Spider’s Trap by Jennifer Estep

Posted July 31, 2015 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 4 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Spider’s Trap by Jennifer EstepSpider's Trap by Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin #13
Published by Pocket Books on July 28th 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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Keep your friends close but your enemies within stabbing distance.

One important lesson I’ve learned in the assassination business is that to be the best you have to roll with the punches. Now that I’m queen of Ashland’s underworld—by default, not by choice—a lot more punches are being thrown my way. But I suppose that’s the price of victory for taking down some of the underworld’s top dogs. Good thing I have my Ice and Stone magic to help me survive my volatile new position. Just when I think things are finally settling down, someone tries to murder me during a hush-hush underworld meeting. But the real surprise is how strangely familiar my shadowy assailant seems to be.

My job is to maintain order among killers, crooks, and thieves, and soon I’m embroiled in a bloody game where the ability to keep secrets could be the greatest superpower of all. My enemies have all sharpened their knives and laid their traps, waiting for me to fall. But this Spider weaves her own webs of death…


While there are no spoilers for Spider’s Trap there may be mild spoilers for the previous book, Black Widow.

There’s nothing unlucky about the 13th installment of Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series, Spider’s Trap. Estep continues to stay on the top of my urban fantasy reading list with Gin Blanco and her gang of sidekicks.

In Spider’s Trap we see Gin dealing with her new job as the big boss of Ashland’s underworld. It’s fun to see how Gin deals with the more mundane parts of the job like mediating between the bosses of Ashland when we all know that Gin would rather use her 5 knife arse on them than to whine about their problems with each other. But with the new responsibility comes the new personal assistant, Silvo. He keeps Gin on point and tries his best to keep Gin from killing everyone at her meetings.

“Sure, just give me a second to put away my smokes,” Finn said. “I wouldn’t want them to get damaged when we talk to Smith.”

I frowned. “Damaged? Why would they get damaged? And with what?”

“Knives, magic, blood, big, fat sloppy man tears as Smith begs for mercy,” Finn said. “You know. All the Gin Blanco specialties.”

He was right again. Those were my specialties.

Everyone is present for Spider’s Trap, Owen, Finn, the Deveraux sisters, and we get more Philip, which I was pleased about since he’s not played a big role in the series so far. I love seeing him and he really is like Finn in many ways.

Speaking of Finn, there’s some great banter between he and Gin.

“What is it with all these girls-only parties?” Finn had grumbled. “First, y’all have your spa day at Jo-Jo’s salon a few months ago, and now this. I can look fabulous, eat cucumber sandwiches, and drink mint juleps with the best of them.”

“If you want to dress in drag and do the job for me, you are more than welcome to,” I’d replied in a sweet syrupy tone.

“You’re just jealous that I would rock a garden dress way better than you ever could,” he’d countered.

“I’m frightened that you even know what a garden dress is.”


Gin has faced many kinds of enemies in the past and most of them are elementals. This time around we get to see Gin fight a Metal elemental and he is a great villain. I don’t know if it’s the fact he is a guy and Gin hasn’t fought many men but I really enjoyed this match up. And the way he used his elemental made for some interesting fight scenes and, after 12 books, Estep is doing a great job with keeping the villains and plots fresh.

Spider’s Trap would not be a Gin Blanco book without the delicious food references we’ve all come to love (even if we put on a few pounds while reading the books). Estep drove me to the ice cream aisle this time with all the milkshakes Gin made for everyone.

Spider’s Trap had all the things I’ve come to enjoy from Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series, fun snark, action with a high body count and drool-worthy food. Oh my, and the last chapter! Don’t skip to it, but die-hard fans of the series will be so excited for for the 14th book, Bitter Bite (releases February 2016). It’s been in the making since book #1.



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About Jennifer Estep

Jennifer Estep is a New York Times bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books and the Black Blade young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. Dark Heart of Magic, the second book in the series, will be released on Oct. 27.

She is also the author of the Bigtime paranormal romance series and Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. For more information on her books, visit Jennifer’s website at www.jenniferestep.com.

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