Review: Spider’s Trap by Jennifer Estep

Spiders_trap“Keep your friends close but your enemies within stabbing distance.” Gin Blanco is facing one of her most difficult foes. What if your main weapon is silverstone knives and your enemy is a metal elemental?

Gin is now the default leader of the Ashland underworld. It’s not stopping the attacks on her by various people. So, it’s not too surprising when someone tries to blow Gin up while she is mediating a meeting between 3 of the heads of the underworld. What is surprising is that somehow this attack and the rune the attacker leaves behind are familiar. Will Gin be able to figure out why in time to save herself, friends, and family?

Gin and her friends and family are their usual selves in the book. She really does seem to enjoy cooking for people, but is uncomfortable in her role as the head of Ashland’s underworld. It’s causing her problems with patience when dealing with the criminal element. Silvio as always urges restraint. There is one female head of a criminal enterprise though that is not bothering her as much as the others. Why is that? And why is Gin making milkshakes for people she would normally not make them for? Just what is it that her memory is trying to bring up?

The plot was action packed with several attempts on people’s lives as the book progresses. I don’t think that’s really a spoiler since this is a book about an assassin. I like most of the characters, but especially Silvio who acts as her assistant and occasional conscience prompting her to do things.

It’s a good addition to the Elemental Assassin series as number 13. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars. It’s interesting and enjoyable to watch Gin settling into her new role in the underworld and fighting a blast from her past.



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