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

Red-Headed StepchildIn a world where being of mixed-blood is a major liability, Sabina Kane 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. addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da16 The Reviewer JoyTAG

Urban fantasy isn’t usually my genre of interest but I’m a fan of paranormal things so I thought I’d give this book a try.

Sabina Kane is an assassin and the granddaughter of the head of the Dominae, the leaders of the vampire race. Despite her position as a descendant of the most powerful vampire around she’s considered an outcast. Even her Grandmother sees her as a defect. Sabina is a half-breed, part vampire and part mage a combination seen as repugnant in the vampire world where Mages are viewed as the enemy. Sabina is aware that her half-breed status means she has to work twice hard to be the heartless rule abiding assassin her Grandmother expects her to be. She owes her life to the Dominae and believes fully in their rules.

Never questioning what she is told or harboring feelings of remorse for the lives she takes. She excels at her job until the Dominae task her with the assassination of her best friend who reveals that something menacing is going on and her Grandmother asks her to go undercover to infiltrate the very enemy here best friend was accused of working with. From that moment on her life will be turned upside down. Truths that have been hidden from her are revealed, an unknown past will lead her down a new path and she’ll find herself in the arms of her enemy.

Sabina is an interesting character though it wasn’t until toward the end of the book that I finally started to appreciate or like her. I understood her reluctance at questioning and admitting things weren’t exactly on the up with the Dominae but I found it frustrating at how willingly she followed the rules for so long and how she didn’t catch some of the truths staring her straight in the eye. The star of the book is definitely Giguhl. That demon is hilarious and adds a breath of humor to every situation he’s in. I cracked up at his sassy commentary and quick wit. Adam and Vinca are both a welcome contrast to Sabina’s abrasive and smug personality and they add some lightness to an otherwise dark story. The book is fast paced, action packed, and layered with intrigue and some romance. It’s a good start to an interesting story.

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