Thursday, March 6, 2014

Review: Widow's Web (Elemental Assassin #7) by Jennifer Estep

Widow's Web by Jennifer Estep is #7 in the Elemental Assassin series. It was published August 21, 2012 by Pocket Books. I read the ebook edition on BookShout.

Gin Blanco, aka the Spider, is an elemental with Ice and Stone powers. These helped her in the past when she acted as an assassin. These days her powers help to keep her alive as it seems every criminal who wants to move up the ladder has come after her since she killed Mab.

As if that wasn't enough, Salina comes to town. On the surface, she's a sweet southern belle. But underneath, she is as dangerous as uncharted waters. Salina is a Water elemental and Owen's (Gin's boyfriend's) former fiancee. It seems Salina has come back with 2 things on her mind: revenge on those who wronged her when she was last in town and Owen. What did they do to her? How many people will Salina have to kill before she is satisfied? Will Owen chose Salina over Gin? Gin is determined to find out just what this widow is doing and save Owen and her friends even at the cost of her relationship with Owen.

This novel could be classified as paranormal or urban fantasy. I lean a little bit more towards the urban fantasy myself. After all the world is mostly normal but with fantastical people inhabiting it along with humans.

As for the characters, some are more developed than others. That's normal. Characters that don't have a big role, don't have a lot of development. Major characters however are developed beautifully, especially the character of Gin Blanco. The novel is told from her point of view. So we get quite a bit into her head. This makes for a very sympathetic heroine. There are other characters that are significantly developed such as, but not limited to, Owen (her boyfriend), Eva (Owen's little sister), and Phillip (childhood friend of Eva and Owen).

The pacing of the book is good. It makes you want to read more. I read the book in 2 days, which is kind of rare for me lately. And I still want more of Gin. So I will probably look into other books in the series.

I think you will like this book if you like urban fantasy. Particularly if you also like books by Patricia Briggs and Kim Harrison.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed it. I look forward to reading more about the characters in other books in the series.