Deadly Sting

Elemental Assassin, #8

This is a fast moving urban fantasy tale that continues to combine plenty of exciting action and an intriguing and creative story. The entire series highlights a life that has a very high violence quotient juxtaposed with commonplace events such as attending college or cooking tasty meals. Each book can be read alone but the story will be better appreciated if placed in context with events that have gone before. Unfortunately, Gin seems to have trouble maintaining a romantic relationship and her previous actions have succeeded in driving a significant wedge between her and Owen Grayson. I love the fierce loyalty that Gin has for those in her life but tend to be somewhat disappointed by the occasional lack of reciprocity even though I know it is necessary for the storyline. It is amazing how complicated even a simple trip to hunt for a dress can be whenever Gin is involved and I find myself wearied by the constant challenges she faces even though I enjoy seeing how she copes with them. I would say that Gin needs a vacation but given how her last one turned out, that might not be the best idea so it is difficult to envision how her life can improve as long as she remains in a town where she has a bounty on her head. One wonders whether it is time for her to find a new place to live.

“Deadly Sting” by Jennifer Estep continues her ‘Elemental Assassin’ series which features (former) assassin Gin Blanco. An exhibit of the late Mab Monroe’s treasures is held at the exclusive museum Briartop, and Gin’s foster brother Finn convinces her to attend with him. Naturally, the concentration of wealth and valuable items can’t help but attract the attention of those who consider this an opportunity to make the biggest haul of their lives. Gin is determined to keep those she loves from being destroyed in the heist though she is still dealing with heartache but even her skills are tested by the setup that has been engineered by the mastermind behind the theft. The ultimate puzzle is who has orchestrated the attack and how to survive long enough to bring justice to the perpetrator.

Book Blurb for Deadly Sting

The eighth hotly anticipated book in the Elemental Assassin series by New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Estep: it’s Gin Blanco's party—and you’ll cry if she wants you to.

Against her better judgment, Gin is coerced into attending a high society gala with the rest of Ashland's elite underworld. On display: the priceless art collection of her deceased nemesis, Mab Monroe, and an excess of crime boss swagger. While not comfortable in her fancy attire, Gin gets vastly more interested in the evening’s events when a group of thieves bursts in and tries to seize the valuable, dangerous gems. Facing a Die Hard-esque scenario in which she must free hostage partygoers while herself trapped in the museum, things get a little bit messy when the bloodshed begins. Let's just say that Gin should have chosen the red gown…

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2013 4.50