As the current queen of the Ashland underworld, you would think that I, Gin Blanco, would know all about some secret society controlling things from behind the scenes. I might be the Spider, the city’s most fearsome assassin, but all my Ice and Stone elemental magic hasn’t done me a lick of good in learning more about “the Circle”. Despite my continued investigations, the trail’s gone as cold as the coming winter.
So when Finnegan Lane, my foster brother, gets word of a surprising inheritance, we figure why not skip town for someplace less dangerous for a few days? That place: Bullet Pointe, a fancy hotel resort complex plus Old West theme park that Finn now owns lock, stock, and barrel. At first, all the struttin’ cowboys and sassy saloon girls are just hokey fun. But add in some shady coincidences and Circle assassins lurking all around, and vacationing becomes wilder—and deadlier—than any of us expected.
Good thing this assassin brought plenty of knives to the gunfight…
Man was this a fun and action packed read. Despite this being the 15th book in the series, there's no signs of things slowing down. In UNRAVELED, Gin like always finds herself in more than a little bit of a pickle and it's so much fun watching her untangle the latest mess. This time around the setting has changed a bit as Gin and co travel outside of Ashland. I found the new setting to be a refreshing change of pace. Despite them knowing they were walking into a trap from the get-go the plot was very gripping from the start. You would think since both I and the characters new danger was coming it wouldn't have quite the same intensity, and yet Jennifer Estep has pulled it off again.
While the action and high stakes of these books are incredible, it's truly the characters and their relationships that steal the show. Gin of course is the all time favorite, but the supporting cast is so fully fleshed out as well that reading these books feels like coming home to friends. In the last books Gin and her foster brother Finn had more than a little shake up, and I particularly enjoyed them slowly starting to find their way back towards repairing their relationship. Throw in the various significant others, vampire assistants, friends, and even a new potential ally and it makes for one heck of a great read getting to see all the various dynamics.
Simply put, I love this series, these fantastic characters, and incredibly high stakes plot. I simply cannot get enough of these books and I truly hope there are many more to come.