Title: Spider’s Bargain
Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin #0.5
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Assassins, Dark fantasy, Elements
Format: Short story
Publisher: Jennifer Estep
5th sentence, 74th page: Which was one of the reasons my handler, Fletcher, kept nagging me to retire.
This short story takes place before the events of Spider’s Bite, the first book in the Elemental Assassin series. In “Spider’s Bargain,” Gin Blanco takes on a corrupt cop, but only one of them will be left standing in the end.
From getting halfway through Spider’s Bite before reading this, I knew that Gin killed Ingles because he wasn’t a very nice guy. This short story tells you exactly how not-nice. And also exactly how Gin leaves him. No wonder Donovan is so annoyed at her throughout the series. Having said that, I kind of loved it. There was such beautiful poetic justice in this tale.
Spider’s Bargain also introduces the nightclub that features kind of heavily in Spider’s Bite and a whole other world that I just wasn’t quite expecting. It just helps to draw me further into this world and now I can’t wait to read Web of Lies… when it finally arrives on my doorstep.