Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Book Review: Silver-Tongued Devil

Silver-Tongued Devil

By:  Jaye Wells

Publisher:  Orbit

Publish Date:  January 2012

Format:  Paperback 405pgs, pocketbook size

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Series:  4th book in Sabina Kane series; Book 1 ~ Red-Headed Stepchild, Book 2 ~ The Mage in Black, Book 2.5 Violet Tendencies, Book 3 ~ Green-Eyed Demon

Recommendation:  Oh yes!!  Ruthless vampires, fun to laugh, and worries to be had. 

Book Synopsis:
Things To Do:
1.) Learn how to be a team player
2.) Find a murderer
3.) Save the future of the dark races

Now that the threat of war has passed, Sabina Kane is ready to focus on the future.  Her relationship with Adam Lazarus is getting stronger and she's helping her sister, Maisie, overcome the trauma of her captivity in New Orleans.  Even Giguhl is managing to stay out of trouble.  Sabina wants to feel hopeful about the future, but part of her doesn't believe that peace is possible.

Her suspicions are confirmed when a string of sadistic murders threatens to stall treaty negotiations between the mages and the vampires.  Sabina pitches in to find the killer, but her investigation soon leads her down dark paths that have her questioning everyone she thought she could trust.  And the closer she gets to the killer, the more Sabina begins to suspect this is one foe she may not be able to kill.

First Sentence:
Blue lights flashed off the undersides of leaves.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Three months after Green-Eyed Demon ends, things are good, bad, and okay... Sabina is drawn to a crime scene by the smell of fresh blood, only because she'd been drinking bagged blood for months now.  But as she's there she hears the coroner wonder of the lack of blood at the scene and obvious attack point.  Sabina suspects a new vampire, an inexperienced one at that, is now killing in Slades territory.  Then a second murder, at the Vein, pulls Sabina, Adam, and Giguhl into working on the case that Sabina doesn't want to be on.  Which all needs to be solved ASAP with as the treaty amoung the three races; Vampires, Mages, and Fey, is coming close to signing.  Maise appears to be getting better, on the surface, but no prolific dreams, but things are going wonderfully with Adam...or are they?

If you haven't read the first three books, I guess you could start with this one.  The main arc of the first three books has pretty much closed, and the threads still open are briefly explained, and carried on from here.  But I would definitely start at the beginning, so you see what all has transpired with Cain previously, and appreciate the growth and changes in the characters.

Sabina has turned over a new leaf, and is really trying to be a part of the group now, a team player.  She still has her moments where she rather flight than talk with her friends and ask for help.  But she has come a loooong way from Red-Headed Stepchild.  Sabina seems to need her friends around now and likes having them.  And even though she has a quick tongue with Giguhl she still wants him happy.

Giguhl has gone from Demon Fight Club to Roller Derby. lol!  That is just fun, and the names. Oh my. lol.  Giguhl and Sabina come back as a team again here.  There are a few touching moments where they talk, and then are the old team again.

We have many names from the last three books popping up here; Pussy Willow, Mac, Georgia, Errol, and others.  It's really great to see them all come together here.  But of course, you know they can't stay that way.... so what pulls them apart?  What happens in their lives?  You just have to read it.  Oh, we have full out action here, and some tragic losses. But I'm not telling you who.

Sabina is thought to be crazy for thinking Cain is still after her... And the Vampires have a new "Leader" who still doesn't care for Sabina, which might make certain actions difficult for Sabina. 

I enjoy reading the books of Sabina.  There is always great action, and so much fun for me.  I enjoy laughing and worrying about the characters.  Then reading the fights as well.  This one in no way disappointed.  It lived up to the other books in the series, even with Sabina growing as a character.  This one did have the middle child feel, only in the fact that it left me WANTING the final book ASAP. lol.

Well done.  I'm awaiting the fifth and final book of Sabina, Blue-Blooded Vamp.

I read this book for my own enjoyment.


Autumn said...

Nice review. I purchased these books a few months back and haven't read them yet. They sound great, so I may have to inch them up my TBR list.

Melliane said...

OOOh I can't wait to start this one, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I didn't know it was like a new story but it's nice that way too, I'm even more curious lol. thanks for the great review.

Blodeuedd said...

I have book 1 waiting for me, but sometimes I am justreally lazy to start a new series

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I still haven't started book 1. Looks like I'm missing out. I love that I can start this one and still be fine. However, I want to know about that finished arc of the first part!

Missie, The Unread Reader said...

I've only read book one, and kind of struggled to get through it. But, I've heard it improves, your review confirms that, so I'd like to return to the series soon. Plus, I loved Giguhl and I can't wait to hear about his Roller Derby adventures.

Anonymous said...

I’m likin’ the sound of a Demon Fight Club/Roller Derby! This series sounds like it has everything – action, laughs, and thrills.

Anonymous said...

I’m likin’ the sound of a Demon Fight Club/Roller Derby! This series sounds like it has everything – action, laughs, and thrills.

Alexia561 said...

Great review! Really like Sabina and Giguhl, so can't wait to read this one!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Autumn Dickinson - Thank you! Glad you liked the review. :) Oh, I do hope you enjoy them when you get to read them. :)

Melliane - Oh, I think you'll have fun with this one too. It's not really a new story as much but picks up more with the Cain idea, and the characters have "settled" in a sense. So felt like the major arc in first 3 books had calmed and picked up with another.

Blodeuedd - I know the feeling! I have a few series here I need to get to, but then to get into another series with so many I still have to read.... well, you know. ;) Thank you!

Melissa (Books&Things) - You are missing out! :D I think you would enjoy the action and fun in this series too. I suggest reading all the books, in order, *cough* lol. But this book picks up nicely in an area that could be picked up on, potentially.

Missie The Unread Reader - The books do get better. I've heard some people not much liking Sabina in the first book. She has changed and grown a lot since then. Do hope you like the next book, if you try it. :) If not, I understand.

StephanieD - Oh it does! It has all three things in it. :) Just wonderful.

Alexia - Thank you! Oh, you will really like the mystery in this one, and Giguhl starts to come back to the sidekick stance again. :) Hope you enjoy it!

Kimberly @ Turning the Pages said...

Great review! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this book!!!
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Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Miss Kimberly Stardust - Thank you! Glad you liked the review. And I do hope you enjoy this one when you get it. :) And thank you for the follow!

Uk said...

The way that events play out in Silver-Tongued Devil really ramp the background story arc for the next book, which if rumors are true, is supposed to be the last. And they don't come without a steep cost for Sabina, but I am really looking forward to the next book Blue-Blooded Vamp, because it looks like Wells is working up to an epic finale.