Silver-Tongued Devil by Jaye Wells
It takes you in a roller coaster ride of emotions, with ups, downs, twists and turns that will leave you with you heart in your hand.
Now that the threat of war has passed, Sabina Kane is ready to focus on the future. Her relationship with Adam Lazarus is getting stronger and she’s helping her sister, Maisie, overcome the trauma of her captivity in New Orleans.
Even Giguhl is managing to stay out of trouble thanks to the arrival of Pussy Willow and his new roller derby team. But as much as Sabina wants to feel hopeful about the future, part of her doesn’t believe that peace is possible.
Her suspicions are confirmed when a string of sadistic murders threatens to stall treaty negotiations between the mages and the vampires. Sabina pitches in to find the killer, but her investigation soon leads her down dark paths that have her questioning everyone she thought she could trust. And the closer she gets to the killer, the more Sabina begins to suspect this is one foe she may not be able to kill.
Review by A Book Obsession:
Life should have been much calmer now that Sabina’s evil grandmother is finally dead. All the dark races are in peace talks with a treaty to be soon signed. She also has friends to rely on and Adam at her side. Even her magical training is going well. However, things are still very strained with her twin sister as Maisie tumbles further and further down a self-destructive path. Then come the horrific dreams about Cain who keeps reminding her that he isn’t finished with her. As she scrambles to find the culprit of murders that threaten the tenuous peace, she discovers thing that leaves her questioning everything she has come to know. The plot goes deeper than she realizes, and this time it may cost her more than she is willing to give.
Silver-Tongued Devil read like a setup for the grand finale in the next book, which is to be the last in the series. However, unlike many other “setup” books that I have read, Silver-Tongued Devil did not have a dull moment. In fact, it was a pretty big game changer. At times it felt like the author decided to put everyone’s roles and relationships into a blend and push puree. From Giguhl’s change into a confidant and powerful weapon, to Rhea’s complete support and faith in Sabina even against roles of authority, all of my assumptions have been irrevocably changed. However there was one change in “status” that really hit hard for me. After all Adam and Sabina have gone through I had hoped they would get some time in bliss without more roadblocks. I just didn’t get my wish as some past secrets are revealed and it threatens to completely tear them apart. I must admit that I knew this day would come, but it doesn’t make it any easier to swallow. There is a slight bright side to this fallout, because now that all the building issues are finally out in the open, perhaps in time they can overcome them. I can only hope.
As much as Sabina has been dragging her feet about buying into her prophesied role as the chosen one, I think that is going to change. In Silver-Tongued Devil, she starts to really show progress, especially when she trusts her instincts about Cain, despite everyone else thinking she is over-reacting. I did find it be be a little strange that they would believe Maisie could have prophetic dreams, but that Sabina’s own dreams hold no meaning. I realize it is easier to just brush her off than face the horrors of the possibility of Cain escaping, but there is a difference between confidence in something not being possible, and being purposely obtuse. You would think they would have learned to trust their “chosen” a little more by now. But then again I can’t blame them too much on account of Sabina’s lack of team player skills. Perhaps in time that will change.
As I look back over the previous books in the series, I realize each installment has had more of an emotional attachment than the last, and Silver-Tongued Devil continues that trend. After finishing this book, I am sitting here with so many emotions running through me. It is simply amazing that this book can leave me feeling devastated, yet also somehow hopeful at the same time. As heartbreaking as some of the events were, I understand why they had to happen, and that knowledge is what drives my hope for the future. All in all Silver-Tongued Devil is another stellar installment in this fantastic series. Once it grabs a hold of you it won’t let get go until the very end, and even then it will leave you reeling from the depths of emotion. Ms. Jaye Wells, my hat goes off to you.
Review by Marcela:
Silver-Tongued Devil is book fourth in the Sabina Kane series by Jaye Wells.
The story starts couple of days after the events in Green-Eyed Demon (book three). Sabina and Adam are enjoying the calm after the storm, they are living together at the Mage compound in New York city and are helping with the preparatives for the signing of the peace treaty between the races (vampires, mages and fae). Sabina is continuing with her mage education under Rhea’s tutelage and changing her lifestyle one “blood bag” at a time.
Maise is having issues recovering from the trauma left by her ordeal in New Orleans, but this time Sabina is trying to be there for her as much as she can. But when some horrific murders occur, putting in danger the peace treaty, Sabina and Adam are forced to leave the quiet life behind to investigate and find the culprit behind these murders. Sabina is glad for the change, she realizes she has missed the rush her old life used to give her.
As always Giguhl is there, not only as Sabina’s side kick but he is also expanding his horizons as the coach of a new Roller Derby team.
Sabina has come a long way, and even though she is still trying to find herself the growing as a character she has achieved is discernible. I loved how she realizes she can’t leave one part of herself behind, that for her to be complete she needs to accept herself and get both of her halves to live in balance and harmony with each other.
After what happened in New Orleans Adam is suffering from mild PTSD, he is pretending the events didn’t affect him as much but his actions are saying something else. He needs to deal with this to be able to be and accept Sabina as she needs him.
Their relationship is stable but secrets from Sabina’s past are coming to haunt them and test their commitment and love for each other.
I have always loved Giguhl but Silver-Tongued Devil made me loved him even more, not only he made me laugh out loud many times but he became the friend and confidant Sabina needed. His priority was her and he proved it time after time.
Characters we loved from previous books also made appearances, new characters are introduced and others… let’s just say Mrs. Wells went where not many authors have the guts to go.
The pace during the first half of Silver-Tongued Devil is a bit slow, but halfway into the book the pace not only picks up but it takes you in a roller coaster ride of emotions, with ups, downs, twists and turns that will leave you with you heart in your hand. The end was not a cliffhanger but still it’s one that will leave you counting the days for the release of the next and last installment of this series Blue-Blooded Vamp.
Silver-Tongued Devil is a great addition to a great series. If you are an urban fantasy lover this is a series you need to read. Silver-Tongued Devil is not a stand-alone book; these books should be read in order.