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Green-Eyed Demon (Sabina Kane, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2011
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From Publishers Weekly
Spectacular action scenes fail to balance a needlessly baroque kidnapping plot as vampire-mage crossbreed Sabina Kane (familiar from Red-Headed Stepchild and The Mage in Black) tracks her stolen twin sister to the extravagantly decadent streets of New Orleans. Aided by her demon servant, Giguhl, and handsome mage Adam Lazarus, Sabina must confront her murderous grandmother, the vampire Domina Lavinia, and the evil vampires of the Caste of Nod. Voodoo priestess Zenobia and changeling drag queen Brooks help Sabina untangle the complex alliances and enmities of New Orleans's supernatural society. An artificially complicated plot and overly contrived humor weigh down this installment, which will only be of interest to series fans. (Mar.)
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The third Sabina Kane book picks up the action at the point where The Mage in Black (2010) leaves off, with half-mage, half-vampire (and former assassin) Sabina heading to New Orleans accompanied by her demon familiar, Giguhl, and mage Adam. Sabina is desperate to rescue her newfound twin sister, who has been kidnapped by their wicked grandmother (from the vampire side), so they enlist the help of a local witch and voodoo practitioner and her transgendered assistant to help scour the Big Easy. Wells does a nice job creating a seamless blend between magical and real worlds, which makes it easy for the reader to handle curveballs, like finding out that a popular rock band is headlined by a recreant mage, or that a sinister secret society is working to enable to return of Lilith and Cain from earlier episodes. Urban-fantasy fans who like their heroines tough will enjoy this series; suggest it especially to fans of the sadly deceased Jennifer Rardin. --Jessica Moyer
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Top Customer Reviews
What I love most about this series, aside from the sexy Adam, is how the wit comes in handy during stressful scenes. Wells uses it flawlessly, it never breaks up a scene and it is never over the top.
There were such tender moments in this book. They made my heart melt. And then scenes later my heart was ripped out. I'd like to say it was a roller coaster ride, but it was more like an elevator drop. Slow rise to the top and then the floor is just gone and you are left plummeting. I spent more time holding my breath, sitting on the edge of my seat, trying not to rush through to see how it would all end. I was left very satisfied at the ending.
I have to say I'm glad there will be atleast two more books in this series. I'm not sure where it will go from here, but I like that I don't know. I like that the author will most likely surprise me in the books to come.
The hunt for her sister takes Sabina, her cat/demon minion and the luscious mage Adam to atmospheric New Orleans and there is a good amount of action, some great new characters, a touch of voodo, and some moments I found a bit difficult - because in urban fantasy there is no guarantee of a happy ever after,
But series-wise, I was happy that the former assassin actually experiences some real growth both personally and magically. And I thought there was a lot of power to that 'ah ha' moment when the emotionally damaged Sabina finally sees how her grandmother's hatred has shaped her view of herself and Sabina realizes who she wants to be instead - and regrets that she may not live long enough to make the change.
So with some promising changes for Sabina and more developments in the prophesy surrounding her, Green-eyed Demon ended up being my favorite book in the series to date and I am looking forward as Sabina's story continues with Silver-Tongued Devil.
Picking up where the last two books left off, Sabina is frantically searching for her twin sister, Maisie, who has been kidnapped and held hostage by her grandmother, Lavinia. Not knowing where Lavinia has taking Maisie sends Sabina and her team searching through New York and then New Orleans. Several new characters are introduced to the series as we see Sabina go from place to place following leads and clues, which eventually does cumulate in a climatic battle between Sabina and Lavinia.
When this series first started, I loved Sabina, and the urban fantasy background of the story. Sabina was a character struggling to find herself and understand her new magic and family background. Since that time, the tone of the series and Sabina has changed dramatically. Sabina became the type of character I neither liked nor respected. She constantly had the wrong motivations, did the wrong things and then endlessly berated herself. Even worse sometimes she KNEW she was wrong before she did it, and did it anyway. The plot felt like an aimless wandering of the author to somehow meet objectives in her mind. As this third book went on, the series became more and more comic - filled with overly deliberate humourous moments, sexual innuendos and repartee to the point that the book went from being an Urban Fantasy to a lightweight paranormal romantic comedy. I loathe those, and when I started this series it was NOT what I signed up for.
Lastly, I really, really struggled to finish this book. Normally when a book captures my interest, I read it within a day and won't stop even if Amazon delivers a long awaited book to the front door. I broke off from this book three separate times to read other authors, before finally finishing it last night and promptly tossing it in the garbage can. I will not be buying anymore books from this author. I'm very sad about that because when the series started, I felt that a new player had definitely entered the Urban fantasy/romance realm.
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The first half of this book left a little to be desired, but the second half totally made up for it!Read more