[Review] BLUE-BLOODED VAMP by Jaye Wells

BLUE-BLOODED VAMP is the fifth and final book in the Sabina Kane series, in this celebration of Jaye Wells’s exciting debut series.

Cover Copy: The epic conclusion to the amazing Sabina Kane urban fantasy series.

Sabina Kane is on the hunt. Her prey: Cain, the father of the vampire race and the one who murdered her family and her friends. Unfortunately, Cain is hunting Sabina, too. The one man who holds the key to defeating Cain is, of course, Abel. A mage with secrets to spare and, hopefully, the power to match it. Unfortunately, for Sabina, he’s in Rome and may not want to be found.

Sabina sets out for Italy with her friends, Giguhl and Adam Lazarus, to track down the only man who can get her the revenge she hungers for. But will he help her or oppose her? And just who is Abel, really? Worst of all, when Sabina figures out the goddess Lilith has a plan for her-she realizes this trip is getting deadlier by the minute.

As they say: when in Rome-SURVIVE.

My Thoughts: The final installment of the Sabina Kane series finds our favourite mage-vampire fighting her toughest enemy yet. Cain. He’s on the loose and after Sabina. Her only hope is to find the mage named Abel and get Cain contained again without having to be his personal tour guide in the afterworld, Irkalla, so he can retrieve Lilith from her demon husband.

Things get complicated when the god Asclepius calls in the favor Sabina owes him and demands she kill the vampire called Nyx. As if that wasn’t enough, Abel turns out to be Sabina’s long lost father and Nyx  is practically his right hand. Talk about awkward: “Gee, Dad. Nice to meet you. I’m just going to kill your vampire friend now.” This makes for some great tension.

In terms of plotting and characters, this is Jaye Wells’s best book. I am having a problem with the pattern of “discuss the plan, carry out the plan, debrief after the plan”. The discussions are a lot of talking head scenes, heavy on the info dumping. The scenes carrying out the plan go by much too quickly. Heavy on action and tension, these are some of the shortest scenes. Then there’s the post-action discussion to bring all the characters up to speed and share differing views of what just happened. This means we’re getting the same scene three times. What should be thrilling ride is dragging.

Pet peeves from the Sabina Kane series: 1) sentences starting with “Besides”. Always used with explanations and jusifications regardless of the character. This can make all the characters sound the same. 2) the phrase “that makes sense”. For all the same reasons as #1.

Things I’m going to miss about the Sabina Kane series: 1) Giguhl. At one point the demon mentions to Sabina they don’t hang like they used to, and he was missing it. I was missing it, too. I’m glad they got a few more scenes together.

2) Adam. Loved Sabina’s “mancy”. The hot mage always knew the right thing to say and do, and never stepped on Sabina’s toes. He looked out for her when she needed it and the rest of the time let her fend for herself. Love that. I do miss his verbal sparring with Sabina, but he turned out to be a good companion for the magepire.

3) The quippy dialogue. The humour. (I hope these will still be present in Jaye Wells’s next series.)

So long, Sabina Kane. I’ll miss you.

Rating: A-
Series: Sabina Kane
Publisher: Orbit Books, 2012
Acquired: NetGalley via Publisher

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