"It's hard to be a badass assassin when a giant is beating the crap out of you. Luckily, I never let pride get in the way of my work. My current mission is personal: annihilate Mab Monroe, the Fire elemental who murdered my family, which means protecting my identity, even if I have to conceal my powerful Stone and Ice magic when I need it most.
"To the public, I'm Gin Blanco, owner of Ashlands best barbecue joint. To my friends, I'm the Spider, retired assassin. I still do favors on the side. Like ridding a vampire friend of her oversized stalker - Mab's right-hand goon who almost got me dead with his massive fists.
"At least irresistible Owen Grayson is on my side. The man knows too much about me, but I'll take my chances. Then there's Detective Bria Coolidge, one of Ashland's finest. Until recently, I thought my baby sister was dead. She probably thinks the same about me. Little does she know, I'm a cold-blooded killer... who is about to save her life.
©2010 Jennifer Estep (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
"Estep has really hit her stride with the gritty and compelling Elemental Assassin series. She surrounds her fascinating and complex heroine with a cadre of supporting players, each of whom are intriguing in their own right. Brisk pacing and knife-edged danger make this an exciting page-turner. Kudos to Estep, who is rapidly heading toward the top of the urban fantasy genre!" (Romantic Times)
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
I'm beginning to like this series much better than I did at first. The writing isn't quite as repetitive as the first two books. I like the love interest Owen so much better than Donavan, especially considering our heroine. I'm waiting to find out what has happened to Sophia, because that sounds like it will be an interesting story. The story keep referring to how Gin is getting stronger with her elemental magic, what I don't understand is why she doesn't work/ practice with it more to hone her skills. I do realize this is not her main means of assassination, that she prefers her "silver stone knives", but consider who she wants to kill, you would think she would perfect all means available to her.
Very much like the Stackhouse series, the main character is no sookie much rougher and fierce. however if you enjoyed true blood you will like this series. Fun and easy fare.
This book was like another book 1 in that it was the beginning of very important issues that will be dealt with in the future--New war, new relationship, new family, new friendship etc. This book is a really good set up for the next books in the series.
Book 3 picks up where book 2 ended. The narrator continues to weave this suspenseful tale as Elliott Slater was still being a terror and Mab Monroe was still letting her flunkies bully everyone. Elliott came and beat up Gin at her night school (Ashland Community College). He threatened her life and the people around her. Obviously he doesn't know Gin Blanco, because the Spider doesn't let anyone push her around or hurt the ones she loves. So Gin Blanco and Elliott Slater finally have their showdown--a prelude to the war with Mab Monroe.
On another note, Gin has to rescue Rosalyn and make some decisions regarding Owen Grayson. We finally get some very important events that shaped the life of the successful business man and they make sense now. I like the direction this story is going and I can't wait to hear Tangled threads.
I liked this book. Gin is an entertaining character. The only complaint I have is that Estep repeats herself a lot. The flashbacks Gin has are fine and interesting but it's that Mab's sunbeam rune is talked about a lot, the runes of her family too. Once each book is fine, but it's multiple times and sometimes it feels like she's just trying to stretch the length of the book out, like the reports you have to do in junior high that have to be 5,000 words. Lauren Fortgang does a nice job. Her male voices aren't great but you can hear the difference in tone and timbre between characters.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
Got a question for you... what color are Gin's eyes? What are her knives made of? What is on her palms? I could go on with examples of descriptions that are repeated, over and over and over. And I'm not talking about repetition between books, but within this one book. Eyes aren't just eyes, they are violet or grey or blue or cold or hard or... well, they were never staring... but they were glazed in death I believe.
Most active eyes I've ever experienced, in this series, really.
That being said... if you can get over the repeated descriptions and Estep's penchant for listing things in threes ("chest, back, buttocks", "rape, torture, kill" and so on), this story was actually the best of the three. The pseudo-love angst from book 2 is just hinted at here, and Gin actually manages to kill someone(s) almost as planned and not by accident or by sheer luck. Almost as if she were a real assassin. Not quite, but almost.
I liked the "romance" in this installment - at least the guy this time is reasonable. And I liked the link to Gin's past. And the killing, murder and mayhem that runs through the whole book, with various victims, but always involving Gin in some manner.
There isn't much sex, and what there is was added to the end - but the non-stop action sort of explains that... hard to stop for some loving when you have a giant or two to kill.
Thanks to this book I now am waiting for the next like a crack addict needing a fix. Great story, good ending, interesting additions to the cast. The final battle wasn't as impressive as the on from Web of Lies, but like the 2nd book it served to change things just enough to make you want more. Looking forward to book 4.
This series is fantastic and the narration could not be more perfect. Venom was my favorite so far. I can't wait for the next book!
very entertaining couldn't put it down all 3 books enthralling. keeps you hanging on every word. Jennifer Estep knows what she is doing. cant wait for the rest of them to be published. NOT TILL 2011 NNNNOOOOOO to far away
I rank Venom one of my favorite so far.
Yes, I could not stop listen I wanted to listen to all 12hours at one time. Great story
I think this series has wonderful plots, but the telling of the details too often repeats the SAME OLD THING! Way too much violet eyes, and grey eyes and heartbeats that count in increments of 10 get stale. Still, I do recommend it for passing the time. Not my favorite author by a long shot, but like I said the plots are just fun. So much potential to be exciting, but the repetitive phrases really bog down the forward motion of the story.
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