Half-mage/half-vampire Sabina Kane has learned to roll with the punches, but there may be a limit to what she can endure. Wells’ world is gritty and deadly, but the tension is eased by the wise-ass musings of Sabina’s demon minion Giguhl. Rising star Wells keeps the pressure on her protagonists as she throws curve balls at her characters.

Sabina managed to destroy the previous vampire leader (aka her grandmother) and prevent a mage/vampire war, but the cost was high. Sabina’s twin sister Maisie is still recovering mentally and physically from her captivity in New Orleans. And back in New York City with the treaty signing in the delicate final stages, Sabina and her mage lover Adam Lazarus are ordered to investigate several brutal murders, ostensibly committed by vampires. Is there a serial killer on the loose or is this a ploy to derail the treaty? As Sabina hunts for the truth, where it leads could change everything. (ORBIT, Jan., 432 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith