Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Early Review: Spider's Trap by Jennifer Estep

Spider's Trap
Release Date: July 28, 2015
Publisher: Pocket Books
ISBN:   1501105175
ISBN13: 9781501105173
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Copy Source: Edelweiss/NetGalley
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…

It was interesting to see Gin navigate her new position as the default queen of Ashland's underworld. It is a position she does not want and you can tell, but she still does a great job. Of course there is someone that wants her position and thinks they can take her out easily, so we get to watch that play out.

I love hearing more about Gin's past. We have gotten a lot of flashbacks in the last couple books and the accompanying storyline helps develop her character more and more. There are some pretty scary and heart wrenching moments in SPIDER'S TRAP and it isn't Gin who's on the brink of death this time.

The ending as always was great. The main issue of the book was solved, but we find out some shocking information that will have Finn featured in the next book. I don't know how things will work itself out and it's hard to think of Finn as anything but Gin's loyal sidekick, so I am a bit scared of what BITTER BITE will bring us. 

I gave it 4/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from Edelweiss & NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.