Review: The Spider (Elemental Assassin #10) by Jennifer Estep

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Elemental Assassin #10
Jennifer Estep
Urban Fantasy
Pocket Books
December 24th 2013


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.

How did I end up in a career where I always have blood on my hands? Well, let me tell you a story about an assassin who thought she could do no wrong. . . .

Ten years ago. A blistering hot August night. I remember like it was yesterday. The night I, Gin Blanco, truly became the Spider. Killing people is what I do best, especially now that I’ve honed my Ice and Stone magic. But back then, I had yet to learn one very important rule: arrogance will get you, every single time.

This particular job seemed simple: murder a crooked building contractor with ties to ruthless Fire elemental Mab Monroe. My mentor, Fletcher Lane, had some misgivings, but I was certain that I had the situation under control . . . right up until I exposed my weaknesses to a merciless opponent who exploited every single one of them. There’s a reason assassins aren’t supposed to feel anything. Luckily, a knife to the heart can fix that problem, especially when I’m the one wielding it. . . .


The Spider is book ten in the Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep.

This is by far one of my favorite series. Each and every installment gives me something new to fall in love with. Estep just keeps delivering on each and every installment!

Now, you can read this novel without every reading any of the other books in the series. The Spider takes the reader back 10-years to the begging. It’s the start of Gin’s career as the assassin known as the Spider. 

I loved seeing Gin interact with Fletcher. Throughout this series we’ve seen flashbacks for Fletcher, but this time we get to have him front and center in her life. 

The author does throw in many little easter eggs; events and characters that we meet and see throughout the Elemental Assassin series that fans will just die with excitement and love. I loved that we get to see so many characters from the past. It was so fun to see their path’s cross; a meet here, a moment their, but at the time you don’t know what life has in store for them and how their paths will cross again later in life. 

The plot for was novel is suspenseful. The whole story is set 10-years in the past ending with the present day. Gin pretty much makes all the mistakes and does all the things Fletcher taught her not to ignore on her very first job. So, by the end of this novel she has the much-needed closure on all those events that took place back then.

The Spider was an outstanding novel. I don’t know where the author is going to go next, but I’m looking forward to seeing where things go from here.

Rated: 5 Stars

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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

10 comments on “Review: The Spider (Elemental Assassin #10) by Jennifer Estep

  1. I continue to love this series so much too.
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    • That’s great. It’s a fun adventure. Thank’s for visiting!

  2. Nice review. I remember when I read this one, I didn’t like it as much as the others. But I’m glad you are still loving the series! It’s such a good one.
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    • I saw mixed reviews on this one. I liked going back in time and seeing how it all began. It add to the characters for me. I found this novel to be interesting. I still have a ways to go to get caught up, but I’m really loving the series. Thank’s for visiting!

  3. This is where I am in the series. IO need to read this one. I’m glad to see if was a big win for you. Fantastic review!

    • I loved see how it all started. So much fun to see the characters years before they became friends and family. I hope you enjoy!

  4. I’m late, I still need to read book 2

    • I hope you enjoy. This has been a fun series so far and one that I’d re-read. Thank’s for visiting!

  5. i didn’t need to read your review to know this is one i would like to read. all i had to do is look at the cover and find out she is an assassin. 🙂
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    • This is a fabulous series. Hope you enjoy!