Review: Deadly Sting by Jennifer Estep

Posted March 15, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 1 Comment

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Review: Deadly Sting by Jennifer EstepDeadly Sting by Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin #8
Published by Pocket Books on March 26th 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: ARC

Red is definitely my color. Good thing, because in my line of work, I end up wearing it a lot.

Most people shy away from blood, but for an assassin like me — Gin Blanco, aka the Spider — it’s just part of the job. Still, it would be nice to get a night off, especially when I’m attending the biggest gala event of the summer at Briartop, Ashland’s fanciest art museum. But it’s just not meant to be. For this exhibition of my late nemesis’ priceless possessions is not only the place to be seen, but the place to be robbed and taken hostage at gunpoint as well. No sooner did I get my champagne than a bunch of the unluckiest thieves ever burst into the museum and started looting the place.

Unlucky why? Because I brought along a couple of knives in addition to my killer dress. Add these to my Ice and Stone magic, and nothing makes me happier than showing the bad guys why red really is my color.

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If you have not read Widow’s Web there will a SPOILERS in this review.

Red is definitely Gin’s color! In each book of the series we see how deadly Gin can be but since she took out Mab in Spider’s Revenge she gone a little soft IMO. But she is in full assassin mode in Deadly Sting!

Deadly Sting is different from all the other books in the Elemental Assassin series. The main plot takes place in one night at one location. I’ve talked the book over with some of my reading buddies and some have said they didn’t like this change but I for one enjoyed it.

True we didn’t get to see as much of the secondary characters that I’ve come to love just as but I feel like DS was more about Gin and getting some of her mojo back after the events that have happened to her personal life. And reminding the “crime bosses” in Ashland that the Spider is not someone to mess with.

Gin reluctantly goes to a fancy art showing with Finn. But it’s not just any art show but it’s a showing Mab Monroe’s personal art collection and her will is going to be read at this shindig. All of the big names in Ashland is going to be there, including…..Owen Wilson. But Gin doesn’t know it until she is blind sided by seeing him…..with a date.

Oh Owen, Owen, Owen. You cut us, cut us deep.

Just when the party is looking like a boring run of the mill art showing the wait staff start waving guns around and in true Gin fashion she can’t go anywhere without having to put on her assassin knives, luckily she has a place or two to hide them under her new red party dress that Finn made her buy.

Gin moves throughout the museum like the deadly, bad ass assassin that she is taking out the bad guys and trying to save her family and friends at are in attendance. For the most part of the action Gin is alone but she’s the Spider after all and she can handle it.

One thing I’ve enjoyed throughout the series is getting flashbacks from Gin’s past with her mentor, Fletcher. And we get another one in Deadly Sting. Gin always pulls from the memories to help her when she is in a hard place.

The Clementine, head bad guy, has plans for using Owen in her scheme. Gin works fast to free him before they kill him once he’s done. The 1/2 half of the book has Owen and Gin working together to help the others.

“No, we didn’t really get a chance to talk about anything. There was just blood, dead giants, and a lot of awkward pauses.”




About Jennifer Estep

Jennifer Estep is a New York Times bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books and the Black Blade young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. Dark Heart of Magic, the second book in the series, will be released on Oct. 27.

She is also the author of the Bigtime paranormal romance series and Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. For more information on her books, visit Jennifer’s website at

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One response to “Review: Deadly Sting by Jennifer Estep

  1. Your review reminded me how much I miss reading this books. Damn me for reading them so fast! I’m totally going to listen to the audiobook version of Deadly Sting when it comes out just to help full the void until August.