“…we all know what happens to vampires who embrace the light.”
– Silver-Tongued Devil by Jaye Wells
Oh, how right I was!
With every new installment of her Sabina Kane saga, Wells has deepened and expanded the storyline revolving around her half vampire/half mage heroine to create what I now consider to be arguably the very best paranormal fantasy series on the shelves.
You don’t read Sabina Kane novels; you experience them.
Jaye Wells’ stratospheric ascension into the pantheon of elite paranormal fantasy writers is very much comparable to the rise of Kim Harrison and Laurell K. Hamilton decades ago. When Laurell K. Hamilton published the first Anita Blake novel (Guilty Pleasures) in 1993 and Kim Harrison released Dead Witch Walking– which introduced the world to white witch Rachel Morgan – in 2004, both novels were successful but in no way indicative of the phenomenal series that both sagas would eventually evolve into. Both authors grew their worlds, enhanced their respective narratives and eventually succeeded in not just selling tens of millions of books but also in playing a considerable role in redefining the genre.
Jaye Wells has done the exact same thing with her Sabina Kane novels. When all is said and done and this series concludes in June with the release of Blue-Blooded Vamp, I predict that this series will go down as one of the best paranormal fantasy sagas of all time – and here is why:
Here is a great excerpt from Silver-Tongued Devil: “The more I try to ignore the bloodlust and the darker sides of myself, the more they rear up and demand to be noticed… It’s not about choosing one part of me over the other. I am both light and dark.”
• Great supporting cast. All I can say is Giguhl.
• Unforgettable realm. Very much comparable to Kim Harrison’s Hollows universe, the world of Sabina Kane is populated by a myriad of supernatural creatures – and complicated by each race’s complicated politics and cultures. The fusion of Biblical references and Christian mythology (Lilith, Cain and Abel, etc.) with vampire and werewolf mythoses makes for an intriguing backdrop.
Here is one of my favorite lines from Silver-Tongued Devil: "The last thing I needed was to let a hairless demon cat loose inside an S&M dungeon..."
• Palatable blend of genre elements. The Sabina Kane novels are an addictively readable blend of mystery, romance, fantasy, dark fantasy, and apocalyptic fiction. Fans of any genre will find something to love about this series.
• Extraordinary storyline. Let’s face it – it all comes down to the story, and Jaye Wells is an extraordinary storyteller. Yes, Sabina Kane is a great main character and, yes, she has an excellent supporting cast of characters and, yes, the world in which they live is fascinating but it’s what happens to Sabina and her shocking journey of self-discovery that make this saga such an impressive read.
I’ll say it again: Jaye Wells' Sabina Kane series will go down as one of the best paranormal fantasy sagas of all time.
Paul Goat Allen has been a full-time book reviewer specializing in genre fiction for the last two decades and has written thousands of reviews for companies like Publishers Weekly, The Chicago Tribune, Kirkus Reviews, and BarnesandNoble.com. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.
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