Series: Elemental Assassin #15
Published by Pocket Books on August 30, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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What could go wrong when you’re trying to unravel a decades-old conspiracy?
As the current queen of the Ashland underworld, you would think that I, Gin Blanco, would know all about some secret society controlling things from behind the scenes. I might be the Spider, the city’s most fearsome assassin, but all my Ice and Stone elemental magic hasn’t done me a lick of good in learning more about “the Circle”. Despite my continued investigations, the trail’s gone as cold as the coming winter.
So when Finnegan Lane, my foster brother, gets word of a surprising inheritance, we figure why not skip town for someplace less dangerous for a few days? That place: Bullet Pointe, a fancy hotel resort complex plus Old West theme park that Finn now owns lock, stock, and barrel. At first, all the struttin’ cowboys and sassy saloon girls are just hokey fun. But add in some shady coincidences and Circle assassins lurking all around, and vacationing becomes wilder—and deadlier—than any of us expected.
Good thing this assassin brought plenty of knives to the gunfight…
Jennifer Estep is one of those must-read authors for any fan of urban fantasy. If you’ve been following my reviews, you’ve probably read how much I loved her Black Blade novels (Cold Burn of Magic, Dark Heart of Magic, Bright Blaze of Magic), but I was first introduced to this author via her best-selling Elemental Assassin series, featuring mercenary magic-wielder and barbecue joint owner Gin Blanco. Book 15 of this series, Unraveled, drops on August 30, 2016, and by all accounts, it promises to be a humdinger of a read.
While I’m not quite caught up on the series (I’ve read books 1 through 9), I’m still a fan, and I’m planning to get all caught up very soon. In the meantime, keep reading for an excerpt from Unraveled, and if you live in the US or Canada, you can scroll to the bottom to find out how you can win the full set of Elemental Assassin books, a copy of Unraveled, and a $25 Amazon gift card.
Excerpt from Unraveled by Jennifer Estep
But instead of heading toward the giants, I ran straight at the SUV. When I was in range, I leaped up onto the hood, then scrambled up onto the roof. Before the giants realized what I was doing, I raced forward and leaped off the vehicle’s roof, pushing off hard and trying to get as high in the air as possible. Lucky for me, they’d parked close to the curb and the narrow sidewalk. A second later, my hands hit the top of the wall that fronted the mansion, and I dug my boots into the slick stones so that I could pull myself up onto the top of the wall. Fedora wasn’t the only one who could do gymnastics.
I rolled off the top of the wall and dropped ten feet down to the other side. I paused a moment to palm one of the silverstone knives tucked up my sleeves, then darted forward across the lawn. The ice-crusted grass crunched like brittle bones under my boots.
The light spilling out from the office perfectly illuminated Fedora, who was fifty feet ahead of me and moving fast, her breath streaming out behind her in a trail of frosty vapor. She must have heard the disturbance out on the street because she picked up her pace, pulled a gun out of her trench coat, and shot through the lock on the patio doors with one smooth motion. A second later, she was inside the mansion.
“Hey!” a man’s voice shouted from inside the office. “Who are you? What do you think you’re doing?”
I didn’t hear her reply, if there even was one.
Elemental Assassin Series Reading Order
Jennifer is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card, and the publisher has offered up 5 print copies of Unraveled and one full set of the Elemental Assassin series! Open to US and Canadian residents only.