Title: Widow’s Web
Author: Jennifer Estep
Publication Year: 2012
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Source: E-book borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
I used to murder people for money, but lately it’s become 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 anyway. 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, 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.
Estep had kind of hinted at something coming up with Owen and Phillip for a while now, ever since the encounter between them in Thread of Death. But when it finally came to pass in this book, it wasn’t at all what I had expected.
Widow’s Web brings to light all the sordid details of Owen’s adolescence on the streets with Eva, and how he and Phillip came up together under Cooper and tried to build their own lives. It also ties in a new character, Salina, and explores the relationships between all of the characters, and how everything fell apart so badly years ago. But on top of that, there’s the problems that Salina brings with her, namely a strong and immediate dislike for Gin.
This is probably the book in the series that has the most emotional conflict going on, not only between Owen and Phillip but between Gin and Owen. You could see from the beginning that it was just a disaster waiting to happen. There were all the signs there that something bad was going to happen, and it was just a matter of waiting to see how it would come to be.
Widow’s Web is a definite turning point in the series, as it affects how everyone relates to each other and brings in some new and important characters that I hope will continue to make appearances in later books.