For the first time, the full origin story of Gin Blanco's transformation into the fearsome assassin known as the Spider - book 10 in the red-hot Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. In a prequel tale, Gin Blanco goes through her paces on the way to become the most feared assassin in the Ashland. Her mentor, Fletcher Lane, is not going to go easy on her - if she’s going to become a fearsome killer, she has to learn to use her elemental Stone and Ice powers alongside old-fashioned human street smarts.
©2014 Jennifer Estep (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I just got this book and it is nothing but a repeat of all her other books,I could have sat down and done this.WHY no NEW story? Not worth the money I paid it is so repetitive.
It is just a repeat of all of her other books
I love the way she reads a book
I wouldn't delete any of the characters but lets get moving on some of theserelationships
Please give us a new story
As long as it something original, not a trip down memory lane.
To wait for someone else to be the first to download it, and wait for the reviews... If I had done that, I wouldn't have wasted my time on this book!
The entire book is Gin recounting details that we already know about her past. She "mysteriously" ties in absolutely every character in the series to one ill fated hit that confirmed her as The Spider.
Overall I got the impression that Ms. Estep was rushing to meet a deadline much to the detriment of what to this point has been an enjoyable series.
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Tracking Books Read Review (Short)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 3.75
Audio Rating: 5.00 (Not part of the overall rating)
First thought when finished: The Spider showed a younger Gin and Fletcher. It was nice to see Gin's beginnings even if she wasn't nearly as likable or smart as she is older!
Overall Thoughts: I will admit that while I loved getting to know Fletcher while he was alive that I was often distracted by how "unfocused" Gin was at times. This is actually brilliant of Jennifer Estep as Gin was just becoming The Spider but it was hard, as a reader, for me to separate the Gin I love from the younger version. Though I think seeing a younger Finn, Rosalyn, Owen, and everyone else was delightful. They didn't have huge parts so it was easy for me to see sparkles of who they are to become but be OK with their younger selves. I think my problem with Gin came from how long it took her to "figure" out the case. Especially since I felt that the bad guy was a little more obvious this time around. However, I had a good time listening to The Spider and the time spent with Fletcher were my absolute favorite scenes in the story!
Narrated by Lauren Fortgang / Length 10 hrs and 43 mins
Lauren Fortgang nails Gin and crew! This is a must get in audiobook series for me!
Final Thoughts: Counting down to the next book!
5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
This book is mainly about the Spider's past, mainly a past job she did!! In every book in this series you always had those chapters that talked about a past experience. But this one was the whole book, except its beginning and ending.
Ending was good, I have enjoyed its ending. Also, during the book you keep on meeting characters, which the spider didn't know them back then, but they play major part in her future, that was kinda cool.. it reminded me of Lost the TV show.
Lets talk about the bad part, which made me dislike this book.. The Tin Man kept on thinking there is something fishy about this job and it was so obvious from the beginning, I wasn't shocked at all when the spider understood everything and whats going on... That is the main thing that made me dislike this book I like to be surprised.
But you get to know more in her past and how she used to do her job with the Tin Man.
Not a new story. I should have read the reviews first, and read this book for free from my library. Although, the summary of the book is clear that this is from her past, it just felt like I knew everything in thie book already.
Maybe just a hint of new story in there, but I am more disapointed that I spent money/credits on this book.
Lauren does a great job with the voices and accents. Makes my commute enjoyable.
save your money and get this from the library.
Story line that I have heard of many times before. Need new story for future not rehashing the past.
As you maybe can tell I have been into this series for a while now. I don't know what happened but the cool, calm and collected tone of the narrator really sucked the life out of the book for me 😵. Not only that, but from the beginning of the book I was yelling at Gin for being an ass and not taking her F-ing blinders off 😠. It was unappealing to the point that I am thinking of dropping the series all together 😔. In the end it was ruff for me to get though.
Book reviewer - PNR/UF Addict. Lover of make up and all things cute.
Gin Blanco returns in book 10 of the Elemental Assassin series. This time around, Gin is retelling a story that happened in her early adulthood. Her mentor and foster father, Fletcher is alive and teaching her the ways of being an assassin. They are paid to kill a man, when digging for background on their mark, they find he might be responsible for a terrace collapsing and killing multiple people. Something feels off and Fletcher wants to wait to find out more details about the case, but Gin lets emotions control her once she hears that the man is harming his daughter. No proof that he actually does it, she just wants to take him out and save the girl from being harmed. Fletcher allows her to take the job and start her solo mission.
This one was a bit different from the previous installments in the Elemental Assassin series. Likely because it was a flashback book. Gin's character is a bit more impulsive, and reckless. I enjoyed seeing all the characters I've become familiar with. Even a young Owen made an appearance. While initially I thought I wouldn't enjoy this book, I quickly changed my mind. You can tell that Gin's character has grown a lot compared to her younger self. The plot itself was kind of predictable, I figured it out quickly and wasn't that surprised as the story unraveled. All in all it was a pretty good installment to the series, I'd recommend this series for anyone looking for a good Urban Fantasy.
Great read! Gin, alias "THE SPIDER" is exciting as ever. You find out that across the years with Fletcher as her assassin instructor Gin has crossed paths with several of her associates/friends. And as usual the narration was tip top excellent!
The plot is good however by adding characters from her life to her past even didn't sit well with me. Owen gave her a lift 10 years ago and asked her on a date, really???? and she met Bria and her forster family at a party ? I think this annoyed me as much as her ...."he will be dead in 1 minute...2 tops!"....
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