Review: Spider's Revenge by Jennifer Estep ★★★★★

Spider's Revenge by Jennifer Estep
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Book five in the Elemental Assassin series
Country: USA
Publication Date: September 27, 2011
ISBN: 978-1439192641
Page Count: 384
My Rating: ★★★★★

Summary

Old habits die hard for assassins.

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, 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 Mab 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 Ice and Stone magic—and my irresistible lover, Owen Grayson—to watch my back. This battle has been years in the making, and there’s a good 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.

REVIEW

Whew! Estep is back on form with this SPIDER'S REVENGE. Previously, my two favourites from this series had been Web of Lies, which is book two, and Venom, which is book three. Books one and four: Spider's Bite and Tangled Threads, were also good, but not world-shatteringly so, but I'm happy to report this is one of the better ones. I'm really glad this is the case because this is such a strong, original series with great characters and I was getting worried after the last one that it was losing momentum slightly, and perhaps dragging out one particular story line a wee bit too long.

In this one our lovely Gin is a woman on a mission. She's shucked off a lot of her previous self doubts and the dark cloud that hung over her head for some time after Douche-bag- er, sorry, I meant Donovan Caine dumped her (but not before making her feel like a bag-o-crap, which was just charming of him). She's now totally focused on her number one nemesis, Mab Monroe. After all, now that she has Bria and Owen in her life as well as Finn and the Deveraux sisters, eliminating Mab is the only way she can be sure they remain safe.

The book starts with a bang and a great suspense-filled opening scene. There is, as there has been in every book since book one, a large amount of recapping after this. I don't know why I notice it so much in this series....obviously all series writers have to do a certain amount of recapping for people that might not have started with the first book in the series (again, why?), but I really do find myself saying, "yeah, we know" a lot with Estep's work in the first quarter of each book.

Anyway, moving on from this slight niggle, there's another great action section soon after so all is forgiven. And the suspense! Oh, the suspense! I was on the edge of my seat from the midway point almost right to the end (which is wrapped up nicely with things left to ponder until the next book).

I'm loving the deepening relationships that are forming in this series, too. And I don't just mean the romantic ones, either. The Deveraux sisters and Finn and Bria all mean so much to Gin. Something that she finds on one hand terrifying, and on the other, the best thing in the world.

As I've come to expect from this series, the cover is just gorgeous.

I highly recommend this book and the series to all urban fantasy fans.

The next book entitled By a Thread comes out on 31st January 2012, and I'm looking forward to it immensely.

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