Half Mage half vampire Sabina Kane was raised by her vampire grandmother who is the leader of the Dominae. It is forbidden to cross races, so Sabina is often treated as an abomination. Since she is not full blooded she could not hold a higher position since she is from a royal line, but is allowed to work as an assasin. After years of working hard to please her grandmother and for her approval, she finds out just how little she means to her. On the mission she is sent on, she confronts a half vamp half dermon that is rising against the Dominae and is to infiltrate his organization and kill him. What she finds is a horrible abuse by the vamps on the Mage community that can lead to war and a goofy demon that has decided that heis Sabina's familiar. Not the best first in series dread, but not the worse. The world building is a little shakie, but I'm interested enough to continue.