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Sabina Kane doesn't have the best track record when it comes to family. After all, her own grandmother, leader of the vampire race, wants her dead. So when she arrives in New York to meet her mage relatives, the reunion puts the fun in dysfunctional. Not only is mage culture completely bizarre, but everyone seems to think she's some kind of "Chosen" who will unite the darkSabina Kane doesn't have the best track record when it comes to family. After all, her own grandmother, leader of the vampire race, wants her dead. So when she arrives in New York to meet her mage relatives, the reunion puts the fun in dysfunctional. Not only is mage culture completely bizarre, but everyone seems to think she's some kind of "Chosen" who will unite the dark races. Sabina doesn't care who chose her, she's not into destiny. But the mages aren't Sabina's only problem. In New York's Black Light district, she has run-ins with fighting demons, hostile werewolves, and an opportunistic old flame. Sabina thought she'd take a bite out of the Big Apple, but it looks like it wants to bite back....

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The Mage in Black Reviews

  • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
    2019-05-28 06:51

    Actual rating: 3.99999 stars. Not quite there. But almost➽ This, my Little Barnacles, is how you lift a Freaking DNF Curse (FDC™):✔ Badass (if somewhat lost and confused) heroine.✔ Awesomely hilarious and hilariously awesome Mischief demon sidekick.✔ The character growth you very politely asked for after reading book 1.✔ New additions to the cast that seem meh and at first but grow on you as the story progresses. Well, some you want to kill with your bare hands, but that's fun, too!✔ Über cool fights, blood, gore and my all-time favourites: disembowelment and dismemberment. YAY! ✔ Fast-paced, entertaining plot that keeps you intrigued to the very last page. And makes you want you to read the next instalment right away.Yep, this is definitely how you lift a FDC™.❣ Jaye Wells, I thank thee ❣►► Full review to come Eventually. When my great-great-great grandchildren are old enough to read this book. Maybe.✎ Book 1: Red-Headed Stepchild★★★✎ Book 3: Green-Eyed Demon ★★★✎ Book 4: Silver-Tongued Devil ★★★ ← aka the last straw. I am done done done with this series.• • • •۰° •ิ•۰° •ิ•۰° •ิ•۰° •ิ•۰° •ิ°۰۰° •ิ•۰° •ิ•۰° •ิ•۰° •ิ•۰° •ิ°۰• • • •۰A word of advice, little book: you better be FREAKING good. Because I've had it with this DNFing roll I'm on. Craptasticness WILL NOT be tolerated. Consider yourself warned, Sabina Kane.

  • Choko
    2019-06-04 08:01

    *** 3.65 ***A buddy read at the MacHalo Freaks group!This book was fun! This series is turning out to be entertaining, despite it being far from perfect. Sabina was an annoying pain in the ass in the first book, she has not grown much in this second installment. Not that there is no growth at all. She just discovered she has a twin sister, her grandmother tried to kill her, and she is moving from California to New York, a very different land, environment and rules. And she is surrounded by mages, the same creatures she grew up being thought to hate.... At least she is with Adam, who is also a mage, but at least he has been nice and trustworthy for now... Doesn't hurt that he is kind of cute either.... Best of all, she has her fateful familiar-minion Demon Cat, Gighul! He is hilarious, adorable, and we come to find out, a bit of a ruthless gladiator style fighter!!! Who knew? He continues to steal every scene he is in!!! May I get one of him for my birthday, please!!!!?Sabina's sister is the softness in this book, which is necessary, since there is a lot of violence and deceit surrounding her from all sides, friends and foes.... It seems our annoying and frustrating halfling has a big target painted on her forehead....The plot thickens, the pace speeds up, the stakes became higher, and the politics of an impending war seem to hang over everything.... Could it have been better? Yes, but let us hope we are just getting plenty of room for improvement!!! Always optimistic, that is me:-)This is strictly for the UF fans, and there is some brutality, which could be considered gratuitous, so maybe not for the very young. I am choosing to continue with the series, because the plot has made me very curious to see what happens. And I am enjoying it:-)I wish you all happy reading and may your life be enriched by every book you read!!!

  • Sh3lly ☽ Guardian of Beautiful Squids and Lonely Moons ☽
    2019-06-21 02:54

    Sabina goes to New York to meet her sister, who has been raised as a mage (while she was raised as a vampire - they are half breeds). She goes to learn magic after she leaves the Dominae and escapes her evil vampire grandmother. She struggles to fit in and then finds out one of the mages doesn't want her there, so now she has to fight for her life on top of everything else.So this was a decent read. This series seems to be a solid three stars series, but I still don't fully care about Sabina. Sometimes she has a stick up her ass and just isn't as fun as I want her to be. She is feisty and a bad-ass, but not very complicated. I also had a few issues with this one. The mages didn't warn Sabina about the "rules" in New York so of course she breaks a couple and has to pay for it. I hate when characters keep things from each other and this instance just felt like an excuse to set up an action scene.I liked the introduction of Slade, the bad boy vampire Sabina knows "from way back." But I didn't care for how they just (view spoiler)[fucked. I get why he would do it, but Sabina likes Adam and it didn't feel organic to the story, in my view. I have no issue with people having casual sex, but it just rubbed me the wrong way, just thrown in. (hide spoiler)]Adam was gone for most the book, which sucked. Giguhl was the best part. I love that demon. He has a bigger role and provides the most humor and is my favorite character. I don't care for the mages that much, to be honest. They are a bit boring and I don't like their teaching methods. The Big Bad was obvious and I saw it a mile away.That being said, I'll probably still read the next one, but am in no hurry. This is an okay series, but something is missing. The world-building is not extensive. But it's a good series to read in-between other things or when you need something light.Reading this with the MacHalo group starting March 30, 2016. I hope I see some growth here in Sabina or I might get a little ragey.

  • Denisa
    2019-06-26 08:49

    I loved this book!Throughout the book Sabina was likeand As I said, she's pretty badass, compared to other assassins I've read about. She's not too skittish or too scared to kill people and that's essencial for her "job".It was a really good read, it made it hard for me to put the book down and do some work. And it made me so damn curious about how it will continue! Can't wait to read the next one!

  • Ivy
    2019-06-11 05:49

    It was interesting to know who sent the demon after Sabina. Hope they will be able to rescue Maisie. Hope Sabina and Adam's relationship will work out.

  • AH
    2019-05-28 03:53

    3.5 stars...The Sabina Kane series is a guilty pleasure of mine. It’s not the best urban fantasy series out there, but it is entertaining for me so I continue to read it. Sabina is a kick-ass heroine, clad in the requisite leather, able to use all sorts of weapons at will. However, I find that the supporting cast of characters really makes the story, especially Gighul, Sabina’s Mischief Demon and minion. I can always count on him for a good laugh.The Mage in Black finds Sabina in New York City. Sabina is under the tutelage of Rhea, learning to use her chthonic mage powers. Apparently Sabina takes after her father Tristan and is quite the powerful mage. If only she knew how to use her powers. In the meantime, Lavinia is up to no good. Lavinia will not rest until all the mages are wiped off the face of the earth. She would also be happy with a war of the dark races. Sabina wants to defeat her evil grandmother, but she is also facing a few assassination attempts of her own.Back to Gighul for a moment. Gighul continues to provide excellent comic relief throughout the story. Whether it’s a new porn film he has discovered on the Temptation Network – Lawrence of the Labia or simply being his own mischievous self, Gighul rocks. Gighul as a fight star in Demon Fight Night was magnificent.There are some seriously exciting moments in this book. The battle scenes had me on the edge of my seat, especially the last scene…The next book is Green-Eyed Demon. I’ll be reviewing that one next.Review posted on Badass Book Reviews.

  • CarolynStorer
    2019-06-09 03:48

    3.5 StarsThis is the second book in the 'Sabina Kane' series by Jaye Wells, and although I enjoyed it very much 'The Mage in Black' didn't quite live up to my expectations of what I hoped would be a fantastic follow up to the brilliant 'Red-Headed Setpchild'.It could have been that I preferred reading about the Vampire world present in the first book rather than the Mage world which was dominant in this book. It may have been the fact that there was less humour and snarkiness between the characters, especially Sabina and Giguhl, the demon-cat (which I found very funny and endearing in book one). It may also have something to do with the fact that Adam was hardly present at all, which was a bit disappointing as I enjoyed the sexually infused banter between him and Sabina.However, the void left by Adam was replaced with another male character in the form of the lovely, although very different, vampire, Slade, or better known to the dark-race as 'The Shade' (such a slight change to the name I'm not sure I understand why). His relationship with Sabina began many years ago and they didn't leave each other on good terms.The writing in 'The Mage in Black' is just as good as the previous book, the imagination is still as vivid and Sabina continues to kick-arse, but the sparkle was missing for me. I didn't particularly like Sabina's sister, Maisie or the rest of the Mage characters. They dictated just as much as Sabina's grandmother, they were just more subtle about it. They told her she shouldn't fight, she should get in touch with her Mage side and learn magic and she shouldn't drink from humans but rather from a bag. One of the aspects I love about Sabina is that she doesn't apologise for who she is, which is a vampire and that means drinking human blood. Considering Sabina had just met them, I found their rules annoying and couldn't connect with any of them.When Sabina meets up with 'The Shade' it was rather nice to get back to the world of vampire, and Sabina was just as relieved as I was. It was comforting and familiar. I don't often read books about lots of magic, but prefer to immerse myself in the world of vampires and werewolves rather than witches. And as this book if full to the brim of witchy magic it was a little slow going for me.There's also the inclusion of a demon fight-club run by 'The Shade' in his bar/club Vein, and of course Giguhl wants to join. There's also love on the cards for Giguhl, which I'm not sure I liked. I preferred him as the demon-kitty much more than the love-sick randy demon. In fact, I saw him as a bit asexual and was surprised and a little disappointed if I'm honest that his character went down this route.There is lots of action and intrigue. Sabina is being hunted and is nearly killed on numerous occasions, but who is behind the attacks? I was hoping for a sting in the tail...her sister maybe, or the leader of the Mage-race, Orpheus, but it turned out to be who I suspected, and unfortunately the culprit was a little dull. However, the suspense is very much there and with a fab character such as Sabina, it was easy to read this book in a short space of time.VERDICT:Overall 'The Mage in Black' is a very good read and I really enjoyed it, despite the above, and the ending sets us up nicely for what will hopefully be a great third instalment in this exciting series.

  • Sarah
    2019-06-01 07:50

    While I enjoyed the first book in the Sabina Kane series I ended up absolutely devouring The Mage in Black and for me this is where the series really kicked up a gear. Sabina's whole life has been turned upside down by previous events, everything she ever believed in has been torn away from her and she's left without any kind of anchor. The vampires were the only family she ever knew but her grandmother betrayed her terribly and now she has discovered that she has a twin sister who was raised by the mages. Sabina had to leave everything behind and now she's trying to make a new life for herself in New York but it's not easy being constantly surrounded by mages, especially considering she was raised to see them as the enemy.It was really interesting to see Sabina so totally out of her comfort zone in this book, she is faced with meeting her sister Maisie and although they're twins they couldn't be more different. Thanks to upbringings that were pretty much polar opposites Maisie is the sweetness and light that Sabina was never given the opportunity to become. Sabina is the darker, much more cynical sister and considering her grandmother's actions she has understandable trust issues when it comes to family, especially family she's only just met. It's quite heartbreaking watching Sabina realise how different her life would have been if she'd been the lucky one picked to go and live with the mages at birth but she plays the hand she was dealt pretty well and doesn't let the resentment affect her relationship with Maisie for long.The side characters who stole my heart in the previous book have just as big roles in this book and Gighul is still my favourite, who knew he could be quite so badass though! He adds a lot of humour to the series and he makes a couple of interesting new friends who I'm looking forward to seeing more of. I did find myself missing Adam though, he's busy with another task for the mage council so he's not around as much as I hoped he would be but I still love the connection between him and Sabina when they are together. They have great chemistry and I have high hopes for them becoming a couple but he has a little competition for her affection in the form of a new character known only as The Shade. If you've read the prequel novella Fool's Gold then The Shade won't be such an unknown quantity and I really do think that novella will give you a better insight into why Sabina's reaction to him was quite so intense. He's definitely going to make life interesting for her that's for sure!The plot of this book was fairly fast paced and I found this was a very quick read because I didn't want to put it down, I enjoyed getting to know some of the mages and I hope we'll see more of the other races (especially the newly introduced werewolves!) as the series continues. The Dominae have stepped things up a gear now and Sabina is about to head into all out war so I'm sure the series is just going to get even better from here onwards.

  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    2019-05-31 04:54

    Red-Headed Stepchild wasn’t a book that impressed me much, so I went into this one with a degree of trepidation. Since the end of the first hit the main character, Sabina, over the head with a revelation hammer, it’s possible that she will at least shake loose one of the annoying traits that turned me off so badly before: blind devotion. Now, let’s see if she was able to improve in other ways as well…Story-wise, the plot was a worthy continuation, picking off where RHS leaves off. Since Sabina finally had to face reality, she goes a bit more with the flow here and the interesting storyline stays interesting. New characters help inject charm. She’s forced out of her natural element and into new situations and completely different sorts of people than what she’s used to interacting with. Action and pacing are held evenly throughout, and usually something’s going on. I do hold a little grief with the ending, though, as it’s one of those cliffhanger types that resemble TV show season finale endings. Leaving questions unanswered is fine, but having it cut off in an obvious ploy to want the reader to grab the next book for the opening chapter is a pet peeve of mine. Most of the book takes place in the mage area, so we get to see a lot of that unusual world. As before there was mucho humor in the book, and it seems to blend in more naturally than the first book’s attempts. Unfortunately I still don’t like Sabina. She’s better without the blind loyalty but she’s still ridiculously abrasive and badly tempered. She’s a trained fighter who seeks to hurt everyone and ask questions later, not caring about much besides herself.There is a new lust interest but he was a major turnoff to me too. He turned me off mainly and majorly by participating and organizing demon ring fights (against their will), which with its gratuitous violence reminded me of pit bull fights. Yuck. Accompanied with that and then his smirking, smug actions at the beginning, I am definitely not team Sade yet.Adam’s barely in the book at all, only at the very beginning and the very end. Maise was a good character, fun and bubbly, but Rhea comes across much too controlling and superior.An improvement to the first in storyline and protagonist growth (a little), and it’s clear the writer knows how to rock the humor mode. Sabina is still overly abrasive, mindless and thuggish in behavior to me, and the cliffhanger ending again strikes right when they’re on their way to do something. I am curious how much the series improves with book three.

  • Anne
    2019-06-01 07:03

    I'm not kidding when I say that this is the best series I have read in a loooong time. If you like snarky smart heroines who are full of piss and vinegar, then Sabina Kane is the girl for you! My only regret is that the next book isn't out yet. Grrr. Gotta love the cliffhangers!

  • Natasha
    2019-05-26 02:58

    Mage in Black is book 2 in the Sabina Kane series. I really enjoyed book 1 "Red-Headed Step Child", but I found the heroin the typical kick butt, tough chick and hard attitude type. Although I tend to like those books, I was in the mood for more. The good thing is, in this book, more is what we got. I went from liking Sabina to loving her. We get to see more personality and humor, but still enough stubbornness to be the same old Sabina.At the end of book 1 we were left with so many unanswered questions: What will happen when she meets her sister for the first time, How she was going to handle spending time with the Mages and of course where her relationship will go with Adam. By the end of the book I was begging for answers. Thankfully, we get some answers in this book. This book takes a new direction when Sabina leaves behind the vamps who stabbed her in the back to try and connect with the Mages. Not far into this book Sabina is faced with problems yet again. Someone is out to kill Sabina after finding out Sabina may be the person to unite all the Dark Races.Not only are they going after Sabina, but also after those closest to her.After Sabina is caught pouching in someone else territory, she if forced to pay the blood tax, and being without money she is forced to put Giguhl, her demon familiar and friend, into the fighting ring for the shade. Little does she know that the Shade is her old friend and partner, in more ways then one. But Giguhl is thrilled with the idea of fighting in a demon fight club, and once you agree, you cannot back out. "Without Mercy!" Then there's Adam, the Mage who’s became her close friend and is helping Sabina with her magic. Sabina is trying to deny her feelings for him, but it's no use. After what happened to her parents, Vampires & Mages just shouldn’t mix…right?Mage in Black is an amazing, fast paced read. I read it in under 4 hours and I hated that it was over. I wish this book could have been longer, I need another Wells fix!It's filled with plenty of action and danger and enough romance to satisfy all. One thing I can't forget the the humor and starkness of Giguhl. The demon is hilarious, and makes each scene 100%. It wouldn't be the same without the Mischievous fella. So if your looking for a Urban Fantasy with vampires, mages, romance and action, this series is the one for you. If you have yet to read book 1 "Red-Headed Stepchild" you should do so first. Mage in Black takes up almost immediately after book one, and you will find yourself lost through parts without a knowing for the story.

  • The Flooze
    2019-06-13 01:55

    The Mage in Black is a transition book. It finds Sabina in New York to meet with the mages and Maisie. Still reeling from being betrayed, Sabina works on her magic while making new allies. And new enemies. This installment doesn’t begin as strongly as Red-Headed Stepchild did. Textual incongruities leech excitement out of an action scene in the very first chapter. I’m a stickler for that sort of thing. When a chick says she’s unarmed, then two seconds later is gripping her gun more tightly, I get annoyed. As Sabina acclimates to her new surroundings, the idea of war brews up in the background…and that‘s about it. Granted, Wells needs time to bring all the elements together before Sabina‘s universe can move forward. However, the plot of The Mage in Black doesn’t hold enough intrigue on its own. Sure, someone is trying to kill Sabina. But we already know that. Throwing yet another antagonist into the ring doesn’t do much to ratchet up the excitement level.Plot issues aside, Sabina needs to grow more as a character. She’s still playing the über hard-ass, denying any need for help. Several times over she has to be reconvinced that learning magic can only help her, whether her ultimate goal is to join the mages or simply to exact revenge. I understand her wariness, but she’s just standing in her own way. Giguhl provides a decent amount of humor, but the fun snark that made the first book fly by is toned down considerably. I was disappointed because I recall laughing quite a bit during Red-Headed Stepchild. All told, it’s not a bad book. The new characters seem promising, and there are hints about Big Changes coming to pass. The final chapters include much action and some interesting alliances. The real problem is I’m not excited by this series. I don’t know if it’s the heroine’s unreliable personality or the sometimes vague world-building, but I don’t have any affection for it (apart from Mr. Giggles). I think I’ll read Green-Eyed Demon, but I won’t be rushing to get my hands on it.

  • Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
    2019-06-22 02:52

    4.5 StarsThis was a brilliant second installment in the series, I thought this one was better then the first as it really plunged right into the story and you begin to see the rest of the Dark Races and delve deeper into Jaye Well's world. What I especially liked about this book was the way it shows Sabina change, I would like to say for the better, as she has finally found a few people who accept her as she is and she starts developing real friendships, despite her major trust issues! What I also liked was the fast paced action and movement of the book, and quick moving plot, this book has great energy.Once again Giguhl, Sabina's demon sidekick/minion, was great adding a bit of humour to the books. There were quite a few new characters in this book, Maisie, Sabina's twin which despite them looking the same were complete opposites, Rhea, Adam's aunt and the teacher from hell, The Shade, an old flame of Sabina's and Michael the alpha werewolf. They were all well woven in to the story and I can't wait to see what happens with them all.The only thing I wanted to see was more of the Sabina and Adam relationship, there was some mention of them, but Adam wasn't there most the time, however, I get the feeling that things may go a little further in the next book as they will be working closely together.I am definatley going to be reading the next book, I did like the first book but after reading this, it has tipped this series in to the keeper shelves and I fully intend to put them all on my christmas list!

  • Maria Dimitrova
    2019-05-27 09:11

    The second book in a series is always an important one. While the first one is supposed to get you interested, the second one has to keep you interested and develop the story. The Mage in Black managed to do that quite nicely. It wasn't as captivating as the first one but interesting enough not only to make me finish it but also make me crave more. And that's what I need to decide to finish a series no matter what.In this second instalment Sabina is so out of her element that it's downright hilarious. But this is what she needs - fate to smack her upside the head and force her to grow up. Up until now she's always had the backup of the Dominae even if it was negligibly small. It's one thing to have one of the big players behind you and play tough, it's totally another to be strong on your own. In this book Sabina learned a hard lesson, one that her grandmother never wanted her to learn - friends make you powerful. All her life Sabina has kept everyone at an arm's length believing that that makes her strong and independent. She was thought to fight and to hate. Now she has to learn to love and to fight with different weapons. She has to learn to trust. There was a lot of character growth but not too much as to make Sabina a completely different person. The cast of secondary characters was expanded and we got a broader view of this alternative Earth. The plot thickens and the pace is good. A good sequel to a great book and one that leaves you wanting more.

  • Bethany C
    2019-05-31 05:09

    This review may not be particularly informative/useful as I have nothing constructive to say- I loved everything about this book. However, I'm pretty stingy with my stars, so a five star really means something. Wells is a master at character development; every single one of her characters feels instantly real. And she has really achieved something in my book- continuing to keep me 100% interested during 'fight' scenes. I often find in other books during fight or battle scenes that my interest wanes and I just want to get to the end of the fight to the outcome and see what happens next. But every word in every scene she writes just seems so relevant and important. It may be the mix between physicality and magic (in the fight scenes) and that the only fights with just two people are short. The big extended battle switches so much to feature all the characters you feel like you know...I'm rambling now, just really impressed that I hung on every word. I started this book a little worried that I could be disappointed; that the debut was so fabulous that my expectations for this book were too high. Well, now the bar is set at 11.I have Green-Eyed Demon in my possession, and it's taking massive willpower not to dive straight into it. Because I need to save it for a little while so there won't be so much time between that and the next book.

  • Fani *loves angst*
    2019-05-31 09:49

    I'm completely with AH on this: this is fast becoming my favorite, guilty pleasure series:) Yes, Sabina is not the most likable heroine around and yes there are better written UF stories out there. But this is so entertaining! It's a nice combination of humorous moments, action, a little romance and some quite emotional moments that caught me by complete surprise. Gighul is one of the most interesting secondary characters out there and he alone makes these books worth reading. "Lawrence of the Labia" LOL! What a title:)The second part of this book took an unexpectedly emotional turn, compared to the fun and fast pace of the previous book and even this one's first half. I liked it a lot for a change, but I do hope it doesn't become the staple for the following books.The romance is quite low in this one and we see very little of Adam as he goes out for a mission from almost the beginning till the end. But, dare I admit that right now I'm not his biggest fan? His "hollier than thou" attitude is starting to grate on my nerves a bit and I do hope he changes his tune in the next books. (view spoiler)[And I also have to admit that I prefer Slade over Adam right now, since I tend to prefer morally ambiguous heroes than self-righteous ones. (hide spoiler)]This book ends with a bit of a cliffhanger, so I'm heading straight to the next one!

  • Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    2019-06-10 06:58

    Jaye Wells continues to make the Sabina Kane series a hit! I loved every bit of it as I did RHSC and now I wish the third book, Green-Eyed Demon was coming out this year and not next. I can't wait for it! The Mage in Black features several fight scenes that are kick-ass! In fact, in this book other characters get in on the action as well. You'll find out soon if you read it. It's very entertaining. Along with the ass kicking that goes on here, you also get a glimpse of the more emotional side of Sabina. The betrayals, secrets, and motives of others are beginning to take a toll on her and she now realizes the weight of the choices she must make in the future. Now, her to do list includes more than getting revenge on her grandmother, Lavinia. We are also introduced to a few more new characters who are very interesting. I am dying to know what happens next. Also, the burning romance between Sabina and Adam is somewhat absent in this book. However, don't be alarmed! To be honest, I didn't even notice it because of all the action that occurs. Nevertheless, it's always great to have Adam around.

  • Erin O'Roark
    2019-06-03 03:13

    Nothing happened. Sabina is still absolutely intolerable to read about. I so hope this gets bette.

  • Steph
    2019-05-31 08:01

    After reading the first book Red-Headed Stepchild, I knew that I had to read the rest of the series. I loved this book just as much as the first, although I did have a few problems that prevented me from giving 5stars.Sabina, Adam and Giguhl have made it to New York. Sabina gets to meet her twin sister, Maisie (who up until about a week ago she didn't even know existed). Maisie is quite the opposite of Sabina, she's sweet and cheerful, playful and cares deeply about those around her and takes her responsibility to help the council very seriously. Her main concern is that the less people hurt the better.They couldn't be any more different. But we soon learn just how much Maisie cares about Sabina and will do whatever it takes to help her embrace her Mage history and become the best person she can be. She always has her back and is someone that Sabina can trust, one hundred per cent and I think she needed that desperately. Now, the biggest problem I had was that Adam wasn't really in this book at all. I wa hoping to see great thing from them but as soon as they get to New York, the council sends him away on a job. Sabina was so angry at him and I honestly could't blame her. He made her a deal to get her to NY, that he would be there, that he would be the one to train her personally and then he's leaving. I know that the job was very important and how seriously he takes his job, but come on, he completely left her in the lurch. They share a passionate kiss and then he's gone! Anyway, I'll move on, Now Giguhl had some really funny moments again. We got to see him taking part in a 'Demon Fight Club' and then we actually got to see him fall in love. With Valva (believe me there were a few good jokes about that name. LOL. Again, we didn't really see as much of him in this book, which sucked but he still really kicked ass! I love him. We meet a new character in this book, Slade, who you can apparently meet in an earlier novella and learn in more detail how he and Sabina know each other. But I didn't feel it was necessary to the book.I wasn't sure about Slade at first. He seemed like a bit of a sleaze. But as he admits to his past mistakes with Sabina and sincerely apologises for everything he did, I started to really like him. He left the life of the Dominae and opened a Club in NY. He really cares about Sabina and makes it very clear that he would want her to be with him. ******** Spoiler Alert, if you haven't read the book stop now ****************************** When Sabina and Slade then slept together later in the book I really couldn't believe it, it happened so damned quickly I didn't know how to react. I didn't see it coming at all. I kind of wanted to slap her at first. But I also understood how it happened in the end. She's feeling so low and there's no one there to support her or look out for her. Maisie did her best but has her job to do. So Slade was there when she needed someone to comfort her. He treated her kindly and with respect.I then felt bad for Slade because we knew that Sabina was just usuing him and had no intention of being with him for more than a few nights and I didn't think he deserved that. Not that he didn't enjoy it. LOL I then hated when Adam came home and she introduced them. She is supposed to be staring out with Adam but had spent all of last night having sex with Slade. Neither knew what the hell was going on and that made me uncomfortable. "Adam, this is Slade." I paused. "He's an old friend. I said after a moment's hesitation. Next to me I saw Adam's eyes shoot to Slade. "Slade, this is Adam. He's my..." "...I'm her new friend." Adam cut in.' She and Slade parted on good terms which I liked and I'm not sure if she ever plans to tell Adam about what happened but the guilt is already getting to her so I think she'll spill the beans soon into the next book. The storyline moved along quite slowly in this book, for me. We got to see more of Sabina learning to use her magic, got to know some new people and saw a lot of people try to kill her and Giguhl. But overall the story itself didn't go much further. The ending was great and left me dying to get to the third book.

  • Cathy
    2019-06-14 03:57

    ***Warning: small spoiler alert about book 1 in this series to follow ***I was a little disappointed in this book. The end of the 1st book in the trilogy left me thinking that this 2nd book would be really good. There was so much intrigue and a lot of emotional risk-taking at the end of Red-Headed Stepchild; a major character was even killed, leading to a very emotionally raw funeral. I thought that this book would therefore be a real emotional roller coaster. And it wasn't. At least not for the reader. Because Sabina goes to NY to discover her Mage family and powers, there is a lot of intro into this new facet Of the supernatural world. It turns out that there was an awful lot of basic info that Sabina's vampire family never told her about and somehow she never questioned. So reader got a lot of Mage, fairy and werewolf 101 per the rules of this world, which was ok except that it made for a lot of talk and very little action. I was as frustrated as Sabina was by the lack of activity. I like the idea that she needs to take a break and learn to use the magic she never knew she had. She also has to come to grips with the huge betrayal her entire life had been. But as she was forced to stop, think and learn, the story stalled. It was interesting to learn about the NYC supernatural community that the author imagined. But that became the entire story. A bar and fight club seemed to virtually replace the fascinating story of otherworldly politics that is supposed to be the central premise of the series. The demon Giguil was the only character here with any great scenes. He was funny, again, and some small new facets of his story come out, but he's the comic relief, not the central story. Sabina's sister is nice, but a little bland despite efforts to show that she has a lot of spunk and determination. I did like Sabina's new magical mentor, Rhea, a strong and smart lady, but didn't like the reason Sabina needed her...***small spoiler alert*** ... which is because Adam is sent away on a mission and is absent for practically the whole book. Which kept this from being a romance series, which is fine with me, but forced the heroine to explore her thoughts and feelings with strangers (to us at least) or to herself, which always gets annoying in 1st person narratives. The character is written to be all action, rough and tough, so some of the flowerly thoughts and realizations seemed totally out of character. In addition, the author has some annoying tics of her own, repeating a few words or phrases an nauseam. She really needs a thesaurus; it's a minor but irritating issue. Finally on the negatives, the identity of the traitor was completely obvious. A few red herrings would have been nice at least. All of which doesn't make it a bad book by any means. It's an enjoyable story, and series, but it isn't living up to the strength of the premise or glimmers of a stronger story that seem hidden under extraneous plot points. Right now it feels like it will end up being a trilogy that would have been stronger as one longer but more focused novel. As much as I love my urban fantasy series, if you don't have enough strong story, maybe it shouldn't be dragged out. I do have to mention that the covers for these books are particularly good for this genre. The model actually looks like the character! Too often lately the book is about a girl with short curly hair and the cover has a sleek long pony tail or something else totally inacurate. It was a little odd that the model has a perfect French manicure, but I can give up in torn up short nails for the right hair color and style. It just feels more respectful to the readers and authors when the publishers take the time and money to be accurate instead of sticking any old model on the covers.

  • Monique
    2019-05-29 08:49

    I actually finished this yesterday, but, wasn't able to get on the computer so I had to mark it finished today...Really, I would give this 4 1/2 stars it was really very good with an ending that was all cliffhanger setting us up for the next installment "Green-Eyed Demon," due out next year...Which for me is way to long:(I must say that our heroine Sabina Kane annoys the crap out of me, I'm sorry she really pissed me off in this book, she is just so set in her ways, not open to accepting help from others, always thinking that she can handle everything on her own, egotistical, self-centered, and just over all a huge pain in the a**Granted as I began this second book in the series, my expectations were very high...I didn't even think that I would like the first book and ended up loving it. Unfortunately in my experience with reading series sometimes the follow up books tend to not be as good as the first one or visa versa the first one is meh and the others are way better...But, as I've already stated this was really good, but, I would like to see Sabina open up her heart a bit more in book three...I'm not the author so I do not know if how she had envisioned her heroine was this tough as nails assassin with no conscience, a harden heart from the years she has lived in a sense feeling cursed because she was a half-breed and I guess developing no conscious over time due to her line of work which was basically just killing people...Granted Sabina went through a lot in this book, finally trying to merge with her mage side of the family, meeting her twin sister, and finding out so much more about where she really came from, yet struggling to hold onto her vampire side...This book was refreshing in the sense that, being a person who reads a lot of vampire books, the formula can get old to me...I like that the author took a new spin to the whole vampire thing by adding in mages and fairies...I love that...Because I like reading about other supernatual beings besides just vamps and werewolves...It's a great read, even though I did the audio book...And it definately begs you to finish it once you've started...And for me as someone who will easily stop reading a book if it's not keeping my interest, that says a lot...can't wait for the next one and highly recommend this series to anyone who loves the supernatural, some kink, engaging characters, some action, and fans of dark fiction...

  • Anzu The Great Destroyer
    2019-05-30 05:13

    I started reading this EXACTLY after finishing the latest Night Huntress book. This will explain my harsh review.I had so many problems with this book that I have no idea where to begin. The start was too sudden. I’m a sucker for action but give me some time to adjust don’t just hit me in the head like this. I could get over this if the story would turn into something interesting and not mindless action. It didn’t. Eventually things got so boring that I lost interest in the book. Hell at a point I didn’t get what the story was about. Demon Fight-Club? Not what I wanted to find, I’ll tell you this. I was totally uninterested to read about the damn boxing matched between Giguhl and the rest of the demons. Give me a damn story please and quit screwing around!I’ve always skipped the whole training on Eye of The Tiger moments in movies. They bore me especially since there’s no fun in them. Most of the book revolves around something like this. Damn boring I tell you!! At the end I felt that the story was close to useless.Here’s an image to show you my opinion on this:In the previous book Sabina seemed cool. I was actually amused by her messed up personality. It lasted for only the first book. Now she’s the same assh*le as before and instead of being amused I’m getting annoyed. A character should evolve with each book. She’s actually going the other way around. She acts like a big ass assassin but when faced with new knowledge or the chance for a fresh start she acts like she’s in primary school. Not the kind of heroine I would admire.I guess Sabina’s attitude problem comes from the deep and desperate need to get laid. (view spoiler)[Which she has. By the wrong guy. I don’t know how to feel about what happened between her and Slade. (hide spoiler)]I still don’t understand why they didn’t kill her grandma in the previous book. It makes no sense. Sabina left her live just so she could show off with what a bad girl she is hanging with the mages and all that?I used to like Giguhl but inThe Mage in Black he’s simply annoying. Slade was ok and Maisie was neutral.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Jennifer Y
    2019-05-31 09:58

    1st Rule of Demon Fight Club...Don't talk about it. 2nd Rule of Demon Fight this freaking book for the Demon sidekick alone and you won't be disappointed.That's right the lovable Mr. Giggles is back bitches. I absolutely love Giguhl, Sabina's demon familiar. He's great for a laugh and we find out that he can hold his own when it comes to a fight. His and Sabina relationship is funny and touching. They have each others back and Sabina learns to let her big boy demon out on his own. Sabina has to stop being a stage mother when Giguhl gets into an underground Demon Fight Club that is ran by The Shade, a vampire from Sabina's past.Sabina, Adam and Giguhl starts out on a cross country trip from L.A. to New York. From page one we get a hilarious action scene at a gas station where Sabina and Adam have to fight for their lives against three vamps that was sent to take her out.After the group makes it to New York, Sabina is thrown into the Mage life. She meets her twin sister and whole host of other Mages. Sabina is out of her element while she tries to learn to use her magic from her Mage heritage.There a little bit of romance in the works but with the supe world on the brink of war it gets push aside for the time being.I'm enjoying the world and characters that Jaye Wells has created. She does an excellent job of balancing the action and snark. The Mage in Black is another winner in the urban fantasy genre and feel like the next book, Green-Eyed Demon is only going to be even better as Sabina wages war on her evil grandmother.

  • Crystal
    2019-06-10 09:05

    I read the first book to this series, Red-Headed Stepchild and I liked it and thought it was a good book. Mage in Black totally blew that one out of the water. It started out with a bang and the action just kept coming until the final pages. WARNING: Some Spoilers for the 1st Novel In this installment to the series, Sabina is traveling to NYC to meet her twin sister whom she was seperated at birth from,for the first time. The sexy mage, Adam who helped her in the first novel is bringing both her and her familiar the demon Giguhl. They are making a pit-stop when they are accosted by a hit squad seemingly sent by the Dominae(the triad of ancient vampiresses who control the vampire race, of which The Alpha Dominae is Sabina's grandmother who betrayed her in the first novel)From there she enters the confusing, and at times frustrating world of mage-kind. She winds up in a major fight with werewolves on her first day there, and embarasses herself at an important ceremony. She also meets an unexpected ex-lover for whom she holds a grudge and a grudging attraction. Sabina also is fighting sabotage left and right, but who is setting her up?This book has a little of everything-there is certainly action, a little mystery, a little romance-although I will tell you that this novel is not relationship centric, some angst, a lot of character development, and a boat load of snark. I actually snorted coca cola out of my nose at one point-which I wouldn't recommend, it hurts. I really like this protag, she has issues and a chip on her shoulder but you don't necessarily feel the need to slap her. She realizes she needs to grow-up and she works on it. She makes some mistakes which I think humanize her, and she has the potential to be really powerful but I like that she has to work for it-it's not falling in her lap.I definetly recommend this book, but you really should read the RedHeaded Step-child first, you won't be completely lost but it enriches several aspects of the story. If you need any other enticement to pick up this book read it for Giguhl, who new a hairless kitty could be such a total bad-ass.

  • ally ♔
    2019-06-15 04:59

    The Mage in Black is the second book in the Sabina Kane series by Jaye Wells. So naturally it was another urban fantasy. And naturally is was pretty damn gooooooood. Without being too spoiler-y, Sabina Kane (as suggested by the book title!) is now hanging out with a bunch of mages, and learning more about the mage side of her heritage. The old beloved characters are still around (Giguhl and Adam!) whilst we get to meet some badass newbies (aka Maisie and Rhea). The political troubles that are stirring between the vampires and mages is worsening, and ultimately reaching a climax towards the end of the book, which results in some badass fights and overall awesomeness. ALSO WE NOW HAVE WEREWOLVES. Who are raggedly handsome and love street fights. Heeeeeeeee this is literally why I love urban fantasy. Things to Love About The Mage in BlackThe mage stuff. I LOVEEEE mage stuff. Heck, if I could be any magical creature, I would be a mage. You get to whip up some fancy-as spells without having to do creepy things (e.g. drinking blood! Bleugh!) and you maintain a strong level of awesomeness. I loved the spells, the details of the mage history in this universe, and the mage system that was in place.The character development! Sabina started off in Book 1 as this lone assassin who only had to think for herself, and had little to no patience when it came to getting the job done. She had a short temper (to put it lightly) and was snarky as heck. Sure, she was still snarky, but she learnt patience and became more tolerant, as well as started to care for others around her a lot more. You go girl. <3 Overall this was an excellent continuation to the series. There was character development, a new area of the paranormal universe was explored and some epic new characters were introduced. I can’t wait to demolish Book 3! Sum It In a GIF :

  • Tabitha (Lovely Books Blog)
    2019-06-26 01:55

    Read more reviews like this at!After the action packed fun of Red-Headed Stepchild I was eager to start The Mage in Black. However it soon became apparent that this novel wouldn’t hold the same amount of excitement and intrigue that the previous novel offered. While I did enjoy this novel I found myself getting bored until about the last 100 pages or so where the novel finally picked up and the kick-ass Sabina I remember from the first novel returned.The majority of this novel was spent on Sabina mastering her magical powers, the half-hearted attempts on her life, and interactions with her new family and old flame Slade. While I didn’t dislike this novel I was definitely bored by it, The Mage in Black just didn’t deliver the kick I expected. I was especially disappointed that Adam was gone for almost the whole novel, I really like his relationship with Sabina and their interactions make me smile.Just like in the previous novel Giguhl was absolutely hilarious. His witty comments and hilarious dialogue definitely made up for how slow the plot was in the beginning. Him and his new girlfriend, Valva, made a comical couple and I couldn’t help but laugh out loud at their whirlwind romance.Sabina isn’t my favorite heroine but I enjoy reading about her. Sometimes she’s a little over the top and doesn’t allow anyone to help her just because she’s trying to be difficult, which annoys me a little bit. However, she isn’t bad and sometimes reading about a girl who isn’t afraid of anyone or anything makes a fun read.Although this novel didn’t live up to the first I still enjoyed it and the ending left hope that the next novel in the series will be just as fun and exciting as the first. So far an enjoyable series I like the Sabina Kane and I’m excited to see where the story goes. While this novel wasn’t the best I’m still interested to see where the story goes.

  • Melindeeloo
    2019-06-01 05:12

    After betrayal by her vampire grandmother, Sabina is no longer an assassin for the Dominae and is off to New York City to check out the mage side of her family and to finally meet her twin Maisie - who welcomes Sabina with open arms and lots of enthusiasm. I finally have gotten into the swing of Wells' series (after one short story and one novel) and I really liked Mage in Black. Probably mostly because Well's UF heroine is thawing a bit and in this book she's starting to go through some interesting attitude adjustments - let's face it an assassin just doesn't inspire the warm and fuzzies. There also was plenty of action in the book as the mage and Dominae vamps are on the brink of war and someone is targeting Sabina for a prophesy she is supposed to fulfill. Back from the previous book - in a limited role, but one that shows promise for the future - is the sexy Mage Adam, also Sabina's demon familiar Giguhl is back to provide a few chuckles. Sabina's sister Maisie is almost too good to be true and I liked Sabina's magical mentor, Rhea, who teaches not by the book but in the school of 'hard knocks'. Sabina also runs across an old friend in the 'Black Light Distinct, Shade aka Slade, who you may not recognize if you missed "Vampsploitation" a prequel short story published in the anthology, The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance 2 which set up Slade and Sabina's back-story. So, thumbs up from me on Wells' second-and-half story of half vamp/ half mage Sabina and I am looking forward to the next installment, Green-Eyed Demon, and hoping that Sabina dishes out some major payback to her oh-so-evil grandma.

  • Marsha
    2019-05-26 09:02

    Yowsa, Yowsa, Yowsa! I love this series. "The Mage in Black" begins immediately after "Red-Headed Stepchild"ends. Sabina journeys to New York with Adam to meet her twin sister, Maisie. She is immediately struck by the awe and sheer devotion the mages show her. However, she is not prepared for life in New York.Little does Sabina know that there are certain protocols that must be followed if a vamp wants to have a 'hot dinner' in N.Y. Not knowing these rules will only cause the unfortunate outcome of standing judgment in front of 'The Shade.' As anyone knows, Sabina can be impulsive and rash and this is a part of her charm. Therefore, when she breaks the rules and must fight the ruler of the were's, Michael Romulus. Michael is the least of Sabina's problems it seems because someone always seems to be one step ahead of her.Old flames will be reunited, new loves will be revealed, and friendships will be formed. Let's not forget Granny Dearest is still looking to settle the score as well. Once again, I loved the action, mysteries, inner turmoil and the introduction of new and interesting characters. Additionally, my favorite little demon, Giguhl is back along with his new love interest, Valva. The humor was so intense, that I had to cover my mouth to stifle all of my laughing. Needless to say, people around me thought I had lost my mind. But, what a wonderful trip. I gobbled down this book in a matter of hours and am looking forward to the next one. Read this series, you won't regret it!

  • Summer
    2019-06-19 02:18

    The Mage in Black starts off shortly after Red-Headed Stepchild, the previous book in the series. Sabina Kane is now official enemy of the vampire council known as the Dominae. Sabina, the mage Adam, and her demon familiar Giguhl are on their way to New York to meet the Hekate Council, the leaders of the mage race. Also, the home of Sabina's long lost twin sister and figurative leader of the Hekate Council. It gets off to a rocky start with some vampire assassins trying to stop the group before they even arrive and a 'misunderstanding' occurs between Sabina and some werewolves when she accidentally hunts on forbidden territory. The real trouble starts soon after though when it looks like someone within the mage ranks is trying to kill Sabina too. With everyone either trying to kill her or gain her trust Sabina has a lot of things to figure out before all hell breaks loose. I thought this book was about as good as the first. I'd really say it's closer to a 3.5 rating but I rounded up. It was a little slow at first with Sabina meeting the mage council and her sister. It picked up about midway through but it still felt like there was less action here than the first book. Adam also is gone for most of this book too, so anyone like me hoping for more action in that area will have to wait until later I suppose. But it was still a fun book to read anyways, and with it's cliffhanger ending I definitely would like to read it's sequel.

  • Hikachi
    2019-05-31 02:55

    When I first read Red-headed stepchild, I have to say it wasn't really impressive to me. I mean, the characters aren't really stereotyped, and there's this pretty engaging plot, but that's it. Not really impressive to me.However, this book is a much better sequel. Yes, I like it more than the prequel. More action, more kickassesness (if that's a word), and even though it's all from Sabina's point of view, the book has more room for other characters (well, mostly, the talkative-and-homeshoppingaddict demon, Giguhl) to grow and show more of themselves and not just relying on Sabina.The moment when Sabina met with her long-lost twin sister also wasn't sappy, even Maisie was pictured more tactful than Sabina. I have to say, I started the book with a prejudice that Maisie would be really different from Sabina, as in like many other stories featuring twins, one is a tomboy and the other is so girly, or one is a killer and the other one is healer. You know, such stuffs. Well, Maisie IS different from Sabina, but not exactly different, or maybe should I say, she's different in a better way. She's better at attaching and detaching herself from her surrounding, and that's definitely a huge point.