Release Date: August 21, 2012
Source: Library Borrow
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Date: May 16, 2014
Rating: 4 bookmarks
Synopsis: I used to murder people for money, but these days it’s more of a survival technique.
Once an assassin, always an assassin. So much for being plain old Gin Blanco. With every lowlife in Ashland gunning for me, I don’t need another problem, but a new one has come to town.
Salina might seem like a sweet Southern belle, but she’s really a dangerous enemy whose water elemental magic can go head-to-head with my own Ice and Stone power. Salina also has an intimate history with my lover, Owen Grayson, and now that she’s back in town, she thinks he’s hers for the taking.
Salina’s playing a mysterious game that involves a shady local casino owner with a surprising connection to Owen. But they call me the Spider for a reason. I’m going to untangle her deadly scheme, even if it leaves my love affair hanging by a thread.
I really enjoyed the fact that this is the second book in the series after the death of Mab Monroe, who was Gin's arch nemesis for a very long time. Clearly we're getting further and further away from the Spider getting revenge and more back into the focus of her skill set being used to help others who need help in a freelance capacity.
The center of this story is Owen and his past. His past has walked back into his present and starts causing all sorts of havoc. Her name is Salina Dubois, a powerful water elemental. This B, yes I said it, This B is crazy! She grew up around Owen, his little sister and Phillip Kincaid. Salina did some horrible things when they were younger and she was run out of town. But she's back with a vengeance. She's got her eyes set on both her enemies and Owen, but for different reasons.
In the last book, Donovan Caine was a threat to Gin and Owen's relationship, but not on the level that Salina is. Dealing with Donovan was a walk in the park compared to this disaster. I was always team Owen, but his behavior in this book saddens me. Is Owen turning into the self righteous Donovan? I really hope not. Sadly, I'm not sure if we'll ever get back to Gin and Owen as they were. Maybe Gin will move on, we'll see.
Widow's Web is a roller-coaster of emotions. I felt horrible for Eva and what she had to endure as a child. As you know, I was more than annoyed with Owen. Yet, on the other hand I was happy to see that Gin and Bria's relationship has grown in a positive way. I was equally pleased that Bria and Finn are more or less officially together. With all the downers going on in this book, thanks goodness there were some bright spots.
One thing is for sure, this installment seems to be the next turning point in the series. I can see the story going in different direction. I wonder if we'll get another super villain to focus on for the next story arc or if each book will continue to have its own villain, or both.
Fans of Jennifer Estep will enjoy Widow's Web. Estep's writing is spot on, and again, she has refrained from lengthy blocks of rehashing old story lines, which is always much appreciated. As always, there's a good dose of Gin kicking ass and taking names and of course loads of drama. If you're new to this series but you enjoy a strong heroine, or in Gin's case, anti-heroine, I recommend it. I've already started book 8, Deadly Sting, so stay tuned for the review!