Venom by Jennifer Estep (Elemental Assassin #3)
September 28, 2010
Paperback, 416 Pages
Reviewed by Mandi
Favorite Quote: “And what happens if you’re wrong?” Finn asked.
My stomach tightened, and I stared out into the darkness. “Then I’ll fuck him once, and when we’re done, I’ll stab him where he lies.”
”That’s hard core, Gin,” Finn replied. “Very hard core. Kind of kinky too.”
Gin Blanco, aka the Spider, is a retired assassin, but that doesn’t mean she keeps out of trouble. In the previous book, Gin killed Jonah McAllister’s son, but for good reason. He had threatened to torture and rape her. But now Jonah wants the person responsible to pay. Jonah is the lawyer for Ashland’s powerful fire elemental, Mab Monroe. Gin, a stone elemental herself has had it out for Mab after she learned Mab killed her family many years ago. Mab doesn’t know Gin is an elemental, one that can control either fire, air, stone or ice – and Gin is just fine with keeping her secret.
But before she can take out Mab, she has other problems to deal with. Her acquaintance Rosyln, a vampire, is being stalked and harassed by the giant Elliot Slater. Although Gin is trying to leave the assassin business behind, she can’t help but interfere when someone innocent is being wronged. Jumping back into action, Gin decides to help Roslyn out – and it just so happens Elliot works for Mab. Taking him out, will be a hit against her biggest enemy. With the help of her best friend Finn, and the dwarf sister Sophia and Jo-Jo, Gin goes against a very formidable foe.
Venom continues this wonderful world Jennifer Estep has created and gives us lots of answers that have been dangling from the first two books, but also gives us plenty of new things to chew on. My favorite thing about this series is our heroine Gin. If you wrong her she will kill you and not have an ounce of regret in the morning. If you treat her well, or if you’ve been wronged, there is not a single thing that will stop her from helping you. She is loyal, sarcastic and lethal. Venom continues Gin’s journey for answers about her family’s murder when she was a teenager. Ultimately setting up for the epic battle between Gin and Mab in a future book.
While I have waxed on about my love for Gin in previous reviews, I must hit on the supporting characters. First, Finnegan Lane. Oh Finn, whom acts like a brother towards Gin. Finn has the same kind of attitude that Gin has, except he focuses on having sex with lots and lots of women instead of the killing part. But, he has no regrets about his actions, just like Gin. They are a great team and his character really adds so much to these books.
We also really get to know Owen Grayson in this book. We first meet him in the previous book, Web of Lies, where Owen becomes a love interest for Gin. Before this book, I was a little hurt that the uber sexy Donovan Caine left Gin because he couldn’t deal with the fact that she is a criminal. I was very interested to learn more about Owen – and I have to say he surprises me in a very good way. Owen is a smexy, smexy hunk of a man and I hope he sticks around for awhile.
Sometimes I wanted to strap seven guns to Gin instead of her armload of knives she carries around. Gin is very comfortable with knives supplementing her elemental powers, but sometimes she would get into situations where I thought a bullet to the face might be easier than slashing a throat. Otherwise, I think the action in this book is really done well. Jennifer Estep holds nothing back and that makes this dark world really stand out. This book is an excellent addition to this series and book four, Tangled Threads is going on my “I want it now!!!” list.