The next thrilling book in Jennifer Estep's New York Times and USA Today best-selling Elemental Assassin series.
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.
©2015 Jennifer Estep (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
"It's like reading a scripted template."
No. I feel like listening the exact same story, over and over. Like a scripted episode in a never ending story. Like "Perry Rhodan" or "Service de surveillance des planètes primitives" (french, can't find the english version)
Nice work on the narrator's acting.
No. I would wait for the Netflix release.
Gin Blanco is always running out of magic juice against opponents that have unlimited supplies. This is happening in every book. She is the waekest elemental and too dumb to learn. It feels like this series end in book 5 with Mab's death. After that, it's like reading the same story with the super- villain's name changing. As if the book is written by someone esle with a template, like Startrek.
"good but could be better"
I still don't know why with all of the people she has fought and killed she still fumbles with her powers like a new born. sad sad sad.... the author has a great story but no promise of her becoming stronger. hopefully on day we will get lucky and it will all come together.
"Here we go again..."
Same as before...
Please please please make Gin live up to her description! The only fight she has been in so far where she started to show her so called powers was with Beauregard. This far into the series she can't just keep barely scraping by. Every one she fights against can last forever it seems and Gin is running out of power 5 minutes into the fight. She is supposed to be the baddest B*TCH in Ashland yet I haven't seen it so far.
Lauren Fortgang is the saving grace in this series. She does a fantastic job with all of the characters and from one book to the next they stay the same. It is a pleasure listening to her.
I will say that I am hooked on the stories, every last one of them but I am frustrated every time I listen. I am invested in the characters and definitely will continue to listen, even if I have to be frustrated the whole time.
Early in the series Gins sister was killing people with her ice magic, gin makes ice lock picks and occasional ice daggers. Later Gin freezes a whole courtyard yet still can't freeze her enemies. She can bring down whole mountains with her stone magic but can't use it to attack her enemies.
"Love the spider series but..."
I liked the new characters that came in to play. I like seeing how Gin is developing becoming the boss. What I didn't like was how slow this book felt And how many times I felt like I needed to yell at Gin do something that was so obvious. She is usually the cleverest and smartest bad guy around but this time she just kept missing the obvious. Also the long drawn out talking over every little thing they wanted to do to each other got old. Just do it already!
"A different problem for the SPIDER."
As ever, Gin, but things got really interesting with many of the new characters in this story and that made it really good.
She is the voice of this series, I can't imagine anyone else narrating it.
Flash back with Fletcher when she was a child.
This was one of the best because it wasn't really about Gin, but about some one in her past. Great story line.
The narrator puts the best voice on the main character and other characters. Just have to say Great book!
loved the new story, liked that Gin though once again she was the target and found out to her surprise she wasn't. Liked the dreams where she remembered things from the past.
Another great story enjoying all the books that she has written keep up the good work
I like the way the main character Gin thinks and reasons out each situation before acting. She is very methodical and that characteristic is different from many of the new books I've read of this genre. I've read three of the books in this series and considered all to be well rounded with interesting characters, storyline and narration. I'm not sure why this isn't one of my favorite series, from what I've read so far this series is perfect really. Nonetheless the spider series is a filler for me. When I can't find something good to read in my usual places I'll likely pick another of Estep's novels.
"Elemental Assassin my butt!"
The performance was excellent as usual, but even great reading can't help this story.
This will be the last of these books I read. It should be sub-titled the "Incompetent Assassin". Gin and gang are just plain STUPID throughout this whole book. "I'm the SPIDER .. I'm THE bad a$$ ... I'm incredibly strong in two elements but I'll go up against a metal elemental with my metal knives and not even use my powers; not once but twice." The plot device was very derivative and the book was 100% more frustrating then enjoyable.
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