Review: Black Widow by Jennifer Estep

black widowReviewed by Jen

I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a book in this series so much! It feels like Jennifer Estep breathed new life into the Elemental Assassin series, giving readers Gin Blanco as we love her best: an unvarnished killer who is loyal to the core and a survivor against all odds.  I appreciate the fact that Gin has a vulnerable side under all of her bravado and some books have explored that more than others. But here, it’s just Gin kicking ass and taking names and I absolutely loved it.

This is the story where Gin finally faces off with Madeline Monroe, daughter of Gin’s former arch-nemesis. And it would have been so easy for this to play out like Gin Versus Mab: Part 2.  But it doesn’t.  Estep did a fantastic job in making Madeline into a unique villain, who is actually quite different from her mother. She’s just as deadly and power-hungry and just as bent on Gin’s destruction, but she goes about it in an entirely different way.

I really enjoyed the surprises in this book.  Even more, I liked the ways we see Gin’s ingenuity. She finds ways to think outside of the box, especially when her life depends on it. And I never get tired of watching her triumph.  Gin gets kicked down, time after time, but she always rises up –and her victories here feel especially sweet, with the dirty machinations against her.

The supporting characters are featured less than they usually are and I was ok with that. I find that I am finally over my Owen-issues and I loved the moments these two had together. And I loved his faith in her. Their reunion after a near-tragedy was very satisfying and I totally believe in his love and commitment to her once again.  (I also inwardly cheered when they had sex without the obligatory line about Gin’s “little white pills.” Thank you for trusting that after 11 books, I remember that she is on the pill even though they use condoms.)

The ending is pretty awesome and it opens up some interesting possibilities for the future of the series. I am excited to see where it will go next.

A great read.

Rating: B+/A-

*ARC provided by Pocket Books

Click to purchase: Amazon

Black Widow
by Jennifer Estep
Release Date: November 25, 2014
Publisher: Pocket Books


  1. I noticed the little white pills where “gone” too. LOL

  2. This is on my Audible list to buy on release day.

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