New Release Review: Unraveled by Jennifer Estep
Book 15 in Elemental Assassins series
Release Date: August 30, 2016
Book provided by NetGalley and Pocket Books
Genre: Urban Fantasy
AH’s Review – 4 Stars – A-
Yet another solid installment in Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassins series. This series just keeps getting better and better. I can’t believe that Unraveled is book 15 already. For those of you unfamiliar with this series, the lead character is an assassin known as The Spider, aka Gin Blanco. Gin lives in the very corrupt town of Ashland where she runs a barbeque restaurant called The Pork Pit. By the way, do not read these books when hungry – the author describes all the food and makes it sound so delicious. There’s all sorts of characters in this series – giants, dwarfs, vampires, and elementals, along with us regular folk. The magic is a bit different, following the elements so that there is air magic, stone magic, ice magic and more.
So book 15….Note that the blurb is a little spoilery. I highly recommend that the series be read in order if only to see how much the characters have developed. The author’s writing has improved significantly. Where the earlier books suffered from repetition (especially about eye colors), the later books are better written.
What did I think of Unraveled?
Is it my imagination or has Gin gotten more badass than ever? She just can’t wait to stick it to the bad guys. I don’t know, Gin seems to be more gleeful at any chance of conflict. Whereas an earlier Gin would have stalked her “prey” for a longer period of time – this Gin just wants to get rid of all the bad guys at once.
I loved that this book was set in a Western themed amusement park. It’s a little hokey, but it makes for a very entertaining backdrop. It also allows Gin to be with Owen, Bria, and Finn for a little R & R, even though that doesn’t last long. There’s lots of action and tons of fun as Gin and the gang search for some missing gems hidden at the amusement park.
The secondary characters are great, especially Gin’s assistant Silvio. I love how the villains are like caricatures – they are just so bad and evil.
The only thing that bothered me – and maybe because it was a regional choice of word – was the use of tobaggan to refer to a knitted hat worn in the winter. For me, a tobaggan is a sled, so I kept picturing Gin with a wooden tobaggan sled on her head.
Fantastic series. Highly recommended.
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Series Reading Order:
- Spider’s Bite
- Web of Lies
- Tangled Threads
- Spider’s Revenge
- By a Thread
- Widow’s Web
- Deadly Sting
- Heart of Venom
- The Spider
- Poison Promise
- Black Widow
- Spider’s Trap
- Bitter Bite
- Snared (expected date of publication January 31, 2017)
There are also many short stories that fit in between these books. For a full listing, check out the author’s home page or Goodreads.
Thank you to NetGalley and Pocket Books for a review copy of this book.
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