Tuesday, 1 March 2016

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: Elemental Assassin: Bitter Bite - Jennifer Estep

Release Date: 01/03/16
Publisher: Pocket Books


Which is stronger: blood ties or a battle-tested friendship? That's the question Gin Blanco asks when a friend's long-lost relative strolls into town. The suspicious reunion is a surprise for everyone--and a big problem for Gin. Book fourteen in the "New York Times" bestselling urban fantasy series "RT Book Reviews" calls "unbeatable entertainment!" It's not easy being queen bee of an underworld abuzz with crooks and killers. Wielding my potent Ice and Stone elemental magic will only get me so far--my real secret is my tight-knit makeshift family, a motley crew of cops and criminals, dwarves and playboys. My foster brother Finnegan Lane is my right-hand man, but when his suddenly not-dead relative comes back into the picture, I'm the one on the outside looking in. It's funny how life works: one minute your best friend is rock-steady, and the next he's doe-eyed and buying into this whole loving-relative routine to the point of ignoring you. I'd like to be happy for Finn, I really would. But all of my instincts are telling me that beneath the syrupy sweet demeanor and old-fashioned charm, this sudden interloper is planning something. The whole shtick leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. This person might have avoided the grave once, but I'll put anyone who hurts Finn in the ground--for good.


An author I’ve not had the pleasure of spending time with previously and one that I am more than happy I took the gamble on. The writing is crisp, the characters gritty and if you like high octane, kick ass characters that have emotional connections then this is the book for you.

All round, Jennifer gave me a story that was engaging, pulled at the heart strings and above all else took the reader on a journey that also generated an underlying context for a lot of the problems behind the city’s nefarious dealings. Cracking and a while heap of fun. Great stuff.

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