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I'm starting September off with a dare I hope you'll accept: RED-HEADED STEPCHILD by Jaye Wells. She's an author that I've known about for a long time but never tried...until now...and I'm kicking myself for taking so long to actually give her books a shot! On the plus side, the series is now complete so I can devour the books as quickly as I like and get the whole arc. :D
RED-HEADED STEPCHILD boasts many excellent qualities: a fantastic title, amazing world-building, great characters, and wonderful writing. You'll be hooked from the first line, which is delightful in and of itself:
Digging graves is hell on a manicure, but I was taught good vampires clean up after every meal.
How's that for an amazing kick-off?
If that's not enough to entice you, let me tell you a little bit more about the world. There are all sorts of supernaturals but the two main ones right now are vampires and mages. The two races have been enemies for centuries. Mages are descended from Hekate while vampires are descended from Lilith (thanks to an affair with Cain). Vampires bear the mark of Cain: red hair. The darker the red, the older the vampire. (I love, love, love this conceit.) Sabina Kane, our protagonist, is half vampire and half mage and she has the red and black hair to prove it. Her mixed heritage makes her an outcast, who has found her place in the vampire world by acting as an assassin for the Dominae (the vampire leaders), who include Sabina's grandmother, who hates her.
Said grandmother gives her an impossible mission: infiltrating a half-demon's organization and then killing him after findin out what his grand plans are. It's not Sabina's usual kind of job but she takes it on anyways because she feels she has a lot to prove. Along the way, she acquires a demon named Giguhl (who is hilarious!), learns some hard truths, and tries to stay alive against some incredible odds. The book's been out since 2009 but I'm not going to say any more than that so that you can enjoy it as much as I did when I first picked it up.
Interested in finding out more? Here's the scoop on RED-HEADED STEPCHILD:
In a world where being of mixed-blood is a major liability, Sabina doesn’t really fit in. And being an assassin – the only profession fit for an outcast – doesn’t help matters. But she’s never brought her work home. Until now.
Her latest mission is uncomfortably complex, and threatens the fragile peace between the vampire and mage races. As Sabina scrambles to figure out which side she’s on, she uncovers a tangled political web, some nasty facts about her family and some unexpected new talents. Any of these things could be worryingly life-changing, but together, they could be fatal …
This time, it’s personal.
What do you think of the Sabina Kane series?