Short Fiction Thursday:
Parlor Tricks by Jennifer Estep from Carniepunk
Book Description: Come one, come all! The Carniepunk Midway promises you every thrill and chill a traveling carnival can provide. But fear not! Urban fantasy’s biggest stars are here to guide you through this strange and dangerous world. . . .
RACHEL CAINE’s vampires aren’t child’s play, as a naïve teen discovers when her heart leads her far, far astray in “The Cold Girl.” With “Parlor Tricks,” JENNIFER ESTEP pits Gin Blanco, the Elemental Assassin, against the Wheel of Death and some dangerously creepy clowns. SEANAN McGUIRE narrates a poignant, ethereal tale of a mysterious carnival that returns to a dangerous town after twenty years in “Daughter of the Midway, the Mermaid, and the Open, Lonely Sea.” KEVIN HEARNE’s Iron Druid and his wisecracking Irish wolfhound discover in “The Demon Barker of Wheat Street” that the impossibly wholesome sounding Kansas Wheat Festival is actually not a healthy place to hang out. With an eerie, unpredictable twist, ROB THURMAN reveals the fate of a psychopath stalking two young carnies in “Painted Love.”
My Review: If you already think that carnivals are creepy then this story will seal the deal. I personally have very fond memories of carnivals as a child. However, I never remember seeing an assassin there. They may have been even more fun if I had.
I really liked this story. It was a great mix of fun and danger. I should say that I have never read any of The Elemental Assassin series so I didn’t know any of the characters before hand. I’m sure that the story is even better when you know the characters involved but this story was great on its own. I didn’t have any problems following along. It’s my understanding that there are twelve books in this series and like any long running series the author knows the main character so well that she feeds us information smoothly and it didn’t interrupt the story. That was really important to me.
This was the first thing I have ever read anything by Jennifer Estep and I really think I’m going to give her Elemental Assassin series a try. Yes, even though it’s twelve books in. Actually at the moment it’s only eleven books in, Black Widow comes out November 25th according to her website.
This is a great story to get you in the mood for Halloween. Bring on the carnivals!
Background image: Carnival by Lilykreit from freeimages.com