Review – Spider’s Trap (Elemental Assassin #13) by Jennifer Estep

23492543Predictable?  Yes.  Still loads of fun?  Yes!

This is the 13th installment of the Elemental Assassin series and when I really think about it, not much has changed.  Gin still runs her restaurant, kills anyone that needs killing and blames herself for all the bad things that happen around her.  The only real difference in this installment is that Gin is now the head of the underworld since she killed mom and daughter Monroe.  When an old enemy presents himself, she has to use all her talent to fight this strong elemental.

There is something about this series that keeps it interesting even though it is so dang formulaic.  Gin is a great lead character and she is surrounded by a cast of friends and family that mix things up a little.  In Spider’s Trap, I felt that Estep kept some of her writing tics to a minimum.  There was less mention (*coughs* obsession!) with eye color and the thrice-word-repeating was only evident in the last 25% or so.

If I had a complaint, it would be that Gin is still so willing to take on guilt and blame for things that aren’t her fault or her responsibility.  I’d like to see her grow up and be a strong Urban Fantasy female lead who accepts that bad things happen and she didn’t cause them.  It starts to read as narcissistic or that the world revolves around her.  It doesn’t.  She just has a lot of crazy people in her life.

One big reveal (a doozy) that I didn’t see coming.  I’m expecting this series to go on for some time so I can’t wait to see how that plays out.

4/5 stars and recommended.  Relax and enjoy the ride.

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


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