[Review] GREEN-EYED DEMON by Jaye Wells

Cover Copy: The clock is ticking for Sabina Kane. Her sister has been kidnapped by her grandmother, the Dark Races are on the brink of war, and a mysterious order is manipulating everyone behind the scenes. Working on information provided by an unlikely ally, Sabina heads to New Orleans to begin the hunt for her sister.

Once there, she must contend with belligerent werewolves, magic-weilding vampires, and– perhaps most frightening of all– humans.

But as much as Sabina is focused on surviving the present, the past can’t be ignored. Before she can save those she cares about most, she must save herself from the ghosts of her past.

My Thoughts: GREEN-EYED DEMON is the third book in Jaye Wells’s Sabina Kane series, and we are celebrating the series this week, coinciding with the release of the last book of the series.

Sabina Kane, half-mage half-vampire, is looking for her twin sister, Maisie. Their evil grandmother Lavinia, leader of the vampires, has taken Maisie and intends to use her for some nefarious purpose. It’s up to Sabina to track them down and save her sister.

So, yes. This time there is a plot. If you gave up on the Sabina Kane series because of THE MAGE IN BLACK, hie thee to a book seller and get back into this series. GREEN-EYED DEMON pays off for all the planting in THE MAGE IN BLACK.

Sabina quickly tracks Lavinia to New Orleans, but then has to pinpoint their location in order to save Maisie. We learn more about the secret society, the Caste of Nod, and we get a walking tour of New Orleans. (Just as an aside, I’d like to mention Jaye Wells does her research, and does it well, but sometimes the stories seem to dwell a little too long on the research. It’s not quite, but almost at the point of “I’ve done my research and now, dear reader, now you will pay” that I’ve seen in historical novels. I’d like to see the research integrated more tightly into the story, that is, to see only what is essential, rather than have these tour stops between plot points.)

Given that Sabina is a half-vampire, New Orleans as a location seemed kind of derivative. We had additional characters in a faery drag queen and a voodoo priestess. But I think these characters would have seemed more original if put in a different location. I liked the butcher as a source of blood for Sabina. He was an interesting character, a little too friendly, though. Borderline creepy.

New Orleans does present some new opportunities for Sabina to try out her mage skills. Her first spell in a cemetary goes all wrong and she winds up raising a zombie. This isn’t anything new for urban fantasy, nor for New Orleans, but I liked how this situation was tied to Sabina’s magic. I’m a little disappointed that Sabina got her first zombie raising so wrong, but then at the end, she “intuitively” knew how to do it right. I would have liked to have seen her undertake more training in between.

The romance between Sabina and Adam was developed over GREEN-EYED DEMON, and yay! They finally get together. The lead up to this was not as steamy as it could have been, but it felt natural. Sabina is not a very sensual character, she’s far too practical, so it makes sense that her relationships are more practical in nature. I also like that Adam is not an alpha male, and that he’s not too beta, either. He complements Sabina in a lot of ways, and I especially love the scenes where they are fighting side-by-side.

GREEN-EYED DEMON tightly wraps up all the threads from the first two books, and does this very well, and yet, I know there are two more books in this series, so I’m curious to see what happens next for Sabina Kane.

Rating: A-
Series: Sabina Kane
Publisher: Orbit Books
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