Review: Red-Headed Stepchild

Title: Red-Headed Stepchild
Author: Jaye Wells
Details: Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Orbit
ISBN: 0316037761    (isbn13: 9780316037761)

This debut novel by Jaye Wells is witty, fast-paced and full of action.

The mythology Wells uses to create her characters is unique and compelling. Wells uses a very interesting spin on the story of Lilith, as well as the story of Cain.

Red-Headed Stepchild follows half vampire, half mage Sabina Kane in a world where her mixed heritage is looked down upon. Raised by her vampire grandmother and taught to be an assassin, Sabina embarks on a spy mission that leaves her questioning her loyalties.

Sabina’s internal struggle as she discovers the truth about her birth and what it means to choose friends over family keeps readers drawn in to the very end.
I have to add that some of my favorite moments include the banter between Sabina and her demon-turned-hairless cat-familiar, Gighul.
Wells’ blends sexual tension, humor and suspense masterfully in this wonderful debut novel.

I am very excited to read the next book in the Sabina Kane series, The Mage in Black.

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