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

March 22, 2013 Review 1

Early Review: Deadly Sting (Elemental Assassin, #8) by Jennifer EstepDeadly Sting by Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin #8
Published by Pocket Books on March 26, 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400 pages
Source: Edelweiss, Publisher
Excerpt: Excerpt
Sexual Content: N/A
Reviewed by: Kristina
3 Stars

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

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’ 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.

While I enjoyed the chance to return to Gin and the assorted characters of Ashland in DEADLY STING, I was disappointed at the lack of real momentum in the over arching plot. Most of the story takes place at an exhibition of Mab’s possessions which made DEADLY STING feel like it could have been a novella rather than a full length novel. I got the constant feeling of treading water while reading DEADLY STING as I kept looking in vain for any hint of more forward movement towards the next book.

Aside from feeling like this was a one off story, I love seeing Gin use her assassin skills and ingenuity. Plus I enjoyed seeing all of Gin’s friends/family who seem to conveniently to end up at the same exhibition.  Finn is an absolute delight and was hilarious when dress shopping with Gin. I would love to see a short story involving him and Bria because they make an absolutely adorable couple. I continue to be perplexed at Owen’s behavior towards Gin and her actions in the previous books.They had a whole conversation early in the series based on how Owen completely understands the nature of her job yet he does a complete 180 in WIDOW’S WEB and continues in DEADLY STING to have problems with what Gin does.

Owen aside, it was a little underwhelming on the villain side to have Gin face off against a threat that was so far beneath her abilities.  I knew from the start that  we would not be seeing these bad guys again in the Elemental Assassin series. The big bads for Gin to defeat were simply some tough giant thugs and we’ve seen Gin easily defeat giants before which significantly lessened the story tension for me.  There really isn’t much new in DEADLY STING that we haven’t seen previously in the Elemental Assassin. While I enjoyed this all too short visit to Ashland, I wished there was more to get me excited for the next book, HEART OF VENOM, coming out August 27, 2013.

Series Titles:
  1. SPIDER’S BITE Title -3/5
  2. WEB OF LIES-Title – 3/5
  3. VENOM-4/5
  6. BY A THREAD-4/5
  7. WIDOW'S WEB-4/5
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