The Mage in Black (Sabina Kane, #2)by Published 01 Apr 2010
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Sabina Kane doesn't have the best track record when it comes to family. After all, her own grandmother, the leader of the vampire race, just tried to kill her. When she arrives in New York to meet the mage side of her family, the reunion takes the fun out of dysfunctional.
On top of that, the Hekate Council wants to use her as a pawn in the brewing war against the vampires. Her mission will take her into the bowels of New York's Black Light district, entangles her in mage politics, and challenges her beliefs about the race she was raised to distrust. And Sabina thought vampires were bloodthirsty.
"The Mage in Black (Sabina Kane, #2)" Reviews
*** 3.65 ***
A buddy read at the MacHalo Freaks group!
This book was fun! This series is turning out to be entertaining, despite it being far from perfect. Sabina was an annoying pain in the ass in the first book, she has not grown much in this second installment. Not that there is no growth at all. She just discovered she has a twin sister, her grandmother tried to kill her, and she is moving from California to New York, a very different land, environment and rules. And she is surrounded by mages, the same creatures she grew up being thought to hate....
At least she is with Adam, who is also a mage, but at least he has been nice and trustworthy for now... Doesn't hurt that he is kind of cute either....
Best of all, she has her fateful familiar-minion Demon Cat, Gighul! He is hilarious, adorable, and we come to find out, a bit of a ruthless gladiator style fighter!!! Who knew? He continues to steal every scene he is in!!! May I get one of him for my birthday, please!!!!?
Sabina's sister is the softness in this book, which is necessary, since there is a lot of violence and deceit surrounding her from all sides, friends and foes.... It seems our annoying and frustrating halfling has a big target painted on her forehead....
The plot thickens, the pace speeds up, the stakes became higher, and the politics of an impending war seem to hang over everything.... Could it have been better? Yes, but let us hope we are just getting plenty of room for improvement!!! Always optimistic, that is me:-)
This is strictly for the UF fans, and there is some brutality, which could be considered gratuitous, so maybe not for the very young. I am choosing to continue with the series, because the plot has made me very curious to see what happens. And I am enjoying it:-)
I wish you all happy reading and may your life be enriched by every book you read!!!
I loved this book!
Throughout the book Sabina was like
As I said, she's pretty badass, compared to other assassins I've read about. She's not too skittish or too scared to kill people and that's essencial for her "job".
It was a really good read, it made it hard for me to put the book down and do some work. And it made me so damn curious about how it will continue! Can't wait to read the next one!
It was interesting to know who sent the demon after Sabina. Hope they will be able to rescue Maisie. Hope Sabina and Adam's relationship will work out.
The Sabina Kane series is a guilty pleasure of mine. It’s not the best urban fantasy series out there, but it is entertaining for me so I continue to read it. Sabina is a kick-ass heroine, clad in the requisite leather, able to use all sorts of weapons at will. However, I find that the supporting cast of characters really makes the story, especially Gighul, Sabina’s Mischief Demon and minion. I can always count on him for a good laugh.
The Mage in Black finds Sabina in New York City. Sabina is under the tutelage of Rhea, learning to use her chthonic mage powers. Apparently Sabina takes after her father Tristan and is quite the powerful mage. If only she knew how to use her powers.
In the meantime, Lavinia is up to no good. Lavinia will not rest until all the mages are wiped off the face of the earth. She would also be happy with a war of the dark races. Sabina wants to defeat her evil grandmother, but she is also facing a few assassination attempts of her own.
Back to Gighul for a moment. Gighul continues to provide excellent comic relief throughout the story. Whether it’s a new porn film he has discovered on the Temptation Network – Lawrence of the Labia or simply being his own mischievous self, Gighul rocks. Gighul as a fight star in Demon Fight Night was magnificent.
There are some seriously exciting moments in this book. The battle scenes had me on the edge of my seat, especially the last scene…
The next book is Green-Eyed Demon. I’ll be reviewing that one next.
Review posted on Badass Book 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. Sabina's whole life has been turned upside down by previous events, everything she ever believed in has been torn away from her and she's left without any kind of anchor. The vampires were the only family she ever knew but her grandmother betrayed her terribly and now she has discovered that she has a twin sister who was raised by the mages. Sabina had to leave everything behind and now she's trying to make a new life for herself in New York but it's not easy being constantly surrounded by mages, especially considering she was raised to see them as the enemy.
It was really interesting to see Sabina so totally out of her comfort zone in this book, she is faced with meeting her sister Maisie and although they're twins they couldn't be more different. Thanks to upbringings that were pretty much polar opposites Maisie is the sweetness and light that Sabina was never given the opportunity to become. Sabina is the darker, much more cynical sister and considering her grandmother's actions she has understandable trust issues when it comes to family, especially family she's only just met. It's quite heartbreaking watching Sabina realise how different her life would have been if she'd been the lucky one picked to go and live with the mages at birth but she plays the hand she was dealt pretty well and doesn't let the resentment affect her relationship with Maisie for long.
The side characters who stole my heart in the previous book have just as big roles in this book and Gighul is still my favourite, who knew he could be quite so badass though! He adds a lot of humour to the series and he makes a couple of interesting new friends who I'm looking forward to seeing more of. I did find myself missing Adam though, he's busy with another task for the mage council so he's not around as much as I hoped he would be but I still love the connection between him and Sabina when they are together. They have great chemistry and I have high hopes for them becoming a couple but he has a little competition for her affection in the form of a new character known only as The Shade. If you've read the prequel novella Fool's Gold then The Shade won't be such an unknown quantity and I really do think that novella will give you a better insight into why Sabina's reaction to him was quite so intense. He's definitely going to make life interesting for her that's for sure!
The plot of this book was fairly fast paced and I found this was a very quick read because I didn't want to put it down, I enjoyed getting to know some of the mages and I hope we'll see more of the other races (especially the newly introduced werewolves!) as the series continues. The Dominae have stepped things up a gear now and Sabina is about to head into all out war so I'm sure the series is just going to get even better from here onwards.