Review: The Mage in Black by Jaye Wells

Posted February 22, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 3 Comments

Review: The Mage in Black by Jaye WellsThe Mage in Black by Jaye Wells
Series: Sabina Kane #2
Published by Orbit on April 1st 2010
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 326 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

Rating: A-

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

1st Rule of Demon Fight Club…Don’t talk about it. 2nd Rule of Demon Fight Club…read this freaking book for the Demon sidekick alone and you won’t be disappointed.

That’s right, the lovable Mr. Giggles is back bitches. I absolutely love Giguhl, Sabina’s demon familiar. He’s great for a laugh and we find out that he can hold his own when it comes to a fight. His and Sabina relationship is funny and touching. They have each others back and Sabina learns to let her big boy demon out on his own. Sabina has to stop being a stage mother when Giguhl gets into an underground Demon Fight Club that is ran by The Shade, a vampire from Sabina’s past.

Sabina, Adam and Giguhl starts out on a cross-country trip from L.A. to New York. From page one we get a hilarious action scene at a gas station where Sabina and Adam have to fight for their lives against three vamps that was sent to take her out.

After the group makes it to New York, Sabina is thrown into the Mage life. She meets her twin sister and whole host of other Mages. Sabina is out of her element while she tries to learn to use her magic from her Mage heritage.

There a bit of romance in the works but with the supe world on the brink of war it gets push aside for the time being.

I’m enjoying the world and characters that Jaye Wells has created. She does an excellent job of balancing the action and snark. The Mage in Black is another winner in the urban fantasy genre and feel like the next book, Green-Eyed Demon is only going to be even better as Sabina wages war on her evil grandmother.

Part of:
Make sure you head over to Goldilox and Three Weres
for this month’s discussion post.
Read-a-Long Schedule:

1/25/2013: Red-Headed Stepchild
review/discussion at The Book Nympho

 2/22/2013The Mage in Black
review/discussion @  Goldilox and the Three Weres
3/29/2013Green Eyed Demon
review/discussion @  The Book Nympho
 4/26/2013Silver Tongued Devil 
review/discussion @ Readers Confession
5/31/2013Blue-Blood Vamp
review/discussion @ The Book Nympho

About Jaye Wells

Jaye Wells is a USA Today-bestselling author of urban fantasy and speculative crime fiction. Raised by booksellers, she loved reading books from a very young ago. That gateway drug eventually led to a full-blown writing addiction. When she’s not chasing the word dragon, she loves to travel, drink good bourbon and do things that scare her so she can put them in her books. Jaye lives in Texas with her husband and son.

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After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.

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