Widow's Web

Elemental Assassin, #7

Widow's Web is another enjoyable foray into the intriguing world of Elementals with a focus on the havoc a water Elemental can wreak. The author continues to create a very imaginative world that contrasts familiar concepts such as the insecurity attendant with meeting the ex of one’s lover with the lengths that one will go to deal with threats, Gin Blanco style. I savor the strength of this former assassin even as her vulnerabilities are displayed and although I want to thump a certain hardheaded character, I understand that certain developments are part of the ups and downs of any relationship although most people don’t resort to such radical solutions for their ‘issues’. This tale didn’t quite resonate with me as much as some of the others but I think that this is because it is setting the framework for future stories. I always look forward to the opportunity to revisit some of my favorite characters and get a peek into their lives (even though I am always hungry reading about the fantastic dishes Gin whips up) and hope there will be many more tales as some of the secondary characters get their time in the spotlight.

“Widow’s Web” by Jennifer Estep is part of her ‘Elemental Assassin’ series. This tale of Gin Blanco continues the saga of happenings in Ashland, a town that houses quite a variety of intriguing beings. There is somewhat of a vacuum now that the most powerful villain in town, Mab the Fire Elemental, has been destroyed and the constant testing of Gin’s survival skills has gotten to be an expected but annoying routine. The unwelcome arrival of a new Elemental may have profound effects upon Gin’s relatively comfortable life as she gets ensnared into newcomer’s machinations which may result in the disruption of all that Gin values, even her most treasured relationships.

Book Blurb for Widow's Web

The seventh book in the hugely popular Elemental Assassin series by New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Jennifer Estep—Gin Blanco is back and ready for action.

My name is Gin, and I kill people. It’s something I've been doing for years as 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.

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2012 4.00