Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Book #Review: Spider's Trap (Elemental Assassin, Book #13) by Jennifer Estep

Keep your friends close but your enemies within stabbing distance.

About the Book:

One important lesson I’ve learned in the assassination business is that to be the best you have to roll with the punches. Now that I’m queen of Ashland’s underworld—by default, not by choice—a lot more punches are being thrown my way. But I suppose that’s the price of victory for taking down some of the underworld’s top dogs. Good thing I have my Ice and Stone magic to help me survive my volatile new position. Just when I think things are finally settling down, someone tries to murder me during a hush-hush underworld meeting. But the real surprise is how strangely familiar my shadowy assailant seems to be.

My job is to maintain order among killers, crooks, and thieves, and soon I’m embroiled in a bloody game where the ability to keep secrets could be the greatest superpower of all. My enemies have all sharpened their knives and laid their traps, waiting for me to fall. But this Spider weaves her own webs of death…

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Reviews of Previous Books in the Series:

Spider's Bite, Book 1:

Web of Lies, Book 2:

Venom, Book 3:

Tangled Threads, Book 4:

Spider's Revenge, Book 5:

By A Thread, Book 6:

Widow's Web, Book 7:

Deadly Sting, Book 8:

Heart of Venom, Book 9:

The Spider, Book 10:

Poison Promise, Book 11:

My Review:

The 13th book in the Elemental Assassin series begins where book 12 ends - with Gin as the newly appointed Queen of the Underworld. This title isn't something that she wants but one that she earned by default. Her ascension to the "throne" doesn't come without problems, of course. Now, instead of just running The Pork Pit and taking care of her family, Gin has to be the mediator among griping bosses. She also has to keep a sharp eye as other underworld bosses are trying to remove her as the by any means possible. Spider's Trap brings forth a blast from the past, who comes marching into town and, unlike many other installments, it's possible that Gin may not actually be the target - at first. But you know Gin, piss her off and she gets right in your face daring you to target her.

Each book in the series features an enemy wanting to take out the Spider. Sometimes Gin has some sort of tie to the would-be assassin - whether she killed a friend, relative, or made someone cry, other times not. She has to watch her back and the back's of her friends and family. Although her friends and family can pretty much fend for themselves, the protector is also who and what Gin will be to them. Her anti-hero persona keeps her alive but her warm side keeps her a bit more human.

There is just something about this series that keeps me coming back. There is a lot of action and suspense in Spider's Trap. My heart was pounding and I was on the edge of my seat through a good portion of the book. I found myself totally engrossed in the novel and read it pretty quickly. Her relationship to the Pike family dredges up lots of history that would bring a weaker woman to her knees. Not Gin, though - she rises above the pain and does exactly what needs to be done.

Spider's Trap is another fantastic installment of the Elemental Assassin series. The entire series has pulled me in and kept me engaged from the very beginning. These are the types of books that have me longing for the next one. They are written with vivid descriptions and genuine feelings, allowing the reader to become totally immersed in this world.

My review copy was courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley, at no cost in exchange for an honest review.

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