- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
- Format: Paperback | 381 pages
- Dimensions: 104mm x 170mm x 30mm | 181g
- Publication date: 1 January 2014
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1451689012
- ISBN 13: 9781451689013
- Sales rank: 37,367
How did I end up in a career where I always have blood on my hands? Well, let me tell you a story about an assassin who thought she could do no wrong. . . . Ten years ago. A blistering hot August night. I remember like it was yesterday. The night I, Gin Blanco, truly became the Spider. Killing people is what I do best, especially now that I've honed my Ice and Stone magic. But back then, I had yet to learn one very important rule: arrogance will get you, every single time. This particular job seemed simple: murder a crooked building contractor with ties to ruthless Fire elemental Mab Monroe. My mentor, Fletcher Lane, had some misgivings, but I was certain that I had the situation under control . . . right up until I exposed my weaknesses to a merciless opponent who exploited every single one of them. There's a reason assassins aren't supposed to feel anything. Luckily, a knife to the heart can fix that problem, especially when I'm the one wielding it. . . .
By Kelsey Opsahl 05 Jan 2014
FINALLY! The story that we have all been waiting for, Ginâ??s! I have been wondering how and why Gin became the way she was. Now the reader sees the young, naÃ¯ve Gin during her training with the Fletcher Lane, aka The Tin Man. Another great part about this installment is the reader gets to enjoy having Fletcher there all the time instead of the brief flashbacks that normally is interjected into each book.
The Spider takes place 10 years before Spiderâ??s Bite and is Ginâ??s first solo mission. I donâ??t want to give any spoilers but Gin learns the hard way that mixing business with pleasure will only lead to complications. Fletcher lets her learn on her own even though it might mean she will end up hurt or worse, dead. An interesting aspect in this book is how Gin comes across several secondary characters, including a few characters that become more prominent as the series goes on, not knowing that their paths will cross again.
I really want to go back and re-read this series now that I am armed with all this information. It helped me understand a lot of frustrating traits about Gin. This is a must read for all Elemental Assassin fans and for those that are new to this series, this would be the perfect starting point.
(Book provided by publisher for an honest review)
"Estep has truly hit the jackpot with this outstanding series!" --"Romantic Times"