Title: Poison Promise
Author: Jennifer Estep
Publication Year: 2014
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Source: E-book borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
Gin Blanco is hard-nosed, sexy, and lethal. Nicknamed “The Spider,” she’s a stone elemental assassin who brings her unique mix of magic and tact to every assignment, no matter the target.
There’s a new drug on the streets of Ashland, and its name “Burn” sums up the potent effect it has on its users. When one of her restaurant employees is threatened by dealers of the drug, Gin steps in to set things straight…
(This is the eleventh book in the Elemental Assassin series, after Spider’s Bite, Web of Lies, Venom, Tangled Threads, Spider’s Revenge, Thread of Death (novella), By A Thread, Widow’s Web, Deadly Sting, Kiss of Venom (novella), Heart of Venom, and The Spider.)
At the beginning of this book, I found myself really frustrated with some of the characters. I especially was pretty annoyed with Bria – it seemed like she had suddenly become kind of bitchy out of nowhere. And even as her vendetta was explained, it seemed like she was being overly harsh and judge-y of everyone else around her. But I guess that’s realistic, someone finally snapping a bit under pressure.
After a while, though, I really loved Poison Promise. The villain was quite a bit different than the others had been in the series so far: smart and powerful, but not the same kind of brute-force villain as Dawson or Harley, or the straightforward fear-mongering of Mab. He was a different kind of creepy all on his own.
I liked the way that everything kind of came to a head near the end of the book, and Gin and the others forced a public confrontation. I wound up feeling like Gin’s finally going to start sticking up for herself and her right to live a normal life, without being attacked all the time. She might not be there yet, but Poison Promise gave me hope that she’s got something to aim for.