DEADLY STING (Elemental Assassins #8) by Jennifer Estep
400 pages, paperback
Available now (March 2013)
Publisher: Pocket Books
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review
Red is definitely my color. Good thing, because in my line of work, I end up wearing it a lot.
Most people shy away from blood, but for an assassin like me — Gin Blanco, aka the Spider — it’s just part of the job. Still, it would be nice to get a night off, especially when I’m attending the biggest gala event of the summer at Briartop, Ashland’s fanciest art museum. But it’s just not meant to be. For this exhibition of my late nemesis’ priceless possessions is not only the place to be seen, but the place to be robbed and taken hostage at gunpoint as well. No sooner did I get my champagne than a bunch of the unluckiest thieves ever burst into the museum and started looting the place.
Unlucky why? Because I brought along a couple of knives in addition to my killer dress. Add these to my Ice and Stone magic, and nothing makes me happier than showing the bad guys why red really is my color.
This is book #8 so there will be spoilers for previous books. I’ll try to keep them to a minimum but…it happens.
Because of her notoriety, Gin’s spending a lot of time taking out small-time wannabes looking to make a name for themselves. Owen’s out of the picture at the moment because he just can’t get over Gin killing his ex-fiance (Come on, Owen. Get over it, already. The chick tried to take out most of Ashland’s elite plus your honey. She deserved to die.) and Gin’s having a bit of a hard time with that, though she tries not to let on.
That’s probably why she gets conned into going to a fancy dress party on an island. Adorable and very fashion-conscience Finn drags her out shopping and dress her up in a slinky red dress (one of a kind, the sales ladies claim). This is possibly the funniest scene of the entire book — what would we do without Finn? He’s such a character! (Hey, Jennifer, let’s talk about Finn getting his own story, shall we? Because this boy could definitely carry one all by his lonesome. Bria could come along, too.)
Anyway, they get out to the island, guarded by way too many giants and, of course, Owen is there. With a woman on his arm. A woman wearing the exact same dress as Gin. Awkward! Drama, drama, drama. Poor Gin. She’s having a hard enough time with Owen’s turnaround and then she has to face a woman who looks a bit like her and is wearing her dress. Damnit, Owen!
Once the trouble starts (those darned giants!), Gin springs into action, slicing and dicing her way through the threats. This isn’t to say that it’s simple but there’s more brawn than brains involved in this battle. The giants just keep coming and they are pretty hard to kill, though Gin’s more than capable. I think the biggest thrill she gets out of this is getting to slice up her dress. So she can fight properly, of course.
Of course, I adored this book but I was slightly disappointed in the villain. She was pretty ham-fisted and, really, not up to Gin’s standards. I think that, if there hadn’t been so many innocents around, Gin would have dealt with that whole crew a whole lot faster. Utterly enjoyable, DEADLY STING is a fast-paced, blood-soaked addition to the Elemental Assassin series.
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