The Mage in Black by Jaye Wells

Posted May 29, 2012 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 1 Comment

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.


Shockingly I am progressing through this series rather quickly and I have to say that I am glad I finally found this series. There is something about then general tone of the books that appeal to me. I think it’s the author voice in general, she seems like the kind of smart ass girl I would love to be friends with, mainly because I think she would get my sense of humor too. She writes her books pretty intelligently but she does so in a way that remains pretty quirky, while being very true to the character of Sabina that she has created. 
Now if you have not read the first book please do not proceed with this review because I am going to ruin the first book for you in the span of a couple of paragraphs. First off to say Sabina got screwed in the last book would probably be the understatement of the year. Sabina got the short end of the stick her entire life, being raised by vampires, a race that seriously resented her for being born. So I guess it wasn’t that much of a stretch for them to betray her in the end, turned out she was just a pawn the entire time in her, let’s face it evil, grandmother’s plan. 
So book two basically picks up right where we left off in book one, Sabina going to meet her long lost twin sister that she never knew existed, and really having to put her life in the hands of mages, a race she had been taught to hate, after being betrayed by the race who raised her. Sabina doesn’t have it easy, and the first hard blow for her, and for me as a reader was that Adam was sent away as soon as they make it to NYC. I don’t know about ya’ll but for me Adam is an awesome character, and I really wanted to see where that whole thing was going, so when I saw that Adam was being removed from the situation I have to say I was a tad bit on the annoyed side. But I should have trusted the author. 
Wells brings in a lot of new characters in this book, because well lets face it the people Sabina didn’t leave behind are dead, so there was a lot of room open for new characters. I think the really interesting thing about this book is that book one was more vampire than anything else, told from Sabina’s point of view. But since Sabina was an outsider basically, you as a reader felt like you had the basic information about how vampire society works but never really felt like you were a part of it. Book two is basically all mages all the time, but this time you are learning along side with Sabina, and it’s a totally different feel. You really get to go along with Sabina through her journey to figure out who she really is and what she really wants (and that is not to say she has it figured out by the end of this book). 
So with the new found mage cast of characters, I have to say I like a lot of them. I enjoyed the introduction of Slade, the vampire Sabina clearly has a past with, who has this great cocky personality throughout the entire book. Then you have Rhea who is really Sabina’s main teacher of all things mage. She seems like the wise woman who takes crap from no one. And then of course when you back her into a corner you realize “wow shouldn’t have done that”, she can hold her own like nobodies business. Although there is one scene where she literally wears a helmet while training Sabina which was just too cute for words. And of course then you have Maisie, who in my opinion is a great sister. She really wants to do the right thing by her people as well as by her family. She just seems genuine in every sense of the word. That being said I think I wish I had gotten to know her a little bit better. She had a couple of surprising moments within the book, but for the most part I feel like I want to know more. 
Overall this book ends with just a big of an “omg what next” as the first book does. So needless to say I am already working my way through book three. I love this series. It’s just a fun ride. I think a lot of it comes from tone like I mentioned earlier. But the story is good, and it’s a fun ride from beginning to end. And if you don’t think mages are you thing, I seriously urge you to reconsider. This series kind of has it all, all of the awesome supernatural races can be found her, and I have a feeling that is not going to change as the series progresses. So if you are an urban fantasy fan I urge you to pick up this series I think just about everyone will enjoy it. 

One response to “The Mage in Black by Jaye Wells

  1. Plot Summary: Sabina Kane is the result of a Romeo-Juliet love affair between her vampire mother and mage father. As a half-blooded outcast, Sabina was raised by her vampire grandmother to be an assassin for their ruling body, the Dominae. Her loyalty is tested in a series of strange jobs that begin with killing a former friend, to infiltrating the enemy as a spy, and Sabina begins to question whether her grandmother loves her at all, or views her as just another pawn on the chessboard.

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