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Book rating: 03 Paperback Sabina Kane

By (author) Jaye Wells

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  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 109mm x 184mm x 24mm | 220g
  • Publication date: 2 April 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1841497568
  • ISBN 13: 9781841497563
  • Sales rank: 268,845

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In a world where being of mixed-blood is a major liability, Sabina doesn't really fit in. And being an assassin - the only profession fit for an outcast - doesn't help matters. But she's never brought her work home. Until now. Her latest mission is uncomfortably complex, and threatens the fragile peace between the vampire and mage races. As Sabina scrambles to figure out which side she's on, she uncovers a tangled political web, some nasty facts about her family and some unexpected new talents. Any of these things could be worryingly life-changing, but together, they could be fatal ...

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Jaye Wells took an art history degree, before embarking on a series of random career paths. She eventually became a magazine editor, then took up freelance writing. But she left all that behind to make stuff up for a living. She lives in Texas with her saintly husband and devilish son.

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By Fiona Connolly 08 Apr 2010 3

A kickass, vampire half-breed chick with a destiny to fulfil and a chip on her shoulder leads this action packed fantasy full of assassins, demons, magic and deceit.
OK, so not the most original idea for a book but one that has shown to be successful. Yes, we do seem to have these smart mouthed, sharp teethed females coming out of our ears, but although this one doesn’t offer anything new per se, it doesn’t mean it’s not worth reading.

Brought up by her vampire side of the family and used by them as an assassin, Sabina Kane knows next to nothing about her mage side or any powers she may have. Not fitting in anywhere, she takes what little comfort she can with her vampire family. But when a complex assignment starts causing her to doubt everything she’s ever known and question who she is, where can she turn to?

If you are looking for deep, intellectual literature that makes you think then this isn’t your book. If you want a quick, entertaining read that you can let your brain relax to this is it. A good start to a new series and a promising story line for book two, The Mage in Back, which I for one am looking forward to.

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Brassy, sassy, and hip! Well s' promising debut is a fast-paced trip through a dark and dangerous landscape featuring an unusual take on vampires, mages, faeries, and demons. It hooks you on page one and takes you for a great ride! Kat Richardson Fast-paced and funny ... Very enjoyable! Karen Chance There's plenty of action, the pacing is fast and the characters interesting ... an interesting book that deserves to be recommended SFRevu Action-packed suspense at its best. And urban fantasy doesn't get much better than this. Steeped in mystery, intrigue, and magic, this debut is one of the best I've read in months Sci-Fi Chick