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Web of Lies (Elemental Assassin, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – May 25, 2010
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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, Black Widow, Spider’s Trap, Bitter Bite, Unraveled, and Snared, along with the e-shorts Thread of Death, Parlor Tricks, Kiss of Venom, Unwanted, and Nice Guys Bite 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 JenniferEstep.com and @Jennifer_Estep.
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It has potential….lots of potential but so far I’m struggling a little with the repetition in the writing. I don’t need a recap of what happened in chapter 1 in chapter 5 I read it under an hour ago I remember what happened.
The gist of the story
Gin is trying to be a retired assassin and current BBQ owner but there is a man who trying to get someone off their land for the mining rights and has escalated his tactics to get it. She might need to brush off her knives and save yet another damsel in distress and her grandfather.
What this has going for it
It has Gin. I don’t adore her yet but I do like that she is a sexually aggressive assassin that takes what she wants and goes after the bad guys. Just because you are an assassin doesn’t mean that you don’t kill bad people.
It has Finn. He is a totally likeable sidekick that had your back and will flirt with anything with two legs….like literally anything. But he is sorta adorable in a ‘I’m an loveable man whore’ kind of way.
There are a few other fun sidekicks that will probably have very cool backstories when we get to them and there are more and more hints about who the big bad really is and why Gin is going to take them down.
Another plus is the world. I’m enjoying this UF world with dwarves, giants, vampires and other nasties. Also the magic system of earth, wind, water and fire is different and might work up to be some thing really cool.
What hasn’t hit the mark for me yet
The writing. It is getting better all the time but like I said before there is a lot of repetition and I just want to get on with it.
There is also a love interest introduced in book only to be hustled out in book 2. I didn’t really care about him and everyone thinks he is a jerk he is a little but you know it is doomed from the beginning cop+assassin does not make a happily ever after. I think it had potential and could have been good if the author committed to the journey and struggle but I like the new guy so I don’t care at all.
I’m waiting for this to just catch me and take me on a ride and so far it hasn’t. I like it but I’m easily distracted by other things going on in my reading list.
The is definitely something here and since this has like 10 books in the series so far I’m going to assume that the author figure out how to streamline her story just a little bit better later on.
The plot of Web of Lies was quite cheesy, and not in a good way. It's the typical rich guy pushing around the small business man because of a hidden agenda, and then the kick ass assassin comes in to save the day. I mean, the aforementioned money hungry dwarf is also a cowboy; it can't get any cheesier than that. At least this job didn't end as neatly as her previous one, so it did keep me on the edge of my seat.
Some of my world building issues from the first book were cleared up in Web of Lies so that made me happy. I'm really liking the mix of supernaturals that the author is using, and how their strength hierarchy isn't what you'd assume it to be. Dwarves are not to be messed with it! I still have a few lingering questions, so hopefully they get answered soon.
Now for the romantic aspect. Donovan Caine is the most frustrating man on the planet! He and Gin continue to have some insane chemistry, but he's still conflicted because of morals! He's the only good cop in a town of corruption, and she's an assassin (or ex-assassin). He's driving me crazy! Then something happens at the end, but I think it was too early in the series for it to really have an effect on me. On top of that, there's already the start of a new romance.
In the end, Web of Lies was still a fun read. I breezed right through it and was never bored. I just wish the main plot had been more unique. There are some interesting developments about Gin's abilities, so I'm curious to see where that goes.
As much as I love Gin, the supporting characters are some of my favorite in a series. Fin, Sophie, Jo-Jo and even the deceased Fletcher round out a cast of characters that are the perfect balance to Gin's personality. I love Fin's humor and support, Jo-Jo's motherly attention, Sophie's strength and Fletcher's influence even though he isn't present. The back story that is provided through past conversations with Fletcher add a lot to understanding Gin's past. All those elements work seamlessly together.
There were some new characters thrown into the mix this time. A few that I'm sure are going to prove to be interesting in the future. At least one character left (at least for the time being) and honestly, I can't say that I'm going to miss him. Any guesses on who I'm talking about?
A few mysteries were solved and a few more cropped up. Just enough to keep things interesting. Venom is the next book in the series and luckily it's ready and waiting on my shelf. I honestly can't wait to pick it up and see what happens next.
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No skips on the disc and the audio stays constant.