The narrator is awesome. Southern drawl without being annoying or sounding un-intelligent. Other reviewers have said it.. the author likes to repeat the history. This is the third in the series, and I understand that there has to be some refresher for those reading this book by itself. But it feels like the exact same wording and exact same descriptions are used to tell the history or describe her magic, etc. It left me wanting to skip ahead to get to the new parts of the story and to move it along. It also seems like those she kills, end up being a somewhat happy accident. Which annoys me since she's supposed to be a legendary assassin. I also agree with another reviewer...you would think she should hone her magic skills somewhat. Even if she's not using them to kill because others would realize, on her own time it would be cool to see her practice besides cooling off drinks.
Jennifer Estep takes Gin on a wild adventure every time. She is one bad assassin with a penchant for kindness. She truly cares about people. Not just the cold hearted witch that loves to kill. Rosalin becomes her newest charge and she will do anything to see her safe. And Owen, well, they are on their way to happiness. Someone that truly accepts Gin for who she is.
Enjoyed the book. Good storyline, character, and plot development. More of Jen's and Owen's history is revealed. A relative is found. Good progression in the series.
So, I confess, I did read the reviews as I was binging my way through this awesome series. Some other reviewers made the comment that everything was repeated at least 3 times. Here's the thing, if you are reading the books out of order, an author doing due diligence has a responsibility to fill in the back story. Or, if like me, you always have a book going, after awhile, characters and plot lines tend to jumble in my mind. I appreciated those little repetitions, because they let me know where I was. The series is great enough that I listened to the entire thing non-stop. I highly recommend it.
This is one of those books where if the editing had been tighter it could have been great. The idea for the plot was good and character motivations made sense. I love the banter. It was also great to see Gin slowly get over Donavan and move on to a better guy- Owen. So that was all the good stuff, plus I think the narrator does a great job with all the various character voices.
Now for the bad. The flashback memories are getting old, repetitive, and they're badly timed. We know the gist of Gin's past. Please, no more! I understood why the first fight scene went the way it did and thought the author explained Gin's reasoning for holding back well enough. It was the final fight scenes where I had a problem. Gin had swords she hardly used, and she failed to use her magic when the situation definitely called for it. The whole thing played out badly, but having said that, I did like how the author set things up for the characters to go after Monroe next. I only hope that part plays out like it should.
So I'm not entirely pleased with this installment, but I will give the next book a chance. The foundation is there if the author can just stop doing the awful flashbacks, repetitive backstories and explanations, and let her characters play to their strengths instead of giving lame excuses for letting the bad guys hurt them. I really want this series to find its stride because it could become amazing.
Holy Smokes, Batman! What a ride! So much happens in this book and it starts a sequence of game changing events to come. I'm quickly becoming addicted to this series. Like so many UF it starts slow and here we are at book 3 and KaBlam! the $#%@ has hit the fan.
Without giving too much away or going on for pages of all the stuff going on, I'll try to keep it simple. Gin is one Bad @$$ heroine. A retired assassin that can't seem to actually retire. Only this time she's not working for someone else, she's working for herself to keep her family and friends safe. Now, I love a kick-@$$ heroine but the thing I really like is that she takes a beating and keeps on ticking. I hate it when the H/h seem to always come out unscathed. That's just not realistic to me.
The thing that drove me crazy about the first 2 books seems to be working itself out now. Buh-Bye, good riddance!
She had to make some hard decisions in this book that she wasn't quite ready to face. With the support of her friends and family, she took a stand and now she has a tough road ahead of her. I can't wait to read the next one!
As usual Jennifer Estep delivers an engaging and captivating story. With strong doses of both sex and violence this book is not for everybody, but if you can handle it it will keep you entertained and glued your earbuds.
In this third book of the series we learn more a out Gin and her background, and she makes some new friends. The action is fast paced, yet Gin has some important personal decisions to make.