Book #2 of the Elemental Assassin Series
by Jennifer Estep
Published: Pocket Books – May 2010
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 400 (paperback)
Rating: ★★★★½(4.5 stars)
Curiosity is definitely going to get me dead one of these days. Probably real soon.
I’m Gin Blanco. You might know me as the Spider, the most feared assassin in the South. I’m retired now, but trouble still has a way of finding me. Like the other day when two punks tried to rob my popular barbecue joint, the Pork Pit. Then there was the barrage of gunfire on the restaurant. Only, for once, those kill shots weren’t aimed at me. They were meant for Violet Fox. Ever since I agreed to help Violet and her grandfather protect their property from an evil coalmining tycoon, I’m beginning to wonder if I’m really retired. So is Detective Donovan Caine. The only honest cop in Ashland is having a real hard time reconciling his attraction to me with his Boy Scout mentality. And I can barely keep my hands off his sexy body. What can I say? I’m a Stone elemental with a little Ice magic thrown in, but my heart isn’t made of solid rock. Luckily, Gin Blanco always gets her man . . . dead or alive.
Estep starts another novel with a bang. I really have to give it up to Estep for catching the readers interest from the get-go so effectively. I actually carefully time when I first open up an Estep book because I know I’ll be so entranced that I won’t be able to put the book down for couple hours. Web of Lies starts out with a half-assed robbery of Gin’s restaurant Pork Pit. Gin actually finds the whole situation amusing until one of the men turn out to be a Fire elemental with a taste for violence. That’s when Gin gets to play with her knives, using the robber’s face as a canvas. Yup, good times. But her life gets further complicated as a friend of her old mentor asks for protection when an unscrupulous dwarf threatens him for the rights to his land.
This book really helps us get to know Gin a little better. There are numerous flashbacks that give us important insights on Gin’s early life with her mentor Fletcher and his son Finn. Gin and the upstanding cop Donovan’s relationship gets even more complicated as his morals get in the way once again. But I am very hopeful of the new guy, Owen. Gin isn’t sure of his true intentions, but he has potential for sure. At this point I don’t even care what Owen has up his sleeve. After Donovan’s treatment of Gin, Owen could be a serial killer and I would still want Gin to go after him. He’s like a breath of fresh air and totally doable. Yup, I mean exactly what you think I mean when I say doable. I blame it on Gin, she is a bad influence on me.
I am totally obsessed with all the characters in this series. Gin is smart, funny, and knows how to kick butt. Oh, and she is like a super ninja when it comes to knives, total plus in my book. But she is also loyal and a deep down good girl, even if she doesn’t want to admit it. Finn is Gin’s new handler. He can get any and all information he wants through his abundance of connections, and he’s probably slept with half of them. Why only half? Well I have too assume about half are male. I dislike how Donovan treats Gin, but I do find his character interesting. He truly knows how to stick to his guns, even if what he fights for isn’t as simple as black and white. Nope, no gray for our good boy Donovan.
The best part of the book was the fighting scenes. Gin really gets herself in some tight predicaments and how she handles herself just makes me giddy. Blood, screaming, slicing, oh my. But the ending it really where Estep outdid herself. It was simply aww-inspiring.
The action was fast-paced, the character development was superb, and the build-up for each fighting scene was exciting and stressful at the same time.
Okay, the recap was too much for me. I know the author wants to catch her readers up or wants to help new readers understand the events of the last book, but dear God, enough is enough. I had to skip these parts as Gin rehashed pretty much anything and everything that has happened in her life.
The plot was pretty simple. Of course there was enough action and adventure to make up for that.
We get the same repetitiveness as the other book. Same sayings said over and over again.
One hot sex scene to spice things up.
There is some things about Estep’s writing that bother me, but I truly love her books overall. This book may have been simple in plot but I was glued to this book every chapter. The best fighting, the best dialogue, and the best action I have seen in years. You can’t miss this series or this book. So go buy it now…no, I mean right now. I’ll wait while you do as I say. Hey, I’m important (in my head) so get to it. Sorry, it’s that dang Gin influence again.