Last week, I was lucky enough to have a Q&A with one of my favourite authors, Jennifer Estep, talking about the latest novel in her Elemental Assassin series, Snared. Today, I get to share my thoughts on the latest novel in this awesome series with one of the best urban fantasy heroes ever written. Short version? It rocked my world (as usual!). Long version is below (be wary of a few spoilers)…
Irony 101—The Spider herself snared in someone else’s web …
Another week, another few clues trickling in about the Circle, the mysterious group that supposedly runs the city’s underworld. Gathering intel on my hidden enemies is a painstaking process, but a more immediate mystery has popped up on my radar: a missing girl.
My search for the girl begins on the mean streets of Ashland, but with all the killers and crooks in this city, I’m not holding out much hope that she’s still alive.
A series of clues leads me down an increasingly dark, dangerous path, and I realize that the missing girl is really just the first thread in this web of evil. As an assassin, I’m used to facing down the worst of the worst, but nothing prepares me for this new, terrifying enemy—one who strikes from the shadows and is determined to make me the next victim.
Gah! So good! I loved it so much! Sorry, I had to gush for a second, but honestly, I’m addicted to Gin, her friends, and their adventures. This was a great addition to a series that is just such a delight to read. The story was very clever. While it wasn’t as fast paced as Elemental Assassin stories usually are, there was a huge amount of tension throughout the novel and it really felt like a mystery. Honestly, by the time we made it to the “first” major confrontation with the bad guys, all I could think was, “holy crap––I only have 90 pages to go! I need more!” The action was of course intense and nail-biting right to the very end, but of course ,the story stole the show. It was stellar and opened up some huge surprises regarding Gin’s family, the Circle, and the truly fascinating––if diabolical––Hugh Tucker. I loved the twists and the creepy but exciting ending.
Gin, as always, is a powerful one-woman army, and I can only imagine what kind of havoc she’ll wreak on the Circle. As always, I was delighted to see my favourite side characters return and do what they do best: make me smile (and in Owen’s case, swoon) every time. This is definitely one of the best in this long running series, and I have so many more questions that need to be answered. Definitely pick this one up ASAP!