Sunday, February 20, 2011

Book Review: The Mage in Black

The Mage in Black

By:  Jaye Wells

Publisher:  Orbit

Publish Date:  April 2010

Format:  Paperback, 326pgs pocketbook size

Genre:  Fantasy, Horror, Urban Fantasy

Series:  2nd book in Sabina Kane Series; 1st ~ Red-Headed Stepchild

Recommendation: YES, Yes, Yes!  Did you read and enjoy book one?  Well, its a given to read book two and see Sabina on a new level.

Book Synopsis:
Things to do:
1) Survive Magic 101
2) Bond with long-lost sister
3) Stay alive

Sabina Kane doesn't have the best track record when it comes to family.  After all, her own grandmother, leader of the vampire race, wants her dead.  So when she arrives in New York to meet her mage relatives, the reunion puts the fun in dysfunctional.  Not only is mage culture completely bizarre, but everyone seems to think she's some kind of "Chose" who'll unite the dark races.  Sabina doesn't care who chose her, she's not into destiny.

But the mages aren't Sabina's only problem.  In New York's Black Light District, she has run-ins with fighting demons, hostile werewolves and an opportunistic old flame.  Shabina thought she'd take a bite out of the Big Apple, but it looks like it wants to bite back.

First Sentence:
The Kum-N-Go's roadside-chic interior was bathed in a sickly fluorescent glow.

My Review and Summary:
***This summary contains SPOILERS for Book 1***

Sabina travels with Adam to New York, to be with her twin sister and the mages as she has severed her ties with the Dominae.  Sabina is attacked on the trip by Vampire assassins, with the thanks to her Grandma.  But through out the book Sabina finds she's under attacked by many different races.  Something is a little off here, everyone seems to want Sabina gone...except her sister, Maisie.  But Maisie is having her own troubles, not having visions and the mage council is debating about going to war with the Vampires, but they need the support of the faery.  Sabina finds she makes some new friends here, and finds an old friend as well.  The prophecy of the twins starts to be explained from Maisie and others, but will Sabina and Maisie believe it or not?  Sabina is starting to learn more of her Mage magic as well.  Will she learn it and accept it?

Sabina quickly realizes the rules are different here in New York as opposed to LA where the Dominae ruled.
   ~ No fresh catch feeding, with out a tax price.
   ~ There are Werewolves here.
   ~ The Shade and his Laws.
   ~ Hekate Council and their Rules
   ~ And having a sister!

Sabina came to New York to get back at her Grandmother.  But along the way here Sabina starts to grow and things change.  Sabina goes through some rough times emotionally and physically but she finds she does have a heart and can care for people, mages at that.

Jaye Wells has once again done a wonderful book full of action, love (on a few levels), and suspense.  The story starts off right where The Red-Headed Stepchild ended and is running fast forward with action, and never stopping.  If we aren't in a wonderful action packed fight scene we are learning more of the prophecy and powers that the mages have, which is still full of action.

We have many of the same cast of main characters we love here.  Sabina's wonderful sidekick, Giguhl, is back in full force in this book.  He really gets to show off his muscles here.  And there is even a nice little surprise for him.  And we meet many new characters that add to the mix of fun and action.

The only part I was a little bummed with, and in NO way did it take from the book - it was just me, was that my hunk Adam wasn't as present as I wanted him to be. ;D  But he does have a lovely scene with Sabina.  So, now he's back and with those wonderful eyes, for Sabina.

I can't wait to dig into Green-Eyed Demon!

I purchased this book of my own accord for reading fun.

This book qualifies for the Horror & Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge hosted by Book Chick City.


  1. I so need to read Sabina's adventures soon... I have ordered the 3rd book as already have 1&2 since released and saw where you won a copy so congrats and when it comes happy reading Melissa!

  2. Oh MAN! I need to get to that book. *looks longingly at it* but I can't just yet. Oh, I know I'll enjoy it. Stop making me want to read it so much! ;)

  3. Funny how we sometimes misread things - I was convinced this read The Marge Is Back.

    Sounds like these are a good read, I'll have to see if our library has them in stock.

  4. I enjoyed this one too. Although I didn't love any of them so we'll see what the third books brings.

    I think I'm the only one that doesn't really care for Giguhl - he just bugs me with his 12 year old boy behavior. Which at times can be funny but I don't often find that to be the case with these books.

    Good review!

  5. Jackie B - LOL. I really enjoyed this series thus far, and thank you! I'm really looking forward to getting into Green-Eyed Demon. It sounds great from what I've been hearing. :)

    Melissa (Boos&Things) - Oh, you would love this series I think. It's fun and fast paced. ;) lol.

    Petty Witter - Oh, that is good! And I'm soooo glad to hear I'm not the only one who does that. Sometimes the eyes just see what they want to see. ;)

    WonderBunny - I could see why you don't care for Giguhl. I think one of my favorite characters is Adam. But I want to see more of Adam. thank you!


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