Spider's Revenge (Elemental Assassin Series #5)

Spider's Revenge (Elemental Assassin Series #5)

by Jennifer Estep

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439192641
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 09/27/2011
Series: Elemental Assassin Series , #5
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 168,019
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Estep is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. Spider’s Bite, Web of Lies, Venom, Tangled Threads, Spider’s Revenge, By a Thread, Widow’s Web, Deadly Sting, Heart of Venom, The Spider, Poison Promise, Black Widow, Spider’s Trap, Bitter Bite, Unraveled, and Snared, along with the e-shorts Thread of Death, Parlor Tricks, Kiss of Venom, Unwanted, and Nice Guys Bite are the other works in her red-hot Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. Jennifer is also the author of the Black Blade and Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series and the Bigtime paranormal romance series. For more on Jennifer and her books, visit her at JenniferEstep.com and @Jennifer_Estep.

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Spider’s Revenge

  • Old habits die hard for assassins.

    And I planned on murdering someone before the night was through.

    That’s what I did. Me. Gin Blanco. The assassin known as the Spider. I killed people, something that I was very, very good at.

    Tonight I had my sights set on my most dangerous target ever—Mab Monroe, the Fire elemental who’d murdered my family when I was thirteen.

    I’d been plotting the hit for weeks. Where to do it, how to get past security, what weapon to use, how to get away after the fact. Now, on this cold, cold night, I’d finally decided to carry out my deadly plan.

    I’d been on the prowl for hours. Three hours, to be exact. Each one spent out in the bitter February frost, including climbing my way up the side of a fifteen-story mansion one icy foot at a time. Hard bits of snow pelted my body as I tried to keep the shrieking wind from tearing me off the side of the building. It wasn’t the most comfortable that I’d ever been during one of my hits, but it was necessary.

    Too bad Mab knew that I was coming for her.

    Oh, I hadn’t expected it to be easy, but slipping past the massive net of security, first in the snowy woods around Mab’s mansion, and then closer to the house itself, was a bit more problematic than I’d expected. The whole area was teeming with the giants that the Fire elemental employed as her personal bodyguards, not to mention nasty land mines and other traps strung through the trees like invisible spiderwebs. Of course, I could have dropped the giants, killing them one by one as I went along, but that would have resulted in the alarm being raised, and the security net tightening that much more.

    So instead I’d opted for a silent, nonlethal approach—at least for now. It had taken me an hour to work my way through the woods, then another one to get close enough to the mansion to slither up the stairs to a second-floor balcony and then heave myself up onto part of the roof that sloped down there. After that, things had gotten easier, since there were no sensors, alarms, or giants posted on the roofs that covered the various parts of the massive structure. Not many people bothered with such things above the second floor, since most folks weren’t brave or crazy enough to climb any higher, especially on a snowy night like this one.

    I wasn’t particularly brave or crazy, but I was determined to kill Mab.

    A strong gust of wind slapped and then backhanded the mansion, screaming in my ears and hurling more frozen snow off the eaves and onto me. The chunks punched my body before disappearing over the side of the roof and dropping down into the eerie silver dark of the night.

    I grunted at the hard, stinging impacts. As an elemental, I could have used my Stone magic to protect myself, could have tapped into my power and made my skin hard as marble so that the rocklike wads of snow would bounce off my body like bullets off Superman’s chest. But elementals can sense when others of their ilk are using their powers, and I didn’t want to give Mab any hint that I was here.

    At least, not before I’d killed her.

    By this point, I’d worked my way up to the sixth floor, where the mansion’s blueprints had indicated there was a particularly large dining room. According to some chatter that my foster brother, Finnegan Lane, had picked up from his various spies, Mab was hosting a fancy dinner party this evening. Finn hadn’t been able to determine what the party was for or even who had been invited, but that didn’t much matter. Mab was getting dead tonight—I didn’t care who was in the room with her.

    I’d been in position for more than an hour now, outside the dining room window, lying flat on a part of the roof that plateaued before sloping down at a severe angle and dropping away to the ground far below. The blowing snow and murky shadows, combined with the glare of the lights inside, made me all but invisible to anyone looking out through the window.

    But really, the worst part of the night wasn’t the guards, the cold, the snow, or even the icy, treacherous climb—it was having to listen to the stones around me.

    People’s emotions, actions, and feelings sink into their environment over time, especially into the stone around them. As a Stone elemental, I could hear those emotional vibrations in whatever form the element took around me, from loose pebbles underfoot to the brick of a building to a marble sculpture. The sounds, the murmurs, the whispers that reverberated through the stones let me know what had happened in a particular spot, what sorts of people had been there, and all the dark, ugly, twisted things that they’d done in the meantime—or who might be lurking around in the here and now, trying to get the drop on me.

    Fire, heat, pain, death. That’s what the stones of Mab’s mansion murmured of, punctuated by sly, smirking, confident whispers of power and money—both things that the Fire elemental had in abundance. But the most disturbing thing, the sound that made me grind my teeth, was the cackling of maniacal madness that rippled through the gray stones. Wave after wave of it, as though the rock had somehow been tortured until it was just as broken, burned, and dead as Mab’s many victims.

    After a minute of listening to the stones’ insane, wailing cries, I’d blocked out the damned disturbing noise and had gotten on with more important matters, like checking my weapons. As always, I carried five silverstone knives—one up either sleeve, one against the small of my back, and two more tucked into my boots. The knives were my weapons of choice on most jobs because they were sharp, strong, and almost unbreakable. Just like me.

    But Mab was a Fire elemental, which meant that she could create, control, and manipulate fire the same way that I could stone. And Mab wasn’t just any mere Fire elemental—she was rumored to have more raw magic, more raw power, than any elemental born in the last five hundred years. She could easily fry me alive with her magic before I got close enough to even think about plunging my silverstone knives into her burning black heart.

    I’d decided to play it smart and keep a healthy distance between us, just in case things didn’t work out exactly as I’d planned tonight. So I’d brought another weapon along with me—a crossbow. It looked like your typical crossbow—heavy, substantial, deadly—made even more so by the rifle scope that I’d mounted above the trigger and the six-inch-long, barbed bolt already in firing position. Since it was made out of silverstone, a particularly tough magical metal, the bolt would rip through anything it came into contact with—glass, stone, flesh, bones.

    The crossbow currently sat on the window ledge, with the barb pointing inside. I’d been in firing position for more than fifteen minutes, and all I had to do to release the deadly bolt was pull the trigger.

    Good thing, as people were starting to arrive for dinner.

    The black velvet drapes had been drawn to either side of the window, letting me see into the dining room. Closing the drapes was something else most folks didn’t bother with above the second floor. Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy of Mab’s bodyguards not to see to a pesky little detail like that.

    I’d actually been inside Mab’s mansion once before, when I’d been stalking another target a few months ago, and the dining room before me was just as opulent as I remembered the rest of the house being. The room was a hundred feet wide, with a ceiling that soared high above it. Gold and silver leaf glinted in elaborate patterns on the ceiling, while several chandeliers dropped down from it and glistened like jewel-colored dewdrops above a polished ebony table. Four dozen place settings of fine china covered the table, along with matching flatware. Silver buckets filled with ice, champagne, and other expensive liquors were spaced down both sides of the table, so that everyone could have easy access to the booze.

    For the last ten minutes, tuxedo-clad giants moved through the area, bringing in plates, napkins, liquor, and everything else that might be needed. My gaze drifted over to a buffet table that had been set up on the far side of the room. Mab and her guests were dining on lobster tonight, among other delicacies.

    Finally, one of the giants opened the double doors at the end of the room, bowed his head, and held out his arm, ushering the guests inside. Time to get the party started, in more ways than one.

    Most of the guests drifted in one by one, although a few were coupled up in groups of two or more. Men and women. Old, young, fat, thin, black, white, Hispanic, dwarves, giants, vampires. There was more variety to the crowd than I’d expected. Usually, all of Mab’s business associates looked the same—middle-aged men with more money than common sense and all the greedy, twisted appetites to match.

    But these people were different. Oh, they all looked like I’d thought they would—dressed to the nines in tuxedos and evening gowns, with expensive jewels, perfect makeup, and coiffed hair to match. But they didn’t act like I’d thought they would. They didn’t mingle, they didn’t start drinking and eating, and perhaps most telling, they didn’t even bother talking to each other. Instead, all the singles, couples, and tight-knit groups stayed to themselves, leaving several feet of distance in between each of them. Curious. Most curious indeed.

    Through the rifle scope, my eye went from one face to another, trying to get a sense of exactly who Mab had invited to her shindig and why they were acting so strangely. I might not care what their names were or how much money they had, but I did want to know if any of them fancied themselves tough guys who might be a threat to me. Not that I was planning on sticking around after I took out Mab, but it never hurt to be prepared. Fletcher Lane, the old man who had been my mentor, had taught me that, among many other deadly things.

    Despite their tuxedos, gowns, and glittering jewels, every single one of the men and women had a tense, coiled, predatory air about them, and they all gave each other the same flat, hard stare, as if they were all competing for the same prize and would do anything to get it. A few of them actually eyed the silverware, as if they were thinking about picking up the knives, spoons, and forks, and thinning out the crowd a bit before the show got started.

    I frowned. Mab did business with all sorts of unsavory characters, but something about the people inside the dining room bothered me. Maybe because they all reminded me... of me. Gin Blanco. The Spider.

    Before I had time to think that thought through, the double doors opened again, and Mab Monroe stepped into the room.

    The Fire elemental strolled through the tense crowd until she reached the middle of the dining room. Everyone turned to stare at her, and what little conversation there had been stopped, like a radio that had been turned off midsong. Like her guests, Mab had dressed up for the evening, in a long, sea-green gown that complemented her pale skin. Her coppery red hair was piled on top of her head, each artfully arranged strand dripping down the sides of her face like so much blood. But the most striking thing about Mab was her eyes—two bottomless black pools that seemed to suck up all the available light in the room instead of reflecting it back. Even the bright chandeliers overhead appeared to dim as she passed underneath them.

    The severe V in the front of Mab’s gown showed off her creamy décolletage, as well as the necklace she wore. A flat gold circle encased the Fire elemental’s neck, accentuated by a ruby set into the middle of the design. Several dozen wavy golden rays surrounded the gem, and the intricate diamond cutting on the metal caught the light and reflected it back, making it look like the rays were flickering.

    The flamboyant ruby-and-gold design was much more than just a mere necklace—it was a rune. A sunburst. The symbol for fire. Mab’s personal rune, used by her alone. Runes were how elementals and other magic types in Ashland identified themselves, their families, their power, their alliances, and even their businesses to others.

    I had a rune too. A small circle surrounded by eight thin rays. A spider rune. The symbol for patience and my assassin name. Actually, I had two runes—one branded into either palm. The marks had been put there by Mab the night she’d murdered my family. That’s when the Fire elemental had tortured me by duct-taping a silverstone medallion shaped like the spider rune in between my hands and then superheating the metal with her magic until it had melted into my flesh, marking me forever.

    The sight of Mab and her flashing sunburst necklace made the spider rune scars on my palms itch and burn, the way they always did whenever I was around the Fire elemental, but I didn’t move from my position. Didn’t rub my hands together to make the uncomfortable sensation go away. Didn’t let out a tense sigh. Hell, I didn’t even blink.

    Killing Mab was much more important than the memories that filled my mind or the pain that they brought me, even now, seventeen years after the fact. Now was not the time to be sentimental or sloppy. Not when I had a chance to kill the bitch, to finally end our family feud once and for all.

    Inside the dining room, Mab turned in a circle, her black eyes roaming over her guests, sizing them up just like I had.

    “I’m glad to see that you all could make it.”

    The Fire elemental’s voice was low, soft, and silky, with just a hint of a rasp to it. Still, despite her gentle tone, a clear undercurrent of power and authority crackled in Mab’s words.

    Thanks to Finn and his ability to get his hands on absolutely anything, I’d opened the dining room window earlier and fastened a small bug inside underneath the windowsill. The bug’s receiver, which I’d stuck in my ear several minutes ago, let me hear Mab loud and clear.

    “I wasn’t sure exactly how many of you would show up on such short notice,” Mab continued. “But I’m most pleased by the turnout.”

    I frowned. Turnout? What was the Fire elemental up to, and who were these mysterious people that she’d invited to her mansion? I had a funny feeling they weren’t the tame businessmen and businesswomen that I’d expected to find.

    A woman stepped forward, separating herself from the pack. She wore an evening gown like all the others, but the garment was just a bit too big for her thin, wiry body. The fabric was slick and cheap, and the mint green color was faded, as though she’d been wearing the dress for years, pulling it out of the depths of her closet for special occasions just like this one. She had to be seventy if she was a day, and her skin had the dark, nut brown look of someone who’d spent her entire life outdoors, working under the burning sun. Her gray hair had been pulled back into a tight bun, which set off her sharp, angular face, and her eyes were a pale, washed-out blue.

    The woman was one of those who’d come in with someone else. A young girl of about sixteen stood off to her right, dressed in a low-rent pink gown with a poofy ballerina skirt, which made it look like a prom dress. The girl was as light as the woman was dark, with long, molasses-colored hair shot through with honey-blond highlights. Her hazel eyes were wide and innocent in her lean, almost gaunt face, and the girl kept glancing from side to side, obviously awed by all the lavish furnishings.

    “Well, there was really no choice in the matter, Mab.” The woman’s voice was low, pleasant, friendly even, as though she were talking to some stranger on the street and not the most dangerous person in Ashland. “Not with the generous payout that you were offering. I’m surprised that more people didn’t show up to try to collect.”

    The others in the room nodded their agreement. My eyes narrowed. Payout, for what? And how were they going to collect? Was this some kind of business deal? Or something else... something more sinister? Something to do with the Spider perhaps?

    It wasn’t out of the realm of possibility. Not too long ago, Mab had hired an assassin named Elektra LaFleur to come to Ashland, hunt me down, and kill me. Of course, I’d taken care of LaFleur instead. Still, ever since then, I’d been waiting for the Fire elemental to do something, anything, to try to find the Spider again. Mab wasn’t the type of person to give up, especially when I’d been offing her men, thwarting her best-laid plans, and generally thumbing my nose at her for months.

    But everything had been quiet since I’d killed LaFleur in the city’s old train yard. Even Finn and his many spies hadn’t heard a whisper of what Mab might be planning, which worried me more than if I knew that the Fire elemental had dispatched every man at her disposal to track me down.

    Somehow, though, I felt that the quiet was about to end tonight—in a big, big way.

    “And you would be?” Mab asked, staring down her nose at her guest.

    The other woman bowed her head respectfully, although she never took her eyes off the Fire elemental. “Ruth Gentry, at your service.”

    “Ah, yes, Gentry. Well, I appreciate your honesty,” Mab said, returning the thin woman’s pleasant tone. “You have a stellar reputation, as does everyone else in the room. Which, of course, is why I asked you all here tonight.”

    The Fire elemental had peaked my curiosity with her strange words, and I paused, wanting to find out exactly who the mystery people were. Curiosity was often an emotion that got the best of me, but for once, I forced it aside. I was here to do one thing—kill Mab. Everything else could wait.

    “I hope you all had a pleasant journey,” Mab said, looking at her guests. “As you can see, we’ll be dining on the various dishes that my chef has prepared...”

    I tuned out the Fire elemental and lifted my eye away from the rifle scope. Slowly, I reached forward until my fingers closed around a tiny, clear, almost invisible suction cup on the window in front of me. I gently pulled on the cup, and a small circular piece slid out of the window. A glass cutter was among the tools I’d brought with me tonight, tucked away in the zippered pocket on my silverstone vest. Earlier, I’d used it to carve an opening in the window. I wanted a clear shot at Mab and not one that might be distorted by my crossbow bolt punching through the glass.

    I put the glass down beside me on the snowy roof. Then I slid my crossbow forward, until the tip of it, the end with the bolt, just protruded through the hole in the window—aimed right at Mab.

    One of Mab’s giant bodyguards, who was pulling double duty as a waiter tonight, came over to stand beside her, as though he had an important message for her. The Fire elemental ignored him and kept talking to her guests about how they’d discuss business after dinner. Too bad she wasn’t going to even make it to the soup course.

    I waited a few seconds to be sure that the giant wasn’t going to interrupt or step in front of Mab, then scooted forward even more and put my eye next to the rifle scope once more. The Fire elemental wasn’t that far away from me, maybe fifty feet, but the scope gave me a crystal clear view of her face.

    I aimed for her right eye, which looked blacker than ink. I’d only get one shot at her, and I didn’t want to waste it on a chest wound that might not put her down for good. Mab might have more magic than any other elemental in Ashland, but even she wouldn’t be able to survive a crossbow bolt through her eye, especially since the silverstone projectile would keep on going until it blasted out of the back of her skull. Hard to recover when half your brain matter was missing.

    Despite all the people I’d killed over the years, all the blood I’d spilled, all the sudden, violent, brutal deaths I’d caused, my finger trembled just a bit as I set it on the crossbow’s trigger. My heart raced in my chest, picking up speed with every single beat, and a bead of sweat trickled down the side of my face, despite the cold. I drew in a breath, trying to calm my nerves and quiet myself. Trying to go to that cold, dark, hard place that I’d been to so many times before—the shelter that had gotten me through so many terrible times in my life.

    Because this was the hit that truly, finally mattered. For my murdered family, for my baby sister, Bria, for me. It wouldn’t make things right, it wouldn’t erase all the horrible things I’d suffered through or the equally bad ones I’d done myself, but killing Mab would keep the people I loved safe. And I hoped it would bring me some kind of peace too.

    I hadn’t been able to stop Mab years ago, when she’d murdered my mother and older sister, but I could kill her now. Everything I’d ever done—living on the streets, becoming an assassin, honing my deadly skills—had been leading up to this one moment, this final confrontation.

    I let out my breath and pulled the trigger.

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    Spider's Revenge 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 167 reviews.
    theReader278 More than 1 year ago
    I loved reading this book. it has a story that will keep you entertained for hours.
    harstan More than 1 year ago
    When stone-ice elemental Gin Blanco was a teen, Mab Monroe the fire elemental murdered her mother and her sister. Gin dedicated her life seeking vengeance. Diligently training for the moment, the cold blooded assassin called Spider has been changed by those who cherish her especially her lover Owen Grayson. Thus when the opportunity arises for the final kill, she misses the shot with her crossbow. Mab knows the true identity of Spider and why she targets her. She places an exorbitant amount of money for the head of Spider and Bria the babysitter. Prepared for a lone wolf mano a mano with Mab and her cohorts including a zillion or so bounty hunters, Gin is stunned when those who love her stand at her side. Readers, who have anxiously waited for the High Noon showdown in the Elemental Assassins urban fantasy saga (see Spider's Bite, Web of Lies, Venom, Tangled Threads, and Spider's Revenge), will not be disappointed with Spider's Revenge. The heroine has come a long way in preparing to execute her vendetta, but the thing she could not prevent is the love and caring for others that ironically soften her to where her edge may be to dull. Action-packed with a strong cast, Jennifer Estep provides a strong tale in which the story line surpasses fans anticipation. Harriet Klausner
    kopsahl More than 1 year ago
    Here it is.the final showdown with Mab Monroe. Gin has been waiting for this moment since she was thirteen and her family was slaughtered by Mab. Us readers have been waiting anxiously for this moment too! She has trained relentlessly and owes it to everyone she loves to end Mab's life. But, one thing is different. Gin is not the same hard core assassin. She has softened and it is affecting her job. She misses her target. That's right, Gin misses killing Mab with her crossbow and now Mab knows who she is and who her loved ones are. Gin and Owen work together to get everyone to safety but they know that they don't have long. Mab has put a bounty on Gin and Bria's head and every bounty hunter and assassin has gathered to claim them. One pair of assassins, Gentry and Sydney, reminds Gin of herself and Fletcher. When she is cornered by them Gin gets the upper hand but decides to let them go hoping that she doesn't regret it. When Gentry kidnaps Bria, Gin regrets her decision but hopes deep down that Bria won't be harmed before Gin can get to her. Own and Gin's relationship is truly tested in Spider's Revenge. Gin comes to terms with the fact that someone can actually love her even with her alternate career and lifestyle. She also learns that what she does affects everyone that she knows and there are consequences for some of her actions. Bria is also coming to terms with what her older sister has is but the family bond is strong and she accepts it. Finn seems to be slowing down on the skirt chasing because he has an eye for Bria but Bria will have nothing to do with him. I will stop there with everything because I don't want to give away many details of the book. It is non-stop action as always. Right away in the beginning we are thrown into Gin's attempt on Mab and everything rolls from there. All Estep's characters have evolved and I am curious to see what direction the next installment will take. I really enjoyed getting to know Sophia more. Here story is finally recounted and you just break inside for her! And of course it wouldn't be an Elemental Assassin book if you didn't add in a brownie recipe that made my mouth water. If you haven't read this series yet, you should.
    niicckkii More than 1 year ago
    As in every book in this series there is a great plot and great characters that keep you in the story. I always can't wait for the next one.
    ereadwithme More than 1 year ago
    3stars – Ding Dong Ding Dong the witch is dead. I’m glad that Gin finally got her revenge on Mab and that we get to learn more about some of the secondary characters but I think I may be done with the series. Was it not for the repetition I may have it rated higher because underneath the repetition was a decent story bringing closure to that particular storyline
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Awsome pure awsome
    bluedog More than 1 year ago
    Go Spider!! A regular "High Noon" story. It was great that at least one villan got their come uppance and Spider had closure for her kin. Of course there must be more adventures coming and I will be looking forward to reading more!
    Iftcan More than 1 year ago
    This 4th book in the Elemental assassins series finally has Gin going up against Mab and her army of henchmen--and bounty hunters--since Mab has gotten frustrated and called in outside help to take down the Spider, Gin's nom-d'morte. It also shows more interaction between Gin and her baby sister, now that they have re-united. The rest of Gin's usual "gang" are there too, and there are re-appearances of those that Gin's helped in the past, all joining in to help protect her. Really good read, and I did enjoy having the final confrontation with Mab.
    claydragon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    I am a HUGE fan of the Elemental series by Jennifer Estep, so when I was given the opportunity to read an e-arc and do a review for it I jumped at the chance.In the last book Tangled Threads we find that Gin is closer than ever to doing away with Mab Monroe than ever before. This book smoothly picks up on that premise and expands on it.Gin Blanco, the assassin who thought her only family was her sister, discovers she has a much larger family than she thought, maybe not of blood, but of love, and between them some of Ashland had better be careful.The opening starts off with a bang and the action never let up. It definetly held my attention .. with a start like these ... Old habits die hard for assassins.And I planned on murdering someone before the night was through.....how could it not hold my attention. It's hard not to give any spoilers, but I will say that Ms Estep has put so much emotion into this story that at times I laughed and cried, and those closing chapters ...well let me say this....I cried like a baby so it took me a little longer than usual to read them.The story kept me reading til the wee hours of the morning, I HAD to finish it once I started. And for me that's the sign of a great book.
    RtB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Reviewed by Jenebook provided by Jennifer EstepI've been in love with this series since book one. I've enjoyed watching Gin grow and her battle with Mab escalate. While there were a few stumbles along the way, Ms Estep is back on track and with this latest installment, she has a winner . In Spider's Revenge, Gin is finally ready to exact her revenge on Mab, who killed most of her family years before. She's honed her assassin skills and with the support of her friends and family, it's now time. Over the course of the series, Gin has slowly eliminated Mab's goons and has crept closer to her ultimate goal. And Mab knows she's coming. Oh the suspense! There are flashbacks galore and all our favorite characters are back. Gin is getting closer to her long-lost sister and her romance with Owen is really heating up. There's a lot of action and a variety of bad guys to keep the reader on edge. But this series isn't done. I'm really curious to see where this series is going to go... and I can't wait for By a Thread (Feb 2012) to answer all my unanswered questions.
    krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    This is the fifth book in the Elemental Assassins series by Estep. The 6th book will be titled, By a Thread, and is scheduled for a Feb 2012 release. The 7th book will be titled, Widow's Web, and is scheduled for a August 2012 release. This book was a good read but I didn't like it quite as much as the previous couple books. There was a bit too much recapping of the previous books and that got tedious as times.The showdown between Mab and Gin has been a long time coming. When Gin takes a go at Mab by herself and botches it she's in big trouble. Now whole team (Finn, Owen, Bria, the dwarve sisters and others) will have to give Gin a hand in taking out the biggest meanie the city has ever known, Mab herself. When Mab calls in a bunch of hit men to take out Bria and Gin things get even crazier.There is an absolutely terrific urban fantasy series. It is fast paced, has some great humor, some excellent action scenes, and some wonderful characters. The system of Elemental magic is interesting and fun to read about.Gin is a wonderful character; she is snarky, tough, and loyal. Owen is a great compliment to her; he is caring, steadfast, and tough in his own right. The witty dialogue between the two is lots of fun to read about.Finn and Bria also get a lot of development as characters in this story. We get to see a sensitive side of Finn that we've never seen before. We get to learn a lot more about Bria and it was awesome to see her and Gin working together.This book finally wraps up the whole Mab versus Gin storyline. The final standoff between the two is just as wonderful and fabulous as I hoped it would be. The story wraps up wonderfully, leaving me wondering what will happen next for Gin.The only thing that really bothered me was the constant recapping of the previous books. I understand that Estep wants to put enough info from previous books in here that it can stand on its own. What I don't understand is why? Information from the previous books is presented over and over again, to the point where it got very tedious to read parts of this book. I know all of the books in this series have had a bit of this and I like a bit to jog my memory. In this book though there was so much recapping of the previous books that it was actually distracting and it messed up the pace of the stoyr.Overall a must read for fans of the series. If you love urban fantasy you have got to read this series. We finally get to see the outcome of the whole Mab versus Gin storyline and it was as wonderful as I had hoped. The characters are excellent, the magic system unique, and the action captivating. The only thing that really took away from the series was the constant inserting of info from previous books. The level of this recapping was excessive and made the story drag at points. Still, if you love urban fantasy you have got to check out this series...it is a fantastic one!
    LadiSteele More than 1 year ago
    Love this entire series, have read everything she's written!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I really like the story line and most of the characters but each novel has so much explanation of Gin's past life, who she met and what has happened that it becomes redundant. Its almost like filler to make the stories long enough. If the reader doesnt tough it out and get through the repetition then the novel goes unread. I adapted a 'skipping skill' when Gin had her flashbacks but it was frustrating. Its too bad that J Estep handles her writing this way.
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    LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
    Gin Blanco, aka The Spider, returns in book five of the Elemental Assassin series, Spider's Revenge. The main purpose of this book is going after the fire elemental, Mab Monroe. In the previous book, she was toying with Mab. I knew she would have to deal with her once and for all and it was going to be a big battle. I wasn't let down, the face off was years in the making. Mab was the one who murdered Gin's mother and sister when she was just a child. She also tortured Gin, and left her mark on her by burning a spider medallion into her hands. Gin has a lot to lose if she doesn't manage to kill Mab. Since the beginning of the series, she has slowly been putting down roots and caring for people. Finally reconnecting with her long lost sister, Bria she can't afford to lose her now. Add in that Gin and Owen are moving to the next level, they're being honest and accepting each other for who they are. She can't afford to make any mistakes. I really enjoyed Spider's Revenge. It was a pretty intense read, that had me wondering if Gin would be able to pull it off without getting herself killed in the process. I highly recommend the Elemental Assassin series, and I will be listening to the next audiobook in the very near future. If you're not a fan of audiobooks, I'd recommend trying out this series. I was never fond of audiobooks until I ran across this one.
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    shortcircuit More than 1 year ago
    as good as the other books in series
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    I must say that I was very disappointed in this book. I can't quite put my finger on it but something about this story just rubbed me the wrong way. Maybe it was the story, or lack there of. The fact that with the exception of the last couple of chapters the story was exactly the same as the other four stories before it. Maybe it was the style of writing itself which wasn't exactly how I prefer to have my writers write. Maybe it was the fact that the author seems to go out of her way to be crude just to prove that she can. And maybe it is the fact that if I have to read one more character who thinks that they are in love but also try to tell the world that they are so messed up that they can't admit it, and they certain don't act like it I think I'm gonna have to punch someone in the face. Whatever the case I hope the next one in the series is better otherwise I might finally have to give up on this author.
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    Geek_Girl More than 1 year ago
    This series started off great, but has become very predictable and repetitive. Estep uses the exact same phrases and descriptions she's used in each of the previous four books. Feels kind of cut-and-paste at this point.
    PurplemoonSM More than 1 year ago
    I enjoy the series waiting for more