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by Jennifer Estep

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

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The 10th Elemental Assassin novel is actually a prequel: The ever excellent Estep takes readers back in time to a significant assignment that helped mold Gin Blanco into the deadly assassin known as the Spider. This origin story is tough and compelling, dramatically showcasing the consequences of the choices Gin makes. As a special bonus, readers get to see Gin’s first meetings with various characters who now play a significant role in her life. By virtue of her enormous skill, Estep keeps this amazing series fresh and unputdownable!

A delivery of black roses to the Pork Pit takes Gin down a dark version of memory lane as she recounts to her lover Owen Grayson the significance of the flowers. A decade before, when Gin was just learning her assassin’s craft from her mentor Fletcher Lane, what should have been a simple assassination job went horribly wrong. Now Gin must face the consequences of her actions, and it may get them all killed. (POCKET, Jan., 400 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: POCKET

Published: January 2014

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LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of The Spider

Submitted by MichelleLOlson on January 11, 2014 - 11:39pm.

Our Review:
--Actual rating 4.5 Skulls

This series is Urban Fantastic at it's very best! A world not unlike our own is explored, but the addition of magic and supernatural creatures adds to the fun. This is a series well worth reading from the beginning, but this - the 10th book - is a prequel of sorts, so in many ways, a good place for new readers to start.

Although the story begins in the present, the author has cleverly allowed the lead character Gin to take a trip down memory lane and what an intriguing journey it is. Gin is an assassin who is known as The Spider. She is very unusual, as she can control not one element, but two - Stone and Ice. Trained by the notorious Tin Man, she has learned to be careful about the hits that she takes on, but she wasn't always as honed in her abilities and in this book we get to peek at her past exploits and realize jus how far Gin's journey has taken her.

The Tin Man had given Gin an assignment, but something just didn't quite make sense. If the information they'd been given was correct, why did it seem as if something or someone was off? The younger Gin is more trusting and possibly a lot more naive, but her deadly skills are never in doubt. Gin's target seems to be a straight forard one, but she makes a costly mistake, and it's one that she could live to regret. Heartbreak and death can sometimes be linked!

Love this tough heroine that Ms. Estep writes about, but in this book we get to see a different side of her, which just opened her up even more.

Loving that some of the regular characters in the series popped up as it added to the fun, and it's really nice to get inside Gin's head and see through her complicated layers.

The ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN series is never afraid to tackle revenge, and Gin never shies away from it either.

If you are looking for a heroine whom is never afraid to be brutal, then you will lap up these books! A world of magic that is seldom black or white, and full of action and danger. There's humor in these books as well, but most of all, the author always gives her readers a fabulous story. Go get yours!!