It’s a bitter bite for many of the characters in different ways in the 14th entry into the Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep. Previously thought dead, Finn’s mommy dearest reappears. Finn is thrilled. Gin Blanco, aka the Spider, not so much. Her mentor Fletcher has left her some information indicating that Deirdre Shaw, a strong ice elemental, is not to be trusted. And Gin feels that Deirdre is up to something. She’s just not sure what. As things progress, will blood win out over friendship and growing up together?
Gin and her usual group of friends work together to solve the mystery of why Deirdre Shaw has returned and just what she is up to. Gin vows to put her in the ground if she hurts Finn who is Gin’s foster brother. I like that the plot is a lot about him. It means that he is fleshed out a little more.
It’s fast paced and has twists, especially towards the end of the book. The ending provides a bridge for the next installment in the Elemental Assassin series.
Overall, it’s a good book. Jennifer Estep manages to keep the Elemental Assassin series fresh in this entry. It would probably be enjoyed most if you have read other books in the series prior to this one. It’s not really a standalone. I give it 4 stars for characters and content. I am looking forward to the next installment. And I would buy this series for anyone who enjoys urban fantasy.
Bitter Bite is due out February 23, 2016 from Pocket Books. You can read an excerpt on Jennifer Estep’s website.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.