Early Review: Tangled Threads by Jennifer Estep

April 20, 2011 Review 6

*This title will be released on April 26, 2011*

Tangled Threads (Elemental Assassin, #4) Title: Tangled Threads
Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin #4
Cover Art: Tony Mauro
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Excerpt: Yes
Source: Author
Reviewed by: Julia

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (April 26, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 1439192634
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439192634
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Sexual Content:
Sex scenes, mention of child abuse and rape.


Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.


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. . . .


As I would have hoped at the close of VENOM, the Elemental Assassin series really hits it’s stride with TANGLED THREADS.  Containing the best of the action sequences, bad-assery and romance from previous books, it also sets the stage for what promises to be the ultimate life-or-death confrontation of Gin’s career. 

While readers new to the series may not initially understand how a former assassin is “the good guy”, they won’t have a hard time figuring things out.  Gin is consistently surrounded by villains so psychopathic and irredeemable it’s easy to come up to speed.  One of my favorite aspects of these books is the emphasis on professionalism, caution, and preparedness.  In TANGLED THREADS, the bad guys that Gin faces are so magically powerful, even the addition of Gin’s newly unleashed Ice magic does not promise a sure victory.  Rather, it is the villain’s own evil, sadistic, and greedy behaviors that provide Gin with the openings she needs to have a fighting chance. 

And though Gin is fighting for the highest of stakes, her personal life is not neglected.  Both her budding romance with Owen and her stalled relationship with baby sister Bria get some page time (to great effect).  Estep has set the stage for a killer book five, SPIDER’S REVENGE due out this September, and hopefully, many more books to come in Gin’s universe.


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6 Responses to “Early Review: Tangled Threads by Jennifer Estep”

  1. Julia

    Tori – Glad you liked it, reading TANGLED THREADS got me all worked up for SPIDER'S REVENGE.

    My Keeper – Only one more week, totally worth the wait.

  2. Dharma Kurlind

    Julia, YES! I just finished the audiobook and I can't get enough of the story. I have so many hopes and expectations, like what if Detective Caine returns? And will anything happen between Fin and Bria?

  3. lafemmetopaz

    @Dharma I think Detective Caine will make an appearance. But I"m completely in love with Owen. Fin and Bria interesting combo. Also, after this book, there is no mistaking that Mab is one of the nastiest villians EVAH!

  4. Julia

    Oh man, you guys are killing me. I never considered Caine's return… wouldn't it be sweet to see Bria stick up for Gin? Take *that*, Super Cop!

    I was debating if Fin and Bria will be a subplot in this series, or if Bria will get her own spin off. Do you think Fin has what it takes to bear up to "leading man" scrutiny?

    PS – Mab must die.