Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Review: Spider’s Trap by Jennifer Estep

Publication Date: 7/28/2015
Series: Elemental Assassin #13
Rating: 5 Stars

Official Blurb:

The next thrilling book in Jennifer Estep’s New York Times andUSA 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…

I’ll admit that going into this book I thought for sure this was the end of one of my favorite series. Gin’s narrow escape from Mab’s daughter in last book left me wondering where Estep could take Spider’s Trap in order to keep the story going.  I am happy to report that she has delivered a game changing book in the series in my opinion. Spider’s Trap evolves Gin’s character from assassin extraordinaire to Queen of the Underworld. Gin doesn’t exactly want this title, but she’s been tapped by the masses to succeed to the dark throne.  This ascension brings with it a completely new kind of trouble. Gin has to decide whether or not to step in and save the day or let the new big bad’s trouble play out while she listens to the squabbles from her throne of the other lords.  Any Gin Blanco fan will know what she decides. The mission is facing drips with the chance of making a fatal mistake not only with herself, but with her friends.  This time Gin may not be able to do it all alone because she might just fall into her own Spider’s Trap.

Jennifer I have to start off by saying you have no idea how many emotions I experienced while reading this book. My poor husband thought I was going insane from my shifting moods. You made me smile, cry, and then you nearly broke my heart into the tiniest little pieces. I haven’t sobbed like that over a book character since a certain point in the Harry Potter books. As numb as a I felt, I knew that wasn’t the end to the story and made myself continue on. The sheer fact that I am writing this review shows that I am recovered from my state of ever-changing moods. Spider’s Trap for me sets a new precedence in the series going forward. Gin had to evolve as a character for the story to continue. She didn’t have to lose all the qualities that we love about her as a fictional character, but she needed to gain a new purpose in life which Estep delivers superbly. As a seasoned fan of this series, you made me fall in love with Gin and the gang harder with this book. I can’t wait to see what’s next for Gin. 

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