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Publisher's Summary

In a world where being of mixed blood is a major liability, Sabina Kane 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.
Sabina's latest mission is uncomfortably complex and threatens the fragile peace between the vampire and mage races. As she 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 lethal.
©2009 Jaye Wells (P)2010 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By RC on 10-27-12

All I can say is WOW!

I thought I would take a chance on this book since it was in one of my favorite genres. I didn't necessarily have high expectations, but thought it was worth checking out. I am so glad I did!!!! Within the first few minutes, I was completely hooked and didn't want to stop listening. I love kick-butt female characters and Sabina Kane fits that description perfectly. The author did a great job of giving the character depth and keeping me emotionally invested in what Sabina was going through. There are lots of other characters you love to hate and can't wait till they get what they deserve. There is a little brewing romance, but it is not the main focus.

If you are a fan of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series, then I think you would really like this book. It has a lot of the elements I love from that series, minus the pervasive and overly long sex scenes. It totally sticks to a real plot.

The performance was great and I bought the second book before I even finished the first because I knew I would want to continue the story. If the subsequent books are even half as good as this one, this series has a bright future!

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Readers Confession on 08-08-13

Good potential

Red Headed Stepchild is the first book in the Sabina Kane series. I pretty bored with this book for at least the first half of it. I’m not sure if it’s due to the narrator (since it was an audiobook) or due to it being the first book in the series and all the world building or just because I didn’t like it.

Sabina Kane is half vampire, half Mage. She was the product of a forbidden love and the daughter of vampire royalty and mage royalty. Sabina has been raised by her vampire family and was an assassin. Although she is an assassin, the book wasn’t written or shown her to be a badass. Yes, there were parts where she fought and killed but she didn’t exude a fierce fighter or warrior to me. There were some other traits that I love that being funny and sarcastic, but her funniness was really cheesy at times. It was as if she was trying too hard to be funny.

Her “family” and I say that loosely kept her hidden away and she didn’t know a lot of the other races. As the book goes on we begin to learn about them. There are vampires, mages, fairies, demons and nymphs just to name a few as well as half breeds. The world doesn’t know that all of these races exist but they are all on the verge of war. Domina and Hecate council especially (not sure if I’m spelling those right since it was an audiobook).

A demon comes after Sabina and becomes an unlikely ally, his name is Giguhl. He is a demon that can shape shift into a cat. Weird, yes! Adam Lazarus is a Mage that is seeking to find Sabina and teach her about her magic and Mage/Hecate side. He’s a hottie of course. Clovis is the “enemy” that is her new assignment from the Domina. Clovis is causing problems and must be dealt with.

The book moved a little faster and got more interesting about the halfway point. There were more twists, turns and revelations. Sabina learns her true history, not just her vampire side. She stands up to her evil grandmother, THANK GOD, and seems to be moving in the right direction now. I’m willing to give the next book a try and see if it gets a little better.

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