With wicked Fire elemental Mab Monroe long gone, you’d think I could finally catch a break. But someone’s always trying to take me down, either as Gin Blanco or my assassin alter-ago. Now along comes the Spider’s new arch-nemesis, the mysteriously named M. M. Monroe, who is gleefully working overtime to trap me in a sticky web of deceit.
The thing is, I’m not the only target. I can see through the tangled threads enough to know that every bit of bad luck my friends have been having lately is no accident—and that each unfortunate “coincidence” is just one more arrow drawing ever closer to hitting the real bulls-eye. Though new to Ashland, this M. M. Monroe is no stranger to irony, trying to get me, an assassin, framed for murder. Yet, as my enemy’s master plan is slowly revealed, I have a sinking feeling that it will take more than my powerful Ice and Stone magic to stop my whole life from going up in flames.
So Gin has finally defeated the cruel Mab Monroe, who murdered members of her family, and it's been a long time coming. You would expect that Gin can take a much needed rest but that's not about to happen any time soon. She has finally come out as The Spider following a bloody battle downtown but that leaves many wondering who the next leader of the underworld will be. It's clear that whoever can eliminate The Spider will prove once and for all just who holds all the power. Gin isn’t stupid and knows she has a target painted on her back but she has survived this far and isn't about to let her guard down now. There's a new player in town and this time a direct approach to taking out Gin is the furthest thing from their thoughts. No, this time Gin's friends and family are well and truly caught in the cross hairs and as the trap is sprung, Gin is well and truly ensnared. As a powerful elemental though, the ever patient Gin knows full well that sometimes overconfidence proves to be fatal!
I am a diehard romantic and yet I'm completely hooked on this urban fantasy series that most definitely keeps the romance aspect low key. Why? Well first and foremost Ms Estep gives us a heroine who is downright scary and totally badass. There is nothing Gin won't do to protect those who need it and her battles are truly awesome. In this book, the action is nail bitingly good but it's the buildup that really captured me. Gin's new enemy is a sneaky one and targets those around Gin in an effort to keep her off balance but it's the corruption and greed that enables her plan to come to fruition. Luckily, Gin and her fabulous friends make a great team but it's no easy ride and right up until the end it's a shocking storyline with a twisting conclusion you won't see coming. Bring on the next book and please let it be soon!