Once an assassin, always an assassin. So much for being plain old Gin Blanco. With every lowlife in Ashland gunning for me, I don’t need another problem, but a new one has come to town.
Salina might seem like a sweet Southern belle, but she’s really a dangerous enemy whose water elemental magic can go head-to-head with my own Ice and Stone power. Salina also has an intimate history with my lover, Owen Grayson, and now that she’s back in town, she thinks he’s hers for the taking.
Salina’s playing a mysterious game that involves a shady local casino owner with a surprising connection to Owen. But they call me the Spider for a reason. I’m going to untangle her deadly scheme, even if it leaves my love affair hanging by a thread.
This review is spoiler-free but assumes familiarity with the series in general.
I love Gin Blanco. This is not a surprise to anyone who knows me, yet I still feel compelled to begin this review declaring my love for my favorite Urban Fantasy assassin. Widow’s Web is the 7th book in Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin and quite easily the most difficult to make it through. Wait, it’s not what you think. I was made aware that the author had given readers a heads up that there would be some strife in this one, but I apparently missed the memo. She wasn’t kidding! I am here to tell you, this book is gonna be a challenge to make it through not because it’s bad, but because of the emotional turmoil and loss Gin experiences. Hold on to your hearts, people!
This was basically my reaction while reading Widow’s Web: <reads a few chapters> ugh. <reads a few chapters> uuuuugh. <reads few more chapters> UUUUGH!!!
It was very intense and frustrating to witness the new villain, Salina Dubois, come to town. She is not only causing the town violence and pain, but because of who she is and her past with Owen, well, let’s just say: she f*ing sucks. By the 2nd chapter I knew she needed to die. I wasn’t entirely sure where the story was going, and I wasn’t entirely sure I was happy with it. I am just so tired of Gin getting d*cked over by people she loves. I won’t say anything more than that, but I had a very hard time experiencing this journey with her.
Needless to say, I hated the villain, Satira. Haaaated. Jennifer Estep did a fabulous job at giving her a backstory you could just allllmost want to empathize with, making me feel just on the verge of feeling story for her, then NOPE, not quite. Thank you, Jennifer Estep, for letting me off the hook on that one, because omg Salina was just that much of a b!tch. How does this relate to Owen? Well, he has some major demons in his closet that he needs to exorcize, and this is his book to lay the foundation for that.
The full secondary cast could not be more awesome. I loved Eva, Owen’s sister, getting a more front and center role. The same goes for Phillip Kincaid, the casino owner. Gin is going to need all of her entourage if she is going to come out of this alive, such as Sophia and Bria. As always, Finnegan offered very much needed comedic relief. Additionally, the new folklore that is introduced is phenomenal, and thoroughly engaging.
In the end, I thoroughly and completely enjoyed the story that was told in Widow’s Web, and I clung to the pages with a bated breathe. I was very sad with how the book ended, and I might have even shed a tear or two. I’m sensitive, okay? Jennifer Estep asks us as the readers to trust her with where this series is going, and I do. But dang if this one didn’t hurt! I am equal parts anxious and nervous for the next book in the series, Deadly Sting. Gin Blanco fans, this book is not to be missed. You can do it. I’m here for you.
Reading order (and WLP reviews) of the Elemental Assassin series: