Black Widow (Elemental Assassin)
Pocket / November 25, 2014 / $7.99 print, digital
There’s nothing worse than a cruel, cunning enemy with time to kill—and my murder to plan.
With wicked Fire elemental Mab Monroe long gone, you’d think I could finally catch a break. But someone’s always trying to take me down, either as Gin Blanco or my assassin alter-ago. Now along comes the Spider’s new arch-nemesis, the mysteriously named M. M. Monroe, who is gleefully working overtime to trap me in a sticky web of deceit.
The thing is, I’m not the only target. I can see through the tangled threads enough to know that every bit of bad luck my friends have been having lately is no accident—and that each unfortunate “coincidence” is just one more arrow drawing ever closer to hitting the real bulls-eye. Though new to Ashland, this M. M. Monroe is no stranger to irony, trying to get me, an assassin, framed for murder. Yet, as my enemy’s master plan is slowly revealed, I have a sinking feeling that it will take more than my powerful Ice and Stone magic to stop my whole life from going up in flames.
The twelfth installment of Jennifer Estep’s high octane urban fantasy Elemental Assassin series takes a different tone than normal from the other books in this series. Rather than the usual blood and multiple kills, Gin and her friends are forced to fight on a more emotional level as their battles take them through a tangled web of deceit put in place by a woman who is hell bent on making Ashland her territory and making herself its queen. The heavily character driven plotlines continue to bode well for an exciting future of the series and its heroine, Gin Blanco.