Well written vampire story set in a world that is not too fantastic, but more like an alternate history/ middle ages type world, where elves are known to exist and vampires and other undead are rumored to exist, but they are thought of as a superstition by most.
On the cover there is an asinine blurb that says that this book is a combination of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Lord of the Rings. If by that you mean that there are vampires, like in Buffy and elves, like in LOTR; then yes, it is EXACTLY like those stories.(only completely different.)
Dhampir was quite good. It starts off a little slow, but quickly picked up and became hard to put down. Magiere is a "vampire" hunter. What she is really doing is swindling villages out of their hard-earned cash. She, along with her half-elf partner, Leesil, set up schemes to make is seem as though these villages are being plagued by vampires and she is the only one qualified to rid them of these abominations. The vampire is really Leesil in disguise. After four years of playing this game, Magiere decides she had enough and wants to retire. Leesil is not too thrilled with this at first, but eventually agrees. She purchases a tavern in a town called Miiska and wishes to live out a peaceful existence. Little does she know that vampires do exist and some currently reside in Miiska.
What follows is a tale full of action, suspense, intrigue and some behind the scenes machinations. Magiere comes to find out that she is a Dhampir, half mortal, half vampire. She has the natural skills and talents to kill vampires, but it's not something she truly wishes to do. There's a man in the village who seems to know quite a bit about Dhampirs, but is not very forthcoming with the information. I felt for Magiere struggling to figure out what was going on with her, even though it was difficult for me to like her at first because she was a con artist. The vampires did not really appear evil and we do get to learn quite a bit about them. I liked them almost as much as Magiere and Leesil. This is a story that I would recommend.
Slow to get started, but nicely drawn characters and eventually proves a likeable, if not top-rate, time passer.
Fantasy paranormal. Good enough that I'm looking for the next in the series.
If you like drama, action and vampires, you'll like this series. It's a little lax on the romance, but moves very quickly.