Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: 416 pages
Publisher: Pocket Books
Release Date: July 22, 2014
Stand Alone or Series: 11th book in the Elemental Assassin series
Source: eGalley from NetGalley.com
Rating: 4/5 stars
This is the eleventh book in the Elemental Assassin series. I thought this was a better book than the last few books. It gets going on the larger storyline again and didn’t have such an excessive amount of recapping (many of the previous book have been awful for this).
Gin finds out about a new drug on the street called Burn. Her sister Bria is set on capturing the distributor of Burn, a big-time drug lord and air elemental. This starts to affect Gin when she finds out one of her employees, who has agreed to testify against the drug lord, is being hunted by him. The whole things blows up into an all out brawl between Gin and the drug lord. The new broader story arc about the mysterious M M Monroe, also makes some progress.
This was actually a better book than the previous few books. There is a lot of action here and not as much foreshadowing and recapping as in previous installments (usually the recapping and foreshadowing is way too heavy in these books).
There is a contained story that is solved nicely in this book, that of the street drug Burn. This actually ends up tying in nicely to the MM Monroe storyline that has been strung out (but not moved forward) in the previous books in the series.
I have really enjoyed how Gin has grown throughout the series. She’s in a good place in this book. People are still out to get her, but in this book she tries to make a stand against that. Her and Owen have a sexy and stable relationship going which was fun to read about as well. I liked how Gin is allowing her friends and family to help her out in tough situations.
I also enjoyed how this book takes a look at Bria’s dark side, she usually comes off as a pretty goody goody cop. Bria was a total brat at points in the story, but you could better see her tough and stubborn side as well. I liked that we saw more depth to Bria’s character than we’ve seen in previous books.
The action scenes are phenomenal and I really enjoyed reading them. This is one of the more action packed books in the series. While Finn, Xavier, and Owen were there for support…this was definitely more of a story about Gin and Bria.
The end of the book sets things up for the 12th book in the series called Black Widow which is due to release this November already.
Overall a really good book in this series, I enjoyed it. The overall storyline involving MM Monroe makes some progress here and I am excited to see how that plays out. I think this book was a lot better than the previous few books in the series. I was about ready to give up on this series, but this book made me want to stick with it. This whole series is recommended to those who enjoy action packed urban fantasy.