THREAD OF DEATH (Elemental Assassin #5.5) by Jennifer Estep-a review
THREAD OF DEATH by Jennifer Estep
REMINDER: Interview and Giveaway with Jennifer Estep on August 23, 2012
THREAD OF DEATH is an urban fantasy novella (released Jan 2012) written by Jennifer Estep. Book 5.5 in Jennifer’s Elemental Assassin series, Thread of Death follows the heroine, Gin Blanco (aka the Spider) at the funeral of one of the Underworld’s most vial and frightening mob boss- Mab Monroe. But a little background information at this point may be useful to anyone who has not read the Elemental Assassin series.
Gin Blanco Is an assassin for hire in the corrupt town known as Ashland. The supernatural beings of the Underworld include dwarves, vampires, giants and elementals. The elementals are gifted with one of four affinities-air, stone, fire and ice, but in Gin’s case, she has been gifted with both stone and ice. Gin’s identity as the assassin Spider, is not known, but Thread of Death reveals both her elementals and her alter ego, to the seedy town of Ashland.
Gin Blanco is still recovering from her most recent encounter with Mab Monroe, and feels it is necessary to attend the fire-elemental’s funeral, much to the chagrin of her friends and lover. But Gin needs to see for herself, that Mab is truly dead. Many of the Underworld’s notorious villains and miscreants are also in attendance, including Mab’s former legal advisor Jonah McAllister and fellow crime boss Philip Kincaid.
But when gunfire breaks out, and it appears Gin is the intended target, all eyes turn to Gin as she changes roles from Gin to Spider. Knowing that the assassin Spider has now been exposed, she knowingly looks to Mab’s former legal advisor Jonah, and without a doubt, Gin knows that Jonah is behind the recent attempt on her life. Jonah will stop at nothing to expose Gin to the Underworld bosses, so they know exactly whom they are dealing with.
When the funeral service has finally ended, Gin remains to pay her respects, hoping to catch a glimpse, as to the contents of the casket, hoping to prove to herself, that Mab is truly gone, but one again, she is attacked. The dwarves are gunning for her head baring shovels and spades, only this time, Philip Kincaid witnesses the Spider in action.
Thread of Death, as a novella is a quick read. The story is written in first person point of view, with each chapter featuring a different narrator. The information revealed does not necessarily add to the storyline as a reader, but the information does allow for specific storylines in the future, now that the crime bosses are aware of Gin’s true identity as Spider. We are surprised, knowing, that perhaps Mab Monroe could possibly have survived the confrontation with Gin, but Gin’s preoccupation with the casket and its’ contents, makes you wonder—is Mab Monroe really dead? I am looking forward to By a Thread, to see what both Phillip and Jonah have in store for Gin. Thread of Death is a good segue for the next book-By A Thread
Spider’s Bargain (a free short)
Book 1–Spider’s Bite
Web of Death (a free short story)
Book 2–Web of Lies
Web of Deceit (free short)
Poison (free short)
Wasted (free short)
Tangled Dreams (free short)
Tangled Schemes (free short )
Book 4–Tangled Threads
Book 5–Spider’s Revenge
Book 6–By a Thread
Book 7–Widow’s Web
Bok 8–Deadly Sting- 2013
Reviewed by Sandy