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Heart of Venom (Elemental Assassin) Mass Market Paperback – August 27, 2013
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"When it comes to work, Estep's newest heroine is brutally efficient and very pragmatic, which gives the new Elemental Assassin series plenty of bite. Shades of gray rule in this world where magic and murder are all too commonplace. The gritty tone of this series gives Estep a chance to walk on the darker side. Kudos to her for the knife-edged suspense!" (―Romantic Times)
About the Author
Jennifer Estep is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. Spider’s Bite, Web of Lies, Venom, Tangled Threads, Spider’s Revenge, By a Thread, Widow’s Web, Deadly Sting, Heart of Venom, The Spider, Poison Promise, Black Widow, Spider’s Trap, Bitter Bite, Unraveled, and Snared, along with the e-shorts Thread of Death, Parlor Tricks, Kiss of Venom, Unwanted, and Nice Guys Bite are the other works in her red-hot Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. Jennifer is also the author of the Black Blade and Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series and the Bigtime paranormal romance series. For more on Jennifer and her books, visit her at JenniferEstep.com and @Jennifer_Estep.
Top customer reviews
HEART OF VENOM is tough. We learn about Sophia's past, it is not pretty in the least and if you didn't love her before you will fall in love with her character now and understand her so much better. Her friendship and love for Gin has always shown through and Gin stops at nothing to show Sophia that she means just as much to her. All of our favorite characters are in HEART OF VENOM and none of them disappoint. Fletcher continues to be present through his files of information and secrets. I am always amazed when something else is revealed. Owen just might have retrieved his head from his ass. I know that is harsh but he deserves it. I don't want to spoil anything so lets just say Owen is present and accounted for and trying to redeem himself. Gin is being smart and I am proud of the way she handles everything concerning him.
It seems like no matter who is involved or what the situation is that I end up in tears multiple times in each book. Estep knows how to pull you in and wring you dry where emotions are concerned. As always there is plenty of action, character growth and plot advancement to be had. I am excited to read book 10, it should be interesting to see Gin in the beginning as the spider! Wow, this ended up longer than expected. That is all. Go read.
I understand it's hard to write this sort of a hero. She has all these amazing skills and if you don't create problems you have a very short book: job taken, job completed successfully, end of story, but you can't just keep making her mess up either.
Estep needs to learn how to create a better story while letting our hero stay strong and competent.
The good part is there is a lot going on and this story is action packed. It is also good that we get quite a bit of time with Owen and Gin so they can sort out the big elephant standing between them. Harley Grimes and his sister really are some sort of twisted duo and as villains they are totally easy to hate. Finding out more of Sophia’s story and what she went through the first time she was abducted by Harley as well as some of the emotional scars it left really hits deep down and I thought that her character probably has the most depth of any in this series to date.
I still have issues with this series though. I can’t listen to the audio because there is so much repetition throughout the book that it is at the point of being ridiculous and I usually need to eyeskim through quite a few spots. I also really hate the rape culture in this entire series. It seems like every bad guy (except for in one book and that was probably because the bad guy was a bad girl) is focused on raping Gin, a friend of Gin’s or just any female in general. Really is that the only thing on any bad guys mind…run some guns…rape a coed, make some moonshine….rape a hiker. Even though we never read a scene where the rape actually happens it is mentioned all the time. Every bad guy and his henchmen are guilty of rape. Even when the main bad was Mab Monroe all of her henchmen were guilty of rape and she didn’t care….wtf. I just wish the author would maybe explore a new way to try and build tension in her series.
Still I was happy with the resolution of the emotional arc between Owen and Gin and think it played out in a pretty organic way that made sense. Owen definitely proves that he will always be there for Gin no matter what it costs him in the future.
Because of those things mentioned this is still on the bottom of my UF series list but I do love the group I’m reading this series with and they make it all the more enjoyable.
So if you are looking for a great UF to read I’d start with a few others before this one.