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Web of Lies (Elemental Assassin, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – May 25, 2010
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I was becoming more and more annoyed with the characters the more I read the story. Det. Caine became a wussy bore. I know the reason why she made him so unlikable, but it totally ruined the character of Gin, too. What reader want to see the heroine throw herself on a man that doesn't want her, again, over and over.
If you took out the repetition in the story it would probably have cut 2/3 of the book. I think that is a fair assessment of how much room the actual storyline (plot) took.
Urban Fantasy- May 25th, 2010
Web of Lies starts out fast, furious, and fun. This book utterly delighted me with its wonderful cast of characters and cool urban landscape filled with: power, danger and corruption. Although it helps to have read the previous book in this series I feel that new readers will still be able to start with this book although I would highly recommend reading the first just for the added enjoyment! The main character Gin holds nothing back as she risks her life and her heart for those she cares about and for those she feels under appreciated. As a heroine Gin has her own sense of morality and prefers being solo but always seems to find herself with a colorful cast of characters that made this 2nd book well worth the wait. But because this is the 2nd book in the proposed 5 book series, it is a transitional book and the ending is left somewhat uncertain.
Gin was the infamous Spider, the most dangerous and ruthless assassin for hire. In her last assignment her mentor was murdered and she was framed for his death. Gin was able to take her revenge for his murder and prove her innocence. At the end of the book 1 (Spider's Bite), Gin decides to retire, but we find in Web of Lies that she was not meant for inaction because trouble has a way of finding her.
Now the new owner of the Pork Pit restaurant, Gin has just started her early retirement. But her restaurant is robbed by a pair of young hoodlums. One with powerful connections that could mean big danger for her! Her life is further complicated when an old friend of her mentor asks for protection from an unscrupulous dwarf who wants their land.
I especially liked this book because it delved more into Gin's past.Read more ›
Also, her obsession with repeating phrases over and over and over. And, worse even than that, her obsession with the eyes. Everyone's eyes when they meet are "gray on gold" or "gray on violet" or whatever on whatever. She says this a zillion times. It was stupid the first time and doesn't get better with age. They are called mother's darlings and are supposed to be eliminated in the editing process.
I read the first three books in this series hoping she would improve. I love to find a good series and try to give the author a couple books to get in the groove, but book three just proved identical to 1 and 2 and I cannot take her ridiculous, repetitious, overbearing writing style any more.
Ms. Estep expends a great deal of energy recapping the characters and events from the first book in this series. (From the preview I read of book 3, the same thing occurs in that book as well.) As someone who read the first book, this repitition was unnecessary and boring.
I also found much of the writing to be repetitive and in some cases, inapt as well as unnecessary. How many times do we need to be told that Gin keeps five silverstone knives on her person at all times, or that Gin's rune is a spiderweb which is embedded in her palms?
Much as I'd like to see if Mab Monroe gets her comeuppance and where sister Bria has been, I'm not sure I'll be able to muddle through the next installment in this series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The 2nd book in the Elemental Assassin series, Web of Lies, follows Gin as she tries to help an old friend of her adopted father and his grand daughter deal with a greedy dwarf... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tyr
So far this isn’t my favorite UF series out there. That title is still held by the Kate Daniels Series and The Fever Series (1-5) I’m still pretending the other books didn’t... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robin Snyder
One thing I really like about Gin is that she isn’t a cold-blooded killer. Well, okay, maybe she is, but she has reasons behind why she kills the people she does. Read morePublished 5 months ago by ReviewerGirl
Jennifer Estep has done it again! I am entangled in Gin's story and how complicated Gin really is.Published 6 months ago by Lisa Knight
Good book for the beginning of an exciting series. Looking forward to more!Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer