Web of Lies by Jennifer Estep

December 10, 2014 Reviews 12

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Web of Lies by Jennifer EstepWeb of Lies by Jennifer Estep
Narrator: Lauren Fortgang
Series: Elemental Assassin #2
Published by Audible Studios, Pocket Books on September 28, 2010
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 400
Length: 12 hours 17 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

Curiosity is definitely going to get me dead one of these days. Probably real soon.

I'm Gin Blanco.

You might know me as the Spider, the most feared assassin in the South. I’m retired now, but trouble still has a way of finding me. Like the other day when two punks tried to rob my popular barbecue joint, the Pork Pit. Then there was the barrage of gunfire on the restaurant. Only, for once, those kill shots weren’t aimed at me. They were meant for Violet Fox. Ever since I agreed to help Violet and her grandfather protect their property from an evil coalmining tycoon, I’m beginning to wonder if I’m really retired. So is Detective Donovan Caine. The only honest cop in Ashland is having a real hard time reconciling his attraction to me with his Boy Scout mentality. And I can barely keep my hands off his sexy body. What can I say? I’m a Stone elemental with a little Ice magic thrown in, but my heart isn’t made of solid rock. Luckily, Gin Blanco always gets her man . . . dead or alive.

Note: This review will have some spoilers for those who haven’t read the first book

What happens when an assassin retires? They get bored. And what happens when a former assassin gets bored? They find trouble. Or it finds them. At least that’s how it worked out for Gin in Web of Lies. Surprised? Me either. What fun would it be if Gin’s retirement were quiet and peaceful?

As soon as I started listening to Web of Lies I started kicking myself for taking so long to pick it up. I read Spider’s Bite in September 2013 and didn’t pick up Web of Lies until October 2014. Well that was dumb, because Web of Lies was great!

I just love Gin’s personality – she’s a smart aleck and likes to pretend she’s hard as stone. And, while she can use her elemental stone magic to make her physically HARD AS STONE, she’s a softie deep down. And she’s still feeling a bit hurt from the events of Spider’s Bite. She feels a little bit betrayed, because she feels like maybe she didn’t know Fletcher after all. Why does he have the folder about her past and why hadn’t he told her he knew that her sister was alive? What does he want her to do with this information?

Gin’s frustration, though, became mine. Ok, you’re feeling a bit lost. But golly gee whiz, can you stop moping about the folder Fletcher left you and do something about it? If, like me, you were hoping this book would have a lot to do with the contents of that folder, you’re in for a disappointment. For all but maybe the last 10% NO progress is made on that front. Gin just wonders about it the whole book.

Ultimately that was okay, because Web of Lies had plenty of action to keep me happy. Fletcher’s life before Gin and Fin (his son) comes to light and sends Gin down a very different, and yet somehow familiar, path. The good detective Donovan Kane is back for the fun – once again trying to figure out the balance between what’s legal and what’s right – not to mention how his feelings for Gin factor in. A new potential love interest and big player also shows up – Owen Grayson – and I’m VERY interested. He may just be better for Gin than Donovan. Or he may be trouble – I’m not quite sure.

For me, the highlight was once again the magic/world that Jennifer Estep has created. It’s so intricate and even after leaving it for more than a year, I easily slid back in and had no trouble remembering how things work. In fact, it was so easy to reorient myself, I found myself saying things with the narrator – Lauren Fortgang. I think this was mainly that there was a bit of predictability – not boring in the least, but takes away some of the potential wow factor. It could also be that Lauren’s narration is so slow paced. I love her voices for the characters and for me, she’s the perfect Gin, so I’ll definitely be continuing in audio. She just has slightly longer than I would like pauses – sometimes I would think I accidentally hit pause or something, they would be so long. Not a deal breaker, especially if you can speed up your playback (I can’t on my Audible app).

If you’re a fan of action, snarky main characters, and well developed worlds, I recommend this series. I’m eager to see if the next book will dig further into the mystery of Gin’s past than Web of Lies did!

4 stars Pretty Great

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About Jennifer Estep

My name is Jennifer Estep, and I’m the New York Times bestselling author of the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series; the Black Blade young adult urban fantasy; the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series; and the Bigtime paranormal romance series.


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12 Responses to “Web of Lies by Jennifer Estep”

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    You’re knocking out all these series I’ve been meaning to read. 🙂 I definitely want to read Elemental Assassins – love me a snarky heroine. 😉 I see you got another audio narrated by Fortgang – I guess it’s a good thing you like her voice. 🙂 Okay, we’ll see if Gin is someone I get to meet early in 2015 as well. Hmm…books and more books are stacking up. *ha*
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    • Berls

      Oh I think you’d like Gin, Brandee! I wish I were further along than I am knocking out these series – I’m just skimming the surface. Too many books! Not that I’m really complaining LOL!!

    • Berls

      I know the feeling all too well Lexxie. I need like three years of just reading series I’ve either started or own the books for. During those years no new books can be published or I’ll stay behind. Sounds great and like hell all st once LOL!

      Thanks 🙂 I am having a good week! Hope you are too!

    • Berls

      Mythos academy is one I haven’t gotten to yet. I do have the first book (I think – I can see the cover so clearly in my head). Its hard – there’s just so many books and not enough time!

    • Berls

      I need to push forward and not let another year go by before I read the next one. I’ve got a ways to go before Poison Promise! Enjoy it 🙂

    • Berls

      Oh yeah, I think I remember seeing it! Well, I hope you love it. Gin Blanco is great and that first book really was fantastic, especially for a first book!

  2. Ramona

    This wasn’t even on my radar until now – thank you for broadening my horizon 😀 As usual, excellent job! Your reviews make me want to drop everything (I’m still Christmas-cleaning :() ) and curl up with a book. Or two. And some hot cocoa. xx
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    • Berls

      Oh this series is great, so far, and I’ve read so many rave reviews for the more recent books – we both need to catch up! Sounds like a great plan – lets do just that. No more responsibility. Just books and hot cocoa! I’m in 😉

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