“Green Eyed Demon” book 3 in the Sabina Kane series by Jaye Wells is an exciting non-stop whirlwind race against time to find the kidnapped Maisie and stop the vampire Domina Lavinia.
The novel picks up following the events of “The Mage in Black” at full speed and rockets into one exciting adventure for former vampire assassin, Sabina Kane. Sabina and company have travelled to New Orleans in search of Maisie. Along the way she manages to collect an interesting cast of sidekicks and the opportunity to get up close and personal with the Cast of Nod.
I love how Sabina is continually discovering new facets to her own personality, beliefs, fears and strengths. Initially emotionally detached from life and its demands, Sabina has gradually allowed herself to form emotional attachments with her small band of cohorts. Her genuine concern for others really displays her character growth. Ms. Wells’ does a great job of depicting the internal struggles of insecurities that plaque Sabina as a result of her grandmother's heavy handed upbringing and a vampires' inherent natural distrust; all of which sometimes ruffles a few feathers. Although she still has some very acute anger management issues; issues that on more than one occasion cause more harm than good, Sabina does have everyone’s best interest at heart. I really enjoyed her commitment to seeing Lavinia Kane destroyed and Maisie’s return, although it may cost her more than she may be willing to pay.
The novel expands the universe of Sabina Kane with the addition of key vampires from the Cast of Nob. After so many references to the cast in the other installments, it’s great to have a face to associates with the name. In addition to the cast vampires, the novel also introduces a number of key ancillary characters; Voodoo priestess Zenobia and changeling drag queen Brooks and very feisty female werewolf names Mackenzie Romulus into the mix. I actually laughed out loud at Sabina’s exchange of words with Mackenzie; Mac really gives Sabina a run for her money in the attitude department. Ms. Wells’ use of Giguhl and Brooks’ interaction as way to lighten some of the darker tones of the novel are just priceless.
Adam Lazarus is back and in the forefront of this installment of the series. Adam’s character is so laid back that at times I found him less interesting in previous installments. How wrong I was. His demure is deceptive and his lack of posturing belies his lethalness. He is still the voice of reason through the angry haze of Sabina’s wrath. I enjoy the way he is able to act as a foil to her cutting edges.
Sabina and Adam have and do spend considerable amount of time posturing over their growing mutual attraction and their dilemma of what to do about it. Adam is so sweet in how he purposely has chosen not to actively pursue and Sabina is racked with guilt over a past indiscretion. I like the novel's approach of letting the romantic aspects of the story-line play to a slow boil. The sexual restraint that the two exhibits adds a level of anticipation that enhances the emotional connection that the two share.
“Green Eyed Demon” is a fast paced, smoothly written novel that closes one chapter of the life of Sabina Kane and opens possibilities to others. I highly recommend it. I can’t wait for the next installment.
Things to do:
1. Rescue sister.
2. Murder grandmother.
3. Don't upset the voodoo priestess.
The clock is ticking for Sabina Kane. Her sister has been kidnapped by her grandmother, the Dark Races are on the brink of war, and a mysterious order is manipulating everyone behind the scenes.
Working on information provided by an unlikely ally, Sabina and her trusty sidekicks--a sexy mage named Adam Lazarus and Giguhl, a Mischief demon--head to New Orleans to begin the hunt for her sister. Once there, they must contend with belligerent werewolves, magic-wielding vampires and--perhaps most frightening of all--humans.
But as much as Sabina is focused on surviving the present, the past won't be ignored. Before she can save those she cares about most, she must save herself from the ghosts of her past.