Widow’s Web is the 7th book in the Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep. I’m assuming you have read the rest of the series if you’re reading this review. If not, don’t start here, read the rest of the series first, you’ll thank me.
Throughout this series we’ve slowly gotten to know Gin and with each book a few more of her layers are pealed away reinforcing my belief that Gin is a heroine who is emotionally solid, yet vulnerable in many ways. Always, I hope for Gin to find whatever it is she’s searching for, but it seems Gin has a long way to go. This was probably the most emotionally intense book I’ve read in this series.
In Widow’s Web, the theme is trust, and the plot revolves around Owen and his past and how it comes to collide with his present. We learn how he and his little sister Eva grew up on the streets what they had to do to survive. One of the things I have liked about Owen is his trust in Gin. He trusts her to do the right thing, to protect herself and to love him. When their relationship was tested in By a Thread with the return of Donovan Caine, Owen trusted Gin to revisit that relationship and to reconcile her feelings for Detective Caine. In this installment of the Elemental Assassin series, we see a love from Owen’s past return and rock the foundation of their relationship.
Like Gin, Owen is loyal to those he loves. He protects, defends, and supports the people close to his heart and this extends to his former lover, Salina. Although he has moved on and has made it clear to both women that he is in love with Gin, Salina is determined to test Owen’s resolve. She’s come back to Ashland to avenge her father’s death, and reclaim the heart of her former lover even if it means killing Gin in the process. Salina is a double threat to Gin because she has a unique, powerful magic and an emotional hold on Owen which could potentially come between them, leaving Gin to make some very difficult decisions.
We’ve met Phillip Kincaid in the past, and with this book, he becomes a much bigger player in Gin’s world, mainly because he’s a big part of Owen, Eva and Salina’s past. He’s a shady casino owner who is clearly not to be trusted, but he and Gin have what appears to be a budding, although cautious friendship, and it looks like we’ll be seeing more of him in the future. I am looking forward to more Philly although I’m not sure Owen will be all that thrilled. Eva might be okay with it though. ;P
As I’ve said, I’m always hoping for Gin to find happiness. In Widow’s Web we see the relationship between Gin and her sister Bria smooth out even more and the two of them become closer. Although Gin and Bria are on opposite sides of the law, Bria’s trust in Gin is demonstrated several times throughout this story. It’s good to see Gin and Bria becoming closer. I love that Gin has earned Bria’s respect and trust without changing who she is and that is the number one quality I love about Gin. She is steadfast and solid.
The build up, the fight scene and the conclusion of this story left me emotionally spent. The very qualities that I love in Gin brought about a very emotional ending to this story and at the end of it all, I felt conflicted. Conflicted because I thought I knew exactly what Gin should do…until Owen presents another side to the emotional conflict. Oh this ending!! Where is my copy of Deadly Sting? *falls on floor*
Kincaid smirked at me. I gave him a lazy look, then kicked his chair over, with him still in it. He’d barely thumped to the floor before I was straddling him, my knife at his throat. Kincaid started to get up, but I pressed the blade against his skin and he froze. They almost always did.