This long-running paranormal series has introduced some memorable characters and this story did a good job of resolving some of the ongoing issues while providing a quest that allows some of the characters to finally grow into their destinies. The pace was a little uneven to me, as some of the lead-in took far longer than the trip in some cases, while the mysterious training and acclimation that a couple of the characters went through was interrupted and then resumed, but one never knew exactly what was being learned, although these two definitely still had pivotal roles to play. There are certain elements that were fairly creepy to me, but definitely underscored the evil inherent in some of those on the villain’s side, and I think it is impossible to have formed a rapport for some of these characters and not ache for what they are put through in this particular tale.
I enjoyed watching some of the relationships deepen (two-legged and four-legged) and admit that a tissue was needed a time or two, especially during the epilogue that gave insight into how the lives of some of the allies unfolded. One definitely needs to be familiar with the events that led up this book in order to appreciate it, and a glossary or an appendix might be useful to remind one of the intricate interconnections of the beings and objects. I became a little disenchanted with the series as some of the books tended to drag on too long as far as I was concerned but I am still in awe of the complex and imaginative world that was depicted and I was happy to have resolution of many of the issues and feel that this was a satisfactory ending to an impressive series.
“The Night Voice” by Barb and J.C. Hendee, is the final book in ‘The Noble Dead’ series, bringing together not only Magiere, Leesil, Chap, Wynn, Shade, Chane, Wayfarer, and Osha, but also others who still had a role to play. After all of the painstaking adventures to collect the five orbs which are the anchors of creation, and guard them from misuse, a traitor strives to find a way to manipulate the sometimes reluctant allies to instigate one final battle that will change the world as they know it. Unfortunately, the weapons that will be required to battle this foe may wreak just as much havoc as the enemy’s success would, and the price for their use will be much too high.
The New York Times bestselling authors of First and Last Sorcerer present the final breathtaking chapter in their epic Noble Dead saga....
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: The Night Voice.