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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; First Edition edition (2 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841497568
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841497563
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.4 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 376,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jaye Wells is a USA Today-bestselling author of urban fantasy and speculative crime fiction. Raised by booksellers, she loved reading books from a very young ago. That gateway drug eventually led to a full-blown writing addiction. When she's not chasing the word dragon, she loves to travel, drink good bourbon and do things that scare her so she can put them in her books. Jaye lives in Texas with her husband and son. For more about her books, go to JayeWells.com.

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Brassy, sassy, and hip! Well s' promising debut is a fast-paced trip through a dark and dangerous landscape featuring an unusual take on vampires, mages, faeries, and demons. It hooks you on page one and takes you for a great ride! (Kat Richardson)

Fast-paced and funny ... Very enjoyable! (Karen Chance)

There's plenty of action, the pacing is fast and the characters interesting ... an interesting book that deserves to be recommended (SFRevu)

Action-packed suspense at its best. And urban fantasy doesn't get much better than this. Steeped in mystery, intrigue, and magic, this debut is one of the best I've read in months (Sci-Fi Chick)

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The first volume of a compulsive new urban fantasy series, featuring a half vampire-half mage assassin.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Book Addict TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 April 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Sabine Kane is an abomination in the supernatural world; the mixed blood daughter of a vampire and a mage she should never have been allowed to survive her birth. Raised in the vampire world, Sabine has spent her life suppressing her mage side; desperate for approval from those that consider her a pariah in the vampire world worthy of becoming nothing more than their trained assassin.

To the supernatural world it would appear that Sabine has at last cast aside her blind obedience to the vampire nation, yet she is working undercover to take down those that threaten the Dominae. Her mission is incredibly dangerous and she may have to do things that leave no doubt her loyalty to the Dominae is severed, plus a powerful wizard is insisting that Sabine acknowledge her magical abilities and start her mage training.

There is almost a frenzied level of action as Sabine jumps from one situation to another. I enjoyed the dark supernatural world created, plus the plot is enhanced by some intriguing characters. Unfortunately though Sabine is a little too blindly obedient to be immediately likeable; in this book's first scene she assassinates a good friend without questioning the order. Yet as the story line progresses there are signs that even Sabine cannot ignore, despite the fact the proof has to be whacked in her face before she is prepared to accept it. Disregarding Sabine's prolonged denial of events; I like what this author has created and want to see what she has planned for this series. 3½ stars
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Read Me on 22 April 2009
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This is the first book in a new urban fantasy vampire series. Sabina Kane is half Vampire half Mage, and as such she is very much the bad blood in the family tree. Raised by her Grandmother, who is one of a trio of Head Vampires, Sabina is their assassin and is under their control. She is ordered to infiltrate a form of cult and kill their leader, however along the way she learns a few truths about her Grandmother and Vampire politics, things that put Sabina's position in jeopardy.
Coupled with this is the fact that a strange owl and a strange Mage are stalking her. The Mage - Adam Lazarus claims that he can train Sabina to perform magic, even though she has always denied her Mage heritage. Lazarus inevitably provides the sexual tension in the book, while a demon that gets summoned to kill Sabina provides much of the humour.
This is a nice fast paced book, a fine start to what promises to be a good series. There is obviously a lot of scene setting, and I freely admit that after a while I started to skip over the vampire/mage politics, the added fairies and demons were a nice mix. This reminded me a little of Lilith Saintcrow's Danny Valentine novels and Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series, if you liked either of those then you should find something in this to interest you.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Katia WolfSwan on 1 Dec. 2009
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As one reviewer has mentioned - there is nothing new in this book. How many assasins, vampire half breeds..kick butt females do we have to read about? Hmm..plenty. And not all of them are good. However, this book is actually quite funny and doesn't take itself too seriously. The heroine is scatty, how she ever became an assasin is beyond me because she gets stuff badly wrong and she gets totally played...But I liked that. I liked that she wasn't the Be All and End All and only she could save everyone (although I do think some Mary Sueism will come into play in the next book..)

If you read enough of the genre you will probably work out the twists in the book but there was something that kept me turning the pages. Her demon pet is hilarious and there is a cute romance plot with a very sexy mage.

If you fancy something easy and fun to read then this is a book for you. I think I will definately read the next one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Andrews on 5 Feb. 2010
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To be honest, I found this book pretty generic and slow - I got no real feeling of pace or tension, just Sabina bumbling along from one thing to the next, and whilst I did want to know what happened in the end, I did find that once I got there, I didn't really care.
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Sabina Kane is an assassin in the employ of the Dominae, the elders of the vampire race, one of which is her grandmother. However, due to her half-mage heritage, instead of being a high-ranking vampire herself, she is an outcast who must fight for every scrap of respect and validation. When her grandmother, the Alpha Dominae, sends her on her latest assignment, everything is questioned and Sabina must reevaluate her place in the world.

Sabina is a great heroine with a lot of flaws. Most of these stem from the fact that her grandmother, Lavinia, is her only family and has always denied her the only things she has ever wanted: love and support. We really feel for her as she tries to navigate her way through the world the best way she can and our hearts do break for her when she lets these moments of vulnerability break through the emotional armour she has constructed for herself over the years.

This is not to say she is a perfect character. At times she is stubborn and her decisions can be frustrating, but at all times Jaye Wells makes her motivations clear so that we as readers are never confused. Too many times in urban fantasy the heroine will do something or something will happen to her with no other reason than to get her to the next point in the story without any lead up or logic. Wells avoids this, in my opinion, and we can overlook some of Sabina's more annoying character traits as a result.

I also enjoyed her secondary cast, especially the Mischief demon Gighul, who is trapped in the body of a cat for much of the story. He supplies a much needed humourous foil to Sabina's broodiness, making both characters more three-dimensional.
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