The Spider by Jennifer Estep
Narrator: Lauren Fortgang
Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
Date Read: 2013
Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Old habits die hard for assassins.And I plan on murdering someone before the night is through. Killing used to be my regular gig, after all. Gin Blanco, aka the Spider, assassin-for-hire. And I was very, very good at it. Now, I’m ready to make the one hit that truly matters: Mab Monroe, the dangerous Fire elemental who murdered my family when I was thirteen. Oh, I don’t think the mission will be easy, but turns out it’s a bit more problematic than expected. The bitch knows I’m coming for her. So now I’m up against the army of lethal bounty hunters Mab hired to track me down. She also put a price on my baby sister’s head. Keeping Bria safe is my first priority. Taking Mab out is a close second. Good thing I’ve got my powerful Ice and Stone magic—and my irresistible lover, Owen Grayson—to watch my back. This battle has been years in the making, and there’s a good chance I won’t survive. But if I’m going down, then Mab’s coming with me . . . no matter what I have to do to make that happen.
Publisher: Audible Frontiers, Simon and Schuster
Series: Elemental Assassin #10
Also by this author: Touch of Frost, Deadly Sting , Kiss of Frost, Dark Frost, Crimson Frost br> br>
Also in this series: Deadly Sting , Heart of Venom, Poison Promise, The Black Widow, Spider's Trap
Read for Review/Listened for Fun (Edelweiss/Audible)
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!
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