Silver-Tongued Devil (Sabina Kane #4)

Originally posted January 10, 2012

Silver-Tongued DevilBy Jaye Wells

Publisher: Orbit
Publication Date: January 5, 2012
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Netgalley

Now that the threat of war has passed, Sabina Kane is ready to focus on the future. Her relationship with Adam Lazarus is getting stronger and she’s helping her sister, Maisie, overcome the trauma of her captivity in New Orleans. Even Giguhl is managing to stay out of trouble thanks to the arrival of Pussy Willow and his new roller derby team. But as much as Sabina wants to feel hopeful about the future, part of her doesn’t trust that peace is possible.

Her suspicions are confirmed when a string of sadistic murders threaten to stall treaty negotiations between the mages and the vampires. Sabina pitches in to find the killer, but her investigation soon leads her down dark paths that have her questioning everyone she thought she could trust. And the closer she gets to the killer, the more Sabina begins to suspect this is one foe she may not be able to kill.

Goodreads Summary

*I’m going to assume you’ve read the other books in the series – there may be some spoilers from past books, especially the last one, The Green-Eyed Demon*

While this ended up being probably my favorite of the Sabina Kane books so far, it definitely took a while to get there – it was like eating dinner at my ex mother-in-law’s house. Get through the expected salad and try not to snore through her dry roast so you can finally get to the yummy dessert she’s famous for.

Sabina is back in New York, living with her boyfriend and mage Adam, her demon familiar Giguhl and his friend from New Orleans, the transvestite fairy Pussy Willow and close by is her twin Maisie and Adam’s Aunt Rhea. Living with Adam means Sabina has to embrace her own mage side and suppress the vampire, making her a very dull and – though she’d half-heartedly deny it – discontented girl.

With the peace treaty between the light and dark races looming, the last thing anyone needs is murder mucking up the city, but that’s exactly what happens. First, a human body is found not far from Sabina’s, obviously the work of a vampire. Later that night at the multi-races nightclub run by Sabina’s former lover and New York’s presiding dark races overlord of sorts Slade, there’s another kill, this time strung up in a manner exactly like a ritual sacrifice. Called before the presiding Dark Races Council, Slade is pushed out of the investigation and Adam, Sabina and the new Despina Tanith’s pet guard (and obnoxious overachieving pain in the butt) Alexis are all ordered to work together to figure out who’s behind the murders before the signing of the treaty.

Sabina’s also having trouble with her relationship with Maisie, who’s becoming more withdrawn. As the Oracle, the Council will be depending on her to provide a prediction during the signing, but Maisie has stopped sleeping and her sight has dried up. Sabina continues to feel guilty about the situation she found Maisie in and that Maisie was the one to kill their grandmother in New Orleans. She and Rhea are working on increasing her own mage skills but they’re also allying to help Maisie.

In addition to the murder investigation and Maisie’s problems there were a couple of other little storylines that were either funny or interesting that were introduced that sort of petered out in the middle of the book. Werewolf Mac is trying to avoid telling her father that she doesn’t want to mate with his choice of a male were and instead has a girlfriend – the story started in the previous book and could have been much more than it was here. Giguhl also started a roller derby team in Slade’s club since demon fight night had to be shut down. This could have been a comedic gold mine – Giguhl is hilarious and while I would never suggest that the book turn into something slapstick, when the story was at the roller derby it just felt flat.

I’m not sure I liked Adam in this book as much as I did before, at least not until the end. He seemed to think he knew what was best for Sabina and when some things from an earlier book were revealed, I think he went too far with his attitude. I didn’t like waiting until the end of the book to feel the love between Sabina and Adam and feel it was real. Alexis was a fun character – I wanted Sabina to drop her nice girl act and smack her in the face so many times, I was fist-pumping when the end of the book came and the action picked up and my bad girl came back.

My Summary: The final several chapters of the book had me glued to the page (or my Kindle screen) and made the relative quiet of the rest of the book worth paying attention to so I could get there. I wasn’t expecting a few of the twists at all and I can only imagine what they’ll mean for the next and final book, Blue-Blooded Vamp, in July. There weren’t any cliffhangers at all – these were big, decisive events that have changed Sabina significantly and I just can’t wait for that final book. Just please – hold the roast.

My Rating: B+



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