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I’m always sad to see a series come to a close. Over the course of time, I get to know the characters and take pleasure in walking their world with them. While I can certainly re-read the series, it isn’t the same as exploring it for the first time. Jaye Wells concludes her Sabina Kane story with Blue-Blooded Vamp, a novel full of action and peril.
(Description nicked from B&N.com.)
“Sabina Kane is on the hunt. Her prey: Cain, the father of the vampire race and the one who murdered her family and her friends. Unfortunately, Cain is hunting Sabina, too.
The one man who holds the key to defeating Cain is, of course, Abel. A mage with secrets to spare and, hopefully, the power to match it. Unfortunately, for Sabina, he’s in Rome and may not want to be found.
Sabina sets out for Italy with her friends, Giguhl and Adam Lazarus, to track down the only man who can get her the revenge she hungers for. But will he help her or oppose her? And just who is Abel, really? Worst of all, when Sabina figures out the goddess Lilith has a plan for her-she realizes this trip is getting deadlier by the minute. As they say: when in Rome-SURVIVE.”
Although this series has occasionally wandered a little from the main plot, Wells certainly wraps up her storyline in a tight and well crafted manner. Many of the trials and obstacles that Sabina has gone through in previous books reverberate here, not just as flashbacks but as things that Sabina must once again face. It’s a nice nod to all that has come up until now and it makes it clear that all past events have led to this final confrontation.
I’m glad that this book focused much more on Sabina and her dealings without the interjection of much in the way of sub-plots. While I like the minor characters—Gighul especially—too much of them takes away from the story. In this book, the time spent with each character is much better balanced and everyone works together towards a common goal. I also appreciate that there are bits with former characters who are no longer in the main storyline, as they’re a nice coda to their contributions.
What this all means is that the series has wrapped up to a tidy conclusion with no loose ends or dangling threads. Everybody comes out of the final confrontation fairly happy and well. It may be not as realistic as some other stories, where some repercussions are too massive to overcome, but it’s satisfying to sometimes see things work out well. On a more general level, I enjoyed the usual banter and witty dialogue that Wells’s series is known for. I often laughed at the interactions between the characters and the things that they say to each other. Gighul is often has the best lines, and his usual snarky attitude is a welcome foil to some of the more serious events.
Blue-Blooded Vamp is a worthy conclusion to a series filled with humor, action, and adventure. I will miss new books about Sabina and her friends, and I hope that Wells will begin a new series that we can all enjoy.