"Red-Headed Stepchild is the reason I read this genre"
Born with mixed blood, Sabina Kane is part vampire and part
mage. Most people would think this combination would be a
blessing of both worlds. The reality of the situation is
that Sabina is an outcast. Only good enough to become an
assassin in the vampire world she lives in and she has been
brought up to ignore and hate the mage part of her existence.
Her new mission threatens the peace between the vampire and
mage races, and Sabina suddenly finds herself wondering
which side she really wants to be on. Always happy to follow
the orders from her grandmother and the other leaders she
now has more information about the other races, her family
and more importantly about herself. While it doesn't bother
Sabina that she can not go out in the sunlight, she really
doesn't like being kept in the dark. Now things are personal
and Sabina has to decide who to betray and who to trust.
Red-Headed Stepchild is the reason I read this genre. This
is exactly the kind of Urban paranormal book that got me
into the genre and keeps me coming back for more. Here we
have a debut that has literally rocked me and I am scared of
not being able to find the right words to explain how deeply
I loved this book. Sure I read alot of good books and I
enjoy every single one for their own special qualities.
However there are always books that stand out for me and
Red-Headed Stepchild is so shiny bright that I am blinded by
how much it stood out.
Jaye Wells has such a new and unique take on vampires that I
wished I had come up with the concept myself. Full of twists
and turns, this is a book that makes you wish you didn't
have to go to sleep, work or deal with anything else except
reading till the very end. Sabina is a strong realistic
heroine and the other roles in the book, played by demons,
mages and faeries only make things better and better.
This is in the Kim Harrison and Kelley Armstrong league and
when this comes out in April I can only suggest that you
don't waste any time in buying a copy, taking the day off
and devouring the most satisfying read that you have had in
a long time. I seriously can't wait for more and am excited
about what is still to come.
Reviewed by Amber Chalmers
Posted March 27, 2009