When I saw "Elemental Assassins" I thought I knew what to expect. Unfortunately, this is more of a paranormal sex obsession with a story line secondary to the internal dialogue about sex, who to have sex with, who she really wants to have sex with, who are the prostitutes and how did they get that way, what kind of sex obsessions do the male characters have, etc.....
Also, the "kitchen sink" setting of the story, with elementals, vampires, giants, dwarfs, and various other monsters living and cross-breeding in a Southern town with no background was not a hallmark of a professional in the genre.
A few other points about this story;
The four elements are Earth, Air, Fire, and Water, not Stone, Air, Fire, and Ice. That cued me in to the fact that this was a sex story placed in a fantasy setting, not really a contemporary fantasy novel.
The use of an interest in cooking was a very good way to humanize the protagonist, If the use of the elemental power had been better developed with rules more clearly aligned to the properly named four elements and the ratio of cooking to sex obsession had been reversed, it would have been a much better book.
If you want to see the world of elemental magic handled by a master (mistress), read the Elemental Masters series by Mercedes Lackey. I'll give the rest of this series a pass.
Its hard to find a book where you cheer on the bad guy, especially if she is also the heroine. Gin Blanco and her thirst for revenge was beautifully written and directed by the story. It definitely met expectations and I recommend it to anyone. It's thrilling, sexy, action filled, and emotionally captivating. Gin and Spider's Bite, the elemental assasin series overall, is one to die for.
The title led me to believe that magic would be a big part of this story, and while it is a major point it is not front and center to the story. The characters, who they are, their stories, those are first. And they are very well developed and thought out.
First person narrative works well here, you get inside the character and really feel like you're seeing the world through her eyes. Lauren does an excellent job giving Gin a voice. But like most female narrators, she falls short with voicing men. But unlike others I've listened to, it doesn't distract me from the story.
I listened to this book on my daily commute to and from work. It certainly makes my 40 minute drive go that much faster and leaves me wanting for more time in the car!
I like this story. It can potentially work its way up to one oft favorite series. Likes the narrator as well. She fit the story quite well
Very strong female point of view. I had an issue with the 4 "main" Elements being fire,air,stone and ice. water was a "lesser". This felt wrong to me every time I heard it. A fair amount of blood gore and sex "fantasies". The actress has a slight southern twang which helps add to the narration. I didn't care for the fight scenes, but most of the story seemed to be centered in Gin‘s emotions and thoughts than in anything else. All in all, it wasn't a bad story, just not my cup of tea.
Quality story, insightful character development. plenty of suspense but not too much. an ending that was logical and satisfying.
love this story telling style - it brings all the colorful characters to life. one feels as if we got to meet and even know them.
the,reader's performance scores an 11 on the scale of 1 to 10. Enjoyed the way she did the voices of the other characters but the way she did the main character was perfect.
my only criticism is that it was hard to put it down and get to sleep!
a triumph by all concerned.
This was a reasonable book I found Lauren Fortgang easy to listen to with a story that needed a good reader to help it along, I like a few other people have issues with the Colour of eyes coming into the story all the time.
Another issue I have is one that I have been finding in a lot of books in the past couple of years, and that is we have a strong female lead that is supposed to be the best at whatever they are destined to do, and yet they go all weak at the knees and wet in the nether regions at the first sign of the male sidekick, I don't mind some romance development or even sex in my books hell I am a man after all!
What I am starting to dislike is the mommy porn storyline "I want feel his throbbing member rubbing against me" type of thing, if we have a strong female lead then I would expect her to not have fantasy's in her head but just go get what she wants, maybe it just me though.
The story apart from my previous two complaints was good I found it to be all in all a decent listen I will be getting the next in the series and hope that it keeps up the good points and eases down on the bad. :-)
I like reading the print than listening, this was for a friend of mine. But she didn't like the sound of the readers voice.
The killing parts and funny times
No. I haven't listened to the Heart of Venom yet.
All my emotions were good.
Well, if you're even considering purchasing this book, then I assume that you know what you're in for in the urban fantasy genre. So, yes, this book delivers everything that you expect it will. Bad-ass heroine with complicated back story, love interest, revenge, murder, etc. etc. etc. Nothing you haven't seen before, but arranged in such a way as to be sufficiently interesting. The reason I couldn't give this book more stars was how horribly horribly repetitive it was. It wasn't just that it reiterated plot points, and boy did it reiterate plot points! If you find yourself drifting off and thinking about something else for a few minutes, don't worry if you missed something, it will be repeated! Just when you think the book is about to end, it goes on. For another half an hour. Not only could the overall plot use some serious editing, but trivial things were repeated too. I'm pretty sure that I get where Gin stashes her knives about her person, you don't need to give me the exact same description every time she puts her clothes on. I get the three runes that represent her family members, you don't need to give me the entire spiel every time she looks at them. Really. I get it.
The narrator did a good enough job, but she often phrased things oddly. Frequently she would put odd pauses in the middle of sentences so things come out sounding like: "...he pushed past me. Into the dimly lit room." It was odd, but at least she didn't do it all the time.