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395 pages, Mass Market Paperback
First published January 4, 2010
I grimaced at his grandiose tone. Sometimes Fletcher reminded me of a circus ringmaster making the sad elephants, browbeaten horses, and two-bit acts seem more thrilling than they actually were.
Tight black jeans, leather jacket, boots, and a long-sleeved, black T-shirt with a pair of sequined cherries on the front.
“Nope, it’s chicory coffee.” Finn raised his own mug in salute. “It’ll put hair on your chest.”
. . . the balance was off, and the wooden handle was slick as hot shit in the summertime, but it would do the job.
“Maybe, maybe not. You know my thoughts on honest men.”
“That there aren’t any.”
Finn shot his forefinger at me. “Precisely.”
"Sorry. I was busy talking about my feelings and killing people.”
“Maybe I find him...interesting. Attractive in an uptight sort of way. But that won't keep me from killing him if he does something stupid—like try to double-cross us. That is something thats nonnegotiable, no matter how much fuck potential he might have.”
The detective reminded me of a Hispanic Dirty Harry, ready to plug anybody who got in his way.
No matter how bad people were, no matter what evil they committed, or who they fucked over, nobody ever really believed death was coming for them, courtesy of an assassin like me.
Until it was too late.
There are two words for why you must read this book: FEMALE ASSASSIN.
Yip, a kick-ass knife wielding heroine, who doesn’t take s#$t from anyone. My kind of girl.
Gin Blanco, known as the Spider, is an assassin. She is also a stone elemental. Elementals can create, control and manipulate ice, stone, air or fire. And I loved Gin’s magic with stone, especially the fact that she could change her skin to stone. She also has a minor ability with ice, and can create objects like knifes ;-)
“You and those fucking knives,” Brutus muttered and yanked the blade out of his shoulder socket. “Get a real weapon. Get a gun.”
“Guns are for people who don’t have the guts or skill to use a blade.”
When a job goes wrong, and Gin is double crossed, her handler, who saved her when she was young, killed, she sets out to get revenge. She has no problem with violence, and my bloodthirsty heart was very happy with her methods ;-) I really loved how skilled Gin is, and that even though she comes across as coldhearted, she is still vulnerable when it comes to those she cares for.
The plot of the story was strong, and action-packed. I loved the secondary characters, especially Finn, the son of her handler, who was very funny and charming, and I really liked that he never judged her for what she does for a living.
Then there was the little background of Gin that was revealed, how her family was murdered years ago by a fire elemental, and Gin captured and tortured. I can’t wait to find out more about what happened and who was responsible for their murders.
I’m not sure whether Detective Donovan Caine, who Gin has some very explosive chemistry with, is going to be a possible love interest. I can’t really see them working as a couple, seeing as he despises what she does for a living. I will have to wait and see.
I really enjoyed this book. This was a great and strong beginning to a series that I think I’m going to love. I adore strong heroines, and Gin is awesome!
A must read for all UF fans.