Author: Jennifer Estep
Title: Tangled Threads
Series: Elemental Assassin 4
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Rating: Four Petals
On the Author's Website:
I’d rather face a dozen lethal assassins any night than deal with something as tricky, convoluted, and fragile as my feelings. But here I am. Gin Blanco, the semi-retired assassin known as the Spider. Hovering outside sexy businessman Owen Grayson’s front door like a nervous teenage girl. One thing I like about Owen: he doesn’t shy away from my past — or my present. And right now I have a bull’s-eye on my forehead. Cold-blooded Fire elemental Mab Monroe has hired one of the smartest assassins in the business to trap me. Elektra LaFleur is skilled and efficient, with deadly electrical elemental magic as potent as my own Ice and Stone powers. Which means there’s a fifty-fifty chance one of us won’t survive this battle. I intend to kill LaFleur — or die trying — because Mab wants the assassin to take out my baby sister, Detective Bria Coolidge, too. The only problem is, Bria has no idea I’m her long-lost sibling … or that I’m the murderer she’s been chasing through Ashland for weeks. And what Bria doesn’t know just might get us both dead …
The saga continues in Tangled Threads. Gin, the assassin known as Spider, has set herself up on a quest to destroy Mab Monroe, the evil fire elemental that controls the city through death and fear. It isn't easy to get access to Mab herself, so Gin is killing off ranking members of Mab's organization in the hopes that it will weaken Mab enough to create an opening. Mab decides to strike back by hiring an assassin to find and kill Gin.
I liked that the ensuing fight wasn't just about knives, blood, and magic. There was hard learned strategy involved that showed just how much Gin is continuing to grow as a person and as an assassin in each successive book. I also enjoyed how Estep managed to weave Gin's sister into the plot, creating an interesting personal dynamic for Gin that added to the layers in the battle.
My only fear with this plot line is how it has the potential to be repetitive. I felt a little of it in this book, because Gin has already fought an assassin to save herself and those she loves from Mab's machinations in a previous story. I'm worried that in the next book, Gin will go after yet another flunky hired by Mab in what could become an endless cycle of each book taking only a single step towards Gin's final goal. Yet, at the same time that fear isn't stopping me from continuing with the series. When I finished Tangled Threads I immediately went to find the next book and will start reading it as soon as I'm finished writing this review. Estep has so far been able to skirt the line of repetitiveness that I'm worried about, so I'm very hopeful that the next book will continue to thrill me.
I continue to recommend this series and each book in it. Every single book improves slightly and this one showed off how much Gin has learned to fight with magic and intelligence against her enemy. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Maggie reviews paranormal and fantasy novels and novellas. She also interviews authors and hosts giveaways.