Review – The Spider by Jennifer Estep

the spiderThe Spider is the 10th book in the Elemental Assassin series.  Those of you that know me in the real world know that I am a bit OCD and must read a book series in order.  But, I saw The Spider on Netgalley and couldn’t resist the “Request Now” button even though I’d only read books one and two so far.  Since the story is primarily a flashback to an earlier time (before even book one), I thought it wouldn’t be a big deal and, honestly, I was right.  There are some minor spoilers for books 3-9 but they were all things that I pretty much expected anyway.

We learn about Gin’s training with Fletcher and an early job of the Spider.

Guys, I’ve said it before and I will say it again – I REALLY want to love this series.  Ms. Estep is a good storyteller and I like Gin as the MC.  But, Lord help me, we are still seeing the same issues with book ten that I saw in book one.  There are times when Gin is almost TSTL (too stupid to live for those of you who, like me, are getting too old for this slang.)  She’s a stone and ice elemental.  She’s smart (yes, you can be smart and still stupid).  She’s strong.  How the heck does she end up in these situations where she is almost killed because of her own stupidity?

The writing tics are all still here:

  • Repeating words for emphasis – up, up and up.  creak-creak-creaking.  melting, melting, melting.  drowning, drowning, drowning.  racing, racing, racing.  down, down, down.
  • Location of her knives.  Seriously!  Seriously?  Seriously.  Over, over and over.  (See what I did there?  Ha.)
  • First and last names used when not necessary.
  • Obsession with eye color.

Has anyone else read this series?  I’d love to hear your thoughts on whether I am being way too tough or if this is a real issue.  Should I continue with books 3-9 and just get over it?

3/5 stars for a good story with some writing that drove me a little nuts.  Thank you to the publisher for providing an E-ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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