Red-Headed Stepchild (Sabina Kane, Book 1)
by Jaye Wells
Synopsis: In 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.
My Opinion: NICE!
For some reasons, I've been attracted by this novel for quite some time before actually buying it. Is it the plot or the cover? I have no idea but I'm glad I gave it a try because it's a very interesting urban fantasy novel!
Sabina Kane doesn't live an easy life. Half-vampire and half-mage, she was raised by her grandmother, one of the three big chiefs of the vampire community, for whom her granddaughter is nothing more than a shame. Indeed, relationships between vampires and mages are forbidden and Sabina is the constant reminder of her mother's fault. Raised to become an assassin, she is cold-hearted, efficient and she follows diligently her grandmother's orders... until she discovers things that upset everything she was told about her family.
Sabina is an interesting character, she's strong for sure but also truly cold, she has no remorse killing people for a living. It is really nice to see her change through the pages of the novel, to see her open herself to other people.
To make it short, I'd say that Red-Headed Stepchild is a nice introduction to what could be a very good series.
The author managed to create an interesting universe in what can only be seen as an oversaturated genre, the mix between vampires, mages and their politics is fascinating.
I am definitely going to read the next installment!
To summarize: A very good novel for all urban-fantasy lovers.