If you have not read any of the books in the Elemental Assassin series, note that the description for Thread of Death contains spoilers. If you have read some but not all, I am sure the revelations won't come as any surprise.
Gin Blanco, aka the assassin the Spider, might have finally killed
her nemesis, Mab Monroe, but that doesn’t mean that it’s smooth sailing.
Gin goes to Mab’s funeral to say her goodbyes and runs into some of
Ashland’s most notorious underworld power players, including Jonah
McAllister and Phillip Kincaid. McAllister wants her dead, and Kincaid
has his own murky motives when it comes to the Spider, and Gin once
again finds herself fighting for her life. Only this time, she might
wind up in the cemetery right next to Mab.
Thread of Death is a novella that follows immediately after the end of Spider's Revenge (Book 5). Gin Blanco is one of urban fantasies more potent action heroes. Estep writes excellent action sequences of which there are no shortage even in this brief novella. Despite good intentions trouble seems to find Gin even at a funeral.
The story is a setup piece to illustrate the consequences of Gin's success at defeating and killing Mab. Surviving players in Ashland's criminal underground are identified and intentions revealed, setting the stage for forthcoming novels. Although a quick read, Thread of Death doesn't disappoint and fans of the series will want to know what comes next. Gin's character has a distinct voice and I particularly liked how her inner dialogue played out over her thoughts on paying respect to her former nemesis. It was also gratifying to see Gin's increasing willingness to use her elemental magic which further enhances the lively action.
Thread of Death releases January 31 as an ebook for $1.99. Hopefully sometime in the future it may make an appearance in a collection or anthology so that us hard copy book collectors can add it to our libraries. The next full-length book in the series, By a Thread releases in March.