Once again I’m amazed at the impressive Elemental Assassin series. One would think after thirteen books and several wrapped up story arcs that it would show signs of slowing down or becoming monotonous, but it hasn’t. If anything it keeps getting stronger and more exciting.
Gin Blanco, better known as The Spider, has risen to the top of the criminal hierarchy in Ashland, but that doesn’t mean her life has gotten any easier. Or that more challenges haven’t come her way. She just doesn’t realize it yet. When the book opens she is stuck in the role of mediator and wishing she could just get out one of her knives and solve the problem like she normally does. Only just when boredom begins to set in, it all changes in the blink of an eye and Gin sets out on a course to find out how she ended up in the violent, bloody middle again. She’ll have to make another hard decision on whether to fight the enemy of an enemy or stand by and not get involved. I think fans of this series know by now, the Spider isn’t one to stand idly by. At her core, Gin is a protector.
As always Fletcher has left notes and clues on how Gin can find her newest enemy and the memories come zinging back to the surface as she is reminded of events and people from her past. The villain in this latest installment is a doozy, with a unique elemental power which will take all the cunning and weapons Gin has at her disposal to fight. While not directly affected at the start, it quickly becomes personal when someone she loves gets badly injured. Then she is hell-bent on doing what she has to do to eliminate her target.
Okay, so I’m being vague because I don’t want to spoil what happens for anyone, but suffice it to say I WAS WORRIED FOR A MINUTE. Also a tad bit emotional. Something big happens to one of my favorite characters and I was riveted to the page, hoping everything would turn out all right.
There, that’s all I’m giving you.
Gin is fierce and protective, but her real strength lies in the love and support she has from her chosen friends and family. They all make appearances and while she does seem to be more on her own in this installment, they are there to back her up when she needs them. And that right there is why I’m still in love with this series. I don’t just read for Gin, although I do adore her, I read for Finn and Bria and Sophia and Owen and many, many other secondary characters. I read for the glimpses into her past. I read for the moments when Gin is solving a puzzle in her head and has to cook a big, down home meal to settle her nerves and work through her problems. (These books always make me so hungry) I read for the action. I read for the morsels of humor that have me chuckling only pages before something big and bad happens. Sometimes I’m surprised, sometimes I’m not, but it really doesn’t matter. I’m a fan of this author and this series.
Spider’s Trap is yet anther winner in a series that just keeps getting better with age. There is a big surprise at the end that is sure to have fans on the edge of their seat waiting for the next installment. Thank goodness they won’t have to wait too long, book fourteen Bitter Bite, has a release date of 2/23/2016. Final Grade- B
“It’s what I do. It’s what Fletcher taught me to do, even if I didn’t realize it way back then.”