- Publisher: POCKET BOOKS
- Format: Paperback | 400 pages
- Dimensions: 104mm x 170mm x 30mm | 204g
- Publication date: 7 October 2011
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1439192642
- ISBN 13: 9781439192641
- Edition statement: Original
- Sales rank: 20,980
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.
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By Claire Smith 03 Oct 2011
"My name is Gin, and I kill people." Gin Blanco is an assassin called the Spider and Spider's Revenge is the fifth book in the Elemental Assassin series. This is a world where some people have magic that controls and manipulates the elements like Fire, Stone, Ice and Air. If you have not read any of these books before then that is very sloppy, sloppy, sloppy of you because they are brilliant. I would strongly advise that you do read them, and read them in order. They are Spiders Bite, Web Of Lies, Venom, Tangled Threads and Spider's revenge. There will be spoilers ahead of the previous four books so here is your chance to look away now.
Genevieve Snow was a thirteen year old girl the day that the Fire Elemental Mab Monroe broke into her home and burnt and murdered her mother and older sister in front of her. Mab then tortured Genevieve in order to get her hands her baby sister Bria. But Genevieve had hidden her sister under the stairs and didn't give up the location, not even when Mab taped Genevieve's hands together and melted her spider rune, the rune for patience, between her palms and into her skin. In all her fury little Genevieve called on her Stone Elemental power and collapsed her house about her including the stairs where her baby sister Bria was hiding. It is now seventeen years later and Genevieve Snow is no more she is now Gin Blanco. She was taken off the streets all those years ago by Fletcher Lane and trained to become an assassin not just any old assassin but the best assassin in the world, the Spider.
Gin is now retired, apart from the pro bono hits she does occasionally, she runs a BBQ restaurant called the Pork Pit and has a lover Owen Greyson. Fletcher has been murdered, her baby sister Bria is a cop and is back in her life not dead as Gin had thought for seventeen years and Gin is fully intent on getting Mab to become dead. She has been patient, like a spider, and waited years for this moment, but with bounty hunters in town and prices on both her and her sister's head the time has come to kill Mab. That is going to be a very difficult job though as Mab is the strongest Fire Elemental in 500 years and Gin doesn't think she can match Mab with her Stone and Ice Elemental magic. But Gin has to do this or die trying because she wants to protect those around her that she loves, Owen Greyson and his sister Eva, her foster brother Finnegan Lane, the dwarf sisters Jo-Jo and Sophia Deveraux, the vampire Rosalyn and her lover the giant Xavier. So Gin plots to finally take down her nemesis Mab to finally take her Spider's Revenge.
I love this series and this book did not disappoint. We have waited four books for the showdown between Gin and Mab and it was spectacular. We also find out a secret about the goth dwarf Sophia in this book and how she got her broken raspy voice. Although all of the regular characters are there this book tends to focus solely on Gin, it explores her feelings and thoughts and I felt a real connection with her. We also see how she changes from Gin into the cold hearted Spider. I love all of the characters in this series there isn't one where I wish I could change them they are written perfectly. There is a lot of action in the book as one would expect as it is about an assassin, and whilst Gin has a lover Owen there isn't any romance and no big sex scenes. So if you like romance and sex maybe this book isn't for you. The big ending could have been the end of the series, and I was wondering what now for Gin? But we find out in the last few pages what Gin will be up to in the next book By A Thread and I cannot wait. I truly love Gin Blanco and this series and if you like kick ass heroines who are good with Silverstone knives I would not hesitate in recommending it. I would like to award Ms Estep and Ms Blanco 5 stars.
Originally posted at www.clairesbookcorner.blogspot.com
By Kelsey Opsahl 20 Sep 2011
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.
"Gin Blanco is one of the most intriguing heroines on the scene. . . . If you have not gotten on the bandwagon yet, do so today!" --"RT Book Reviews"