Silver-Tongued Devil (Sabina Kane, #4)

Silver-Tongued Devil - Jaye Wells If I had only one word to describe this book, I would have to EPIC. Okay fair warning folks, I am a huge Jaye Wells fanpoodle.For the first time in her life things seem to be okay for Sabina. Her relationship with Adam is going great and she is happy. The treaty to unite the dark races is only days away from being signed, when on her way to Slade's vampire club, Sabina comes across a dead human body completely drained of blood. Sabina sees this as vampire business and since she now sees herself largely as a mage, having killed her grandmother Lavina in the last book, Sabina keeps moving. Things escalate when she gets to the club and a mage dies, as Pussy Willow is having her debut.Sabina does not want to get involved but she is ordered to investigate. She quickly learns that there is a connection between the mage death and the human death and believes that this is an attempt to destabilize Slade's leadership of the vampires in New York. If that were not enough, Maisie has yet to recover from the horror that Lavina has subjected her to and her PTSD is stopping her from having a vision about the future. No matter how she reaches out to her twin, Sabina keeps being rejected. The peace that she has worked so hard to achieve is crumbling around and Sabina realises that perhaps the reason is because they are up against the evil of all evils - Cain. Can Sabina somehow unite the dark races and keep the people she loves safe from harm?Silver Tounged Devil starts agonizingly slow and the bickering between the characters is distracting but when it all comes together, one realizes how necessary this is for the conclusion of the book. The climax of the story is so shocking and unexpected that it is impossible to put the book down until the last page is read. Okay, I suppose I should add some critique, even though my mind is screaming don't attack the precious, must protect the precious. Unfortunately, there is a deal of ableism in this story. A side character in the story is Goldie and she is a little person. On page 136, she is referred to as a "midget", though the preferred term is little person, or person of short stature. To her credit, Goldie Schwartz does call out the usage of the term midget but says, "And I'm not a fucking midget. I prefer the term fun-sized." As in Green Eyed Demon, she is also called the gimp. Obviously, this is far from the ideal and is completely unnecessary to the story. The only thing we learn about Goldie is that she is disabled and that she is into water sports. There's also the issue of Pussy Willow, who was formerly Brooks. After being attacked, Brooks assumed a female persona as a way of dealing with the tragedy. Pussy Willow completely identifies as female and lives her life as a woman on a full-time basis and this is why the usage of the terms transvestite and cross dresser are not fitting. Part of my issue is that it took a trauma for this to happen, which suggests that anyone who transgresses the gender binary is damaged in someway. When Pussy Willow is banned from participating in the roller derby, Giguhl says: "It's the whole penis thing." He shrugged. "Somehow the league found out she was smuggling extra equipment in her skirt. They're refusing to bend about the whole 'only biological females are allowed on to be on the teams' thing. So I had to tell her she can't play." [pg 164]Okay, what Pussy Willow is dealing with is cissexism or transphobia. It is certainly not "phallocentric tyranny." If you are going to include an ism, it needs to be called exactly what it is. To make matters worse, though we're told that Pussy Willow is upset by the exclusion, the very next scene in which she appears, she is happy to be an announcer, rather than a participant. This makes it appear as though the cisgender characters are more concerned about the bigotry aimed at her than she is. Read More