Heart of Venom (Elemental Assassin)
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The hotly anticipated ninth novel in the hugely popular Elemental Assassin series finds Gin Blanco on a dangerous mission to rescue a friend.
When I say you’re a dead man, take that literally.
To me, killing people is like a day at the salon: cut and dry. Well, more like rinse and repeat when you moonlight as the assassin the Spider. But my last spa day ended redder than my freshly painted nails after a twisted Fire elemental and his goons kidnapped my close friend Sophia Deveraux and nearly killed her sister Jo-Jo in the process.
Up Ashland’s most dangerous mountains, and deep into the heart of its blackest woods—I’ll track these thugs no matter where they take Sophia. It doesn’t matter what kinds of elemental magic they try to throw at me, my Ice and Stone powers can take the heat and then some. I will get Sophia back, over their dead bodies.
Because anybody that hurts Gin Blanco’s family becomes a body.
with this guy?” I shrugged again. “Because there was some James Bond film festival that she wanted to go to, so she took the night off. Now, come on. Enough stalling. Let’s go.” “Why do I have to grab his shoulders?” Finn whined again. “That’s where all the blood is.” I eyed his ruined jacket and shirt. “At this point, I don’t think it much matters, do you?” Finn glanced down at the smears of red on his chest. “No, I suppose it doesn’t.” He grumbled and let out a few put-upon sighs, but he
frowned. “Sorry. Closed—” The kid whipped his head in her direction. Sophia blinked, as surprised by his battered face as I had been. “Please don’t kick me out!” he said, scrambling to his feet. “You gotta help me! They’re after me!” “Who?” she asked. “Two giants,” the kid said, his blue eyes wide and frightened behind his glasses. “All I did was pick their pockets while they were smoking in the alley. I swear. And only because I needed some money for food. They only had, like, twenty bucks
considering tackling me to keep me from leaving. But nothing short of death would stop me, and if I had to hurt Phillip to make my point, well, I wouldn’t like it, but I’d do it, the way I had done so many other terrible things over the years. Phillip must have sensed my thoughts, because he made himself loosen his fists and step back, although his jaw was still clenched so tightly it made his chiseled cheekbones stand out like arrows pushing against his skin. Phillip and I weren’t friends, not
like it being splattered all over one of his precious Fiona Fine designer suits. “But you’re her partner,” the giant said. “Everyone knows that. Shouldn’t you be, you know, more upset that she’s dead?” “Actually, I’m more like her henchman,” Finn corrected. “As for being upset that she’s dead, well, she’s not exactly the kind of woman you say no to, if you know what I mean. Trust me. I’m happy that she’s gone. Thrilled. Ecstatic, even.” Silence. Then— The giant kicked me in the ribs again.
his violet eyes, the same anger that I felt. He nodded. “And me?” Warren asked. “What do you want me to do?” “You stay here, and lay down some cover fire for us if things go wrong,” I said. “I’d like to kill these guys and slip away before Grimes realizes what’s happened, but Owen’s right, and we probably won’t be that lucky. So if worse comes to worst, we kill as many of them as we can here, then get Sophia to safety.” Warren patted his rifle. “You got it.” I stared at him, then Owen,