For the first time, the full origin story of Gin Blanco's transformation into the fearsome assassin known as the Spider - book 10 in the red-hot Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. In a prequel tale, Gin Blanco goes through her paces on the way to become the most feared assassin in the Ashland. Her mentor, Fletcher Lane, is not going to go easy on her - if she's going to become a fearsome killer, she has to learn to use her elemental Stone and Ice powers alongside old-fashioned human street smarts.
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I am an Urban Fantasy addict !I love the supernatural especially set in a modern world.Ilona Andrews, Kim Harrison and Patricia Brigs <3
If I had read this one first probably not.However i LOVE Jennefer Esteps books and Lauren Fortang is perfect for being Gin ....and Finn and JoJo a very talented woman and a great choice.
Yes because its part of the series and the charactor we met may be in future books.but It just wasnt the same with Gin being 10 years younger and not really The Spider yet,I know that was the point as its an oragin story but still I missed her smartness and ability to read people and everythingelse she gains from this story.
Gin , as she rocks in all of the other books.
another book in the past?No. I like the flashes of the past and the insight that gives us in the books set in the here and now but I dont think the oragin story needs the follow up.However I am itching to start the next book in the series.
I love this book series but this one was a disapointment,
The plot is good however by adding characters from her life to her past even didn't sit well with me. Owen gave her a lift 10 years ago and asked her on a date, really???? and she met Bria and her forster family at a party ? I think this annoyed me as much as her ...."he will be dead in 1 minute...2 tops!"....
I just got this book and it is nothing but a repeat of all her other books,I could have sat down and done this.WHY no NEW story? Not worth the money I paid it is so repetitive.
It is just a repeat of all of her other books
I love the way she reads a book
I wouldn't delete any of the characters but lets get moving on some of theserelationships
Please give us a new story
"Oh Fudge, I wasted money on this...."
As long as it something original, not a trip down memory lane.
To wait for someone else to be the first to download it, and wait for the reviews... If I had done that, I wouldn't have wasted my time on this book!
"A True Disappointment!"
The entire book is Gin recounting details that we already know about her past. She "mysteriously" ties in absolutely every character in the series to one ill fated hit that confirmed her as The Spider.
Overall I got the impression that Ms. Estep was rushing to meet a deadline much to the detriment of what to this point has been an enjoyable series.
"Not The Best In This Series!!"
This book is mainly about the Spider's past, mainly a past job she did!! In every book in this series you always had those chapters that talked about a past experience. But this one was the whole book, except its beginning and ending.
Ending was good, I have enjoyed its ending. Also, during the book you keep on meeting characters, which the spider didn't know them back then, but they play major part in her future, that was kinda cool.. it reminded me of Lost the TV show.
Lets talk about the bad part, which made me dislike this book.. The Tin Man kept on thinking there is something fishy about this job and it was so obvious from the beginning, I wasn't shocked at all when the spider understood everything and whats going on... That is the main thing that made me dislike this book I like to be surprised.
But you get to know more in her past and how she used to do her job with the Tin Man.
"Don't understand the low reviews"
Lauren's performance was great as always. And I really enjoyed learning about how Gin's experiences when she was younger shaped her to be the person she is now. Overall, I really liked the story.
Story line was good but it kinda makes it seem like a small world with all the characters in it
"Not the best book in the series"
Story line that I have heard of many times before. Need new story for future not rehashing the past.
"Glimpse of the past..."
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Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 3.75
Audio Rating: 5.00 (Not part of the overall rating)
First thought when finished: The Spider showed a younger Gin and Fletcher. It was nice to see Gin's beginnings even if she wasn't nearly as likable or smart as she is older!
Overall Thoughts: I will admit that while I loved getting to know Fletcher while he was alive that I was often distracted by how "unfocused" Gin was at times. This is actually brilliant of Jennifer Estep as Gin was just becoming The Spider but it was hard, as a reader, for me to separate the Gin I love from the younger version. Though I think seeing a younger Finn, Rosalyn, Owen, and everyone else was delightful. They didn't have huge parts so it was easy for me to see sparkles of who they are to become but be OK with their younger selves. I think my problem with Gin came from how long it took her to "figure" out the case. Especially since I felt that the bad guy was a little more obvious this time around. However, I had a good time listening to The Spider and the time spent with Fletcher were my absolute favorite scenes in the story!
Narrated by Lauren Fortgang / Length 10 hrs and 43 mins
Lauren Fortgang nails Gin and crew! This is a must get in audiobook series for me!
Final Thoughts: Counting down to the next book!
A fun trip down memory lane of "The Spider". Especially the cross history of Owen and Xavier. It's a leading story to Book 11. I'll be honest, Gin has been through some of the most roller coaster emotions any one person can go through. It's nice having history for everyone.
"Should have been a novella"
Well, here I am again, reading the next book in a series and thinking it should have been a novella. Don't get me wrong, I'm still a big fan and enjoyed this look into Gin's past. In fact, that's something I really like about the other books- the flashbacks. However, I think I would have enjoyed this more as just a novella.
I have one more slight annoyance with this book. The fact that Gin crosses paths in some form or another with every single person from her present inner circle and future enemies. All these chance meetings and not one person remembers each other from these encounters? Not really buying it.
Even so, I like to think that Gin learned Something from this experience. To be a little more cautious in the future and to get all of the facts first. Then again, Gin tends to go in with knives blazing. You can see how this experience shaped her as The Spider. She's an assassin, the best even, but she is not a complete mercenary. I definitely want to be on her good side!
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