Title: By A Thread
Author: Jennifer Estep
Publication Year: 2012
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Source: E-book borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
I never thought I’d need a vacation from being an assassin….
My name is Gin Blanco, and I’m the assassin the Spider. All the Ashland’s lowlifes are gunning for me and trying to make a name for themselves by taking out the Spider. So I think it’s a good idea to get out of Ashland for a while until things cool down.
So I’m headed south to a swanky beach town, along with my baby sister, Bria, for a weekend of fun in the sun. But when an old friend of Bria’s is threatened by a powerful vampire with deadly elemental magic, it looks like I’ll have to dig my silverstone knives out of my suitcase after all. But this time, not even my own Ice and Stone power may be enough to save me from coming home in a pine box…
After the last few books, it was really nice for the Mab storyline to be over with. Even better, Estep wrote a change of scenery into this one, taking Gin and her friends out of Ashland to somewhere new, with new injustices to fight against. It was a really nice change of pace, to be honest.
By A Thread also brings Donovan back into Gin’s life, which I wasn’t sure would go well in the beginning. I didn’t really love his subplot the first time around, and I spent a lot of the time reading this book hoping that Gin had managed to grow up enough not to fall back into his arms. There were lots of hints and innuendo in between the fight sequences, and I just had to hold my breath and hope that Gin and Owen would make it through the book intact.
It was also interesting to have a different kind of “bad guy” in this book – not just a different city, but a different type of character. Gin hadn’t really had a proper encounter with a vampire trying to drink her blood before, and it was a lot different than the usual Gin vs. the giants or Mab. Even though the storyline was still very much a Big Bad Guy versus the Poor Innocent Little Guy, it had just enough novelty to keep things interesting.