Author: Jennifer Estep
Title: Spider's Revenge
Series: Elemental Assassin 5
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Rating: Four Petals
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Old habits die hard. And I plan on murdering someone before the night is through.
Killing used to be my regular gig, after all. Gin Blanco, aka the Spider, assassin-for-hire. And I was very good at it. Now, I’m ready to make the one hit that truly matters: Mab Monroe, the dangerous Fire elemental who murdered my family when I was thirteen.
Oh, I don’t think the mission will be easy, but turns out it’s a bit more problematic than expected. The bitch knows I’m coming for her. So now I’m up against the army of lethal bounty hunters she hired to track me down. She also put a price on my baby sister’s head. Keeping Bria safe is my first priority. Taking Mab out is a close second.
Good thing I’ve got my powerful Stone and Ice magic — and my irresistible lover Owen Grayson — to watch my back. This battle has been years in the making, and there’s a chance I won’t survive. But if I’m going down, then Mab’s coming with me...no matter what I have to do to make that happen.
Gin's mission to kill Mab is an old one, dating back to the time when Mab killed Gin's family for some petty slight. Until this moment, Gin hasn't dared confront Mab. Gin never thought she was strong enough and Mab was always too well protected. Over the last few books that's started to change.
I have stated before how much I'm enjoying watching Gin grow throughout the series and this book is the culmination of that growth. She's learned to stand on her own, she's figured out how to unleash her full power, and she's been able to start whittling down Mab's resources. This is the moment to defeat Mab, yet I was glad to see that Gin didn't suddenly become arrogant or too certain of her strength. She remained focused and down to earth, which was nice. I also really liked that the fight wasn't easy. Estep didn't build up to one grand battle, she stages smaller battles throughout the story that allowed me as a reader to really get the feel of how strong Mab was and what Gin would have to sacrifice in order to win.
The rest of Estep's characterizations were just as on point. Each character has a very assertive personality and Estep doesn't allow them to shrink back from the action or step away to let Gin get it done. They're involved, which keeps the fight against Mab grounded. Instead of it being another assassination, Gin goes into the battle knowing it will be a battle. I really enjoyed Estep working to make that distinction.
I am really enjoying this series so far and will continue reading the next books. This story was well crafted with proper buildup to the final battle and excellent characterizations of all the characters to help keep the story on point. I do recommend it.
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