In book eleven of her New York Times bestselling Elemental Assassin series, author Jennifer Estep continues “one of the best urban fantasy series going on the market” (Fresh Fiction).
Gin Blanco is hard-nosed, sexy, and lethal. Nicknamed “The Spider,” she’s a stone elemental assassin who brings her unique mix of magic and tact to every assignment, no matter the target.
There’s a new drug on the streets of Ashland, and its name “Burn” sums up the potent effect it has on its users. When one of her restaurant employees is threatened by dealers of the drug, Gin steps in to set things straight…
Review: I love this series. It’s on my auto-buy list and I’m always anxiously awaiting the next release. And this installment was no exception. I’m always curious as to what new situation Gin is going to land herself in, and how she’s going to get out of it.
This time around, the bad guy is a drug lord named Beau Benson. Gin first learns of a new drug in town through one of her waitresses. Then she finds out that Beau is at the top of her sister’s most wanted list. This dude is seriously nasty. His elemental abilities combined with his ruthlessness in business and scientific curiosity makes him quite a challenge for Gin.
As always, Gin is super focused and is determined to protect her friends and family. While I admire this, it always drives me a little insane that she seems to shut out their concerns for her. And in this book, she seems to not listen even more than usual. It’s probably the one thing that really wanted me to reach into the pages and shake Gin a little.
The book will stand alone. But with such a long running series, it is always better to read the series in order as events from the past are brought up and relationships make more sense.
This was a pretty fast read for me considering it was over 400 pages long. I just couldn’t put the book down once I got started. There were some interesting twists and turns and more of Gin’s past is revealed. And even better, there was some foreshadowing of what’s to come for Gin. I can’t wait to see what’s coming next!