After the incidents in Bitter Bite (Elemental Assassin #14), Finn finds out that he has inherited a wild west theme park complete with a luxury hotel. He talks Bria, Owen, and Gin into accompanying him for a vacation. Considering her last vacation was a little disastrous, Gin is skeptical about going, but gives in. She has her own motives for the trip: finding out more about her mother and the Circle – a group that is supposed to secretly control all the illegal goings-on in Ashland.
It’s not long before they find out there is more to the park than expected. Mainly that Hugh Tucker, a supposed member of the Circle, is present and has personnel in key positions in the park. One thing leads to another and the bullets and knives start to fly.
Jennifer Estep mixes things up a bit this time around in a couple of ways. The setting is outside the usual Ashland. The supporting characters are a slightly different group. And there is an interesting dwarf named Ira who has been working in the park for a long time. Also, the bad guys are relatively new and different as Gin looks into the mysterious Circle. I think the Circle as her nemesis will continue into the next book and perhaps beyond.
I liked that Gin remembers more about her mother and her past in this book. And the cast of characters worked well together – both the white hats (Gin and her friends) and the black hats (Hugh and his henchmen).
It was fast paced as all the other books in the series that I’ve read have been. And Estep makes you want to know what will happen next. I ended up reading it in just 3 days which is pretty quick for me.
If you like urban fantasy with plenty of action, then you will like this series. There is also a little romance and character development. You could probably read it on its own, but you would enjoy it more if you’ve read a few of the other books in the series. I give Unraveled 4 stars out of 5.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.