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I Belong

Review: Spider’s Revenge by Jennifer Estep

Spider's Revenge (5) by Jennifer EstepTitle: Spider’s Revenge

Author: Jennifer Estep

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Elemental Assassin Series (Book 5)

Publication Date: September 27, 2011

Format: Paperback, 367 Pages

ISBN-10: 1439192642 (Pocket After Dark)

ISBN-13: 978-1439192641 (Pocket After Dark)

Reviewed by: Sheila


Old habits die hard. And I plan on mur­der­ing some­one before the night is through.

Killing used to be my reg­u­lar gig, after all. Gin Blanco, aka the Spi­der, assassin-for-hire. And I was very good at it. Now, I’m ready to make the one hit that truly mat­ters: Mab Mon­roe, the dan­ger­ous Fire ele­men­tal who mur­dered my fam­ily when I was thir­teen.

Oh, I don’t think the mis­sion will be easy, but turns out it’s a bit more prob­lem­atic than expected. The bitch knows I’m com­ing for her. So now I’m up against the army of lethal bounty hunters she hired to track me down. She also put a price on my baby sister’s head. Keep­ing Bria safe is my first pri­or­ity. Tak­ing Mab out is a close sec­ond.

Good thing I’ve got my pow­er­ful Stone and Ice magic — and my irre­sistible lover Owen Grayson — to watch my back. This bat­tle has been years in the mak­ing, and there’s a chance I won’t sur­vive. But if I’m going down, then Mab’s com­ing with me…no mat­ter what I have to do to make that happen.

Quick & Dirty: The Spider faces off against her nemesis, Mab Monroe, once and for all.

Opening SentenceOld habits die hard for assassins.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Thirteen years ago, Genevieve Snow’s entire family was murdered by a Fire Elemental known as Mab Monroe.  Nowadays, Genevieve goes by the name of Gin Blanco: Restaurant owner by day, deadly pro-bono assassin at night.  After years of searching, making plans, too many man-hours of preparation, and lots of training, Gin is ready to take out the most deadly person in Ashland’s Underworld.  Can Gin do what no one else has been able to pull off?  Will the chance at Mab’s life demand the sacrifice of Gin’s?  Will it be worth it if it is?

Gin starts the book by trying to take out Mab alone.  Oops, she missed!  Now the race is on to take out Mab before she has a chance to repay the favor.  Mab has placed a substantial bounty on both the Spider and Bria Coolidge’s, Gin’s long lost baby sister, heads.  It will take every ally Gin’s got in order to achieve her goal of revenge.  Mab’s character has always come across as controlled and arrogant but when the botched assassination attempt was made, in her home no less, Mab reacts badly.  Her strength, money, and connections have always served her every need in the past; yet, only a simple twist of fate stopped her from ending up with an arrow through her eye instead of her minion.  While I understand the need for Mab to show no weakness to her competitors, her reactions serve to emphasize how her safety, her pedestal of dominance, is not as infallible as she thought it was.

While the hunt for the Spider is on, the orders from Mab to detain Bria make it obvious that she now knows about their familial connection.  When the Spider’s identity is unveiled, Mab does everything in her power to make everyone Gin knows pay.  Gin’s group of friends and family band together to help, not just for survival, but for a much larger purpose: Gin has done extraordinary things in the past for these people and now they have a chance to return the favor.  This camaraderie is as heartfelt as it is invigorating.  For Gin, a woman that has been taught and trained to rely on just herself, to have the support of so many makes even the most cold hearted feel the love.  It is good to see Gin recognize and accept the help of others.  This only helps attest to Gin’s emotional growth since the first book.

So, where will the series go from here?  There are a few loose ends and questions that still need to be resolved, but I think that this doesn’t have to be the end of Gin and her story.  Her character is strong, confident, and assertive.  Anything that Gin gets involved in from here on out is still worth the time to read about.  No matter what, I think that we haven’t yet begun to see the last of Ashland and its “colorful” inhabitants, Mab or no Mab.

Notable Scene:

I stayed where I was, down on one knee, as though I were still dazed from his hard hit.  The giant’s grin widened, his hand clenched into a fist once more, and he stepped toward me, ready to knock my head the rest of the way off my shoulders.  He didn’t see my right hand fall to my side or the glint of metal that suddenly appeared there.

Arrogance will get you, every single time.

Elemental Assassin Series:

1. Spider’s Bite

2. Web of Lies

3. Venom

4. Tangled Threads

5. Spider’s Revenge

5.5 Thread of Death

6. By A Thread

7. Widow’s Web

8. Deadly Sting (March 26, 2013)

FTC Advisory: Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books graciously provided me with a copy of Spider’s RevengeNo goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.  The only payment received came in the form of hugs and kisses from my little boys.

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