I have to say, I was a little late to the Sabina Kane train, despite having purchased Red-Headed Stepchild on its release day in April 2009 (it was a happy birthday to me). I remember taking the book with me to the pool in early May, planning to read it while the mini-me was swimming, I also had a pile of research in my bag, thinking I’d start on a new story that was niggling in the back of my mind.
But the first two chapters of Red-Headed Stepchild put paid to that idea, cause not only had Jaye Wells done it first, she’d done it a whole lot better than the little imp of an idea wriggling in my head. Now here we are, two years later and today is the day Green Eyed Demon is supposed to show up at my house (come on UPS driver) and I wanted to share with you my top 10 reasons you should be reading Sabina Kane too.
|The Mage in Black|
- Lilith is an influential feminine force in history often overlooked by those not researching feminist or religious histories. The history of the vampires and the mages and their relationship to Lilith is rich.
- Strong females are archetypal in urban fantasy, but strong, damaged heroines make even monsters the more human.
- Snark. Sabina delivers it in spades under the deft hand of Jaye Wells’ authorial voice.
- The people in Sabina’s life are not weak nor easily turned away by her attitudes and issues.
- Sabina understands fear, shame and depression, but struggles with love, trust and understanding. She is by no means less because of these things.
- Sabina’s journey is not an easy one and while she may at times sabotage herself, she is self-aware enough to recognize it.
- Every one in Sabina’s world has an agenda and it doesn’t surprise Sabina when those agendas bear fruit.
- The desperation Sabina experiences where her grandmother is concerned is heart wrenchingly believable. Like any abused child, she craves the very approval of the woman she hates. Even in promising her death and retribution at the end of the first novel, she ached for her grandmother to see her as something else – as worthy – even as an enemy.
If all of that was not enough, there are two other fantastic reasons to be reading about Sabina Kane:
9. Giguhl. Every character needs a great sidekick and Giguhl is so much more than a sidekick. He’s a mischief demon with a caravan of attitude to match that of his mistress.
10. Stories should not always be about the destination, but the journey and Sabina Kane’s journey is worth following with her.
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