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on 28 March 2013
Please be warned that this review contains spoilers for the earlier books.
I used to love the Elemental Assassin series right up to book 6 By A Thread and then it all went downhill for me. Gin turned into what I call a charity assassin doing jobs for free, getting a conscience and events started to turn silly and irritate me like Owen splitting up with Gin. Really what was that all about? But I still think the biggest mistake in this series was killing Mab Monroe off. Ms Estep also started recapping the story over and over which was very annoying, something that still happens but occurs less in Deadly Sting.
Deadly Sting is a classic Elemental Assassin book with one storyline throughout however it also isn't very exciting either. There is a lot of killing but none of the inventive James Bond style murders that we once had. The plot was easy to figure out and to say that Gin is the best assassin around she can be so thick sometimes not seeing what is happening right in front of her eyes.
I don't know if I am going to carry on with this series. It is a shame after 8 books but my love affair with Gin is over. Ms Estep has to pull something incredible out of the bag for the next book to bring this back up to the standard it started out as. I am going to give Deadly Sting 2.5 stars.