This fun paranormal series blends intriguing characters with fantastical situations but for some reason this particular story was somewhat predictable to me. It was wonderful to see familiar characters although there were some scenes where I wasn’t terribly comfortable with the revelations provided and some things didn’t quite ring true to me. I still am fascinated by this inventive world and the blend of fantastical capabilities and realistic human emotions and enjoyed this glimpse into Gin’s background but I look forward to more tales of her present life. I think this could be read as a stand-alone but it is probably better if one is already familiar with the series.
“The Spider” by Jennifer Estep is a story in the ‘Elemental Assassin’ series that features Gin Blanco. The majority of the story is a flashback to the beginning of Gin’s role as the assassin The Spider, as she learns very painful and memorable lessons about the responsibilities that come with the profession. A contract to kill Cesar Vaughn, construction mogul, becomes a personal vendetta for Gin and she is determined to complete the job, no matter what risk to her heart and personal happiness. Fletcher Lane has done his best to train his new protege in the skills that she will need to succeed as an assassin but there are some things that she will have to learn for herself, no matter how painful.
For the first time, the full origin story of Gin Blanco's transformation into the fearsome assassin known as the Spider—book ten 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.