Saturday, August 31, 2013

Heart of Venom-Jennifer Estep

Heart of Venom

Jennifer Estep

Pocket Aug 27 2013, $7.99

ISBN: 9781451689006

In Ashland two giants attack Gin Blanco and Finn Lane, but the former assassin and her friend kill them. Finn suffered some bruises to his ribs so he plans to ask the Air-elemental dwarf Jo-Jo Deveraux to help him heal; Gin will use the disposal services of Jo-Jo’s sister Sophia the cook to get rid of the corpses.

Two days later, Gin and others enjoy a day at Jo-Jo’s salon when Fire-elemental siblings assault the establishment. They nearly kill the owner and snatch her sibling. Raging Gin needs to control her “Spider” as she needs to identify who the kidnappers are and why they obviously targeted Sophia. Although her estranged lover Owen Grayson understands the risk as the odds are humongous that they will die, he insists on having her back. Meanwhile Gin learns the details of Sophia’s first torturous abduction by Grimes.

The latest Elemental Assassin dark urban fantasy (see Deadly Sting) is a grim thriller with a mounting death toll as no one harms one of Gin’s buds and lives very long afterward though the Grimes may prove the exception to the rule. The plot enables the audience to learn what Grimes did to Sophia the first time she was held captive and fills in more of the protagonist’s past. Although the overarching premise fails to move forward, fans will enjoy Spider’s revenge.

Harriet Klausner

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