Thread of Death (Review)

Book cover for "Thread of Death" by Jennifer Estep.Title: Thread of Death

Author: Jennifer Estep

Publication Year: 2012

Pages: 74

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy

Source: E-book borrowed from the public library

From the cover:

Gin Blanco, aka the assassin the Spider, might have finally killed her nemesis, Mab Monroe, but that doesn’t mean that it’s smooth sailing. Gin goes to Mab’s funeral to say her goodbyes and runs into some of Ashland’s most notorious underworld power players, including Jonah McAllister and Phillip Kincaid. McAllister wants her dead, and Kincaid has his own murky motives when it comes to the Spider, and Gin once again finds herself fighting for her life. Only this time, she might wind up in the cemetery right next to Mab….

(This is a novella in the Elemental Assassin series, after Spider’s Bite, Web of Lies, Venom, Tangled Threads, and Spider’s Revenge.)

Even though this is a quick story in the series, it packs a big punch.

First of all, Thread of Death is written from multiple perspectives. Not only do we get some of the story of Mab’s funeral from Gin’s perspective, but we also get a bit from Jonah McAllister (mainly thinking about his future and his hatred of Gin) and from Phillip Kinkaid (who seems to have something up his sleeve). So it’s sort of about Mab’s funeral, but also covers other things that are key going pieces of information going forward in the series.

While I understand that this is a series with a lot of action going on, it would have been nice for things to be a bit calmer just for the length of the novella. The character and plot development that happens in the narration of the three characters could have happened without the fight sequences, and I think that it would have been a nice change of pace. But it’s not my series, and Estep clearly thought that it was important to keep with the fast-paced, violence-ridden character of the series.

And with that in mind, she did a good job. For such a brief book, Thread of Death did a great job of covering the ground that needs to be in place going forward.


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