Review: Winter’s Web


An assassin at a renaissance faire. What could possibly go wrong? Everything, if you’re the Spider . . .

I might be Gin Blanco, aka the assassin the Spider, but even I need a break from the bad guys every now and then. So when Owen Grayson, my significant other, suggests a trip to the Winter’s Web Renaissance Faire, it sounds like a perfect distraction from all my problems.

The faire starts off innocently enough, but something seems slightly off about the cheery atmosphere and costumed characters. Maybe I’m being paranoid, but I can’t help but feel like I’m trapped in someone else’s icy web—and that they don’t want me to leave the faire alive . . . body might be the key—but saving his kingdom could mean losing all that he loves.


Warning! Mild spoilers below.

Still no news about Elemental Assassin book 18.


Jennifer Estep has kindly released Winter’s Web, an Elemental Assassin novella.

Winter’s Web starts off with our assassin turning into a pirate queen assassin. The reason is her significant other, Owen Grayson, won some tickets from his accountant to the renaissance faire. So of course Gin, Owen, Finn, and Bria have to dress up. Luckily, they are not the only ones dressed up in renaissance attire. For example, at the faire the gang get a look at Celeste, also a pirate queen, who dazzles the audience with her knife wielding skills. Though the strangest thing to Gin is Celeste has a group of giants who are acting as her bodyguards. Her suspicions are proven crock when those same giants follow and try to attack her. However, Gin soon discovers that although she has quite a reputation, this time she is no the target.

Overall, Winter’s Web was enjoyable short read which one of the reasons why I love Jennifer Estep’s novellas. They are just as good as the novels and make up for the time we have to wait for the next novel. What starts out as a fun trip to the renaissance faire soon turned into a survival trip for our characters. Gin also shows us that it’s not a good idea to target one of her loved ones. T

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