Thanks again to Doug Meeks, who sent over his review for the Jennifer Estep Elemental Assassin prequel novella, The Spider. It will be released on December 24th.
Well I got my ARC of The Spider today and I am hoping to be amazed and enthralled but as a prequel it will have to be awesome to keep those 5 Stars.
Well I wrote that back in Oct 2013 and was not to excited about a prequel in one of my favorite series. It is mid December and I read it all day yesterday because I could hardly put it down, looks like I get to eat some comments I have made about how I hated prequels. It did indeed earn those 5 Stars.
This story starts and ends in the present with Gin and Owen sitting at the counter and a box of roses arrives and triggers an old memory and a story from when she was still a young assassin.
Gin has to do a “job” and things start to fall apart, it is a riveting story of love, betrayal, loyalty and painful lessons learned.
This is one of my favorite series because I am a self-confessed “revenge junkie” and nobody does revenge better than Gin. The thought that this series may be ending make me sad, I hope it does not.
The story here is very detailed and give us a look into the mind of a much younger Gin and a much more emotionally strong Gin. If I had any problems with this addicting story it was that it was written in a manner that “you can see it ending badly” manner. The thing is you have no idea how badly it would end but it has a great heart warming ending that all fans will enjoy. Gin does go into revenge mode and I of course loved that but those painful lessons I spoke of will make her stronger but you can’t help but feel sympathy for her.
This is a book that can be read as a stand alone for a new reader but I would suggest you read them in order since you get a much deeper appreciation for Gin and what she has been through and what she will become. I read late into the night to finish this novel because I could not put it down once I got to the horrible betrayal and knew the much needed revenge would be forthcoming. I love this series and this is one of the best installments which means I won’t be complaining about prequels for a long time. Highly recommended.