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 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.
Paranormal life: spend some more time with Sabina Kane.
©2010 Jaye Wells (P)2010 Tantor
Courtesy of Lost Art Audiobook Review
This series is read by Cynthia Holloway, who has a very feminine, young-sounding voice with a teenage cadence to it. Cynthia Holloway also narrated the Karen Chance’s Cassandra Palmer series and Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires series. She has a light sound to her voice that adds to my perception that this book would appeal to the young adult listener. Personally, I was much more impressed with her reading in the Morganville Vampires series. Her voice as Claire, Eve, Myrnin, and even the vampires, was spot-on. For some reason, the voices in this novel seemed too similar at times, even between male and female voices.
Is it wrong to recommend a novel with so much sex and violence to young adults? I hope not, because I highly recommend this one to the late high school, early college listener. This is one audiobook I would have absolutely loved at 18. Why? It’s fast. The pace is not even a gallop, it’s a full throttle. You just hold on and go for the ride. Sabina arrives in New York, someone tries to kill her. She goes to the park, someone shoots her, and then she gets attacked by wolves. She goes to a nightclub, meets an old flame, and punches him in the face. There are ebbs in tension, but the flow changes every ten to fifteen minutes, which is too fast to become bored with any one scenario.
Another reason why I would recommend this novel to the younger audience of the urban fantasy/paranormal reader is the tone of the book. Sabina Kane and her twin are 53 years old, but they are consistently referred to as “child,” “girl,” “brat,” and other terms that make them sound like they are 16. And Sabina lives up to it. She is brimming with good old-fashioned teenage angst and related abandonment/acceptance issues. Her internal dialogue is pretty advanced, but everything in quotations comes right out of high school.
This is a big improvement on the first novel in the series stylistically.
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