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"a real treat for urban fantasy fans"

When Sabina Kane is sent by her vampire grandmother to kill one of her fellow assassins and closest friends, she does so for the good of all vampires. He was a traitor after all -- and traitors must die. Being born a mixed blood -- ˝ vampire and ˝ mage -- an assassin for the Dominae is all she's good for. Or so Sabina's been told. All her life, Sabina has lived in shame for her mixed heritage and is still paying for the sins of her deceased parents who dared to fall in love with one another. Continuously striving to gain the respect of her grandmother, who happens to be Alpha of the Dominae, Sabina agrees to her request to infiltrate a cult run by the charismatic Clovis Trakiya. Clovis Trakiya -- ˝ demon, ˝ vamp -- who claims of wanting nothing more than to unite all of Lilith's children -- vamps, mages, fairy, as well as mortals to make the world a better place. Her mission is to take out Clovis and eliminate him as a threat to the vampire world. Sabina must be careful though lest she upset the fragile truce that exists between the mages and the vamps.

What Sabina doesn't count on is being approached by a handsome stranger who has been following her around town. Adam Lazrus claims to have been sent by her Hekate (mage) side of the family -- a family, who as far as she knows, has never wanted anything to do with her or her flawed bloodline. While Sabina initially scoffs at all Adam has to say, she soon realizes more is at stake than she originally realized.

Red-Headed Stepchild is a real treat for urban fantasy fans. Filled with action and violence, yet with plenty of humor and sass throughout, Ms. Wells has created a wonderfully fast-paced tale set in a dark and dangerous world. Outwardly, Sabina is a kick-ass, take-no-crap kind of woman, but on the inside she has the vulnerability that has readers rooting for her to stand up for herself and to find her self-worth outside of her cold and emotionally detached grandmother and the Dominae. I also enjoyed the unique cast of supporting characters, but none more so than Gihul, the ugliest hairless cat demon shifter that ever existed. I have no reservations whole-heartedly recommending Red-Headed Stepchild and fans of fellow urban fantasy authors like Jeanine Frost, Jennifer Rardin, Karen Chance, Richelle Mead should have no trouble embracing newcomer Jaye Wells' debut novel.

Reviewed by Mippy Carlson
Posted March 27, 2009

SUMMARY

**A PNR REVIEWER TOP PICK**

Sabina Kane’s life is complicated…

In a world where being of mixed blood is a major liability, Sabina has the only profession fit for an outcast: assassin. But her latest mission threatens the fragile peace between the vampire and mage races, and Sabina must scramble to figure out which side she’s on. She’s never brought her work home with her – until now.

This time, it’s personal.

Genre: Urban Fantasy

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Red-Headed Stepchild
(Sabina Kane: Book 1)
by Jaye Wells

Hachette Book Group USA (Orbit Books)
March 1, 2009
Available: March 31, 2009
ISBN #0316037761
EAN #9780316037761
288 pages
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