THE SPIDER (ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN) BY JENNIFER ESTEP BOOK REVIEW

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         Publication Date:         December 24, 2013
How did I end up in a career where I always have blood on my hands? Well, let me tell you a story about an assassin who thought she could do no wrong. . . .
Ten years ago. A blistering hot August night. I remember like it was yesterday. The night I, Gin Blanco, truly became the Spider. Killing people is what I do best, especially now that I’ve honed my Ice and Stone magic. But back then, I had yet to learn one very important rule: arrogance will get you, every single time.
This particular job seemed simple: murder a crooked building contractor with ties to ruthless Fire elemental Mab Monroe. My mentor, Fletcher Lane, had some misgivings, but I was certain that I had the situation under control . . . right up until I exposed my weaknesses to a merciless opponent who exploited every single one of them. There’s a reason assassins aren’t supposed to feel anything. Luckily, a knife to the heart can fix that problem, especially when I’m the one wielding it. . . .
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The story starts out and ends in present day Ashland. She tells Owen about her first solo assassination when she receives roses delivered to her at the Pork Pit. This is a look at Gin when she first started out as The Spider,  and how her impatience at first to get the job done, to end the suffering of a girl from being beaten anymore makes her careless and not gathering all the facts first and not listening to her gut feeling about not feeling right. If Gin would have listened to Fletcher and not been impatient to get the job done, so Charlotte would not have to endure anymore beatings by her father, Gin would have been able to listen to the stones and seen what was going on around her.
Also if she was not bound and determined to go against Fletcher’s wishes in seeing Sebastian and being in that first blush of young love, and rebelling against a “parents” wishes. she would have seen what was really going on around her. Instead she ended up killing the wrong man and almost getting Fletcher and Fin killed along with herself. Now she has to live with the regret of killing Charlotte’s dad and her growing up with out him. I think that is why she always watched out for her. It was a small way for her to try to make things up to her for killing her family.
Gin learned a hard lesson then, that you cannot trust anyone, not even family.  Love is no guarantee of happily ever after. It could be a lifetime of  heartache and disappointments. Life and family is what you make the to be. I really enjoyed this book and the glimpse into Gin’s past. It helped to see how the choices she made changed her and made her into the person and assassin she is today. That is why she is feared by everyone, any why she is fearless. I give this book 5/ 5 stars for the well-developed characters and story line. If you have not read a Jennifer Estep novel, do so. You will not be disappointed.
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