I really enjoyed this latest Elemental Assassin story, which takes us into an entirely new arc with a great mystery and a new big bad. Plus, there’s a road trip, which brings along just enough familiar faces to feel connected, while still providing a fun change of pace and scenery.
Gin, Owen, Finn, and Bria head to an old cowboy resort that Finn’s evil mother owned and left to him. Obviously, he doesn’t have exactly warm and fuzzy feelings for dear old mom, but the gang hopes the trip will help get him out of the doldrums and maybe give some clues about Regina’s cohort Tucker, who revealed himself as a major player in the last book. Tucker is part of the mysterious Circle, an underworld consortium that’s been deeply hidden, and now Gin is determined to uncover their secrets –and their possible connection to her mother.
This is classic Gin Blanco. She is confident and smart and deadly. I liked that her foes here weren’t larger than life. So often, it feels like we’re stretching to get bad guys who are always stronger and more powerful than the last. But while Gin does have to work, it’s more about being smart than being the toughest elemental. I liked that for a change.
I also really liked the fact that no one in Gin’s inner circle is turning on her. We’ve had books where I’ve hated Bria… hated Owen… got frustrated with Finn. You’d think they would know Gin and support her always, and the storylines where they failed her frustrated me. But here, they’re a team and that sense of family around her is one of the strongest parts of the series for me. That and Gin, herself, who I find so easy to root for, even as she kills folks left and right. After all, they do deserve it.
Anyway, I liked getting more insights into the Snow family. I liked the new mystery and the Circle storyline. And I liked the trip to the resort. All good. And I’m looking forward to see what comes next. Now, I’m going to go out on a limb and say Gin’s dad isn’t dead and is the unidentified member of the Circle. Only time will tell if I’m right or I’m crazy.
*ARC provided by publisher
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by Jennifer Estep
Release Date: August 30, 2016
Publisher: Pocket Books