"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 13. 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."
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Love this series and the characters. well written and we'll structured. definitely one to try
But did it really have to take so long??? It was a bit drawn out and Samey for my liking
I found this 5th episode in Gin Blanco's saga against Mab Monroe fitting - a number of the pieces came together in her history, and her life is starting to settle down at last with her sister gradually coming to accept her as she now is.
With Gin Blanco being centre stage (we see the story unfold through her eyes), it's difficult to get a real feeling for any of the other characters, although over the series we start to hear something of their stories. I can't say that I truly like Gin - she's become hard and ruthless, but she's also a "rough diamond" who is willing to help people who are helpless.
I like Lauren's portrayal of the different characters. She is able to provide a good range of voice characterizations that seem right for each of them. Also, she brings out the drama in the situations without overdoing it.
While my time availability doesn't allow that luxury, I would have liked the opportunity to do this. There were some sections where the storyline slowed its pace, but overall, it was an engrossing tale.
I found the earlier books had too much explicit sex, graphically written, that didn't do anything for the storyline - it seemed to be there just to cater for those who like their personal relationships to be physical and earthy. This book, at last, kept this quite low, and the storyline improved, in my opinion. Also, the liberal use of the "f" word is subdued compared to the previous books. (Yes, I know Gin has had a very rough life but this word can be used with judgement in story telling, not to spice up dialogue.)
"Somebody slap me please!"
It depends on your tolerance.
Ugh, yes . . . I am a glutton for long winded and drawn out punishment.
Probably if they could cut the crap, it would probably be better than the book.
I really like the settings of these books. I really like the characters. I really HATE the long extended crap in getting to the friggin POINT! Jennifer is horrible at drawing every action out until you just want to fast forward or turn the damn thing off. Explanations in this series suck. Jennifer places them at ALL key points (at the beginning of every defining action) and draws them out for more time. Pull the damn trigger already or I'm leaving. She's has to input the actions of the previous books and how she FEELS about everything! If assassins had this many feelings they wouldn't BE assassins! They'd be stuck in therapy! And it get's worse with every book. I read them because I like character quirkiness and the DEFINING actions not because I'm falling in love with how it is written.
Am I the only one who would like authors to stop reciting actions from previous books in the series? If you just picked up book 5 and you missed something GO BACK and read the other books lazy! The rest of us shouldn't have to suffer.
"A picture perfect ending that I won’t soon forget"
*** MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS ***
The showdown between Mab Monroe and Gin Blanco has been a long time coming; five books worth in fact but Spider’s Revenge makes the wait worthwhile. Jennifer Estep doesn’t waste any time and jumps right into the thick of things, she then proceeds to keep readers on edge, biting their nails up until the final pages with several close calls but not to worry, the Spider always gets her man woman.
I’ve been dishing out nothing but the highest of praise for the Elemental Assassin series ever since I read the first book back in September and this fifth installment will be no different. Aside from a few minor annoyances, namely Estep’s need to constantly recap characters’ and previous books’ happenings, Spider’s Revenge met all of my expectations and then some. Readers get to see a more fallible side to the fearless assassin which is to be expected when everything she holds dear is on the line. Emotions equal mistakes and in this installment we see Blanco’s infamous patience slip on several occasions. Granted, it must be hard to not get twitchy when you have your arch nemesis in your crossbow scope but it was interesting to see Gin’s calm demeanor crack.
For me, the gravy of these books have been Estep’s riveting first person POV writing style and the non-stop action; never in a million years did I ever expect to find myself balling my eyes out but I did. Twice. The first instance was when all of Gin’s friends rallied around her and adamantly refused to let her take on Mab alone. Blanco selfishly helped all of these people and when the going gets tough, they have her back. I loved watching the realization dawn on her that she’s no longer alone in her corner; it brought tears to my eyes. It really did. The second instance was her near death encounter with her mentor, Fletcher Lane. Even though this character has been deceased since Spider’s Bite, he’s been a constant presence in Gin’s life and I was overjoyed that she got the chance to ask him all of her burning questions. What I wouldn’t give for the same chance.
This novel really felt like a conclusion but thankfully it’s not; I don’t think that I’ll be ready to say goodbye to Gin Blanco anytime soon. The main and secondary plot lines come full circle is a neat symmetrical way including ending the book the same way that it all began. Many truths are unveiled including the facts about Sophia and her mangled voice. This tidbit alone makes this novel a worthwhile read in my opinion. Well that and the fact that Gin finally owns up to her feelings for Owen Grayson. Spider’s Revenge is a picture perfect ending that I won’t soon forget. I’m beyond anxious to begin the next chapter in Gin’s life, By a Thread.
"Don't miss this series!"
This is a great resolution to the series. I absolutely loved getting to know Gin Blanco and her friends. The series is set in current day so it's fun to imagine it almost happening. (If there were trolls, giants, magic, etc.) The narrator does a fantastic job. You can always tell who is speaking. I highly recommend the book and series.
"The Big Showdown!"
I loved it! The narrator is great at not only the accents and individual speaking styles of the characters, but at the flow of the story. Lauren Fortgang is a wonderful verbal story teller! Having followed the series I was so excited for the big fight and wasn't disappointed. I will say that I wish Fate was a little nicer to Gin, but I think the ending was appropriate...and promising. One of my favorites!!
If you could take out all the repetition and the constant reminders then the story would be a lot better. A lot of what's in the book is something you already know if you've read the previous books in the series. In fact, you probably have a good portion memorized because the same story or description is told in each book.
In this one it finally comes down to a show-down between Mab and Gin. I won't give anything else away, although I'm sure you can guess who wins.
Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 5.00
Story Rating: 5.00
Character Rating: 5.00
Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished:What an emotionally fulfilling entry into the series. The last few chapters were beyond my highest expectations.
“One by one, the others all nodded their heads again, as if we were talking about having a spring picnic instead of going up against the deadliest woman in Ashland and all of her men.”― Jennifer Estep, Spider’s Revenge
Story Talk: It was time for the big showdown between Gin and Mab! Spider's Revenge did not disappoint in how it all came to head. The whole book was leading to a pivotal fight scene that just had to happen. I was emotionally drained once the story was done but that was totally in a good way. Spider's Revenge was also full of Jennifer Estep's signature humor, fantastic characterizations, and quick-tempo storytelling. If you are a fan of the series this story won't let you down!
“I will destroy you. No matter how long it takes, no matter what it costs me. I won’t sleep, I won’t eat. I won’t do anything but plot your downfall. I will mow down your men like they’re weeds. I’ll kill so many of them so viciously, so brutally, so horribly that no one will dare to work for you. And sooner or later, I’ll get you too.”― Jennifer Estep, Spider’s Revenge
Character Talk: I love the characters in this series. Everyone: Gin, Owen, Finn, Bria, JoJo, Sophia, and thoughts of Fletcher were each done fantastically in Spider's Revenge. I could wax on forever about these folks but instead I will say that if you haven't, you should check out this series so you can experience them all on your own!
Narrated by Lauren Fortgang runs for 10 hrs and 51 min
I love these books in audio format. Lauren does a fantastic job with pacing, emotion, and accents. I love her way of doing Gin. I couldn't imagine anyone else doing her voice. I will continue this series in audiobook as long as Lauren is doing the books!
“I’m the Spider, bitch—I’m the best there is.”― Jennifer Estep, Spider’s Revenge
Final Thought: Spider's Revenge is right now my favorite in the series!
"No Signs of letting up.... a great series!"
Spider’s Revenge is Jennifer Estep‘s fifth installment in her Elemental Assassin Series. Wow. I have been sucked into the vortex of this series and do not want to leave!
Many different aspects in this book appeal to me. Gin Blanco aka The Spider is always willing to give everything she has in order to protect others. Definitely not your typical retired assassin. When I started Spider’s Revenge I was wondering if the author was going to start closing the main story line up or dragging it out, as I know there are still several more books in this series. I was pleasantly surprised by the authors ability to finalize some of the long standing conflict while leaving room for more to happen in this series. *round of applause* for Jennifer Estep!
Some of Gins insecurities are coming to the front. Gin’s struggle, both external and internal, makes for one great story. Although Spider’s Revenge is a true Urban Fantasy, the touch of romance that is thrown in adds a great dynamic to Gins character and growth. And I am glad a certain a-- hole is gone.
Audiobook Thoughts: I didn’t think that Lauren Fortgang could do it any better, but I think she might have. The array of variations the narrator exhibits during her readings is truly enchanting. Fortgang adds a depth to the story that few other narrators manage to incorporate into their readings. In short – its Epic.
"Revenge is not as sweet as you thought"
The best part of this book is that it completes a story arc that was starting to get old and frustrating. The killing of the fire elemental who killed her family hopefully will allow the rest of the characters and Gin to move forward.
Gin is a badass with the beginnings of feeling starting to reemerge with the finding of her sister and a new love. My favorite line from the book is, " bring it on bitch, I'm the spider."
Lauren makes the characters come to life but keeps them separate by using her voice to her' sand the reader's advantage.
The final battle between Mab and Gin was intense but the dream state after with Gin talking with her mentor the "Tin-Man" who is also Flynn's dad who died in the first book. Even though it brought some answers it also brought some more questions too.
If you enjoy Urban fantasy you should enjoy this book and the rest in the series.
Why does she think she is such a great assassin? To date none, I mean none of her jobs have ever work out the way she plans. She has always has something go wrong and she blames luck, most of it is because she is incompetent. If not for Jo Jo she would be screwed. Since I like to buy things when they are on sale, I unfortunately bought six books in the series and I then felt obligated to read them. I know many people love this series and if they have made it this far probably like this series, but the narrator is slow talking and it seems to take forever to read. It did pick up the second half of the book and was better. Although it is not the worst book I have ever read, and I do enjoy the aspect of the elemental magic.
"Same-old but still brilliant"
After the climatic completion of Book for where the Spider destroyed the Fire Elemental, many aspects of the books characters were left hanging. The relationship of the sister, they boyfriend and many others. I was hoping that the 5th book would start to round-off these with some added action but....
The book starts very promising, where our Hero-Assasin (retired) is talked into a holiday with family (so to say). But soon enough, possibly in the 1st chapter the story goes into established patterns and the focus again become a new Super Bad Guy Vamp ala Donald Trump.
Yet, Jennifer's story telling and the narration of Lauren kept me interested to the very end and beyond. I like stepping back into this world where the supernatural is normal, where i am familiar with my family of characters, even if they are Assassins and Cleaners and Con artists. It is my family.
I hope that the 6th book starts rounding of some of the relationships and finds a bit of a different story line, a smoother super villain that need putting down; a higher focus on the characters. But even if it doesn't, i will still get it and read it as Jennifer world of Spider is simply moreish, especially when paired with an excellent narration of Lauren!
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