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Carniepunk: Parlor Tricks (Elemental Assassin series) Kindle Edition
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The premise follows Gin and Bria as they search for a missing sixteen year old girl last seen at the travelling carnival in Ashland. As fans of the series know, nothing is as simple as a missing girl. Bria and Gin will soon discover that there is more to the carnival acts than meets the eye. Someone knows something but everyone is afraid to talk. When Gin and Bria finds themselves on the receiving end of some elemental magic, it will take the actions of two sisters to stop the Amazing Esmerelda and uncover the secret to her everlasting youth.
PARLOR TRICKS can be found in the FREE anthology CARNIEPUNK released June 2013. Among Jennifer's fellow contributors are Rachel Caine, Kevin Hearne, Seanan McGuire, and Rob Thurman, and also includes Delilah S. Dawson, Kelly Gay, Mark Henry, Hillary Jacques, Jackie Kessler, Kelly Meding, Allison Pang, Nicole D. Peeler, and Jaye Wells. Each short story brings the mysterious world of the travelling carnival onto the pages of Carniepunk. If you are a fan of Jennifer Estep,Parlor Tricks a bonus short story featuring Gin and Bria in the supernatural world of the Elemental Assassin.
The story comes from Ms. Estep's Elemental Assassin series, but can be read completely stand alone. The story features Gin aka The Spider and her sister, Bria. The pair are investigating the disappearance of a 16-year-old girl who was last seen at a traveling carnival. After interviewing some of the workers, Bria and Gin realize something is not quite right. Soon the pair find themselves captives of a crazed woman.
The story is very short, but fun. It has no baring on the overall Elemental Assassin world or plot. The story is quick-paced, the crime interesting, the ending happy. There is a little bit of a "bonus" as we see Gin take her hand at a parlor trick. A fun read for anyone, especially since it was free!
I've been reading all of the Gin Bianco shorts and the freebies from the author's site today and this was one of my favorites (If you are Gin fan and have missed the freebie shorts, they are worth checking out, I really liked "Spider's Nemesis" which is the making of the Spider, though she doesn't realize it, from Mab's POV.)
This is a collection of short stories and sample works by 14 different authors who's samples all revolving around the carnival, elements of the carnival/circus, or just some amazing and grotesque stuff.
Of all the shorts, the top 3 that I liked the most were Parlor Tricks by Jennifer Estep, The Sweeter the Juice by Mark Henry, and A Duet with Darkness by Allison Pang. Although I really enjoyed all of them, these three stand out in my mind. You got Elementals, Zombies, Incubus', and freaky clowns.