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!
My 1st crush was Perry Mason & I wanted to be Agatha Christie! I truly love ALL genres though! Amanda Ronconi, Lorelei King, Scott Brick :)
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.
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.
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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!
Yes, I think it is a very interesting situation and I like to root for the underdog myself.
I have no comparison
As far as I can remember other than this book and the previous books in this series I do not believe I have listened to any other books narrated by this individual.
I just did. These are not very long books so I usually listen to each one while I work and it is over by the end of my shift.
It is very Coincidental that most every important character has been there in the past for Gin in one way or the other. All of the important people in her life fell into this rendition.
I would say parts of the story, I would have liked to know that the entire story was going to be about something that took place a decade before the first book.
The introduction to main characters and how Gin met them as well as getting to know Fletcher more
Yes, she sounds the same as she always does.
I think it could be made into a TV series.
Spoiler- I strongly disliked that it showed Gin seeing her sister at the party and that she didn't recognize her. To me that is extremely fake as you would recognize your own sister or at least her voice.
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.
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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