Red-Headed Stepchild (Sabina Kane Series #1)

Red-Headed Stepchild (Sabina Kane Series #1)

by Jaye Wells

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316037761
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 04/01/2009
Series: Sabina Kane Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 319,473
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Raised in Texas, USA Today bestseller Jaye Wells grew up reading everything she could get her hands on. Her penchant for daydreaming was often noted by frustrated teachers. She embarked on a series of random career paths, including stints working for a motivational speaker and at an art museum. Jaye eventually realized that while she loved writing, she found facts boring. So, she left all that behind to indulge her overactive imagination and make stuff up for a living. Besides writing, she enjoys travel, art, history, and researching weird and arcane subjects. She lives in Texas with her saintly husband and devilish son. Find out more about Jaye Wells at

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Red-Headed Stepchild (Sabina Kane Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 380 reviews.
EllzReadz More than 1 year ago
My thoughts...Welcome to the world of Jaye Wells where the humor witty humor flows freely, the sexual tension is strung tighter than a violin and the action keeps you up at night. Jaye introduces us to Sabina Kane, a kick-butt heroine who's half-vampire/half-mage blood makes her the perfect weapon. She is a trained assassin who is sent to do her bloodthirsty Grandmothers dirty work. Sabina's character is fun to read. She showed significant growth by the end of the story which made her more memorable. Her potential love interest, Adam, is everything readers will want out of a hero. Sexy, hexy, and tough but very secretive. I do have my reservations about him, I think I may change my opinion as the series progresses. Another memorable character is Giguhl, the demon. I think we may see more of him in future installments. Red-Headed Stepchild kept a steady pace until about three-quarters of the way through when everything turned up a notch. This was also about the time when some secrets were revealed and the potential romance heated up. While readers learn a lot about Sabina's vampire side, little is revealed about her mage half. Book two in the series, The Mage In Black (April 2010) should explore her abilities more. I look forward to seeing where her adventures take her. This book will appeal to UF fans. There are enough paranormal elements to keep it interesting, it is fast-paced and it offers the right amount of romance. That being said it has not hit the list as one of my favorites, YET. I am going to keep reading to see if Sabina Kane can set herself apart from the others of her kind.
SoIReadThisBookToday More than 1 year ago
Sabina is in a horrible position. Not only is she the child of two different species, who hate each other immensely, she is also the granddaughter of the leader of one of those groups. Trained as an assassin, she is needed, but hated, by not only the others of the species, but her own grandmother. Sabina is one tough cookie, she has had to be. Getting close to anyone is not something she allows herself to do, under any circumstances. She sees herself as tough and cold, and tries to live her life in that manner. However, things are due to change when Sabina finds out shocking secrets about who, and what she really is. This is a gorgeous, creative beginning to a killer series, with a strong heroine, who only begins to learn in this first installment just who she is, and who she can become. Very highly recommended. Strong world building, strong characters, and a very well defined storyline. The author doesn't rely on kinky sex to keep her story going, as do too many authors I see today (no, I am not a prude, but come on people - - rape as 'intimate sex'? - grow up), her battle scenes are believable, and she takes her time developing the character's psychological growth. Read it!! Then pick up the rest of the series, you won't be disappointed.
pagese More than 1 year ago
I find it easier to pick out my books at the beginning of the week. That way I don't find myself staring at the shelves wondering what to read next. For the most part it works out. When I realized I would be reading two vampire books back to back, I was a little hesitant. It's not that I don't like vampires, but they're the "it" thing right now and I try to space them out. Turns out my worries were for nothing, because Red-Headed Stepchild was great! I've discovered that adult paranormal can be a hard genre to write. You have to have the right lead character, a little romance, and the paranormal world without it all being overwhelming. I found this one to fill out all those categories nicely. I was a little afraid of Sabina at first. I thought she might just be a cold-hearted assassin. She had way more depth than that, and I found that I actually really enjoyed her character. I was also really impressed with the paranormal world that the author has created. It's very well balanced. I enjoyed learning about the different groups that have a place in this world. The each have something unique to offer the story. I also really loved Sabina's place in this world. It was a really interesting mix. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this series. I'm glad that I have the second already sitting in my to read pile just waiting for me to get to it!
Sandra027 More than 1 year ago
I waffled between 3 and 4 stars for this one. I really liked this book, although didn't love Sabina as much as I thought I would. She grew on me by the end, but all her back and forth loyalty/trust issues, while understandable, got a little annoying. Anyway other than that I did like it. There wasn't much romance, although given Sabina's trust issued it probably would have felt forced if there were. We did get to see her grow and gain some close friendships.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I stumbled across this and loved all three books in the series. If you looking for somehting along the lines of Kim Harrison's Hallows series this is it. You will not be disappointed.
booksonmynook More than 1 year ago
Really great book. Kept me entertained all the way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I disagree with another reviewer who said this book isn't original. I've read the books cited by the other reviewer and they bear no resemblance to this story. And I liked this author's humor and plot/character development far better than many other authors. I read a lot of books and it's been a long time since I've enjoyed one as much as this one. And it was refreshing to not have the endleslsly gratuitous, boring, sickeningly detailed sex scenes that take the beauty and mystique right out of human sexuality.
Jae1019 More than 1 year ago
I believe that this author read Richelle Mead's Succubus Series and Rachel Caine's Weather Warden series and then wrote this book. I'm not saying that's a bad thing because I like those authors and there are some unique takes on the whole vampire genre. I am looking forward to reading The Mage in Black. It's a quick and easy read and it's offbeat and quirky. The grandmother is little one-dimensional but that may have been the point. If you like strong women who can take care of themselves while kicking butt and taking numbers then you will enjoy this book.
Kari13 More than 1 year ago
A good book, but don't read it if you dislike foul language and sexual scenes. An interesting new take on vampires.
tlmjdoit More than 1 year ago
but just wasn't as good as the back cover led me to believe. Hopefully, the second book in the series will be a little better.
curioues425 More than 1 year ago
This series is what pulled me into the urban fantasy books. Can't recommend this series enough!
Melhay More than 1 year ago
Sabina, a half-vampire half-mage assassin is meeting her long time friend and mentor David at the grave of her latest snack. David doesn't know but he is Sabina's next job. To eliminate him for the Dominae, as they told her he has turned to a growing and potential dangerous group to the vampire community. To prevent this community from growing and potentially killing vampires Sabina finds her next mission is to become cast out by the Dominae and be taken in by Clovis, half vampire and half demon leader. Sabina finds now herself a spy, which she feels she is no good at. While Sabina is fighting for the vampire community that raised her, she learns many things about herself and the different races that open her eyes to different thoughts. Will she remove the threat or create a bigger one in its place... I enjoyed the world created by Jaye Wells here. Half-vampires, -mage, -demon, or anything is not accepted in this magical world. Particularly between of these three races. They all are against each other, but have a truce to not bother each other as well. But this truce is stretched with the political games played. There is a separation of the races and cultures here. You get to see the boundaries of them and what happens if they start to blur. This story tells the main story at hand and leaves you with questions in the back of your mind yet to be answered on Sabina and a few other small pieces. This is nicely done as you don't have to read further in the series, but you want to, to see what those pieces will lead to. Part of what I enjoyed in the book where the characters. Sabina is a wonderful main vampire character. Even though you get the feel from her she was not completely accepted by the Vampire community, and more so her grandmother - the leader of the Dominae, she is strong. She grows up independent and ars kicking strong. Sabina is one to be put on a path and she sticks to it. Sabina is sassy and determined. You know she'll have a sarcastic remark for just about anything and look forward to it. The dry sarcastic humor made me smile and really gave me a great feel for Sabina's character. But the secondary characters help complement Sabina as they are very different from her. And a potential love interest will catch your heart too. The mystery of the mission is a great journey to go on with Sabina. I enjoyed this book very much and would suggest to many Urban Fantasy readers to give it a try. But, you have to love strong, bold, sassy and sarcastic characters.
jerseygirl29 More than 1 year ago
This is book 1 in the Sabina Kane series and I really enjoyed it. Sabina's actions and feelings about things were for the most part annoying, but when you look at the big picture, its all really completely justified. There is being sheltered and then there's what Sabina's childhood was like which is exponentially worse. Seeing her POV on certain things is very frustrating, but that is part of her story and I'm really looking forward to the next one now that her blinders are off and the truth is out. There are some great secondary characters, even though some didn't quite survive, but all in all this was a very good read.
alexia561 More than 1 year ago
Digging graves is hell on a manicure. With one of the best first lines I've seen in a long time, so begins an excellent new series featuring Sabina Kane, a mixed blood assassin. The result of a forbidden union between a vampire princess and a high-born mage, Sabina has never really fit in anywhere. Raised to serve the vampire council as an assassin, the only profession fit for an outcast, Sabina excels at her job in order to win her grandmother's approval. Used as a pawn by the vampires, Sabina is thrust into the role of undercover spy. Sent to infiltrate the cult of Clovis Trakiya, she makes some startling discoveries and is not really sure who or what to believe. Sabina finds some unexpected allies in a mysterious mage, a demon cat, and a nymph roommate. For the first time in her life, Sabina has friends. And she's not really sure if that's a good thing.... I really enjoyed this book, and am looking forward to more adventures with Sabina, Adam, and Giguhl! Should be interesting watching Sabina explore her mage past, as well as her future with or without the vampires. And Mr Giggles deserves a book of his own! *grins*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! I thought it was original and I just loved all the characters. I can't wait until the next book in this series comes out.
blondie3bb More than 1 year ago
Seemed alittle slow, had to keep coming back to read. Not a bad story - just ok
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! This first time I read the sample I wasnt really into it but I gave it another shot and I loved it once I got past the first two chapters. Its a whole new twist on the vamp, were, magical, and demon characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic read from beginning to end! Will definitly read the other books in the series! I have been having such a hard time finding a book that holds my interest, and i am thrilled i finally found a great read!! Reminds me a lot of the True Blood series, which i love! Characters are likable and well developed, story never gets boring it is filled with action,great mix of paranormal characters, and funny too! Kept me laughing and entertained the whole time! I am so glad to have found a great book! And even happier that its a series, because i love these characters and dont want it to end! Great job! 5 stars!!! Read it, you wont be dissapointed!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
as I read this story expecting it to get better, it didn't for me. I read it all the way. It was too much death for me. War I understand, the action scene were awesome, but killing off my favorite character and not milking some of the plot points to their full potential annoyed me. I wouldn't read the second book because yes, at some points it is unpredictable, but I don't want to start liking another character and then they die. . .again. This type of story just isn't my cup of tea I guess, even though I finished all 250 pages of it.
simple344 More than 1 year ago
There are only few books with a great storyline. This was one of them. A great summer read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
started off a little slow but as you read on it picked up and kept me interested. Will start on #2 to see what happens next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters, especially the cat
CBKDOVE More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book on my way to the next and the next : >
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Strong storyline.
mindles More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I read by this author and I loved it!!!! I can't wait to read the next one in the series!!!