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Author: Jaye Wells Publisher: Orbit ISBN: 978-0-356-50074-4 Pages: 405 Series: Sabina Kane #4 Type: Adult Urban Fantasy Source: Purchased Goodreads
Life seems to be looking up for Sabina Kane. The threat of war is passed, her
family is reunited and her romance with sexy hexy Adam Lazarus is going from
strength to strength. But Sabina doesn't quite trust that peace is possible so
when a series of brutual murders shocks New York, Sabina is the only one not
surprised. With the peace talks stalled Sabina and Adam must work quickly to
find the killer before everything crumbles around them.
This is the
fourth book in the Sabina Kane series (after Red-Headed Stepchild, The Mage in Black and Green-Eyed Demon) and moves the series to a whole new level. Previously Sabina was
facing off against people from her past, but now there are gods and immortal bad
guys coming out of the woodwork and her battles just got that much harder.
Again, if you're new to the series, I'd recommend starting at the
This installment feels more introspective than the others as
Sabina is trying to adapt completely to mage life, living only off bagged blood
and not killing anymore. She's ended up a little lost between her vampire and
mage instincts, especially when a vamp arrives who is incredibly similar to the
old Sabina, and there's a realistic search for identity here that had me rooting
for Sabina even more. The pacing is excellent from the dramatic start, through
all the twists and turns to the "OMG!" ending which had be reaching for the next
book straight away.
It isn't just Sabina who is struggling. Maisie has
been left badly scarred by her experiences in New Orleans and is locking herself
away in her room, refusing to talk to anyone. PW is still firmly clinging to her
feminine identity (and ends up becoming incredibly bitchy) and even Mac and
Georgia are having issues. The latter is incredibly heart-wrenching and well
written with a bittersweet feel.
The setting returns to New York, which
also means returning to Slade's club. Giguhl's beloved demon fight club has been
replaced with demonic roller derby, which means he swiftly ends up coaching the
Manhattan Marauders leading to some brilliant one liners. The return to New York
also means that secrets buried in previous books are revealed with far-reaching
Sabina's "Things to-do" list remains and is just as awesome as
ever. 1. Find a murderer 2. Learn how to be a team player 3. Save the
future of the dark races
All in all this was an excellent read and I
can't wait for Blue-Blooded Vamp.
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