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  • Taschenbuch: 400 Seiten
  • Verlag: Pocket Books (24. Dezember 2013)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1451689012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451689013
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,5 x 2,8 x 17,1 cm
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“Estep has truly hit the jackpot with this outstanding series!” —Romantic Times

“This series kicked off with a bang, and the action hasn’t let up since.” —Fresh Fiction

"Watch out world, here comes Gin Blanco. Funny, smart, and dead sexy." -- Lilith Saintcrow, author of Redemption Alley

"A raw, gritty, and compelling walk on the wild side, one that had me hooked from the first page." -- Nalini Singh, New York Times bestselling author

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Jennifer Estep is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. Spider’s Bite, Web of Lies, Venom, Tangled Threads, Spider’s Revenge, By a Thread, Widow’s Web, Deadly Sting, Heart of Venom, The Spider, Poison Promise, and Black Widow, along with the e-shorts Thread of Death, Parlor Tricks, and Kiss of Venom, are the other works in her red-hot Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. Jennifer is also the author of the Black Blade and Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series and the Bigtime paranormal romance series. For more on Jennifer and her books, visit her at and @Jennifer_Estep.

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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von F. Schönbäck am 1. Februar 2014
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If you have read an elemental assassins book before you will probably guess the plot after fifty pages.
And I think the author took even more "pains" to make the story breathtaking. i mean how stupid can an assassin be and still live?
Keeping your strongest power a secret when it is almost certainly going to kill you for like a whole chapter and then ten seconds before you kill your target revealing it to say something like "Surprise". Thats like a badly written TV-Series.
If you liked the rest of her books you can read this one but it isn't essential.
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For the first time, the origins of Gin Blanco’s career as the deadly assassin “the Spider” are revealed in full. In a story that pre-dates the other nine books in the series, Gin Blanco goes through her paces to become the most feared assassin in the Ashland.


Although this is the 10th book in the "Elemental Assassin" series, I did not have to include a spoiler alert - because the book jumps right back to an incident in Gin's life ten years ago. So even if you know nothing about the series, you could read this one and get it all. But: if you didn't know what happened until Gin's and her friend's present day, you wouldn't be able to enjoy all of the cameos of a great many of the character cast. This was actually one thing - besides seeing Gin with Finn and Fletcher - I liked most. And the artful way it was done, too.

But the story as such is thrilling and intense and although I had a good idea of a lot of outcomes, I was biting my nails nonetheless. It all starts "innocuous" [as far as a series about an assassin ever could be innocuous] enough: Gin, being trained as the assassin The Spider by her mentor Fletcher, who took her in seven years ago, gets an assignment to kill a ruthless businessman. Since Gin and Fletcher get some intel, blaming the guy for the death of many people and on top of it, accusing him of abusing his teenage daugther, Gin isn't going to stop at nothing to see this job through. But, alas, Gin doesn't have the experience, she has nowadays and is in for a lot of unpleasant, hurting and dangerous surprises and has to learn a lot about doing her job and living her life the hard way.
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This is one book in the Elemental Assassin series that I could have been without 2. Januar 2014
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Well, this is definitely a book in the Elemental Assassin series that I could have been without. I have never liked prequels in the first place so maybe I am a bit biased but I really felt like this book just takes all the bad parts of the series and puts them together in one book.

One of the nuisances with the series is that the author re-tells known facts over and over again. With a prequel this is even more so. Also, unfortunately the book blurb is blatantly false. This book does not at all tell us how Gin ended up in a career where she always have blood on her hands. When the book starts she is already in this career. The book just tells us a sad, emphasize on sad here, little story that Gin went through 10 years ago. A story which is so simple and obvious that you really know how it is going to play out really really early in the book.

Another one of the nuisances with this series is that Gin frequently fumbles and generally behaves in a way that is not as professional as one would expect from a professional killer of Gin’s stature. In this book, given that she is 10 years younger, it is even worse. As a matter of fact the entire story revolves around how Gin just screws things up and then wallows in how stupid she has been. Not only that but pages up and pages down we are treated to the bad guy telling Gin how stupid she has been. Definitely not my cup of tea.

Even though the author tries to weave in many of her friends from the other books and how Gin met them for the first time they are not really there. At least not as the happy “family” that we have grown to like in the previous books.

Since the story plays out before Gin released her ice powers she is also quite weak. There is really not much left of the things that I have liked about this book series in this book. I could really have been without this one. I certainly hope that the next book gets things back on track again.
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read this book even if you don't usually like prequels 30. Dezember 2013
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Excellent book. I don't know how Jennifer Estep does it, but she makes an assassin completely relatable to the common person/reader. I think it is because Gin is not goodie goodie, nor is she all evil -- she's just a woman with a talent for killing who only wants to do what is right.

At first I didn't know if I wanted to read this book as it is a prequel, but let me assure those who usually don't like a prequel that you should give this book a chance.

Often prequels show the character as a whiny or ditzy unformed character because it's before they have "come into their own". Ms Estep does not follow that failed formulae. Gin Blanco (aka the Spider) is relating the story of who essentially she is as a person in this book. She's not weak and she's not stupid -- overconfident and impatient, yes. In this story you can see how she learned to be so patient and what it cost her before she learned her lessons. You can also see why she had so many hard layers protecting her heart. Another important aspect to the overall Elemental Assassin series is seeing Gin as a touchstone for all of the people who are slowly introduced throughout the series in the various stories.

This book as well as the previous one really demonstrate Gin realizing her dream of a family and all of the things that go along with being a family. Gin's relationship with her foster brother, Finn, is explored a little bit more in this book taking what was shown in Web of Deceit and expanding it. One thing I have liked about the series is Gin is kicka$$ but through the help of friends and family, she prevails. In this book, she prevails on her own because it is what she needs to grow as a character and as a person. It leads to the confident, uncocky heroine we have grown to love in this series.
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The Best Prequel I Ever Read - The Origin of The Spider 24. Dezember 2013
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Well I got my ARC of The Spider today and I am hoping to be amazed and enthralled but as a prequel it will have to be awesome to keep those 5 Stars.
Well I wrote that back in Oct 2013 and was not to excited about a prequel in one of my favorite series. It is mid December and I read it all day yesterday because I could hardly put it down, looks like I get to eat some comments I have made about how I hated prequels. It did indeed earn those 5 Stars.

This story starts and ends in the present with Gin and Owen sitting at the counter and a box of roses arrives and triggers an old memory and a story from when she was still a young assassin.

Gin has to do a "job" and things start to fall apart, it is a riveting story of love, betrayal, loyalty and painful lessons learned.

This is one of my favorite series because I am a self-confessed "revenge junkie" and nobody does revenge better than Gin. The thought that this series may be ending make me sad, I hope it does not.

The story here is very detailed and gives us a look into the mind of a much younger Gin and a much less emotionally strong Gin. If I had any problems with this addicting story it was that it was written in a manner that "you can see it ending badly" manner. The thing is you have no idea how badly it would end but it has a great heart warming ending that all fans will enjoy. Gin does go into revenge mode and I of course loved that but those painful lessons I spoke of will make her stronger but you can't help but feel sympathy for her.

This is a book that can be read as a stand alone for a new reader but I would suggest you read them in order since you get a much deeper appreciation for Gin and what she has been through and what she will become. I read late into the night to finish this novel because I could not put it down once I got to the horrible betrayal and knew the much needed revenge would be forthcoming. I love this series and this is one of the best installments which means I won't be complaining about prequels for a long time. Highly recommended.
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Review: THE SPIDER 24. Dezember 2013
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Rating: B Liked It - Recommend
Originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About
Review copy provided by Edelweiss

Opening in present day, shortly after the events of the ninth Elemental Assassin story, Heart of Venom, Gin Blanco tells her lover, Owen, the gritty details of the events that solidified her place as the deadly assassin, the Spider. The story fades to a time ten years in the past, when Gin is just starting to make a reputation for herself as the Spider. She’s still living at home with Fletcher, working in the Pork Pit, and struggling to find a bit of independence. When a job comes in that Fletcher is hesitant to accept, Gin pushes to take it. Among other things, it’s rumored that the target, Cesar Vaughn, beats his thirteen year-old daughter, Charlotte. This makes it personal for Gin, and she convinces Fletcher to take the gig. As she gets to know her target, she accidentally meets Cesar’s son, Sebastian Vaughn, and falls head over heels.

Every time I open up an Elemental Assassin story, and The Spider is no exception, I am blown away by the intricate details of each setting. I am immediately transported into the scene, fighting and cooking along side Gin. Ms. Estep is an amazing storyteller who writes a detailed descriptive scene like few others. Never too many words or overdone, she weaves a visual masterpiece so perfectly described, that I sit in awe and appreciation.

The Spider is a different story than its predecessors in that the primary tale predates the series by several years. I love how the book opens in present time, and I adore getting a glimpse of Gin and Owen “back to normal” after the events from the past few books. However, the primary story is that of Gin’s past. Like the other books in the series, The Spider reads in Gin’s first person POV, so there is a level of familiarity and comfort. However... This is NOT the Gin I’ve come to love. She is young and immature. So much so, that it truly bothered me. She is blatantly obtuse, blinded by her personal agenda to protect Charlotte. She misses so many obvious clues that would have told her she was going down the wrong path. Honestly, it made it hard for me to get into the story because I was annoyed with her oblivious and immature nature.

However, isn’t that the point?! We are reading a story told from the perspective of a newbie, not the seasoned assassin Gin will become. So in that respect, Ms. Estep does a fabulous job creating a new Gin - a younger version of herself who has potential, but needs to learn a lot before she gets there. While I commend the author on a fabulous job, it still annoyed me, preventing me from completely enjoying the story.

I also have to mention another little thing that set me off while reading the book... several key characters - people important to Gin in the future - make cameo appearances in The Spider. It felt a bit like when I watched The Phantom Menace after growing up loving the original Star Wars Trilogy. Some of the characters were fun to see, and it made sense (or didn’t feel out of place) to see them about town. However, there were a couple that really felt forced, and it bothered me.

Regardless of the minor troubles I had reading the first half to two-thirds of the story, the last third of the book ROCKED! It starts when Charlotte confronts Gin about her father’s death. Gin’s simple, straight forward reply was perfect, and it made me sit up taller and take notice. This is the moment when the Spider is truly born. And from that point forward, Gin owns the story. She grows up and gets smart. I enjoyed reading her thoughts as she plots out her revenge. I admired her fortitude as she comes up against the toughest opponent of her life. Not only is her enemy strong, but a master of emotional and mental manipulation, making the battle more gritty and gutsy. Ah - so, so great!! The final battles are some of the best Ms. Estep has written, giving readers a gripping, smart and simply sublime finish.

All in all, I am once again pleased with Ms. Estep’s work. While The Spider wasn’t my favorite story in the series, the last third was on par with all of the recent Elemental Assassin books. And I give the author credit - she truly captures Gin’s transformation from an assassin to the Spider in every regard. While it was really well done, unfortunately, that is also what made it hard for me to get into the story for most of the book. But once Gin owned the truth, the story jumped to life. It was absolutely wonderful.
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Series is falling into boring... 2. Januar 2014
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Summary: Gin Blanco has received some black roses with a note that simply said, "Happy Anniversary." Owen is curious about her story, so Gin starts to tell a story about a girl who thought she could do no wrong...

Review: A prequel to the whole series, this book felt like much of the same. It had all the good from the previous novels, yet now it just seems to be the same story over and over again. I wanted to rate this book 4 stars, but I couldn't. It was that boring.

Overall, when a series gets to the point of book 10, prequel or not, we are hoping for something fresh to keep the old story going. Unfortunately, this story doesn't provide much of that. We have the same Gin and Finn relationship, her admiration and respect for Fletcher who is alive, bad guys and people to save.

The books are a fun read as usual, but I am tired of the same formula. Stalk bad guy, find out if he's really bad, attempt to kill him, fail, try again. At some point, Gin gets grievously injured and someone she cares about is hurt. Blah blah blah.

Sure Finn's fun lines are there, but where is his character lately? He does nothing, and even from a funny sidekick, I want more depth from Finn. Fletcher was alive in this book, but even he didn't add much depth to his character. Yay, he is alive, but what more is there? We should have learned more about Fletcher.

A prequel is supposed to add depth to a character's background. This didn't, and instead just felt like a huge step back for Gin. Yes, the story is set before all the character development of books 1 through 9. But, why did we need this story? How does it add to the overall arc?

I thought the book's saving grace was Sebastian. He was suave, debonair, and oh so "perfect".

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That he turned out to be the bad guy, after a hot and steamy sex scene, was a cherry to his character. It's rare in urban fantasy to give us a hot steamy sex scene with a character who turns out to be the bad guy.

Honestly, if Estep can't find a way to make this series original and fresh, the series already done. The series felt finished when Mab died. Now what? How can Gin grow? I can't seem to quit this series, because I love Gin and her strength of character. But I wonder how long I can keep going.

Sex: Steamy sex scene
Violence: Murder and mayhem typical of Ashland

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Series Rating: 4.5 out 5 stars

Quote:"Get comfortable," I said. Because it's a long story. Funny enough, it all begins with a girl--a stupid, arrogant girl who thought that she could do no wrong . . ."

Next Book: Poison Promise out July 29th, 2014
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