This is an add-on novella to the Elemental Assassin series, part 14.5. It focuses solely on The Spider’s stepbrother Finn.
Finnegan tends to play a solid but smaller role in the series, so it was nice to see Finnegan have his own time in the spotlight. Gin is such a strong character that the others often tend to sink into obscurity.
Still reeling from the betrayal in Bitter Bite (Elemental Assassin #14), Finn is finding it hard to spend time with anyone. He feels as if he has let everyone down, and in doing so he has caused the deaths of many good people. He has blood on his hands.
His boss seems to want to prolong his suffering by insisting that Finn be at every single funeral for each person killed in the raid. Being confronted with so much hatred is enough to drive anyone to desperation.
Finn finds himself dragged into an unexpected situation, which he has to or rather wants to solve by himself.
It will be interesting to see whether the events of Bitter Bite change the way Finn interacts with his friends and family in the future. Will this make him just a little bit harder and a lot more cynical?
It’s short and sweet, but with Estep’s usual flair for memorable characters and strong story-lines.