Release Day Review: Spider’s Trap (Elemental Assassin #13) by Jennifer Estep

July 28, 2015 Review 2

Release Day Review: Spider’s Trap (Elemental Assassin #13) by Jennifer EstepSpider's Trap by Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin, #13
Published by Pocket Books on July 28, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 400 pages
Source: Publicity Agency, Publisher
Sexual Content: Light sex scene, kissing
Reviewed by: Kristina
4 Stars

The next thrilling book in Jennifer Estep’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling Elemental Assassin series—“an extraordinary series… One of the most intriguing heroines in the genre” (Romantic Times Book Reviews).

Keep your friends close but your enemies within stabbing distance.

One important lesson I’ve learned in the assassination business is that to be the best you have to roll with the punches. Now that I’m queen of Ashland’s underworld—by default, not by choice—a lot more punches are being thrown my way. But I suppose that’s the price of victory for taking down some of the underworld’s top dogs. Good thing I have my Ice and Stone magic to help me survive my volatile new position. Just when I think things are finally settling down, someone tries to murder me during a hush-hush underworld meeting. But the real surprise is how strangely familiar my shadowy assailant seems to be.

My job is to maintain order among killers, crooks, and thieves, and soon I’m embroiled in a bloody game where the ability to keep secrets could be the greatest superpower of all. My enemies have all sharpened their knives and laid their traps, waiting for me to fall. But this Spider weaves her own webs of death…

In SPIDER'S TRAP Gin is in a new position of power which includes politics and increasing the amount of times her life is threatened. I enjoyed seeing how she dealt with more of Ashland's underworld, especially since she so obviously doesn't want to be involved with it. Most of these seedy underworld folk are handled pretty easily with a helping of death by Spider. The real challenge in each of the Elemental Assassin's books comes with the main bad guy of the story. Most of Gin's previous challengers have had some pretty awesome  mixes of elemental powers and a yearning for Gin's head on a platter. The bad guy in SPIDER'S TRAP had a really unique power set which gave Gin a very challenging dilemma in how to approach it.  It also gave way to a spectacular fight sequence. The issue I had with how Gin figured out who it was and why they were after her was that it took her so long. Not to say that I totally knew from the first page but with the constant flashbacks to a major life event involving said bad guy in Gin's teen years I couldn't help but think that such a huge event would be seared into someone's memory.

Issue aside with Gin's memory loss the pacing was pretty quick, with your usual awesome 'assassin-ing' by Gin with a little help from her friends and family who are in top form in SPIDER'S TRAP.  I continue to adore the hilarious banter between Gin and Finn and her relationship with Owen. Gin and Finn's banter is  twisted at times but when you grow up in the assassin business it kind of has to be. The fights in this book, like the previous twelve are awesome and bloody hence the need for a touch of gallows humor.

Gin is not only a great assassin but a wonderful cook. Typically when a character makes a meal or sits down to eat something in a book I tend to skip over it as its superfluous information. For some reason, possibly a subconscious need for a release from the bloody violence of Ashland, I slow down and just savor the down-home meals Gin serves up at the Pork Pit. Every dish Gin makes is one I want and I end up hungry after reading one of the Elemental Assassin books. There must be someone out that that has made a list of all of the meals Gin has served up.

SPIDER'S TRAP is lucky number 13 in a series that just wont quit with its excellence. While I've liked some of the books a little less than others, I continue coming back to this wonderful world filled with elemental magic, deadly assassin games, and some down home Southern cooking.

Series Titles:

1. Spider’s Bite
2.Web of Lies
4.Tangled Threads
5.Spider’s Revenge
6. By a Thread
7. Widow's Web
8. Deadly Sting
9. Heart of Venom
10. The Spider
11. Poison Promise
12. Black Widow


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2 Responses to “Release Day Review: Spider’s Trap (Elemental Assassin #13) by Jennifer Estep”

  1. Mina

    Your review made me so happy – I’m a longtime fan of Gin, but if a series has that many books out, I get a bit anxious with each installment. And ask myself if the author could possibly keep the good stuff up. Your review just helped me chill down a great lot 🙂 And I immediately downloaded it on my kindle.

    So thanks Kristina!
    Oh and: I would totally buy a Gin-Blanco-Cookbook. I always get hungry reading about her cooking, too…

    • Kristina

      Mina-I’m so glad my review helped you out! Have fun reading it. 🙂