Friday, 7 December 2012

The Mage in Black - Book Review/Rant

The Mage in Black (Sabina Kane #2)
by Jaye Wells

What is it about:
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.

What did I think of it:
This book was quite a disappointment, especially because I very much enjoyed the first book.

Sabina is acting very stupid in this book and I must say the way she acted made it hard for me to believe she's supposed to be a successful assassin. On top of that she's feeling more than sorry for herself and she comes across as whiny at times.

And of course: a romantic storyline can't survive it seems if we do not throw in some never before mentioned old flame to create some competition for the love interest from book one. *gag*

Really: I get so sick and tired of all these competing love interests in UF. It is perfectly possible to write a suspenseful romantic story arc that spans multiple books without having to let multiple love interests beat their chests at each other!

So anything good?
Well, the writing is pleasant and the story is interesting and fast paced enough that even with these major annoyances I actually finished the book instead of putting it aside.

I'm not too sure I will read more books in this series though. a shame as I really liked the first book and had hoped to like the rest of the series just as much.

Why should you read it:
It's a nice, fast paced UF story

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Mel said...

This is probably the weakest book in the series. I know exactly what you mean though about multiple love interests... I would encourage you to continue with the series though - the next book has much less romantic entailments and is my personal favourite of the series! :-)

Aurian said...

I did not like the first book very much, not sure if I will ever continue this series. There are so many new ones on my shelves already.

Sullivan McPig said...

@Mel: Hmm... I might give it a try in that case. Thanks
@Aurian: I can relate. So much books, so little time. Better read the good ones and let mediocre series slide.

Melliane said...

I'm sorry you were disappointed, I don't remember how was this one but I really love this series. I hope it will be better if you continue the series.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

I do think the books get better after this one. I will agree with Mel, it's probably the weakest of the series.