Also by this author: Spider's Bite, Web of Lies, Venom, Cold Burn of Magic
Published by Simon and Schuster on April 26th 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Urban
The fourth book in the “outstanding” (Romantic Times) Elemental Assassin fantasy series featuring Gin Blaco, who by day is a waitress at a Tennessee BBQ joint, and by night is a tough female assassin.I’d rather face a dozen lethal assassins any night than deal with something as tricky, convoluted, and fragile as my feelings. But here I am. Gin Blanco, the semi-retired assassin known as the Spider. Hovering outside sexy businessman Owen Grayson’s front door like a nervous teenage girl. One thing I like about Owen: he doesn’t shy away from my past—or my present. And right now I have a bull’s-eye on my forehead. Cold-blooded Fire elemental Mab Monroe has hired one of the smartest assassins in the business to trap me. Elektra LaFleur is skilled and efficient, with deadly electrical elemental magic as potent as my own Ice and Stone powers. Which means there’s a fifty-fifty chance one of us won’t survive this battle. I intend to kill LaFleur—or die trying—because Mab wants the assassin to take out my baby sister, Detective Bria Coolidge, too. The only problem is, Bria has no idea I’m her long-lost sibling . . . or that I’m the murderer she’s been chasing through Ashland for weeks. And what Bria doesn’t know just might get us both dead. . . .
I have really enjoyed this series so far so I was so excited to jump into this book because it seemed as if Gin would finally go after what she has wanted for her whole life. It seemed like this book would finally allow Gin to confront Mab in a more formal setting instead of all the pieces we have been getting in the past few books. I was ready for an epic showdown…. sadly this book didn’t deliver. This book was a filler book in my opinion.
I have mentioned before in my other reviews how much I dislike how many times Estep stops the progress of the storyline to tell us things we already know! I felt that as this was a filler book we got more of this than was necessary. I’m not joking when I say that almost half of this book was a rehash of everything we already knew. I can’t tell you how tired I am of hearing how Gin was burned and has the Spider runes in her hand or how they stand for patience. Well guess what, my patience for this is running thing. I am tired of hearing about the copy of the bloody book on the wall at the Pork Pit. I’m tired of hearing about the way that the building fell down around her family and everything that Mab did to them. All of this and more was repeated in this book.
Aside from the repeats there was a similar storyline in this book to the other storylines in the other books. There was another bad guy working for Mab who set out to kill Gin. I didn’t really find this original at this point and really I’m just waiting for the real storyline with Mab to begin.
Overall, the only thing I really enjoyed about this storyline was the continuation of the romance with Gin. That was the only thing I really liked about this part of the series and I really hope that book five moves things along.
My name is Jennifer Estep, and I’m the New York Times bestselling author of the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series; the Black Blade young adult urban fantasy; the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series; and the Bigtime paranormal romance series.