Guest Review – The Spider

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.

the spiderWhat Doug said…

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.
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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.

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4 thoughts on “Guest Review – The Spider

  1. Charry says:

    I just finished this one. I thought it had some amazing action. As usual Jennifer Estep knows how to produce really great dialogue that makes you laugh or cheer. However, there was something missing in this for me. Possibly it had to do with the massive amount of foreshadowing. I found myself doing that thing where you yell at the girl on the movie screen, “no don’t go in there!’ That being said I enjoyed it over all and I’m pretty invested in the series and will be on the lookout for the next one.

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