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The Mage in Black

(Sabina Kane #2)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  11,092 ratings  ·  507 reviews
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
Paperback, 328 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Orbit
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Actual rating: 3.99999 stars. Not quite there. But almost

This, my Little Barnacles, is how you lift a Freaking DNF Curse (FDC™):

Badass (if somewhat lost and confused) heroine.
Awesomely hilarious and hilariously awesome Mischief demon sidekick.
✔ The character growth you very politely asked for after reading book 1.
New additions to the cast that seem meh and at first but grow on you as the story progresses. Well, some you want to kill with your bare hands, but that's fun, too!
Über cool f
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
*** 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
Sh3lly (
Sabina goes to New York to meet her sister, who has been raised as a mage (while she was raised as a vampire - they are half breeds). She goes to learn magic after she leaves the Dominae and escapes her evil vampire grandmother. She struggles to fit in and then finds out one of the mages doesn't want her there, so now she has to fight for her life on top of everything else.

So this was a decent read. This series seems to be a solid three stars series, but I still don't fully care about Sabina. So
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.
Apr 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars...

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.
Carolyn  Storer
3.5 Stars

This is the second book in the 'Sabina Kane' series by Jaye Wells, and although I enjoyed it very much 'The Mage in Black' didn't quite live up to my expectations of what I hoped would be a fantastic follow up to the brilliant 'Red-Headed Setpchild'.

It could have been that I preferred reading about the Vampire world present in the first book rather than the Mage world which was dominant in this book. It may have been the fact that there was less humour and snarkiness between the charact
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 ...more
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
Red-Headed Stepchild wasn’t a book that impressed me much, so I went into this one with a degree of trepidation. Since the end of the first hit the main character, Sabina, over the head with a revelation hammer, it’s possible that she will at least shake loose one of the annoying traits that turned me off so badly before: blind devotion. Now, let’s see if she was able to improve in other ways as well…

Story-wise, the plot was a worthy continuation, picking off where RHS leaves off. Since Sabina f
May 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I'm not kidding when I say that this is the best series I have read in a loooong time. If you like snarky smart heroines who are full of piss and vinegar, then Sabina Kane is the girl for you! My only regret is that the next book isn't out yet. Grrr. Gotta love the cliffhangers!
Dec 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Mage in Black is book 2 in the Sabina Kane series. I really enjoyed book 1 "Red-Headed Step Child", but I found the heroin the typical kick butt, tough chick and hard attitude type. Although I tend to like those books, I was in the mood for more. The good thing is, in this book, more is what we got. I went from liking Sabina to loving her. We get to see more personality and humor, but still enough stubbornness to be the same old Sabina.

At the end of book 1 we were left with so many unanswered qu
The Flooze
The Mage in Black is a transition book. It finds Sabina in New York to meet with the mages and Maisie. Still reeling from being betrayed, Sabina works on her magic while making new allies. And new enemies.

This installment doesn’t begin as strongly as Red-Headed Stepchild did. Textual incongruities leech excitement out of an action scene in the very first chapter. I’m a stickler for that sort of thing. When a chick says she’s unarmed, then two seconds later is gripping her gun more tightly, I ge
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
4.5 Stars

This was a brilliant second installment in the series, I thought this one was better then the first as it really plunged right into the story and you begin to see the rest of the Dark Races and delve deeper into Jaye Well's world.

What I especially liked about this book was the way it shows Sabina change, I would like to say for the better, as she has finally found a few people who accept her as she is and she starts developing real friendships, despite her major trust issues! What I al
Maria Dimitrova
The second book in a series is always an important one. While the first one is supposed to get you interested, the second one has to keep you interested and develop the story. The Mage in Black managed to do that quite nicely. It wasn't as captivating as the first one but interesting enough not only to make me finish it but also make me crave more. And that's what I need to decide to finish a series no matter what.

In this second instalment Sabina is so out of her element that it's downright hila
Bethany C
Jul 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This review may not be particularly informative/useful as I have nothing constructive to say- I loved everything about this book. However, I'm pretty stingy with my stars, so a five star really means something. Wells is a master at character development; every single one of her characters feels instantly real. And she has really achieved something in my book- continuing to keep me 100% interested during 'fight' scenes. I often find in other books during fight or battle scenes that my interest wa ...more
Fani *loves angst*
I'm completely with AH on this: this is fast becoming my favorite, guilty pleasure series:) Yes, Sabina is not the most likable heroine around and yes there are better written UF stories out there. But this is so entertaining! It's a nice combination of humorous moments, action, a little romance and some quite emotional moments that caught me by complete surprise. Gighul is one of the most interesting secondary characters out there and he alone makes these books worth reading. "Lawrence of the L ...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Jaye Wells continues to make the Sabina Kane series a hit! I loved every bit of it as I did RHSC and now I wish the third book, Green-Eyed Demon was coming out this year and not next. I can't wait for it!

The Mage in Black features several fight scenes that are kick-ass! In fact, in this book other characters get in on the action as well. You'll find out soon if you read it. It's very entertaining.

Along with the ass kicking that goes on here, you also get a glimpse of the more emotional side of
Erin O'Roark
Nothing happened. Sabina is still absolutely intolerable to read about. I so hope this gets bette.
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-read
After reading the first book Red-Headed Stepchild, I knew that I had to read the rest of the series.
I loved this book just as much as the first, although I did have a few problems that prevented me from giving 5stars.

Sabina, Adam and Giguhl have made it to New York. Sabina gets to meet her twin sister, Maisie (who up until about a week ago she didn't even know existed). Maisie is quite the opposite of Sabina, she's sweet and cheerful, playful and cares deeply about those around her and takes
Apr 05, 2010 rated it liked it
***Warning: small spoiler alert about book 1 in this series to follow ***

I was a little disappointed in this book. The end of the 1st book in the trilogy left me thinking that this 2nd book would be really good. There was so much intrigue and a lot of emotional risk-taking at the end of Red-Headed Stepchild; a major character was even killed, leading to a very emotionally raw funeral. I thought that this book would therefore be a real emotional roller coaster. And it wasn't. At least not for the
Jun 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I actually finished this yesterday, but, wasn't able to get on the computer so I had to mark it finished today...Really, I would give this 4 1/2 stars it was really very good with an ending that was all cliffhanger setting us up for the next installment "Green-Eyed Demon," due out next year...Which for me is way to long:(

I must say that our heroine Sabina Kane annoys the crap out of me, I'm sorry she really pissed me off in this book, she is just so set in her ways, not open to accepting help fr
Anzu The Great Destroyer
I started reading this EXACTLY after finishing the latest Night Huntress book. This will explain my harsh review.

I had so many problems with this book that I have no idea where to begin. The start was too sudden. I’m a sucker for action but give me some time to adjust don’t just hit me in the head like this. I could get over this if the story would turn into something interesting and not mindless action. It didn’t. Eventually things got so boring that I lost interest in the book. Hell at a point
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
1st Rule of Demon Fight Club...Don't talk about it. 2nd Rule of Demon Fight 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. Sa
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: paranormal, fantasy
Didn't enjoy this one as much as the first book in the series. Partly because it started me down a whole train of thought that resulted in the realization that I have a much easier time buying into characterizations of immortal male characters who still act like obnoxious frat boys despite being decades or centuries old, than I do characterizations of immortal female characters who act like angry-but-really-insecure 20 year olds despite having several decades/centuries under their belts. Probabl ...more
alys ♔
The Mage in Black is the second book in the Sabina Kane series by Jaye Wells. So naturally it was another urban fantasy. And naturally is was pretty damn gooooooood.

Without being too spoiler-y, Sabina Kane (as suggested by the book title!) is now hanging out with a bunch of mages, and learning more about the mage side of her heritage. The old beloved characters are still around (Giguhl and Adam!) whilst we get to meet some badass newbies (aka Maisie and Rhea). The political troubles that are st
Sep 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I read the first book to this series, Red-Headed Stepchild
and I liked it and thought it was a good book. Mage in Black totally blew that one out of the water. It started out with a bang and the action just kept coming until the final pages.

WARNING: Some Spoilers for the 1st Novel

In this installment to the series, Sabina is traveling to NYC to meet her twin sister whom she was seperated at birth from,for the first time. The sexy mage, Adam who helped her in the first novel is bringing both he
Tabitha (Lovely Books Blog)
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After the action packed fun of Red-Headed Stepchild I was eager to start The Mage in Black. However it soon became apparent that this novel wouldn’t hold the same amount of excitement and intrigue that the previous novel offered. While I did enjoy this novel I found myself getting bored until about the last 100 pages or so where the novel finally picked up and the kick-ass Sabina I remember from the first novel returned.

The major
After betrayal by her vampire grandmother, Sabina is no longer an assassin for the Dominae and is off to New York City to check out the mage side of her family and to finally meet her twin Maisie - who welcomes Sabina with open arms and lots of enthusiasm.

I finally have gotten into the swing of Wells' series (after one short story and one novel) and I really liked Mage in Black. Probably mostly because Well's UF heroine is thawing a bit and in this book she's starting to go through some interes
Dec 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adult lovers of Paranormal Mysteries
Yowsa, Yowsa, Yowsa! I love this series. "The Mage in Black" begins immediately after "Red-Headed Stepchild"ends. Sabina journeys to New York with Adam to meet her twin sister, Maisie. She is immediately struck by the awe and sheer devotion the mages show her. However, she is not prepared for life in New York.

Little does Sabina know that there are certain protocols that must be followed if a vamp wants to have a 'hot dinner' in N.Y. Not knowing these rules will only cause the unfortunate outcome
The Mage in Black starts off shortly after Red-Headed Stepchild, the previous book in the series. Sabina Kane is now official enemy of the vampire council known as the Dominae. Sabina, the mage Adam, and her demon familiar Giguhl are on their way to New York to meet the Hekate Council, the leaders of the mage race. Also, the home of Sabina's long lost twin sister and figurative leader of the Hekate Council.
It gets off to a rocky start with some vampire assassins trying to stop the group before
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Jaye Wells is a former magazine editor whose award-winning speculative fiction novels have hit several bestseller lists. She holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, and is a sought-after speaker on the craft of writing. When she’s not writing or teaching, she loves to travel to exotic locales, experiment in her kitchen like a mad scientist, and try things that scare her ...more

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“I cringed at her entirely accurate summary of the kiss. "Look, it‘s not a big deal. I think it was curiosity more than anything."
"Curiosity? Like you were wondering what his tonsils tasted like?”
“Believe it or not, there are plenty of ways to satisfy your need for blood without harming anyone."

I raised an eyebrow. "Yeah, but where's the fun in that?”
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