Review – Black Widow (Elemental Assassin #12) by Jennifer Estep

black widowFirst things first – a question for the author.  Did you write 12 books in this series in about 4 years?  That’s 3 books a year or one every 4 months.  This is in addition to the Mythos Academy series you write plus anything else you have to do in real life.  That is amazing!

Having said that, please forgive me for what I’m about to say.

Gin Blanco and friends are back.  Plot wise it’s the same old, same old.  They are being threatened by a big bad elemental and they have to fight back.  Gin tries to take on everyone by herself.  Well, to be fair she did enlist a little help this time but she puts all the responsibility squarely on her own shoulders.

The Elemental Assassin series has been an uneven experience for me.  The last book was a fun read that I thought was one of the better entries.  Unfortunately this one took several steps back.  Recycled storyline?  Check.  Repetitive writing? Check.  Obsession with eye color (yes, I get it, Owen has violet eyes)?  Check.  And so on.  And so on.  And so on.

Is the book bad?  Not by any stretch of the imagination.  If you are new to the series you probably will love it.  The issues only come in when you have read so many.

As a reader and fan, I would love to see the author and Gin take a new direction.  Maybe even get the heck out of Ashland.  I’m just not sure there is really much more for her to do there.  (Yes, I know the ending opened a few doors but I’m not sure about where they lead.)

3/5 stars for a pretty good book that could’ve been better.

Thank to the publisher for providing an e-copy through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


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