominick, wants to kill Eleisha and all creatures like her. Dominic has a partner, Wade, who though Psychometry, the touching of objects, can know all about a person.
Whereas Dominick feels the need to destroy, Wade wants to befriend Eleisha, because for the first time in his life, he feels in tune with another person. Eleisha and Wade are able to touch each other with their minds, and when Wade finds out about Eleisha's past and how she turned and why, he wants to protect her. As for Dominick, he has become delusional. Even though Blood Memories has some interesting moments, there is something lacking within this story that could simply not hold my interest. The action comes on suddenly and things seem to jump around too much and a bit too fast in some passages, as if Hendee was trying to put as much information as she can out there without enough descriptions to back it up.
I will say that Blood Memories should appeal to fans who have an interest in vampire lore along with a twist on the legend and myth. I did enjoy Eleisha, who was the most well rounded and most dimensional of all the characters. I could not stand Wade at all because he was very one-dimensional and not a worthy partner for Eleisha.
I would have preferred if Eleisha was on her own because she would have come across as a better female heroine than to rely on a sap that I found Wade to be. It seems her strong suit was with Eleisha and Maggie. With that in mind, would I want to read a sequel to Blood Memories? I would have to take a pass. This almost became a DNF for me, and the only reason I stuck till the very end was because I wanted to see if Eleisha was able to come out on top.
Perhaps the problem lies with Blood Memories not being refined enough and too amateurish for my tastes. Jun 16, Brenda rated it liked it. Imagine a life that revolves around only two other people, and one of those dies. How alone would you feel? This is a dark and haunting tale of a young woman turned into a vampire and then sent of to care for a mentally deficient vampire with no training and no knowledge of what she had become. More than years later, she still survives, still caring for her charge, but is suddenly thrust into danger.
I really enjoyed this and am looking forward to reading another in the series. Mar 20, Delores rated it liked it Shelves: This book was about a young girl who was "turned" when she was 17 against her will. She wasn't given much information about what she had become or what her "new" life would be like. She was turned because of selfish reasons by her "maker. The basic plot was good. The story had some good twists and turns but it wasn't completely enthralling. It had just enough to keep me reading but not enough This book was about a young girl who was "turned" when she was 17 against her will.
It had just enough to keep me reading but not enough to give it more than 3 stars. View all 9 comments. Dec 03, Karen rated it it was amazing. This was a 'thoughtful' vampire story. It seems at first to be going slowly, but that's an illusion - it flows smoothly despite having three of the characters stories told in 3rd person and injected amongst the normal 1st person chapters. The suicide of Edward by stepping into sunlight starts a chain of events, that lead to an exciting confrontation where I swear I had to remind myself to breathe.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Jun 28, Alex rated it liked it. I had a hard time getting into this book at first but it got better as I kept reading. And I hope that as I read the second one it will continue to get better. However, after I read the second one I don't think I'm going to continue with the series because of how long it is, and I have so many other books that I want to read.
But it was good. Apr 18, Deanna Roberts rated it really liked it. This was a completely guilty pleasure I loved the twist that Barb Hendee put on the vampire society I am seriously hoping that this is not the end of what I am hoping is at the very least a 3 book series. Sep 29, Helen Robare rated it it was amazing. I really liked this book. However, I'm wary about beginning another series by this author.
So far I am enjoying the mist torn witch series. But going back to the Noble Dead Saga s once the authors began making Wynn the focal point of the books and forgot about Magiere and Leesil. The end came for me when we found out that Magiere and Leesil went on a quest to return I really liked this book. The end came for me when we found out that Magiere and Leesil went on a quest to return the orb and we didn't even know about it until Wynn mentioned it!
That was it for the series as far as I was concerned. The books were fine when Wren was a not so major character. Now don't get me wrong I don't dislike minor or secondary characters at all.
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They have a purpose in every book. I just don't like it when the main characters take a second, third and even fourth seat to some minor character. I'm happy to say that so far where I am in the second book in this series, the main characters are still the focal point. Perhaps the problem with the Noble Dead Series is C. Dec 28, Iona rated it liked it Shelves: The story started as another vampire story no idea where it was heading and nothing exciting to wet the appetite. A third of the way through and things started hotting up.
The story began to unfold and I wanted to read more. It turns out to be not just another vampire story. A strange tale but compelling and an ending that isn't really. Room for more to come Jul 14, Ashley rated it it was ok.