Review: The Mage in Black by Jaye Wells

Filed in 4 Stars , featured , Jaye Wells , Review , The Coffee Lover Posted on February 17, 2012 @ 7:00 am 8 comments

Format Read: Paperback copy purchased by reviewer
Number of Pages: 326 pages
Release Date: April 1st 2010
Publisher: Orbit
Series: Sabina Kane Book 2
Formats Available: Paperback, ebook, Kindle Edition, Audio CD
Purchasing Info: Author’s WebsiteGoodreads,, Barnes&Noble, Book Depository

Book Blurb:

Sabina Kane doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to family. After all, her own grandmother, the leader of the vampire race, just tried to kill her. When she arrives in New York to meet the mage side of her family, the reunion takes the fun out of dysfunctional.

On top of that, the Hekate Council wants to use her as a pawn in the brewing war against the vampires. Her mission will take her into the bowels of New York’s Black Light district, entangles her in mage politics, and challenges her beliefs about the race she was raised to distrust. And Sabina thought vampires were bloodthirsty.

My Thoughts:
The Mage in Black, begins immediately after the events that took place in the end of Red-Headed Stepchild and Sabina finds herself travelling with Adam to New York to meet her twin sister. In New York, along with embracing her mage side, Sabina finds herself copying with all sorts of new problems, from adjusting to a whole set of new rules, to figure out where she stands in the upcoming war of the dark races.

I really enjoyed The Mage in Black, I literally couldn’t put it down, and although in some departments it was better than Red Headed Stepchild, I’m afraid I didn’t like it as much as the first book and for that, I have to blame, on one hand the fact that Adam was for the better part of this novel away and on the other the fact that the action scenes were less. But that, doesn’t mean I didn’t like this book. I seriously loved it and I can’t wait to pick the next book in the series!

Once more, among my favorite parts of the book, where those featuring Gigughl! What can I say? He’s probably the funniest demon I have ever read! Scratch that. He’s probably the funniest character I have ever read! And the fact that in this book his role is more extended made me love him even more. Gigugh and Jaye Wells for creating him in the first place! And it’s not weird that in all of the most memorable scenes of this book he’s participating!

I liked the further world building and the character development. I even liked the politics of the dark races even though I’m not usually a big fan of politics in my books. but I terribly missed Adam… But since he’s bound to have a more active role in the next book, I can forgive him everything!

All in all, even though I didn’t enjoy The Mage in Black as much as the first book in the series, I can certainly say that this series is one of the most entertaining UF series I have picked in a long time.


I give The Mage in Black 4 stars

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Anna is a psychologist from Greece.You can almost always find her with a book stuck under her nose,so it's no wonder that all her friends make a joke of her.Apart from reading she dreams of the day she'll be able to travel around the world!Anna also blogs at Books to Brighten your Mood.

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  • aurian February 17, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Hmm I don’t share your opinion, I was disappointed in the first book, and am not sure I will try the rest of the series. But I am glad you enjoyed it so much.

    • Anna February 17, 2012 at 9:50 am

      So sad to hear you didn’t love this Aurian. Chances are if you didn’t like the first book, you won’t like this one either. It follows the same pattern more or less.

  • Diane February 17, 2012 at 9:11 am

    I didn’t enjoy the first book to even want to try another book by Jaye and I guess I won’t after your review, maybe the next one will be different.

  • Mel S February 17, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    I enjoyed this book as well – although the third book Green-Eyed Demon is my favourite. I love this series as there is something about it I can’t stop wanting to know what will happen next. Plus I love Gigughl as well! 🙂

    • Anna February 17, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      Isn’t Gigugh plainly hilarious? I just adore him 🙂 And good to know that the next book is as good as I expect it to be!

  • Jan February 17, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    I loved the first – the third was ho hum. Reading the fourth now.
    Another Gigughl fan!

  • Tamsyn February 18, 2012 at 5:14 am

    I have read this series. Thanks for the review. Will check this out.

  • Melissa (My words and pages) February 20, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Oh yes. I remember Adam being “away” here too. And it was a bummer, but made you love him even more when he comes back, stronger than ever in the next book. hee hee. 😀 I just finished the fourth book and can’t wait for the fifth and final book of the series in June. 🙂 Wonderful review.

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