What could go wrong when you’re trying to unravel a decades-old conspiracy?
As the current queen of the Ashland underworld, you would think that I, Gin Blanco, would know all about some secret society controlling things from behind the scenes. I might be the Spider, the city’s most fearsome assassin, but all my Ice and Stone elemental magic hasn’t done me a lick of good in learning more about “the Circle”. Despite my continued investigations, the trail’s gone as cold as the coming winter.
So when Finnegan Lane, my foster brother, gets word of a surprising inheritance, we figure why not skip town for someplace less dangerous for a few days? That place: Bullet Pointe, a fancy hotel resort complex plus Old West theme park that Finn now owns lock, stock, and barrel. At first, all the struttin’ cowboys and sassy saloon girls are just hokey fun. But add in some shady coincidences and Circle assassins lurking all around, and vacationing becomes wilder—and deadlier—than any of us expected.
Good thing this assassin brought plenty of knives to the gunfight …
Having been so used to Gin tangling with all manner of adversaries at home it was interesting to see how she tackled her new location. From the start, it's obvious to our favourite spider that there's a reason they are being led to Bullet Pointe but hey ho, nothing ventured nothing gained. Now don't underestimate her though as Gin might willingly step into someone else's web of lies but she's got a few tricks of her own. What started out as a vacation becomes a manhunt and I bet you can guess just who is in the crosshairs. Still her enemies might lay a few traps but compared to Gin, pfft, absolute rank amateurs!
I read Unraveled very quickly which is a shame really as I do look forward to these books. It's clearly a pivotal piece as its laying the ground for the next direction in which the series is going with new villains at work. This is difficult to review as although I loved the wild west atmosphere with its humourous notes, I felt a tad let down by the action. There is a well thought out scene with Gin stepping up and taking on the bad guys but perhaps it seemed a little too easy? I've read books where she has almost become an enfant terrible, embarrassing lesser magic users and proving yet again she is unstoppable. Plus, are her enemies really that stupid? Fool me once, fool me twice, but three times! I get that we see what we expect at times but really, with a vampire around I did find something perhaps a wee bit implausible.
So only really one good scene that showcased Gin's wicked talents but a whole lot more about her past was revealed. Entertaining, well written, but alas not my favourite in the series; but trust me I will be back for more because you just know with Gin and her happy band there's going to be an awful lot of payback!
My final note is I was asked about this series recently and whether or not it's romantic? Well, there is romance but it's on the back burner, a comforting glow perhaps as Ms Estep gives us urban fantasy that is unique and compelling.
I was gifted a copy of Unraveled from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.