Aug 17, 2012

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Review: Widow’s Web by Jennifer Estep (Elemental Assassin #7)

Urban Fantasy
August 21 2012
Mass Market Paperback
384 pages
Simon & Schuster
Received from author

Kick Ass Chick – Gin Blanco

From Goodreads –
My name is Gin, and I kill people. It’s something I’ve been doing for yearsas the assassin called Spider, but now, it’s turned into a necessity on my part just to survive all the lowlifes in Ashland who are gunning for me. The underworld is still in turmoil, and I seem to be on everyone’s hit list these days.

To add to Gin’s problems, her lover Owen’s ex is in town. Salina is back in Ashland to reclaim an old family legacy—and she thinks that Owen is hers for the taking. Also in the mix is Phillip Kincaid, a casino owner and all-around shady character who has a mysterious connection to both Owen and Salina.

Salina might seem like a sweet Southern belle, but there’s more to her than meets the eye. Her water elemental magic makes her a dangerous enemy—and someone who can go toe-to-toe with Gin’s Ice and Stone power. But Gin is determined to get to the bottom of Salina’s deadly scheme, even though it just might cost her everything…including Owen.


You know how at the end of each of the books in this series so far, you close it with a smile on your face.  Each book gives you a complete story absolutely filled with action leaves you feeling fulfilled.  Happy.  I am sorry to say that this book will still give you that “you go Gin girl!” feeling but will also make you feel a little sad.  But you know what?  It’s all good.

Let me explain.

Widow’s Web by Jennifer Estep is the seventh book in her Elemental Assassin series and it’s definitely a “Gin needs to go through this to help her grow” book.  Yeah…you get me, right?  It’s not a book that will have you doing fist-pumps because it makes you feel “so damned good” but it’s a book that has to happen for the characters involved to be able to keep growing and to know what they really want out of life.  Now I don’t want you to get the wrong impression here as this book is still filled with kick ass action-filled moments, witty dialogue and neat twists – also known as things we’ve come to expect from a Jennifer Estep Elemental Assassin book – but it also has a gloomy undertone throughout.  The whole time you are reading, you just feel it’s going to end in a way you don’t want to see…but it’s important so you will accept it and start counting the days until the eighth book comes out (this book comes out in 4 days and the next book, Deadly Sting, comes out 237ish days after that, in case you are keeping track).

Widow’s Web has one thing in it that I think all of us who are fans of the series have been looking forward to:  lots of Owen and all the juicy details about his past.  His past life on the streets, his past friendships and his past relationship – this book has it all.  I really enjoyed that part of the story.  Once again, it made me realize just how perfect Gin and Owen are together.  Of course we saw all the other characters we love so much such as Fin and Bria and Sophia and everyone else, but really the story focused on Owen and Gin…and how he wants to protect his bat-sh*t-crazy ex and how she wants to kill Gin and pretty much every other heavy hitter in Ashland.  There is more to it than that, but that is the basic gist of it.

Owen’s bat-sh*t-crazy ex, Salina, wants revenge…badly.  And because she’s nuts, she is planning on doing revenge with style.  I can’t say I was particularly fond of Salina but she was the villain after all so I would say that’s okay.  She was written well.  I hated her just the right amount.

Owen I wanted to smack on many occasions in this book.  I know, right?!  I love Owen.  Usually I want to touch him in inappropriate ways.  But this time, that was sometimes overshadowed by my need to shake him!  He has a soft spot for Salina, which is understandable as I think we all have a soft spot for our first serious love, but still.  Some of the stuff she was doing is pretty extreme, even for this series.  And he continued to ask people to give her another chance.  Um…really?!  *smack* I still love Owen but I was not a fan of “blinded-by-bat-sh*t-crazy-ex” Owen.   I’m sure he will be more ‘with it’ in the next book…right Jennifer?  😉

Gin.  I always have a soft spot for Gin –thanks to the way she is written.  Jennifer does such a wonderful job with her.  She’s strong, vulnerable, loyal, snarky, funny, awesome…  Yes, those are all traits that I think every remarkable urban fantasy heroine should possess and Gin has them.  Plus she isn’t a stagnant character – she grows in each book.  She messes up, learns from it and continues on with her life, bigger better and stronger, in the next installment.  She is a character that is easy to love and easy to get attached to.

The repetition was a bit more noticeable in this installment than in the last one but yet once again, I can’t seem to make myself care much about it because the story is just so gosh darn compelling.  Was it a frustrating and emotional story?  Yes.  But it was also a ride and a fabulous read.  Overall, Widow’s Web was an important addition to the series and it definitely makes me want to know what happens next.

4 stars

Books in the Elemental Assassin series –
Spider’s Bite
Web of Lies
Tangled Threads
Spider’s Revenge
By a Thread
Widow’s Web
Deadly Sting (April 2013)

  1. Rebecca Mills says:

    Oh I just love this series. The live the pain and the bitter sweet battles of Gin. She is a real woman who protects who she loves Real kick ass woman with a true set of Ovams. ( female version if balls) she kills now for all the right reasons. Way to go Estep long live Gin

  2. I was afraid to read most of this review, because I still haven’t read this one yet, and am a little afraid to, honestly. 🙂 I’ll read the review for real next week-I just wanted to see if you liked it.

  3. Rebecca – Jennifer does an amazing job with Gin – I totally agree. And I love Ovams! lol

    Colette – I am very anxious to see what you think. 🙂

  4. I just read one :/ Maybe one day I will get the chance to read another and maybe I will like it more

  5. I was afraid too, but Jennifer Estep doesn’t let us down in the book.

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