The third novel of the Sabina Kane series focuses on the kick-ass mage/vampire on a mission to save her twin sister, Maise, whose been kidnapped by their vampire grandmother. Sabina and her trusty demon and mage sidekicks, Gighul and Adam, travel to New Orleans to get her sister back and do away with her grandmother once and for all. No, this is not your typical nuclear family. There is not much love lost between the twins and grandma, who can’t accept her grandaughters’ mage heritage. The stakes are high and Sabina’s patience is low with her sister’s life on the line.
I have not read the previous two books for this series, but from what I could gather, Sabina’s character experiences a bit of growth. Throughout the book she learns to trust her teammates, open herself up to love, and become a more effective and powerful mage.
I didn’t feel as if I missed much from the first two books. I’m not sure if it’s because this book rehashed plot points well enough, or if it’s because this series isn’t much different from other urban fantasy books out there. While it was an easy read for me, it came off as formulaic and predictable. Sabina’s character isn’t very unique. She’s got a chip on her shoulder, yet being surrounded by her teammates and coming to terms with her past mistakes, she experiences changes for the better. Sound familiar? Yeah, I thought so.
This book has a lot of action which helps move the story along. There are many quirky characters and Dark Races between fae, werewolf, mages, vampires, demons, you name it. No one really came off as a favorite in terms of personality, but I liked trying to imagine how Gighul looked.
Would I recommend this series? It certainly isn’t the worst, but at this point, I didn’t really feel compelled to want to go back and read the first two or continue on to book 4. For me, at this point it’s forgettable, but it’s not a bad read for someone new to the Adult Urban Fantasy genre. Actually, I think it’d be a good transition series between the Young Adult and Adult genres.
(eARC provided by NetGalley)