I promise I’ll do something other than Urban Fantasy next week! However I thought I’d review this series first, Elemental Assassin by Jennifer Estep.
Story Synopsis: The Elemental Assassin series of books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy killing people and righting wrongs, Gin works in a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fictional Southern metropolis of Ashland. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals – Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone.
Plot: Pretty good if you don’t mind lots of murder; it’s also not as funny as say the Dresden Files or The Iron Druid Chronicles, but it has it’s moments. One thing I have an issue with is that there is at least one sex scene in each book, I think it takes away from the rest of the plot lines, but that’s just me.
Characters: Gin is a certifiable badass, and she just loves to use her knives to make you a sandwich or to make you into one depending on how much you piss her off. Her foster brother Finn, is the comedian most of the time, but it’s dark humor most of the time and he’s also a certifiable badass as well.
Overall: Great series if you’re looking for something a bit more serious than say the Dresden Files or with less mythological creatures than the Iron Druid Chronicles. It does have lots of fight scenes as well.
For those who like: Badass female leads with a really dark sense of humor, Assassins of any sort, Lots and lots of fight scenes.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or the sex scenes that occur at least once a book.