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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a filler, 23 Aug 2012
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This review is from: Widow's Web (Elemental Assassin Books) (Mass Market Paperback)
This book has one of the best opening sequences from the 'Elemental Assassin' series: a tense, suspense-building 'hit' that neatly subverts the way opening sequences have typically worked in the series. So it's a bit of a shame that this had been included as teaser material in the previous novel. After that, things tend to go downhill somewhat.

'Widow's Web' picks up only weeks after the events of By a Thread (Elemental Assassin). Retired assassin and restauranteur Gin Blanco is still dealing with name-making wannabes trying to take out the legendary killer who had ended crime boss Mab Monroe's reign of terror over Ashland. But even so, Gin and her boyfriend Owen Grayson are closer than ever. Which can only spell trouble. In a plotline that parallels Gin's run-ins with Donovan Caine in the previous book, trouble arrives in the form of Owen's former girlfriend Salina Dubois.

I generally enjoy the 'Elemental Assassin' series, but (for me) this one was not up to scratch. After the busman's holiday of the previous novel, we still seem to be floundering when it comes to ongoing story arc: there are hints of Gin's ongoing problems with Jonah MacAllister, but instead we're treated to a rather rambling Owen-based story which, paradoxically, doesn't do anything to make Gin's paramour more knowable. Indeed, the whole 'relationship' between Owen and Salina seems to have been - pardon the pun - totally wet. Based upon self-delusion and obsession. Owen seems even more blinkered than Gin had been about Donovan Caine in the earlier novels. It all feels like another filler of a book.

What I found least convincing about this book, though, was the nature of the villain's elemental power. It just didn't seem plausible that Gin - with control over ice - couldn't readily neutralise a water elemental. And I found the final confrontation disappointing, since it showed Gin reacting rather than thinking about the blatant flaw in her enemy's plan. The gang had seen through their enemy's intended trap... and, forget the usual show-down, all that was really needed was for them to disrupt the water supply!
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