Former assassin Gin Blanco could use a vacation — too bad Estep is not about to lighten up on her gutsy heroine. Estep’s Elemental Assassin books continue to be one of the best examples of UF on the market, proving the author has truly found her niche. Filled with butt-kicking action, insidious danger and a heroine with her own unique moral code, this thrilling story is top-notch. Brava!

Although Gin finally avenged her family and destroyed Mab, the Fire Elemental, sadly that doesn’t mean she’s being left alone to run the Pork Pit. The criminal world is facing a power vacuum, and killing Gin, aka the Spider, seems to be the preferred way to rise to top dog. Needing a break, Gin agrees to vacation with her sister Bria. Bria wants to return to Blue Marsh, where she grew up. But Bria’s happy reunion with her BFF Callie is tempered by the fact that Callie is being threatened by a powerful vampire/local businessman who wants her land. Soon Gin’s vacation is taking on a deadly air. (POCKET, Mar., 365 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith