I seldom write a review, and even more seldom a negative one. the first book in this series was pretty thin (compared to the Jane Yellowrock series, for example) and this one is worse. the use of the deep south as a background is weak, and the settings could have been Chicago or Toronto for that matter. the Jane Yellowrock, Sookie Stackhouse and the "Mark of the Demon" series are also about supernatural women set in Louisiana. the Sookie Stackhouse series gets it right (I was born in Mississippi) to such a degree that those books are as much southern novels as they are vampire genre books. This series just hasn't got any gravitas; the trials and tribulations are stated but not demonstrated; we never really get inside the characters, never feel that there is a reason to invest in the character... I thought the reader did a decent job with the script handed her, but I cannot recommend this series.
Absolutely! New characters are introduced while characters from book 1 in the series is fleshed out. Gin's character remains the same at the core while a lot of growth and change takes place at the same time. The verbal and physical clashes are described in a vivid way that totally engages your imagination - one cannot help being drawn in to the world of the elementals, dwarves, giants and humans. Extremely entertaining.
Gin with her dark sarcasm, wit and grit. I'll also add Sophia Deveraux as one of the most interesting characters.
Yes. Donovan Kane's reaction to Gin when he sees that she survived and when Jinn accepts the gift of Fletcher's photo from his old friend.
I know it's a series about an assassin. Gin's retired now, and winds up involved in the lives of a family who are beset by a bad guy. I hope it's not a surprise that she ends up killing someone. I just really don't like how she immediately leaps to assassination as the only solution. She tries to explain how nothing else would work, and it's just incredibly weak and nobody calls her on it, not even the straight-arrow cop she's throwing herself at who has the disapproving hots for her. We live in a world where tough things are happening all the time, and a lot of problems are tough, and-we don't just decide to kill people. It was too close to a real-world problem to require this fantasy solution. This weakness together with Gin's ill-placed affections make her hard to respect. Is this a step on a path from amoral killer-for-hire to some sort of defender of the innocent, or is this all Estep has for us? I just didn't like this time with Gin enough to find out.
Estep uses a few repetitive phrases that grate pretty quickly. The goth dwarf and gin joint really need to be retired or used more sparingly. Find some other way to describe Sophia, for the love of all your readers.
Booked & Loaded
Web of Lies is the second installment in Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series. You can check out my review of the first book in the series, Spider’s Bite HERE. Web of Lies continues the story of Gin Blanco aka The Spider. She might have just retired, but will she lay down while others get hurt?
Estep weaved not only a great story, but an ongoing fantastic back story for this series. The Elemental Assassin series is one that I cannot put down! No joke, the MINUTE I finished Web of Lies I went right to Audible.com and purchased the next installment, Venom. And because I believe in 100% full disclosure I will admit that I am already on chapter 20 something.
Web of Lies lets us view deeper into who the person Gin is and how she got to where she is now. I really enjoyed learning more of her back story and history. It is a dark and beautiful background to a dark and beautiful character. That being said, the overall feel Spider’s Bite and Web of Lies has not been dark. Instead it feels like a spectacular story of good vs evil. Even if the good is disguised as a sarcastic retired assassin. I fucking love it.
The sarcasm Gin emits has a slightly different tone than many strong lead female characters. I feel this has something to do with her absolute acceptance of who she is. She does not want to be a little cream puff. She is proud of who she is and what she has. Gin’s acceptance of herself is a huge defining difference between this Alpha female and many others. She truly is kick-ass and proud.
Not everything for Gin always works out (this is a huge bonus for me – it keeps me on my toes!) and if you are looking for a traditional HEA you won’t find it here. If you are looking for some adventure, action, and a great story – you will not be disappointed. I believe any Urban Fantasy lover will enjoy this series with gusto!
Audiobook Thoughts: Epic. Captivating. Fucking Awesome. ;) OK – that would be cheating if I left it at that! Lauren Fortgang just blows me away. Her pace is steady and the slight variations she forks over for each character is amazingly consistent. The combination of a great story and great narrator make this a complete masterpiece.
I rate Web of Lies (Elemental Assassin #2) 5 out of 5 Bullets!
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Originally posted at Fantasy Literature.
Web of Lies is the second book in Jennifer Estep’s ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN series about Gin Blanco, a young woman with elemental powers who was orphaned when she was a girl and was found and raised by an assassin who taught her the tricks of the trade. She’s known as The Spider — the best assassin in the city — and is now wealthy enough to retire, which she is trying to do. She spends her days running a barbeque restaurant, but trouble keeps finding her and she can’t turn her back on people who need her help… or people who need to be killed.
This time trouble is in the form of a college girl named Violet Fox whose family owns some property coveted by a man who’s trying to coerce them into selling it to him. He owns coalmines and wants to add their land to his domain. Now he’s getting ruthless and he will use any amount of force needed to get that land. It’s up to Gin to stop him but her methods are not always ethical, much to the chagrin of police detective Donovan Caine, who has the hots for her. And vice versa.
Readers who enjoyed the first ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN book, Spider’s Bite, will probably be pleased with Web of Lies, too. It’s got plenty of action, some appealing characters (especially Donovan Caine), and lots of romantic tension. A new intriguing romance and perhaps a love triangle is on the horizon, too.
The plot of Web of Lies is kind of clichéd — a greedy evil capitalist becomes murderous — and it proceeds in a rather obvious ways with several scenes that are too similar to scenes in the previous novel, making me wonder if Estep is already running out of creative ideas for this series. A similar issue is the repetitive prose — certain information and even actual phrases are repeated many times throughout the novel. If you’re a reader who gets annoyed by this, you’re certain to be pulling out your hair by the end of Web of Lies.
Despite my complaints, which should be enough to make me drop this series, I’m still interested in Gin’s personal life. I’m not sure why, but I want to see what happens between her and Donovan Caine and her new love interest. I also want to know what happened to her family. It helps that I’m enjoying the audio versions of these books, which were narrated by the wonderful Lauren Fortgang. I’m not going to rush out to buy the third audiobook, Venom, but I’ll give it a try if it happens to come my way.
The book flowed and left me wanted more from Gin Blanco.
It was an exciting continuance to the Gin Blanco Saga. The story flowed and kept me occupied. I have whispersync with tthe Kindle version and once I stopped listening, more than once I picked up my Kindle and continued reading. Very good. Can't wait to see what happens in book 3.
I am a registered nurse and a father of four great kids. I live in a rural part of Oregon and love it. I enjoy books, but Sci-Fi Fantasy has allows been the ones I reach for more than others.
Gin is enjoying her retirement when her BBQ joint had two guys try and rob it. Well, them dummies picked the wrong place because this BBQ joint is own and run by no other than the Spider, the South's most lethal assassin-recently retired. But then meets a young girl looking for her recently deceased mentor, and foster father. After Gin and her foster brother save the girl Gin finds out the girl is related to her mentor's former childhood best friend and their in trouble. So after talking with Warren Gin decides to help by coming out of retirement for one last kill, but her on/off lover Det. Caine may not let her. But during an encounter with the problem and seeing he's not going to back down and a recon finding millions of dollars are the cause Det. Caine relents but won't help. So the adventure begins.
This book is a fast paced supernatural adventure thriller with great characters who the readers can know and continue to route for the anti-hero. So if you like urban fantasy like Briggs you should enjoy this book and its series.
Naturally Gin couldn't stay totally in retirement, although this time she doesn't do it for the money. Violet and her grandfather are being harassed by a dwarf mine owner who wants their property. Gin helps them out by going after him There's a couple side stories, lots of action and, of course, violence. A little sad when she loses her love interest but probably for the best since they were too different, but there's a new one on the horizon that would be a lot better fit. It will be interesting to see how that storyline develops.
The narrator was a good fit and pretty good on the male voices.
71 year old avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books. I also keep in mind that you have to kiss frogs to find princes - time's too short to bother with losers.
Fun stuff with a consistency that's important to such books - the characters don't suddenly jump in with bizarre powers you never suspected before as has happened with other books I've read.
I liked the characterizations performed by the narrator. She did a great job with the voices. That was about all I did like about it.
The writer's use and re-use and re-re-use of certain phrases was extremely annoying. For example the phrase "got dead" was funny once, maybe twice. But the author used it probably fifty times in the story. The basic plot of the story was too predictable too...by about chapter three I had predicted exactly how the book would end. I was right on all counts. She gave away too much too soon. She has a bad habit of having her main character repeat herself. She also has the main character speaking other characters' thoughts as if she's telepathic (which I don't believe she is). It all added up to a book that I forced myself to finish because I'd paid for it. I was relieved when it finally ended.
There wasn't one.
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