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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.

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  • Gayle
  • St Paul, MN, United States
  • 12-24-13

How bogus

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

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.

What was most disappointing about Jennifer Estep’s story?

It is just a repeat of all of her other books

Have you listened to any of Lauren Fortgang’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I love the way she reads a book

What character would you cut from The Spider?

I wouldn't delete any of the characters but lets get moving on some of theserelationships

Any additional comments?

Please give us a new story

24 of 28 people found this review helpful

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  • Allan
  • Irvine, CA, United States
  • 12-30-13

Oh Fudge, I wasted money on this....

Would you try another book from Jennifer Estep and/or Lauren Fortgang?

As long as it something original, not a trip down memory lane.

Did The Spider inspire you to do anything?

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!

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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A True Disappointment!

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Not The Best In This Series!!

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.

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Don't understand the low reviews

Lauren's performance was great as always. And I really enjoyed learning about how Gin's experiences when she was younger shaped her to be the person she is now. Overall, I really liked the story.

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Great book

Story line was good but it kinda makes it seem like a small world with all the characters in it

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LilyElement Book Reviews - The Spider

Any additional comments?

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.

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As a backstory it's good

I have listened to the whole series and even though I really tried to get into this story it was a struggle.
If you don't know Gin's story, it could fill in gaps. But for a die hard fan it seems tedious and superfluous.
Looking forward to the next one that doesn't cover the past.

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too chatty but still good

Gin takes a trip back in time when a mysterious package arrives with white stemed roses. She tells Owen of one of her biggest regrets as the Spider and how they met for the first time years ago. Although a bit chatty, this was a good back story, well worth the telling.

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Excellent history

A fun trip down memory lane of "The Spider". Especially the cross history of Owen and Xavier. It's a leading story to Book 11. I'll be honest, Gin has been through some of the most roller coaster emotions any one person can go through. It's nice having history for everyone.

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  • Amy
  • 07-09-16

Not as good as all the other books by far

Would you try another book written by Jennifer Estep or narrated by Lauren Fortgang?

If I had read this one first probably not.However i LOVE Jennefer Esteps books and Lauren Fortang is perfect for being Gin ....and Finn and JoJo a very talented woman and a great choice.

Would you recommend The Spider to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes because its part of the series and the charactor we met may be in future books.but It just wasnt the same with Gin being 10 years younger and not really The Spider yet,I know that was the point as its an oragin story but still I missed her smartness and ability to read people and everythingelse she gains from this story.

Which character – as performed by Lauren Fortgang – was your favourite?

Gin , as she rocks in all of the other books.

Do you think The Spider needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

another book in the past?No. I like the flashes of the past and the insight that gives us in the books set in the here and now but I dont think the oragin story needs the follow up.However I am itching to start the next book in the series.

Any additional comments?

I love this book series but this one was a disapointment,

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  • Kapaxiana
  • 05-06-15

Really?

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!"....