Review: Venom In The Veins



Blood might be thicker than water, but venom is stronger than just about anything …

It was supposed to be a nice, quiet, simple dinner with friends—but nothing is ever nice, quiet, or simple when you’re Gin Blanco, the Spider, notorious assassin and current queen of the Ashland underworld.

This time around, someone seems to be targeting Stuart Mosley, the president of First Trust bank. Lots of people have grudges against Mosley, but the more I investigate, the more Mosley’s problems seem to be connected to some of my own, especially when it comes to the Circle, the evil, shadowy group that is secretly responsible for much of the crime and corruption in Ashland.

But when another blast from my dark and deadly past as the Spider comes to light, I wonder if I’ll be able to survive this dangerous new enemy, who has a burning thirst for revenge that will only be satisfied with one thing: my death.


Warning! Mild spoilers below.




First I want to say that its great to be back in the world of the Elemental Assassin series. Its great to see Gin and her group again. I really enjoyed returning to Gin’s journey as the Spider and I’m sure fans will enjoy Venom in the Veins as I did.

Venom in the Veins starts off with Gin Blanco enjoying a nice dinner with Finn and his boss, Stuart Mosely. As they are leaving, Gin’s instinct tells her something is wrong and it turns out to be right because she manages to save Stuart Mosley from becoming a victim of a mugging and attempted kidnapping. Gin totally feels like there is more to this attack and begins to investigate which leads her to discover that the Circle is involved. Not only that but she has to face her past as the Spider when someone comes looking for revenge. However, that person wants to make Gin suffer by going after those she cares about so its up to Gin to keep her friends and family safe from this threat.

Overall, I think Jennifer Estep did a great job with Venom in the Veins. It’s a great way to restart the Elemental Assassin series after having to wait a year for the next installment. Sure, this installment had a familiar story line but it was still unique in its own way. Not to mention the villain had connections to the Circle which brought us closer to learning who the leader is and boy was that a shocking. Although it makes sense if you think about it carefully. Looks like we’ll be getting a lot of answers in the next installment which I cannot wait to get! Also, excited for the first confrontation between Gin and the Circle’s leader especially after that twist.

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