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The Mage in Black (Sabina Kane, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2010
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About the Author
Raised in Texas, USA Today bestseller Jaye Wells grew up reading everything she could get her hands on. Her penchant for daydreaming was often noted by frustrated teachers. She embarked on a series of random career paths, including stints working for a motivational speaker and at an art museum. Jaye eventually realized that while she loved writing, she found facts boring. So, she left all that behind to indulge her overactive imagination and make stuff up for a living. Besides writing, she enjoys travel, art, history, and researching weird and arcane subjects. She lives in Texas with her saintly husband and devilish son. Find out more about Jaye Wells at www.jayewells.com.
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I fell in love with this series with Red-Headed Stepchild and after Mage in Black, I love this series more than ever! How I will wait for book 3, Green-Eyed Demon I have no idea.
Mage in Black picks up almost immediately where Red-Headed Stepchild left off, with Sabina and company on the way to NYC to meet her long lost twin Maisie, living with the mage side of her family, as part of the Hekate Council. Before they even get there, attempts on Sabina's life make her begin to wonder if she's just running from one mess of trouble to another.
Upon arrival, Adam is called off on another mission and Sabina is to begin her mage training. Unfortunately, trouble follows Sabina wherever she goes, putting those closest to her in grave danger. Just when she thinks she is adjusting to her new life, Sabina discovers a prophecy that she, a misfit vampire-mage hybrid Mage in Black is destined to unite all of the magical races. How she will manage that with battling werewolves, demons, and an old lover, Hekate only knows.
Sabina is a tough girl who is wounded on the inside as a result of family betrayals and finds it very hard to trust anyone. Here we see her opening up a little bit more to the few people (or demons) she does trust, and discovering that in spite of her past experiences, not everyone in her life is out to wound her. Maisie is the exact opposite of Sabina and so excited to meet her sister finally that Sabina finds herself drawn to the relationship her sister wants to create. We also see Sabina growing even more comfortable with Giguhl, her trusty demon familiar, whose nickname "Mr. Giggles" so perfectly suits him every time he puts in an appearance. I always find myself laughing out loud over his exploits, most meant to protect Sabina from those who wish to harm her. I also enjoyed the mentoring relationship Sabina develops with her magic instructor, Rhea, who plays a significant role in events unfolding.
Every bit as action-oriented and fast-paced as Red-Headed Stepchild, Mage in Black is a powerhouse of a book that kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end, right up to the dramatic cliffhanger ending. With plenty of battles to keep things interesting, a whole passel of newly introduced magical beings in this universe, and danger around every corner, Mage in Black is a true nail-biter of a fantastical adventure. Jaye Wells is an incredible storyteller whose star is only beginning to rise. I plan to keep a very close eye on her, eager to see where she will take us next.
© Kelley A. Hartsell, July 2010. All rights reserved.
The first book in the series had its flaws, but the characterizations were good and the plotline (barely) explained some of the lapses-of-character. In that book, our first meeting with the Vampire Assassin/Enforcer main-character is her cold-blooded shooting of a tough who won't take no for an answer. OK - she walks around armed to the teeth with specialized weapons that are particularly effective against supernaturals. Last time we see her use anything but a knife, of course - but the story did offer some rationale as to why that might be so.
In "The Mage in Black", Sabina Kane is deliberately going into exile from her former clan/family/employers, and into the bosom of a culture she has been brought up to distrust, fear, and even hate. What possible justification could there be for her to continue wandering around, hunted by old friends and new foes alike, with nothing more than a couple of knives? Professional assassin trained from toddlerhood my @$$! People are always getting the drop on her, and she is perennially unarmed. Possibly necessary for plot progression, but just too out-of-character to credit.
In the first book, Adam gives that whole spiel about using magic carefully, lecturing about the butterfly effect. Yet the mages use their magic liberally, ranging from simple wardrobe changes to being too lazy to physically haul a practice dummy out of a closet. The mages are capable of teleportation, but Adam and Sabina waste time and risk lives on a road trip from California to New York. Couldn't he just teleport them and Sabina's precious Ducati? Why risk The Chosen One and their lives on a week-long cross-country journey? The dark races are careful about keeping their affairs secret from humans, yet three vamp assassins pull up on a gas station and start gunning down Adam and Sabina through the glass without any regard for security cameras or the gas station attendants. Sabina saves the attendant's life by shoving him to safety but she later realizes that they can't leave a human witness behind so she's ready to kill him. Why save him in the first place?
Sabina claims to be a good assassin yet attackers always catch her off-guard, she's always conveniently without a weapon when it's time to fight, and makes the dumbest decisions that would have most assassins killed. She asserts that she's not stupid, but she blurts out "You said they were supposed to throw the fight!" in the middle of a gambling arena. She's fleeing from a top secret organization that froze her bank accounts, but she doesn't withdraw emergency cash from her only working ATM card, and then goes broke after even that card is frozen.
The only 'strong' characteristic in her is her will to kill, but a strong compulsion to punch first and ask questions later =/= a strong woman.
I wish sentences started with something other than "I", and narrated more than "I did this" or "I felt that" and "I saw those" or "I blah blah". Or "He did that", "He did this" etcetera. Show, not tell.
Bottom line is, this is just another unimpressive vampire series. Not worth your money.
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This book was a tad bit disappointing if I'm being honest. I got the rug swept from under me so many times that by the end I was just too...Read more