Review – Heart of Venom
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  • August 26, 2013

heart of venom

I got a chance to read the latest book in the Elemental Assassins series early and I all but jumped on it. Heart of Venom marks the ninth book in the series. All I can say is that I am amazed by this book. I think it’s one of the strongest in the series and I was solidly entertained. Brava Jennifer Estep, brava.

All Gin wants is a girls day off with her friends, but there are forces working against her. When a morning at Jo-Jo Deveraux’s spa goes awry Gin must call on her assassin persona, the Spider, to do the dirty business. Sophia Deveraux has been abducted by a cruel and brutal man from her past and only the Spider can save her, but can she save herself once the tables are turned on her?

This is such a rough book, but it’s the best book for all of the character dynamics involved. As Estep has written the series she has developed a kinship within the pages of the key seven or eight characters… and this is where that kinship really comes to fruition. Wills are broken and vows are challenged as this book goes on… and then there are the Deveraux girls.  Both have the hardest thing that has ever happened to them thrust in their faces again. The trials that they undertake really center them as a main component of this series. The Deveraux girls have always been my favourite characters in the series, especially Sophia, and this book in particular is such an incredible ode to her. Wow, such an incredible tribute.

And then there is our main heroine. Gin herself is coming along nicely character development-wise. In the beginning of the series she was all hard edges and bad attitude. But by now Estep has rounded off all of her sharpness yet still manages to maintain her brutality. This is also a great book for Gin’s personal relationships with Jo-Jo and Owen. I love to watch what happens with their family.

5 out of 5 glowing stars. If it weren’t for Tangled Threads, which is still high in my esteem, I would outright declare this to be the best book of the series. So much love.

– BP

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