Title: Web of Lies
Author: Jennifer Estep
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Elemental Assassin (Book 2)
Publication Date: May 25, 2010
Format: Paperback, 400 Pages
ISBN-10: 143914799X (Pocket After Dark)
ISBN-13: 978-1439147993 (Pocket After Dark)
Reviewed by: Sheila
The latest installment in Estep’s Elemental Assassin series. When an old acquaintance of her beloved mentor asks her for help, Gin can’t say no–even if it puts her back on the radar of her sworn enemy.
Quick & Dirty: Our favorite elemental assassin comes out of retirement to met out some much needed justice, Spider-style.
Opening Sentence: “Freeze!”
Gin Blanco has been retired from the assassin life for two months now. She runs the Pork Pit and catches up on her reading. Who knew retirement was going to be so boring? But she made a promise to her old mentor and surrogate father, Fletcher Lane, to do something else with her life so that’s what she is going to do. Of course, it would be easier if people didn’t come into her place and try to rob her and rough up her customers. Even more so if a girl didn’t come in looking for help from a man no longer alive. Some days it pays to call in sick, owner or not. So watch out Ashland, The Spider is back in business.
The job is finding out what a mining businessman named Tobias Dawson wants with the girl’s family land. Even though Gin is not known for her altruism, she is doing this job pro bono; as it were. Warren Fox, the girl’s grandfather, and Fletcher were once friends before they had a falling out over a love interest. Gin can’t seem to resist finding out more about the man that was the closest she’d ever had to a real father. We are led through the web of secrets that has made up Fletcher’s character and motives to arrive at what kind of man he really is. As her mentor, Fletcher and his morals have had an effect on Gin, conscience or not. Though Gin likes to think of herself as cold-hearted, she truly has a strong loyalty streak and a need to stand up for the underdog.
Detective Donovan Caine makes another appearance in this book. He is still conflicted about his feelings for the once assassin, though their chemistry is still off the charts. He agrees to help her out with the Foxes and their situation. But the more involved he gets in the case, the more uncomfortable he is with his actions. The man’s morals and self recrimination leaves the two of them forever at odds. After the climax of the story, Gin realizes that Donovan will never accept all of her, past and present. This is a problem that has plagued their being together from the beginning. I hope at some point, the two of them can resolve their issues together. That is, of course, if she doesn’t find someone else in the mean time, like a certain sexy man intent on learning all he can about the “real” Gin.
Gin also has developments in her magical abilities in Web of Lies. During a duel using her Stone magic, she ends up releasing the block on her Ice magic. Ice has always been weaker of the two elements that Gin controls. Now that she can really use it, what will Gin do with Ice in the future? Will she try to develop it into a more useful weapon at her disposal, or will she let it be?
For the most part, this book offers a more personal look at Gin. It still offers the hard edge of her dark side while highlighting a more emotional connection with her character. Overall, this is the book that truly gets me interested in the series as a whole.
The dwarf let out a low laugh. “You have power, bitch, I’ll give you that. A lot of raw power. I’m going to enjoy this.”
“So why give me this chance, if I’m so strong? If I could beat you?”
“Because I like challenges.” Dawson grinned and spit out another stream of tobacco juice. The foul brown mixture landed at my feet.
“Do you know what I like, Tobias? I asked.
I smiled at him and threw my magic at the cavern ceiling.
The Elemental Assassin Series:
2. Web of Lies
5.5 Thread of Death
6. By A Thread
7. Widow’s Web
8. Deadly Sting (March 26, 2013)
FTC Advisory: Pocket Books graciously provided me with a copy of Web of Lies. No 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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