Monday, November 5, 2012

The Mage in Black by Jaye Wells

Title: The Mage in Black
Author: Jaye Wells
Narrator: Cynthia Holloway
Series: Sabina Kane #2
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Length: 9 hrs & 8 min.
Format: audiobook

Description from Goodreads:

Sabina Kane doesn't have the best track record when it comes to family. After all, her own grandmother, the leader of the vampire race, just tried to kill her. When she arrives in New York to meet the mage side of her family, the reunion takes the fun out of dysfunctional.

On top of that, the Hekate Council wants to use her as a pawn in the brewing war against the vampires. Her mission will take her into the bowels of New York's Black Light district, entangles her in mage politics, and challenges her beliefs about the race she was raised to distrust. And Sabina thought vampires were bloodthirsty.

My Thoughts:
      Sabina Kane has had one wild ride recently. She learned that all she ever knew, all she ever believed in was a lie. She will do anything to bring Lavenia the alpha of the Domniae and her grandmother down. She has been lied to since birth and nothing would be a bigger betrayal to her grandmother than to explore the mage side of her heritage. With the help of Adam, Gighoul, and long lost mage family members she hopes to learn to use her magic and beat Lavenia. She wasn't counting on an ancient prophesy getting thrown into the mix. Sabina's complicated life just became more complicated and more deadly.
      If you liked Red-Headed Stepchild, then you will love The Mage in Black! Sabina and her pack of friends pick up right where the last book left off. From the beginning the action is nonstop. Despite Sabina ditching the Dominae it's harder for her to ditch her kill first never look back ways. They get her into a few scrapes in this installment. Her growth as a character is more subtle in this book. The little things like how she treats Gighoul, her feelings for certain male characters, and a protective streak she develops all demonstrate her gradual change. I love how her change isn't over night, but a slow build up. Speaking of Gighoul...I wish he was my familiar. He is a combination of ugly-cute sarcastic cat and kind of naughty bad ass demon. He is much more present in this book, for which I am very thankful for. I was a little disappointed by the lack of page time Adam got. I really wanted to see how things between him and Sabina would play out, but he was really only in the very beginning and the very end of the book. Hopefully in the next installment we get to read more about his sexy mageness.
      The Mage in Black reveals some of Sabina's mysterious past and adds a little more spice to the mix as an old flame resurfaces. Add to that all of the new mage characters and readers have a whole host of new people to love or hate. That said, I didn't really like many of them; most of the mages were kind of snotty and the "bad guy" was easy to guess. Sabina's awesomeness makes up for it in the end. The big finish was a little abrupt and a past bout of arrogance from the previous book comes to haunt Sabina. I can't wait to read the next installment. Last but not least is the narrator. As usual Cynthia Holloway does an excellent job of voicing the right amount of snark and kick ass in our heroine. I give this book a 4 STAR rating.

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