I'm unable to rate Changes. My really good friend Suz Just Just explains why better than I ever could. If you're actually interested; you can read herI'm unable to rate Changes. My really good friend Suz Just Just explains why better than I ever could. If you're actually interested; you can read her explanation HERE. ...more
I have absolutely nothing nice to say about this book. If it wasn't for Dorian or the the fact that it is the last installment to a series that I regrI have absolutely nothing nice to say about this book. If it wasn't for Dorian or the the fact that it is the last installment to a series that I regret ever wasting time, energy and money in I would of shelved it permanently.
After Georgina and now Eugenie, I will NEVER read another book written by Richelle Mead....more
The Mage in Black is second in author Jaye Wells' Sabina Kane trilogy. I found the first debut novel, Red-Headed Stepchild, in one my late night searcThe Mage in Black is second in author Jaye Wells' Sabina Kane trilogy. I found the first debut novel, Red-Headed Stepchild, in one my late night searches through Amazon's recommended readings. Red-Headed Stepchild was a favorite read of mine last year, so it's only natural that I'd be racing to the bookstore to grab up her next edition.
Jaye Wells' series is set in a world where vampires, mages, demons and faeries exist, but go mostly unnoticed by its human population. The vampires in this world are not undead but are living supernatural beings that are born, rather than made. They have a lot of the usual strengths and weaknesses of vampires but their origins, and their genetic red-hair, are linked back to original bible myth (they are the earthly descendants of Lilith and Cain) and as a result they have some weaknesses involving apples.
Sabina Kane has just left everything she knows behind her after being betrayed by her own grandmother, Lavina Kane, head of the vampire race. She's now an ex-assassin for the Dominae on her way to New York with Adam Lazarus [the mage we met in Red-Headed Stepchild:] to meet with her twin sister--that she only found about a week ago--Maise, High Priestess of her most-hated enemy, The Hectate Council of Mages. The product of a forbidden match and separated at birth, Sabina and Maise are half-vampire/half-mage and were brought up as complete opposites.
However, Maise has no intentions of letting the difference in their two worlds keep them apart. She has every intention of making Sabina feel welcomed. Sabina, though, isn't adjusting to her new life and her lack of knowledge of the rules in New York quickly gets her into trouble. Mage politics and transgressions in the Black Light District are set to stir up things to make her look bad. To make matters worse, not all the mages are happy about her arrival. So, Sabina must trust the Hectate Council to search out the mage(s) responsible for the threats to her life, except their attention is already occupied elsewhere with the upcoming vote to go to war against the Dominae... and their delay just might get her killed.
The Mage in Black was a great entry in the Sabina Kane trilogy. However, it was abundantly clear that this edition was a transitional novel, gearing up for the next in the series. There's a lot of 'down time' while Sabina learns to wield her new mage skills. She meets up with a friend from the past and her demon familiar, Giguhl, fights in the 'Demon Fight Club'. Negotiations and preparations are made for the upcoming dark races war. Despite it's lack of edge-of-your-seat, action-packed story like we got from the first book, it was still a satisfying read. We learn more about the mages and Caste of Nod. Sabina grows in character and power. Old characters come back to help Sabina, along with meeting some new friends. There are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments that I've come to expect from Jaye Wells. I like this series and would recommend it to any urban fantasy reader. Though, if you hate cliff-hanger endings, I would wait for the Green-Eyed Demon when it releases March 2011, for it promises to be a non-stop thrill ride....more