Title: Deadly Sting
Author: Jennifer Estep
Publication Year: 2013
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Source: E-book borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
Red is definitely my color. Good thing, because in my line of work, I end up wearing it a lot.
Most people shy away from blood, but for an assassin like me — Gin Blanco, aka the Spider — it’s just part of the job. Still, it would be nice to get a night off, especially when I’m attending the biggest gala event of the summer at Briartop, Ashland’s fanciest art museum. But it’s just not meant to be. For this exhibition of my late nemesis’s priceless possessions is not only the place to be seen, but the place to be robbed and taken hostage at gunpoint as well. No sooner did I get my champagne than a bunch of the unluckiest thieves ever burst into the museum and started looting the place.
Unlucky why? Because I brought along a couple of knives in addition to my killer dress. Add these to my Ice and Stone magic, and nothing makes me happier than showing the bad guys why red really is my color.
Unlike the rest of the books in the series, this one takes place almost entirely in the space of one evening. Sure, there’s a bit of setup and follow-through at the beginning and end, but the vast majority is all at the gala.
Deadly Sting is basically a large-scale robbery attempt gone horribly wrong, with Gin sneaking around in the shadows thwarting the robbers. There’s obviously more going on – including all of Gin’s friends thinking that she’s dead for the majority of the book – but that’s the jist. There’s also quite a bit of tension between Gin and Owen, given their pseudo-breakup at the end of Widow’s Web, which adds to the drama.
In the end, the intrigue and fight scenes are different and yet similar to the rest of the series. Knife fights, bombings, elemental magic … you name it, the book’s got it. And it’s a fun ride right through the end.