- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Orbit; 2010 edition (1 April 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1841497576
- ISBN-13: 978-1841497570
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.2 x 17.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Mage In Black: Sabina Kane: Book 2 Paperback – 1 Apr 2010
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The second volume of a compulsive urban fantasy trilogy. Sabina, a half-blood assassin, bridges the gap in a mage/vampire schism that could just lead to war . . .
About the Author
Jaye Wells took an art history degree, before embarking on a series of random career paths. She eventually became a magazine editor, then took up freelance writing. But she left all that behind to make stuff up for a living. She lives in Texas with her saintly husband and devilish son.
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Top Customer Reviews
It starts up quick with a lot of action, picking up just after the events of book 1. Sabina is thrown in to the Mage world, so different from the life she's known under the Dominae. She's confused, resentful and desperate for revenge. But quickly finds herself in trouble again, with new foes and old.
I really liked this book. It was fast paced, fun and had a good plot with some great twists and turns. Several threads from the previous book were picked up and explained further, giving a much better sense of the world Sabina lives in, as well as giving us a better look at Sabina herself as she struggles to find a place in this world that seems so new to her. The romantic subplot with Adam is fun and hot, but doesn't take away from the main plots. It actually adds to it very nicely. Giguhl is once again the real comedy relief from the life and death fight Sabina is constantly in. There is the introduction of several new characters in this book. I like that they're not all rolled out at once, but given more detail over time so they're not 2d but without dragging the story down with information.
However, despite the good characters and plot, I didn't find myself getting lost in this book. It was good, very good in places, but unlike a few I've read lately, I didn't feel that desperate need to finish it and I found I could put it down quite easily.Read more ›
With her comical demon sick-kick Sabina leaves behind LA and her grandmother, to take on angry werewolves, sexy ex-lovers and powerful mages. Filled with action, laughs and suspense, Mage in Black is a page turner.
If you like other urban fantasy authors such as Patricia Briggs, Kim Harrison and Jeaniene Frost, then you're sure to enjoy this new and exciting series. I'm really looking forward to the third one, Green Eyed Demon, and have a feeling it will be even better! I hope I'm right again.
This is the second book in the now complete Sabina Kane series (after Red-Headed Stepchild) which is one of my favourite urban fantasy series. It really needs to be read in order from the beginning due to the character development and world building. The storyline is both well plotted and well paced, and surprised me by the amount of twists, turns and manipulation still echoing throughout Sabina's life. The mysterious Caste of Nod are covered in more detail and are beginning to come out as a key player.
Sabina is really thrown in at the deep end, both with her sister Maisie and with mage culture in general. She has to further remove herself from vampire culture (drinking bagged blood for example) and also needs to learn to harness the innate talents endowed by her mage blood. Not only is she turning her back on her childhood, Sabina really doesn't think she is capable of doing anything but assassinate people and it is her insecurity that makes her accessible.
Maisie is the complete opposite of Sabina. She is a huggy, emotionally open earth mother type who paints her dreams and automatically accepts Sabina with no questions.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While I enjoyed the first book in the Sabina Kane series I ended up absolutely devouring The Mage in Black and for me this is where the series really kicked up a gear. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sarah (Feeling Fictional)
Absolutely amazing book love vampire stories love all and any kind of supernatural beings in books would recommend this book and seller to all my friends and family who love... Read morePublished on 28 July 2013 by Rebekah
I really enjoyed first book so couldnt wait to continue with reading rest as i love a series, it develops characters etc and opens up histories etc too...Published on 12 July 2013 by Dragonzbabe
A brilliant follow up to the first book. A highly addictive series - which I could happily read again and again. Excellent story/plot, brilliantly crafted characters. Read morePublished on 26 May 2013 by Buddy
Our daughter enjoys nothing more than reading books of this nature when snuggled up on the settee after the Grandsons are tucked up in bed and she can spent some quality time in... Read morePublished on 14 Jan. 2013 by Boris
This volume was bought to go with the rest of the series. The book arrived very promptly, and was well packaged.Published on 26 Nov. 2012 by Ken
Not bad, not bad at all. This is an interesting read for anyone who likes the fantasy genre. I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to any of my friends. Read morePublished on 31 May 2012 by littleblackcat