Monday, August 24, 2015

Review: Deadly Sting (Elemental Assassin, Book 8) by Jennifer Estep

Red is definitely my color. Good thing, because in my line of work, I end up wearing it a lot. 

About Deadly Sting:

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’s 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.

Book Details:

Series: Elemental Assassin (Book 8)
Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Pocket Books (March 26, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1451688997
ISBN-13: 978-1451688993


Deadly Sting (Elemental Assassin)

My Review:

Links to My Review of Previous Books in the Series:

Spider's Bite, Book 1:

Web of Lies, Book 2:

Venom, Book 3:

Tangled Threads, Book 4:

Spider's Revenge, Book 5:

By A Thread, Book 6

Widow's Web, Book 7

Ashland has seen a surge in break-ins lately.  There have also been just as many security guards quitting the business and moving onward and upward.  Curious as to the loss of guards protecting local businesses, Gin realizes exactly why when she attends an exhibition displaying all of the priceless items in the late Mab Monroe's collection.  The sheer number of giants acting as security guards is surprising.  But then again, it is also been rumored to be the event that the reading of her will takes place.

Everything is moving along smoothly until a woman is murdered who looks striking like Gin.  Then, all hell breaks loose.  The loss of giants in the security guard business is the gain of one company that plans to rob the collection of Mab Monroe right out from under the museum.  There is one problem - The Spider may not be the body laid out in front of the museum full of hostages.  What the bad guys don't know, will indeed hurt them as The Spider lurks among the shadows - and only her loved ones and the innocents are safe.  Pulling together a plan that involves saving her family and everyone else inside the museum isn't straightforward but Gin always comes up with a plan.  This plan involves the sneakiness of The Spider and the finesse of Ashland's finest along with any side help she can find.

Deadly Sting is a great installment of the Elemental Assassin series. The entire series so far has pulled me in and kept me engaged from the very beginning. These are the types of books that have me longing for the next one. They are written with vivid descriptions and genuine feelings, allowing the reader to become totally immersed in this world. The world building continues along and includes a somewhat awkward reunion between Gin and Owen.  We get a bit more of Phillip in Deadly Sting, as he too is a patron of the museum's exhibit.

Now, this book in the series isn't as action packed or suspenseful as previous books.  However, Deadly Sting deals with the Jonah McAllister storyline and reveals things about Mab Monroe.  So, sit back, grab a drink and a snack, and read all about Ashland's newest baddie - Clementine.


If you come into Deadly Sting expecting romance rekindling just...don't...go...there.  Don't base your love or hate of this book on Gin and Owen.  The author destroyed them for a reason in the previous book - take it as it is and continue to read the stories - in order!  Yes, Owen is in this book.  No, Owen hasn't forgiven Gin (a contradiction in terms, really, since Gin did exactly what should have been done in order to prevent Salina from destroying everyone Owen loved one at a time).  Yes, Gin still has feelings for him but no, she isn't pathetic or clinging to scraps of hope or love that are tossed out.   Deadly Sting does NOT focus on Gin and Owen, it focuses on a robbery/hostage situation involving half of those Gin holds dearly in her heart.

My review copy was courtesy of my local library, where I take full advantage of our interlibrary loan program. If my library doesn't have the books I want, they will have them sent from a library in Michigan at absolutely no cost to me.


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