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Sunday, November 24, 2013

155) The Spider by Jennifer Estep

The Blurb :

For the first time, the full origin story of Gin Blanco's transformation into the fearsome assassin known as the Spider—book ten in the red-hot Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series.

In a prequel tale, Gin Blanco goes through her paces on the way to become the most feared assassin in the Ashland. Her mentor, Fletcher Lane, is not going to go easy on her—if she’s going to become a fearsome killer, she has to learn to use her elemental Stone and Ice powers alongside old-fashioned human street smarts.

My Thoughts :

The Elemental Assassin Series is one of my favourite reads ever.  This is a series I pre-order and recommend to anyone who will listen.  I love everything about the books and the author has never disappointed me.  Ten books in and I am still in awe of this amazing Urban Fantasy.  Brilliant characters, thrilling storylines and great action is packed into every single book.  The concept is original and unforgettable and I never get bored of Gin and her assassin stories.

Yes I can praise this series until the cows come home but I also have to slap the publishers a little bit.  This is not the full origin story of Gin.  This is a very monumental story that has an effect on how things came about.  It isn't a prequel to the series but more of a flashback to a time where Gin was just establishing herself as an assassin.  It shows Gin making a bad decision and it coming back to haunt her.  That first moment in her assassin life that she bit off more than she could chew and made a huge mistake but managed to come back from it.  An inspirational story and one that shows the much loved character letting her guard down.

The Spider is a spectacular story that incorporates the majority of the characters the reader has come to know and love during the last nine books.  A fun and interesting look at how Gin really met everyone and how small the world of Ashland really is.  I loved every moment and could hardly put the book down until I finished it.  Just like every other Gin Blanco installment it had me hooked till the very end.

Fans beware!  This doesn't come out till next month.  Sorry!  I tried to hold out on reading this one as long as possible but I always cave in when it comes to this series.  Any avid reader of Estep's books will know that they are just irresistible and not in a cute way.  If you haven't already tried this series then you are missing out on what could actually be the best Urban Fantasy series around.  There are only a couple of other series that I could honour with this title but the Elemental Assassin series is definitely up there in my top three reads.  

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1 comment:

Aurian said...

I am behind on this series! Need to remedy that. Great review Amber, I am looking forward to this one.