Series: Elemental Assassin #10
Published by Pocket Books on December 24, 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: Single sex scene
Reviewed by: Kate
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.
THE SPIDER is the Elemental Assassin book I’ve been waiting for. I’ll admit to being a few books behind in my reading, but this prequel installment doesn’t require you to be all caught up on current events to enjoy it, or even be a reader of the series at all! Full of the standard Estep drama, action and witty quips, THE SPIDER was everything I wished for and more.
The majority of the book (probably about 95%) took place in a flashback stuck between two scenes in the current times, and it was a perfect way of telling the story. Being able to see the end result, since we are familiar with the present-times Gin, was a satisfying conclusion and provided good bookends to the story. Though I thought it was a little cheesy that most current day characters had cameos in THE SPIDER (hi, Bria and Owen), it was cute, too. And one of the great things about THE SPIDER is that some of the annoying characteristics of the previous books that put me off were not to be found in this one. For one, the frequent repetition commonplace in other books was nearly absent! Gin only mentioned “getting dead” about once!
But one of the best parts about THE SPIDER is Gin’s immaturity and youth. In THE SPIDER, Gin isn’t yet the fearsome assassin who in previous books in the series took out various mobsters and powerful elemental magic users, she’s just a girl, and her victory is (despite this being a prequel) not guaranteed. This brought a tension to the book that some of the other Elemental Assassin books lack. Gin’s emotions feel so much more fierce, as if she hasn’t yet learned to tamp them down yet. THE SPIDER made me fall in love with Gin all over again and reminded me why I read the Elemental Assassin series- for her.
All in all, THE SPIDER was an amazing ride. For being ten books in, I was so pleasantly surprised when it was as great as it was. Having renewed my love of the series, now I’ve got to go back a few books- Gin and I have some catching up to do.Series Titles:
- SPIDER’S BITE Title -3/5
- WEB OF LIES-Title – 3/5
- TANGLED THREADS-4/5
- SPIDER’S REVENGE-3/5
- BY A THREAD-4/5
- WIDOW’S WEB-4/5
- DEADLY STING-4/5
- HEART OF VENOM-4/5
- THE SPIDER
- POISON PROMISE
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