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.
4 out of 5 stars
Red-Headed Stepchild is the first book in the Sabina Kane series.
Sabina is half vampire/half mage, something her vampire grandmother has never let her live down. Because of the mixed blood, the only thing she can be is an assassin. When the brother of a former kill attacks her and she defends herself, she is publicly ostracized. Secretly, she's going undercover for her grandmother to kill an enemy. As she gets further into her assignment, she begins to question who is right and where her loyalties lie.
The plot for this book is fairly basic and easy to figure out, with one twist that you can't figure out because there are no clues for it. The bad guys are obvious from the beginning. There were a few parts where everything was so obvious that I wanted to reach through the book and slap Sabina for not seeing these things a mile away. So, despite the action in the book (and there is a good amount), I think that what makes or breaks this book is Sabina.
Sabina is a tough chick with a need for her grandmother's approval. Looking weak or out of control is one of the worst things that can happen to her. She doesn't get sad... she gets mad. I liked Sabina. She was full of flaws that were easy to relate to, thus making her feel pretty realistic. Sometimes, though, I thought she was fairly dense for someone that was supposed to be an assassin. There was a lot about her and the other characters that were fairly typical of this genre, though I found her to be on the badass side of the normal Urban Fantasy heroine.
Overall, I really liked this book, but thought that Sabina could be pretty dumb sometimes. I think that how you feel about Sabina would definitely make all the difference in the world in how you like this book. Luckily, I enjoyed her and I also liked the minor characters.
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