[Review] RED-HEADED STEPCHILD by Jaye Wells

RED-HEADED STEPCHILD is the first book in the Sabina Kane series, in this week of celebrating Jaye Wells’s exciting debut series.

Cover Copy: Sabina Kane’s life is complicated . . . In a world where being of mixed blood is a major liability, Sabina has the only profession fit for an outcast: assassin. But her latest mission threatens the fragile peace between the vampire and mage races, and Sabina must scramble to figure out which side she’s on. She’s never brought her work home with her– until now.

This time, it’s personal.

My Thoughts: Sabina Kane, half-mage half-vampire, works as an assassin for her grandmother, leader of the vampires. As the only mixed blood of the dark races– specifically the two races on the verge of war– she’s an outcast with a target on her back.

Her assignment to eliminate Clovis, the leader of a rival vampire gang, but the assignment proves enlightening for Sabina as she learns a lot she didn’t know about vampires, particularly her grandmother.

When a demon is sent to kill Sabina, things go wrong for the demon, Giguhl. He not only doesn’t end up killing her, but somehow becomes her familiar. And Sabina is stuck with him. Giguhl, aka Mr Giggles, provides a lot of comedy relief, making the Sabina Kane series more light-hearted, less dark urban fantasy.

A mage shows up in Sabina’s life and he’s hell-bent on taking her to New York to be with the mage family she’s never known. Obviously, she’s resistent. There’s great verbal sparring between Sabina and Adam.

I really enjoyed RED-HEADED STEPCHILD. There’s lots of great action scenes, and I loved the humour. Great start to a series!

Rating: A-
Series: Sabina Kane series
Publisher: Orbit Books, 2009
Acquired: ARC from publisher

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