Gin Blanco is back and the more things change, the more they stay the same. There is a comfortable familiarity that allows me to sink right back into this world every time I pick up a new book. There are all of those delicious food references. Spider puns. Owen’s violet eyes. The fact they use rubbers, despite the fact Gin takes her “little white pills.” Chicory coffee. Where the Red Fern Grows. Dreams as memory restoration device. Finn’s charm. Gin’s disdain for sloppiness.
If you’re never read an Elemental Assassin book, I know you have no idea what I am talking about. But if you’ve read all 13 installments, you’ve probably caught most of these references 13 times over. Sometimes, these books walk the line between comfortable and yesIknowthatpleasestoptellingme. But the thing is… I like Gin. I love watching people underestimate her. I love watching her triumph. Because despite all of her super cool powers, she feels like the scrappy underdog. She’s had a tough life and now that she is on top, the wins are no less sweet.
Even though a lot things do get rehashed, I like that Jennifer Estep has allowed Gin’s character to evolve. Her circumstances change. Now she is no longer a lone assassin, living in the shadows. She is boss of the underworld and everyone knows who she is. I really enjoyed watching her fill her new skin. I liked watching her try to figure out what that means for her… and that even under her new title, she is still the same Gin I have loved from day one: honorable in her own way. Determined. Loyal. And tough as nails.
Each of these books features Gin doing one of two things. She is either battling a bad guy to defend a victim who needs help or she is taking down a personal nemesis. Here it’s more of the former, but our big bad does have a tie to Gin as well. This baddie is a metal elemental. I enjoy watching all the different powers Estep gives her villains. It’s one of the ways to give the stories different flavors.
Anyway, our familiar cast of secondary characters is back. It’s always great to see how they have Gin’s back. And it’s her love and devotion to her family and friends that really humanize her and make her so easy to root for.
Overall, it was an enjoyable installment. Very in keeping with the previous books in the series. Plus — I’m excited about the setup for the next book. What a great idea for a bad guy. I’m looking forward to see where the author will take it.
*ARC provided by blog tour for review
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by Jennifer Estep
Release Date: July 28, 2015
Publisher: Pocket Books
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