“The Spider” Book Review

August 12, 2015 / 0 comments

“The Spider” Book ReviewThe Spider by Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin #10
Published by Simon & Schuster on December 24th 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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The tenth book in the bestselling and “outstanding” (Romantic Times) Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series finally reveals for the first time the origins of Gin Blanco’s career as the deadliest of assassins.

For the first time, the origins of Gin Blanco’s career as the deadly assassin “the Spider” are revealed in full. In a story that pre-dates the other nine books in the series, Gin Blanco goes through her paces to become the most feared assassin in the Ashland.

Liezel’s Thoughts:

Of all the books written in these series so far I would have to say that this has got to be one of the most intriguing. Why do I say this you might ask?  If you have read my last review you know just how remarkable I thought Fletcher Lane was. I mentioned then how much I admired him for being able to influence Gin  even when he was  long gone.

And since “The Spider” brings us 10 years back into the past we see firsthand  how  much of an impact he really had in her life. With just how conscientious Gin is in present time you would  expect that her training would have been vigorous under Fletcher’s hand but that isn’t so. He was so much more tolerant than I ever thought he would be.

Fletcher gave her a wide berth, letting her have her own space to formulate her  own plans and make her own decisions yet he was always in the background waiting patiently when she needed his help. What was admirable was even when he knew that Gin was making a colossal mistake he let things ride out on its own. It appears that he did believe that there isn’t a better way to learn than from your mistakes.

Now here’s  a question for you…did you ever wonder  if Gin had any romantic encounters  prior to Donovan and Owen? I sure did! In this book, we meet the man who almost literally knocks her off her feet and that would be one Sebastian Vaughn. Now my next question is are you wondering what the colossal mistake was? Well then,  that would be no other than Sebastian Vaughn!

I sure did not see this one coming. I knew she was young and innocent but to get involve with her very own target… is so unheard of!  I sure did question Gin’s judgement the moment  she decided to give him the time of day. How gullible could she possibly be? Gullible or not  it sure did make for one intense story. She sure did get herself in a sticky situation in this one.

Just like any of the previous books I thought “The Spider” was  fantastic. It goes to show that no matter if the story is set in the past or the present I am sure that Gin Blanco fans will agree with me when I say that each story in its own right is equally captivating.

The Verdict:


About Jennifer Estep

Jennifer Estep is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.

Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin adult urban fantasy series for Pocket. Books in the series are SPIDER’S BITE, WEB OF LIES, VENOM, TANGLED THREADS, SPIDER’S REVENGE, BY A THREAD, and WIDOW’S WEB. THREAD OF DEATH, an e-novella, is also available.

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