Saturday, December 21, 2013
SUNNY: ARC BOOK REVIEW "The Spider" by Jennifer Estep
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 book 10 in the Elemental Assassin series. Jennifer Estep has taken us to place where we needed to go. We get to take a more in depth exploration of our beloved assassin's, history.
This time we are with Gin early in her career as an assassin at a time when she is beginning to make a name for herself. Like any young adult in their early twenties, she is full of vim and vigor. We see Gin at her most vulnerable and her most arrogant. She has just enough experience to get her into a whole heap of trouble. Pride and arrogance are common themes in young adult/new adult stories and our gal, Gin, is not immune. Unfortunately, this is a lesson learned at a very high cost.
We get to visit more with Fletcher and Flinn. It is also no small coincidence that Xavier, Rosalyn and Owen end up later in Gin's life. Sweet.
Written in the characteristic Jennifer Estep-style, this book is fast-paced and detailed. Ms. Estep is brilliant at describing suspenseful fight scenes and, at the same time, bringing us close to Gin's heart. And golly, I always finish these books with a craving for Southern comfort food. I can almost imagine the delectable smells coming off the pages. These are the reasons I'm back for book 10.
IN A NUTSHELL:
A must-read for fans of the Elemental Assassin series. Although it is book 10, it is also a prequel and thus, could be read earlier in the series order.
Thank you to the author, publisher and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Posted by Wkonsunshine at 11:25 PM