Title: Green-Eyed Demon (Sabina Kane #3)
Author: Jaye Wells
Publication Date: Feb 2011
Paperback: 376 pages
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Review Copy
Reviewed by: Carolyn
RATING: 8/10 – Brilliant, couldn’t put it down
The clock is ticking for Sabina Kane. She has to save her sister from her mysterious captors. And in order to do that, she has to broker a deal between the mages and the vampires before all hell breaks loose.
But as much as Sabina is focused on surviving the present, the past won’t be ignored. Before she can save those she cares about, she’s got to save herself from the ghosts of her past. Because the past is haunting her. Literally.
After reading the first two books in fairly quick succession and really enjoying them both, I was so pleased to receive a review copy of the third and latest instalment in the brilliant ‘Sabina Kane’ series by Jaye Wells.
As with all the ‘Sabina Kane’ books this one begins with a fast-paced action scene, which pulled me in to the story from the first page. Sabina and her team, consisting of Giguhl and Adam, are on route to find Maisie, Sabina’s twin sister.
Adam is still the scorchingly sexy mage, Giguhl is still his snarky lovable self and Sabina continues to be the fantastic kick-arse chick I met in Red-Headed Stepchild. She’s also feeling more for Adam, well, who can blame her, but unfortunately, she’s still not sure if she should let herself fall for him – she doesn’t do love, does she? But while Sabina is questioning every emotion and action, Adam is taking metaphorical cold-showers as sexual frustration oozes from every pore.
The relationship between Sabina and Adam moves along at a snails pace – it’s still complicated and Sabina is still holding back. Some of her decisions later in the book are questionable and she had me frowning at her in disapproval, but at the same time I understand where she was coming from.
I loved this book, it’s fast-paced, edgy. There’s plenty of action, and the banter between Sabina and demon-cat Giguhl, which I loved in the first book but found lacking in the second, is back!
“Is this gonna take long?” Giguhl said.I frowned at the demon. “Why – you got somewhere else to be?”He shot me a bitch-please look. “No but I’d like the record to state that getting shot in the ass still isn’t fun.” He shifted around to show me his left ass cheek where his black sweat pants now featured a perfectly round bullet hole. I couldn’t see any blood in the dim light, but I could smell it.“Sheesh, G, again?” Adam said.“Yes, Mr. Perfect, again. Lucky for you bitches I’m a fast healer.”
For those of you who’ve read the previous books will know what this refers to but hopefully the rest of you will just capture the fabulous snarkiness – I really enjoy this kind of dialogue between characters, when done well, and Ms Wells writes in brilliantly. It also lightens the tone but not too much as this is still a nicely dark urban fantasy.
There’s lots of fab action throughout the book and there’s a bit of a showdown between Sabina and her evil vampire Grandmother. However, finding Maisie is not that easy, of course. There’s lots of ups and downs on the way. Sabina, Adam and Giguhl are now a pretty good team, although sometimes Sabina forgets that and occasionally slips back into loner-assassin mode, as she’s not used to having friends and ‘teammates’, it does freak her out a little bit but deep down I think she’s actually liking it. Sabina is growing as a character very well.
Maisie also has a bit of a tough ride in the instalment, but as I found her a little sickly sweet in The Mage in Black, it was satisfying to see her act a bit more like Sabina, even if it was forced upon her by the torture inflicted by her Grandmother.
There are a few new additions to this instalment: a feisty werewolf, a drag queen called Cleopatra Pussy Willow, a voodoo priestess, who’s human no less and gorgeous, which causes a touch of jealousy from one killer-assassin…tee hee.
This series is truly fab. I really didn’t want to get to the end of this book as I now have to wait ages for ‘Silver-Tongued Devil‘ the next instalment…I can’t wait! I love this author and this series – a great urban fantasy I would definitely recommend!
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Books in Series Order:
3. Green-Eyed Demon
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