The initial story arc of the Elemental Assassins novels comes to an explosive conclusion in this outstanding thriller. This epic showdown has been years in the making, and stone and ice elemental Gin Blanco knows it is a fight to the finish. Not only is the action incredibly intense, but Estep also deftly constructs her players, both primary and secondary, into believable characters. Hang on, this is one smackdown you won’t want to miss!
Since the brutal murders of her mother and older sister by fire elemental Mab Monroe, assassin Gin Blanco has been plotting her revenge. With Mab now gunning for her baby sister, Bria, Gin, aka the Spider, must act. But it won’t be easy, as Mab has placed an enormous bounty on Bria and Spider’s heads, bringing every bounty hunter in the region to town. Formerly a loner, Gin expects to face this danger alone, but neither her friends nor lover Owen Grayson are about to let that happen. No matter what, this is bound to be a duel to the death. (POCKET, Oct., 380 pp., $7.99)